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)
Teacher Education Programs
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. The program includes extensive internships in our partner school districts and mentoring from university and school-based professionals, as well as the opportunity to work with faculty who are national and international leaders in their fields. We are in the top 5 percent of programs in the nation that provide a gold-standard yearlong internship in schools as a regular part of teacher preparation. Our teacher preparation can’t be matched in the state, especially for those future teachers who want to gain specialized skills for teaching in culturally, linguistically and economically diverse settings, including urban and rural settings as well as internationally diverse classrooms.
Undergraduate students may choose from:
Early Childhood Education
In partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we also offer secondary education teacher licenses in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, French, Science, Spanish and an Individually Structured Major in Elementary Education option.
Secondary education/Social Studies
Elementary Option through CLAS
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.
Interested in Applying?