Coursework in the Secondary World Languages 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 school teachers may complete the teacher certification program in conjunction with their bachelor’s degree. The program requires 27-28 semester hours of education (EDUC) coursework in addition to a student’s major requirements. Students who plan their coursework carefully can complete the requirements for their degree and the teaching license in four years.

Secondary Spanish Checksheet

Secondary French Checksheet

Secondary Japanese Checksheet

Secondary Latin Checksheet 

Secondary German Cheksheet 

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Secondary World Languages 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 World Languages applicants can begin the program in the fall semester only.

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

Two education courses, EDUC 3013 and EDUC 4112, are required for the program but may be taken prior to admission. Although not required, students interested in the teaching license are encouraged to take EDUC 3013 during the fall semester of their sophomore year and EDUC 4112 during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Both 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 World Languages candidates must satisfy Content Requirements to prepare them in the necessary content knowledge.

Bachelor’s Degree Major

We recommend that students in the Secondary World Languages program declare a major in the language they wish to teach.



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.