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Good Teachers Teach, Great Teachers Inspire You to Learn

Intensive real-world experiences create opportunities

CU 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.


Our 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.


Our 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.


Did you know?

  • 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 superintendents.
  • 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.



Courses Taught by Nationally Recognized Faculty Give Our Students an Edge:


While 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.


Multiple Practice-Based Pathways for Teachers and Leaders
We will help you find the right match for you!

Pathways for Teachers:

CU 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 changers. 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 trends.

Initial Teacher Licensure

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

  • Graduate Teacher 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.

Alternative Licensure

Thinking about Advancing your Career?

Once 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 MA: The 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 these options.
  • 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.


Partnering for Success:


In 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 to Teach collaborates with Teach for America and Northeast, San Luis, Southeast and Uncompahgre BOCES.


Colorado Proud:


All 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.


Measured Outcomes:


CU 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.

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