The School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) offers a number of exciting and innovative undergraduate programs that prepare professionals to work with children, families and communities.
Human Development and Family Relations Program (Coming in Fall 2014)
Becoming a Teacher at the University of Colorado Denver
The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver prepares highly successful teachers within an innovative, rigorous and highly supported teacher education program. CU Denver prepares teachers to have deep content knowledge and a strong sense of connection to children and families in diverse communities; and, we provide our students with teaching tools drawn from cutting-edge research in teaching and learning.
At CU Denver, we have two ways to become a teacher.
Undergraduate students may major in Teaching, Learning and Development and choose from the following concentrations:
Early Childhood Education
Or, in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), you may become an elementary teacher. Also through CLAS, undergraduates may earn a degree plus teacher licensure in secondary education with concentrations in English, Mathematics, French, Science, Social Studies and Spanish.
What Sets Us Apart?
Contextualized learning: Coursework and field experiences are designed to prepare teachers to understand and engage with the cultural, linguistic and economic diversity of all learners, families and communities.
More classroom experience: Teacher candidates spend more time in the classroom with expert teachers, receive on-site mentoring from CU Denver faculty and engage in ongoing reflection to improve practice.
Strong reputation: In our 40-year history, we have developed robust partnerships with local school districts and community organizations. Our graduates are known to perform like experienced teachers in their first year.
Flexibility: With multiple licensure options, online and hybrid classes, and part-time options, we strive to accommodate the complex schedules of our students. In addition, we make it simple for community college transfer students to enter this program with as many as 60 approved community college credit hours.
You will be able to complete courses for your bachelor’s degree and teaching licensure in four years. You will complete your general education and major requirements during your first three years, with opportunities to explore teaching through early hands-on experiences with students in public schools. The last year of your degree you will concentrate on the teacher education courses that are closely connected to your internship experiences in one of our award-winning partner schools.
It’s essential to indicate your interest in this program as early as possible in your undergraduate studies. Please contact the undergraduate teacher education advisor to start planning your academic path through the program.
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