Coursework in the Secondary Social Studies program is designed to provide a coherent learning experience that culminates in a successful student teaching semester. The program may be started in either fall or spring semester. Two courses (EDUC 3013 and EDUC 4112) may be taken prior to admission to the program or in the first two semesters.
Admission to the Secondary Social Studies 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:
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
- Minimum 2.75 Content and Content GPA
- 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.
- 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.
Please refer to the Post-BA Application Instructions for the application process and all application materials.
If you are a current CU graduate student or applying to a CU gradute program in addition to the licensure program, please follow these Application Instructions.
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 Social Studies 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.
⦁ February 1st - Early Priority Deadline. (Applications completed by this date will receive a response by March 15th.)
⦁ July 15th – Deadline to complete application for admission consideration. (Please note that the application portal may be closed for maintenance April-June.)
⦁ September 15th - Early Priority Deadline. (Applications completed by this date will receive a response by October 15th .)
⦁ November 1st – Deadline to complete application for admission consideration.
Application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the deadline in order to be considered. After the Early Priority Deadline, applications are considered on a space-available basis.
Two education courses, EDUC 3013 and EDUC 4112, are required for the program but may be taken prior to admission. In addition to the School of Education requirements, Secondary Social Studies candidates must satisfy Content Requirements to prepare them in the necessary content knowledge.
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.
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.