CU Denver offers multiple options for students interested in teacher education. The following degree plans are part of the joint-teacher education program between the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Human Development. This program recognizes that preparing teachers is a highly collaborative process. Students interested in these degree plans will complete their major, housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and then complete their teacher licensure requirements housed within the School of Education and Human Development. The degree plans provide you with both content and education theory needed to be a successful teacher in K-12 education. These major also prepare you for the Praxis II and PLACE Subject Assessment exams, required for the program and for licensure. In your final fourth year, you will immediately begin "living the life of a teacher" as you become a vital member of the teaching staff at one of our metro area urban professional development schools . While working as a teacher candidate intern, you will also take teacher education classes here at CU Denver, providing you the opportunity to apply what you learn in your internship classroom.
Our Urban Community Teacher Education program is nationally recognized for having one of the most innovative, collaborative teacher preparation models where top faculty work side by side with experienced K-12 partner educators to prepare you to have a profound impact on the lives of students in our most urban and diverse schools. In fact, our candidates enter their first year of teaching with the knowledge, skills, and confidence of 2nd and 3rd year teachers!
Undergraduate licensure programs are available in the following areas:
- Elementary Education Licensure
- BA Individually Structured Major
- Secondary Education Licensure
- BA English Literature
- BS Mathematics
- BA History
- BA Political Science
- BA French
- BA Spanish
- BA Individually Structured with a General Science emphasis (SEHD)
If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you will want to pursue teaching licensure at the graduate level. For more information see the School of Education and Human Development’s website on licensing programs.