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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development
 

BA Individually Structured Major with General Science Secondary Education License


CU Denver’s Science Education program has recently won some very prestigious grants from the National Science Foundation. If you’re interested in changing the future of whole generations of children who currently aren’t receiving a basic grounding in science, and helping students develop a true love for science courses and experiential learning opportunities, we hope that you’ll apply to this program. You’ll learn from world-class, supportive faculty as you:

  • develop expertise in fundamental and experiential science concepts and processes
  • use active, engaging and collaborative learning methods
  • create science curriculum materials
  • study ground-breaking teaching methods and
  • immerse yourself with real work in our professional development schools, helping students ask questions, observe, analyze, explain, and draw conclusions.

Preparing science teachers is a highly collaborative process between the Science 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 Science department, you’ll garner the essential content knowledge of a science teacher during the first 3 to 3.5 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 partner schools as a teacher candidate intern. At the same time you’ll be simultaneously taking urban teacher education classes so that you can immediately 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!

It is possible to complete the undergraduate BA and your teacher education path in 136 credit hours and 4 years. (Note: You may have to take some summer classes or an extra semester), as part of your undergraduate studies.

  • Meet your undergraduate education advisor and start your Urban Teacher Education graduation plan as soon as possible
  • Complete all CU Denver and CLAS core and Individually Structured General Science major requirements
  • Complete Teacher Education course UEDU 4930
  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Apply to the School of Education & Human Development
  • Interview for the program
  • Work with your advisors to make sure that you are on track to apply for graduation and apply for Colorado teacher licensure
  • Finish your remaining Urban Teacher Education courses and professional development school internships by the deadlines
  • Satisfactorily complete final semester course work

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

Teaching prospects for our graduates are excellent. To qualify for initial or professional certification in Colorado, you take the Colorado PLACE or PRAXIS II exams. These examinations have several parts, which may be taken during your course of study. Please see your advisor for more details or visit the PLACE or PRAXIS II websites.

Our graduates become science teachers at middle and high schools.

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