Denver’s School of Education & Human Development attracts students who have
a passion for careers in education. We prepare you for success with a model rooted
in intensive real-world practice and mentorship. Our long-time district partners
provide the school settings for “residences-in-practice” that prepare inspirational,
forward-thinking, highly effective, results-focused educators who are deeply
invested in all students’ growth and achievement.
experienced team will support you both in the field and at the university. The
team will include classroom mentor teachers, CU Denver site-based faculty and various
school and district leaders.
graduates are champion educators. They are recognized as among the most
prepared in the nation to support students with diverse languages, cultures and
abilities in the classroom. And, because of their in-depth preparation, CU
Denver teacher licensure alumni earn the highest average base salary when
compared to graduates of other teacher education programs in Colorado.
- Over 900 hours of classroom experience provide our education
students with skills and experiences that far exceed the state requirement
and the average training received by first-year teachers.
- Graduates of our Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies
program serve throughout Colorado as principals, assistant principals and
- Decades-long partnerships with Denver Metro schools and
communities, as well as rural school districts, lead to intensive,
well-supported internships and residencies for students.
- CU Denver offers a high-quality, well-supported alternative
licensure programs called ASPIRE to Teach.
Taught by Nationally Recognized Faculty Give Our Students an Edge:
gaining real-world experience in classrooms, you will also be taking courses
that ground and inform your teaching. Our faculty members are the “go-to
experts” in their fields. With them, you will develop civic leadership skills;
collaborative approaches to working with families and communities; a critical understanding
of how diverse students learn; and, how to teach with best practices from
around the world. We develop teachers and leaders who know how to use theory
and research, combined with data and experience, to make decisions that support
the learning of all students.
Practice-Based Pathways for Teachers and Leaders
We will help you find the
right match for you!
Pathways for Teachers:
Denver offers multiple pathways into teaching that are nationally recognized as
innovative and practice-based. All of our pathways prepare graduates to support
language, cultural and ability diversity in the classroom and to advocate for
educational excellence for ALL children. We have options for students who have chosen teaching as their first career, as well as
pathways for career
These pathways include undergraduate and graduate preparation programs that
lead to the state’s conventional licenses, as well as alternative licensure programs. With multiple
licensure options, online and blended, fulltime and part-time, we strive to be
flexible and accommodating to the complex schedules of our students. All of the
teacher education curriculum and experiences within these pathways are aligned
with Colorado reform legislation, district evaluation frameworks and national
Initial Teacher Licensure
- Our undergraduate teaching programs lead to licensure in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary, Secondary Education and Special Education.
- MA in Education and Human Development with a concentration in Teaching in Diverse Contexts (with initial licensure): We view teacher education as an ongoing developmental process linking pre-service, induction and ongoing professional growth experiences. This option is an excellent choice for students who would like to obtain a master’s degree with a teaching license. Endorsements are also connected with these options.
about Advancing your Career?
you have started your teaching career, you may decide to pursue an advanced
degree. And, CU Denver is an excellent place to continue your education.
- Personalized Professional
job of an educator or human development professional is more challenging today
than ever before. Success means having the ability to draw from a broad range
of skills. A Personalized Professional Master’s Degree gives you greater control of your learning
experience. You get a top-ranked master’s degree and a customizable curriculum
that allows you to develop the interdisciplinary skills you need to advance
your career and improve your students’ outcomes. Endorsements are also connected with
- School Improvement,
Program Evaluation, Practice-Engaged Research, Assessments: At no other time has
research and assessment data been as important in the education process. CU
Denver has MA in Education and Human Development options in research and evaluation and assessment for those interested in
becoming educational researchers, evaluators, test developers, measurement
specialists and administrators.
- CU Denver’s Administrative
Leadership and Policy Studies program offers two leadership programs: the Principal
Licensure Program and the Executive
Leadership Program. We also serve all of Colorado with an online Principal
Licensure Program. Our graduates serve in school districts as principals and
assistant principals, superintendents and central office personnel. Our
curriculum is aligned with state and national standards and also with partner
district leadership evaluation frameworks. Our teaching team is a blend of CU faculty
and highly successful field-based principals and superintendents.
our work in educator and principal preparation, we partner with the largest
urban and rural school districts in Colorado, communities, state agencies, foundations and local/national
education reform leaders. Our undergraduate and graduate
teacher education programs are in full partnership with several Denver Metro school
districts to support full-year internships and residencies. Our alternative
teacher licensure program ASPIRE
collaborates with Teach for America and Northeast, San Luis, Southeast and
of our teacher education curriculum and experiences are aligned with Colorado
reform legislation, district evaluation frameworks and national trends. We have
designed each experience to support the rich cultural and linguistic diversity
that is Colorado.
Denver is at the forefront of the national movement to measure the effectiveness of our educator
preparation programs through an evaluation of student outcomes. We design our
programs around the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards and regularly measure
our student’s progress toward these standards. We are actively working with the
Colorado Department of Education to design an approach to measure our
graduate’s impact on student learning.