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Thank you for your interest in the MA + Teacher Licensure program at the University of Colorado Denver's School of Education & Human Development (SEHD).

We offer graduate teacher licensure summer and fall admission each year for general education (elementary and secondary) and special education to begin a program in either May or August. Programs are full time and last a year to a year and half depending on your start date. Students take 1-2 more additional courses after the licensure program to earn their masters in either Education and Human Development with an emphasis in Teaching in Diverse Contexts or Special Education (for those in initial or dual special education licensure track.)

Attending an information session or meeting in​ person or phone appointment with an department advisor is highly encouraged to learn more about the application process. Please contact us at 303-315-6300 or

Prospective students must submit a complete application for any of the deadlines as well as attend a group interview to be considered for admission. Admission is competitive and acceptance is granted to the most highly qualified applicants. 

Application Deadlines/Interviews

Summer Application Deadlines

Fall Application Deadlines

February 15, 2018

April 1, 2018

Summer Interview Dates*

Fall Interview Dates*

March 10, 2018 April 19, 2018

​Summer Program Begins

​Fall Program Begins

May 21, 2018

August 20, 2018

*If unable to physically attend an interview, candidate is able to arrange a phone interview.

Important steps to take before beginning application process:

(Due to the rigorous nature of teacher preparation as guided by state and national accreditation standards, pre-planning steps are necessary before applying to the GTE program. Please note that these steps must be taken and more time may be needed in order to meet specific deadlines. Phone or in person appointments with the department advisor are highly recommended in order to determine the best time for applicants to apply.)

Step 1. Complete a transcript evaluation for content knowledge from your bachelor and/or masters. We must ensure that all candidates have appropriate and sufficient content knowledge related to the content they are planning to teach aligned with their identified teacher licensure area. Please fill out the form here to submit your transcripts.

Step 2.  Complete any outstanding prerequisite content courses that are needed per the transcript evaluation. You can still be taking courses in the term that you apply - courses must be finished by the time you start the program.

Step 3. Pass the Praxis Subject AssessmentTo start your student teaching experience and obtain your license, you must pass a state-mandated content knowledge exam. We no longer require you to submit test results with your graduate application. Admitted students will receive additional instructions regarding these exams upon admission. ​

Application Process:

Step 1. Prepare your materials. The School of Education & Human Development accepts all applications online. Please note that the only item we will need as hard copies sent into the department will be official transcripts, ranking forms, and any paper checks. Incomplete applications will not processed nor will receive an invitation for a group interview. Students who are non-U.S. citizens will need to apply first with International Admissions.

Please review the information below to become familiar with the application process. These items and directions will be available within the online application. Your application will include:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (IMPORTANT NOTE: Candidates with a cumulative GPA below a 3.0 will be considered for provisional admission based on the overall strength of other required admission criteria).
  • Current resume or curriculum vita. Please highlight education, relevant work experience particular experience related to work with children/youth, leadership and/or volunteer experience, and any honors awarded.
  • Three Short Constructed Response Essays. See guidelines.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional recommenders. Please provide your recommender’s with the following guidelines to use when writing their letter:

    "As you write the recommendation letter for this applicant, please address the candidate’s knowledge and skills as they relate to collaboration with others, self-initiative, time management/organization, professionalism/maturity, and their overall potential to be an effective teacher working in diverse schools and communities."

  • One official degree bearing transcript from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university. Please also submit transcripts from (a) institutions granting previous degrees and (b) institutions from which courses have been taken that you wish to transfer into the program. 
  • The $50 application fee for domestic students ($75 application fee for international students) may be paid via credit card, e-check or by mailing in a check.

Step 2. Submit your application. Your application must be submitted online. Please visit the link below to set up your user name and password to access the online application.

Step 3. Mail in or drop off transcripts, ranking forms from recommenders, and payment if by paper check.  Instructions are also listed in the online application. Your information will be matched up with your online application once received. 

Mailing address:

CU Denver School of Education
& Human Development
Campus Box 106
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical address:

1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 701
Denver, CO 80204

Step 4. Attend an admissions interview. All individuals who submitted a COMPLETE application will receive an email with the interview invitation that contains all details approximately one week before the scheduled interview. During this group interview, prospective students participate in a highly interactive group discussions and activities to further assess each applicant's readiness as well as aid in internship placement.

Step 5. Monitor your email. All communication regarding the status of your application, questions you may have, as well as, admission decisions will be sent to the e-mail address you provide to us. Correspondence will be sent out approximately two weeks after the deadlines confirming your online application has been received. This is a similar time frame for also receiving an admission decision after the scheduled interview.

Step 6. Scholarships. Now that you’ve applied to your program, please go to the Scholarship Portal to apply for scholarships! You will use the same credentials to log in as you used to apply.


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