Thank you for your interest in the Urban Community Teacher Education program at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development.
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.
Attending an information session or attending our semesterly open houses, meeting in person or phone appointment with an department advisor is highly encouraged to learn more about the application process. Please contact the SEHD Department at 303-315-6300 or SOEeducation@ucdenver.edu .
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.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE APPLYING TO THE SPED GENERALIST INITIAL LICENSURE PROGRAM OR SPED DUAL LICENSURE PLEASE VISIT THIS LINK FOR APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS.
Summer Application Deadlines
Fall Application Deadlines
February 15, 2015
April 15, 2015
Summer Interview Dates*
Fall Interview Dates*
March 11th, 2015
May 13th, 2015
*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 rigor and important nature of training applicants in a teacher education program, as well as state standards, pre-planning steps are necessary before applying to the UCTE 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. Scan/email or fax unofficial copies and your licensure area interest to firstname.lastname@example.org / fax 303-315-6311.
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. Register for and pass a state mandated content knowledge exam either through the national Praxis II (www.ets.org/praxis) or Colorado state PLACE (www.place.nesinc.com) testing administration sites. Contact department advisor for appropriate test for licensure area.
- List University of Colorado Denver and Colorado Department of Education as the recipients of test scores.
- When you receive your passing scores, keep a copy for your records.
Save the PDF to your hard drive or file the hard copy for reference. Testing agencies charge up to $50.00 to resend score reports.
Step 4. If cumulative GPA from bachelor's degree is below a 2.75, register and pass a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). To be competitive, GRE scores should be at 150 or better for both verbal and quantitative. MAT scores should be within the 400-600 range. GRE code for CU Denver is 4875. Choose CU Denver as recipient for MAT scores.(www.ets.org/gre)(www.milleranalogies.com)
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:
- Current resume or curriculum vita. Please include all teaching and/or other educational certificates held and the state that issued them.
- Signed Oath and Consent Form
- Fingerprint Affidavit
- Three Short Constructed Response Essays. See guidelines.
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Form
- Three ranking forms from professional recommenders. Please follow online instructions provided on the FERPA Form and utilize the specific ranking forms (link) provided.
- 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.
- Copy of official Graduate Record Exam (GRE)/Miller Analogy Test (MAT) scores (if applicable.)
- Copy of passed PLACE or PRAXIS II scores.
- 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. Apply online. Your application must be submitted online. First, set up your username and password to access the application. Once you have your username and password, you must select Curriculum and Instruction under the "field of study" drop down menu to apply to this program.
After you complete the new user registration, you will receive the following two emails from email@example.com:
- The first email contains your password for record and verification purposes.
- The second email contains your username for record and verification purposes
For any technical issues that arise when applying online, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
CU Denver School of Education
& Human Development
Campus Box 106
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
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.