Teacher Licensure

Education student teaching in grade school class
Degrees Offered: BA MA

The School of Education offers course work leading to initial Colorado licensure for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and master’s degree students. Colorado requires public school teachers to be licensed by its state department of education. Students who successfully complete all School of Education requirements will be recommended for a Colorado provisional (initial) teaching license, the license issued to all new teachers in Colorado. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and from teaching area to area. Students who are interested in teaching in other states should familiarize themselves with the requirements of those states so they may plan an appropriate degree program.

Teacher education at the University of Colorado, while administered by the School of Education, is a university­wide function. Many academic departments provide course work that supports the teacher­in­training. Undergraduate students follow a prescribed set of Arts and Sciences core courses that meet state content preparation standards, complete a major and satisfy professional education requirements concurrently. The program involves a combination of courses at the university as well as K–12 school placements.

Licensure programs for undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students are available in elementary education, secondary education and music. In secondary education, specialties include English, world language, mathematics, science and social studies. Licensure programs for MA students are available in secondary education, with specialties in English, mathematics, science and social studies.