Graduate Urban Community Teacher Education Licensure and Master's Degree Option
The Urban Community Teacher Education program at CU Denver uniquely prepares you to obtain your teaching license and a master’s degree, if you choose. We develop teacher leaders who have the ability, dispositions, and drive to create meaningful, dynamic and engaging learning environments that support the achievement of ALL students.
Live the Life of a Teacher
You will "live 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 while you simultaneously take university classes. Teacher candidates work and learn alongside expert practicing clinical teachers as they put into practice what they learn from their award-winning university faculty. Urban schools need teachers who are not just caring, competent and committed but who understand the importance of engaging with the broader community to create a web of support for their students. CU Denver has the reputation that their graduates enter their first year of teaching with the knowledge, skills, and confidence of 2nd and 3rd year teachers!
Students in the program apply for admission to one of ten specific licensure pathways. Graduate students have options in:
Option to Obtain a Master's Degree
Once you've completed your licensure, you are ready to teach in a classroom. You may also seamlessly transition into a multitude of interesting master's degree options that enable you to gain specialized knowledge and skills. Many of them also include additional teaching endorsements which can advance your career.
Transforming Schools. Connecting Communities.
Ultimately, all teacher candidates—whether elementary teachers, secondary teachers, or special educators—will be able to have a significant positive impact in urban and diverse educational school settings. As teacher leaders, they will act with a sense of urgency to support equity in education for all children.