Thank you for your interest in the Urban Community Teacher Education (UCTE) program at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development (SEHD).
We offer graduate teacher licensure summer and fall admission each year for special education to begin a program in either May or August. Programs are full time and 4-5 semesters.
Attending an information session or attending an open house, meeting in person, or phone appointment with an department advisor is highly encouraged to learn more about the application process. Please contact the SEHD at 303-315-6300 or email@example.com.
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.
Summer Application Deadlines
Fall Application Deadlines
March 1, 2016
March 1, 2016
Summer Interview Dates*
Fall Interview Dates*
Summer Program Begins
Fall Program Begins
|May 16, 2016
||August 22, 2016|
*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 teach preparation as guided by state and national 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. 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 pre-requisite 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. All special education licensure tracks (initial and dual) must pass the elementary content knowledge exam for admissions. Dual secondary education licensure tracks must also pass the content knowledge exam specific to their secondary content area. Special education licensure students will also need to pass a PLACE exam specific to special education content before you begin the final semester of internship but it is not an admissions requirement.
- 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.
After March 1, for those applying for the 2017 application year, all special education tracks will need to also take and pass the Colorado PLACE Special Education Generalist Exam #20 in addition to any other applicable content knowledge exams for admission requirement. Please plan accordingly as this test is only offered three times annually.
Step 4. If cumulative GPA from bachelor's degree is below a 3.0, register and pass a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (http://www.ets.org/gre) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (http://www.pearsonassessments.com/postsecondaryeducation/graduate_admissions/mat.html). GRE code for CU Denver is 4875. Choose CU Denver as recipient for MAT scores. If 24 credits of graduate work at a 3.0 have already been completed, then there is an exemption from GRE or MAT.
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 be processed nor will you 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.
- Short Constructed Response Essays. See guidelines.
- Three recommendations (use specific ranking forms.)
- Two official transcripts from every previous college/university attended.
Please 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. Transcripts should be issued to you, collected by you and subsequently sent to the School of Education & Human Development in the original, unopened envelopes. Instructions on where to mail transcripts are provided in the application.
- Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE)/Miller Analogy Test (MAT) scores (if undergraduate GPA is below a 2.75. IMPORTANT - GPA admission requirements will change to 3.0 beginning with the 2016 summer application deadline. Candidates with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will be required to register and pass the GRE or MAT.)
- PLACE or PRAXIS II scores.
- o All special education licensure tracks must submit passing scores on the elementary content knowledge exam (either PLACE or PRAXIS II)
- IN ADDITION, Dual Secondary applicants must also submit passing scores on the appropriate secondary content knowledge exam.
- The Special Education Generalist PLACE exam will be required prior to your final special education internship if admitted into the program
- $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.
Important Information regarding fingerprinting! Please note that admitted students will not be authorized to register for classes until you pass a background check. It is HIGHLY advisable that you complete this requirement as early as possible and as a part of the application process as it can take anywhere from 6-8 weeks for results of background checks to be reported. Academic Services will verify this requirement has been satisfied upon admission. Failure to complete and pass the fingerprinting process may delay your matriculation into this program. Please follow the link below for instructions on how to submit fingerprints.
To check to see if your fingerprints have been reported to the Colorado Department of Education, please go to the link below.
Use your Social Security number and Date of Birth to confirm that your fingerprint requirement has been met by Colorado Department of Education. Once CDE has received satisfactory fingerprint results from Colorado Bureau of Investigation the top of the page will display “Fingerprint Requirement: Met.”
Step 2. Apply online. Your application must be submitted online. Please visit the link below to set up your user name and password to access the online application. You must select "Special Education" from the "field of study" drop down menu.
Once you complete the new user registration, you will receive the following two emails from firstname.lastname@example.org:
- 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 email@example.com .
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