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BA English (Literature emphasis) with Secondary English License


Do you remember an English teacher who introduced you to a whole new world of literature and writing? You could be that next great English teacher who will expand middle and high school students' world views, language development, interpretation skills and creative thinking.

Preparing English/Language Arts teachers is a highly collaborative process between the English department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the School of Education & Human Development at CU Denver as well as our highly experienced K-12 partner educators in the metro area. Through the English department, you'll garner the essential content knowledge of an English teacher during the first three years of your bachelors degree. Then in your final fourth year, you will immediately begin "living the life of a teacher" as you quickly become a vital member of the teaching staff at one of our metro area urban professional development schools as a teacher candidate intern. At the same time you'll be simultaneously taking teacher education classes so that you can immediately apply what you learn in your internship classroom.

Our 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!


It is possible to complete the undergraduate BA and your teacher education path in 120 credit hours and 4 years, as part of your undergraduate studies, jointly with CLAS and The School of Education and Human Development.

  • Meet your undergraduate education advisor to discuss the UCTE program timeline and created an individualized graduation plan as soon as possible
  • Begin your first 3 years by taking CU-Denver Core requirements, CLAS graduation requirements and English Literature major requirements. These requirements must be completed by the end of your junior year.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA required for acceptance into the Urban Community Teacher Education Program (IMPORTANT NOTE: GPA requirements will change to 3.0 beginning with the 2016 spring application deadline for both initial and professional year admission. Candidates with a cumulative GPA of 2.75-2.99 will be considered for provisional admission based on the overall strength of other required admission criteria).
  • During sophomore year, students should apply for “Initial Admission” into the Urban Community Teacher Education Program (Deadlines for Initial Admission: Oct. 15th for spring start, Mar. 15th for fall start). As an initially admitted candidate, students will take UEDU 4930 Early Internship in which students will work alongside a licensed teacher in the classroom through 120 contact hours over the course of a semester (typically 1 full day per week). Students will also take the first two foundational courses in the program, UEDU 4010: Social Foundations and Cultural Diversity in Urban Education and UEDU 4020: Co-constructing Culturally Responsive Classroom Communities.
  • Junior year, take either the Colorado PLACE or PRAXIS II English Language Arts content knowledge exam. Please see your advisor for more details or visit the PLACE or PRAXIS II websites. 
  • 2nd semester junior year, apply to the Urban Community Teacher Education program for “Professional Year Admission” (Deadlines: Aug. 15th for spring start, Feb. 15th for fall start).
  • Attend a collaborative group interview for admission into the program.
  • Transition into the Professional Year of the Urban Community Teacher Education Program.
  • Finish your remaining professional year courses and partner school internships.
  • Apply for your license through the Colorado Department of Education.

Immerse yourself with real work in our professional development schools, helping students ask questions, observe, analyze, explain, and draw conclusions.


Our teacher candidates are highly sought out by districts as our teacher preparation program has a strong reputation in the Denver Metro area and beyond. School administrators describe our teacher candidates as looking like "2nd and 3rd year teachers" coming right out of this program. We prepare to be a highly effective and compassionate teacher, especially for urban and diverse elementary, middle or high school classrooms or wherever you choose to begin your career. We also prepare you to be a teacher leader, as many of our graduates have gone on to unique positions of educational leadership as their careers have progressed, making a difference for students in multiple ways!


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