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Teaching License: Secondary Science


At CU Denver, we recognize the urgent need for outstanding science teachers in this country. Students in the science education program are in it for the adventure! The experiential, inquiry-based nature of most of the program attracts individuals who want to take an active role in their professional growth. 

Preparing teachers is a highly collaborative process between the School of Education & Human Development at CU Denver as well as our highly experienced K-12 partner educators in the metro area. In this program, you will 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 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!

Earning your license through the Graduate Urban Community Teacher Education program at CU Denver also provides a direct pathway to completing your master's degree in education. Licensure courses count towards an MA degree in many areas. Most teacher candidates complete their licensure courses first in 12-24 months, secure their first teaching job, and then continue with us on a part-time basis while teaching to complete the few remaining MA courses.

For more information on program requirements, please attend an information session. If unable to attend, you may also contact an academic advisor at 303-315-6300 or


We select our Urban Community Teacher Education students very carefully. After you apply to the Urban Community Teacher Education program, we will contact you via e-mail about an in-person group interview. This interview process allows university faculty, as well as professors in our professional development schools, an important opportunity to assess the holistic potential of our applicants.

If you are admitted to the School after the group interview, we will require you to attend a new student orientation prior to registration. You will receive notification of the orientation by e-mail.

For more information on program requirements, please attend an information session. If unable to attend, you may also contact an academic advisor at 303-315-6300 or

Please review the course sequencing options for this 39 credit hour Masters + licensure program.

For more information on program requirements, please attend an information session.  If unable to attend, you may also contact an academic advisor at 303-315-6300 or


Student for Equity and Justice in Education (SEJE) is a student organization focused on engaging in the issues facing urban education. SEJE seeks memebers who are interested in working in urban and diverse schools to creat equitable systems of education and to promote social justice through community collaboration and youth empowerment. What role will you play in the furture of education?

For more information, please contact Alana McCoy, club sponsor at


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!

Recent graduates of this program have gone on to become:
Middle and high school science teachers in public and private schools
Instructors at local non-profit organizations

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