Coursework in the Secondary Science program is designed to provide a coherent learning experience that culminates in a successful student teaching semester.  In Colorado, teacher licensure is structured around a degree plus licensure framework. Undergraduate students that plan to pursue careers as secondary teachers may complete the teacher certification program in conjunction with their bachelor’s degree. The program requires 38 semester hours of education (EDUC) coursework in addition to a student’s major requirements, unless the student is an Engineering Plus major.

The Engineering Plus program requires 25 semester hours of education (EDUC) coursework for Engineering. Students who plan their coursework carefully can complete the requirements for their degree and the teaching license in four years.

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Program Checksheet for Secondary Science

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Secondary Science teacher education program is competitive and satisfying the minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance. Please also note that some requirements will take longer than others to complete. All applicants should plan accordingly. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following:

  1. Minimum 2.75 GPA overall
  2. Minimum 2.75 Content GPA
  3. At least 26 semester hours of college coursework completed or in progress
  4. 25 hours of youth interaction with children ages 12-18, within the past five years. Unacceptable experiences are any form of peer counseling performed in high school, any work as a babysitter or nanny, any experience supervised by a relative or friend, and any experience involving your own children, relatives, or a friend’s children.
  5. Demonstration of Basic Skills (Math and Verbal). The state of Colorado mandates that all teacher education students demonstrate basic skill competence in mathematics and literacy. Students may complete an appropriate course in mathematics and composition with a grade of “B-” or better, or submit an approved standardized test score.

Application Process

Please refer to the Undergraduate Application Instructions for the application process and all application materials.

There are a number of reasons that an applicant may be denied admission, such as number of spaces available in a cohort and the overall strength of the applicant pool. Students whose applications are rejected are encouraged to improve their application and reapply for a future term.

Secondary Science applicants can begin the program in either the fall or spring semester.

Applications to the teacher education program are considered on a rolling admissions basis.

Fall Term:

  • February 1: Priority deadline for admission notification by mid-March.
  • April 15: Deadline to submit materials for admission notification by July.

All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the deadline in order to be considered for admission. 

Spring Term:

  • September 15: Priority deadline for admission notification by mid-October.
  • November 1: Deadline to submit application materials for admission notification by mid-December.

All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the deadline in order to be considered for admission. 

Program Requirements

Four education courses, EDUC 2020, EDUC 2030, EDUC 3013 and EDUC 4050, are required for the program but may be taken prior to admission. EDUC 2020 should be taken the fall semester of the candidate’s freshman year, and EDUC 2030 should be taken in the spring semester of the freshman year. Students interested in the teaching license are encouraged to take EDUC 3013 during the fall semester of their sophomore year and EDUC 4050 during the spring semester of their sophomore year. These courses provide students with an introduction to the education program and are a good representation of what students can expect throughout the program. In addition to the School of Education requirements, Secondary Science candidates must satisfy Content Requirements to prepare them in the necessary content knowledge.

Bachelor’s Degree Major

We recommend that students in the Secondary Science program declare one of the following majors, as it is possible to graduate with the degree and teaching license in four years. Students that do not declare one of the majors above may still enroll in the teacher education program. However, it may require more than four years to complete the requirements for both programs and there may be stipulations to your admission.



Content Requirements

Content Requirements do not need to be completed in order to apply to the program. However, all requirements must be satisfied prior to the student teaching semester. Candidates that carefully plan their schedule can satisfy degree requirements and education requirements simultaneously.

Student Teaching

In the final semester, candidates student teach for a minimum of 17 weeks. This involves a full-time (all day) commitment. To student teach, candidates must complete all course requirements and pass a state-approved content area licensure exam prior to the Student Teaching semester.