Undergraduate Application

This program is designed for current undergraduate students at the University of Colorado Boulder. Admission to the undergraduate teacher education program is competitive; satisfying the minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following:

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA overall
  • Minimum 2.75 Content GPA (secondary only)
  • At least 26 semester hours of college coursework completed or in progress
  • A completed program application with all required documents, including documentation of 25 hours of youth experience.  

For more information about courses and program requirements, visit the CU Boulder Course Catalog

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We are excited that you are ready to pursue a career in education! Admission to the teacher education program is competitive; 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.

You will need to submit:

  1. The Undergraduate Teacher Licensure Application, available online through the School of Education.
  2. One letter of recommendation from a college-level instructor, professor, graduate student instructor, lab instructor, or a teaching assistant, who can submit their letters directly to edadvise@colorado.edu or drop-off at Education Building room 151.
  3. Personal Statement of 1,000 words addressing each of the following:
    1. Why you want to become a (level/subject) teacher and why now.
    2. Description of a powerful learning experience in your life and how it might inform your own teaching in the future.
    3. Reflection on personal strengths (e.g. intellectual passion, academic abilities, disposition to work with youth and professional colleagues) and lived experiences that you will build upon to reach and teach all learners.
  4. The Youth Experience Verification Form documenting 25 hours of youth interaction within the past five years and within the age group you would like to teach.

 Tip: Unacceptable youth experiences include 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. 

 Tip: Applicants who are taking a Step course (EDUC 2020, 2030, or 2050) may use their experience toward a letter of recommendation and in place of youth experience form. If admitted, the students will be provisional pending completion of the Step course. To request your letter, please contact your Step instructor and indicate that you will be applying for admission at the upcoming deadline. 

 Tip: K-12 music applicants who have completed MUSC 2103 (Introduction to Music Education), documented 25 hours of field experience, and earned at least a provisional pass on the sophomore interview, have satisfied requirements for the letter of recommendation and youth experience form. 

All materials must be submitted by email, in person, or by mail to:

edadvise@colorado.edu
University of Colorado Boulder
School of Education Building Room 151
UCB 249
Boulder, Colorado 80309

Note: There are a number of reasons that an applicant may be denied admission, such as limited space in each 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.

Applications must be recieved by 5pm on the deadline date.

If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted the following Monday.

Fall Term: February 15

​Spring Term: October 1

Post-BA Application

If you have bachelor's degree and want to pursue teacher licensure, you have two potential pathways: the Post-Baccalaureate (Post-BA) teacher education program or the MA+ teacher licensure program (Please note that Elementary licensure is not included in the MA+ program).

Admission to the teacher education program is competitive; 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. Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA. Applicants to a Secondary (7-12) program must also have a 2.75 GPA in all content area coursework. Applicants to the K-12 Music program must have a 3.0 GPA in all content area coursework.
  3. A completed program application with all required documents, including documentation of 25 hours of youth experience

 For more information about courses and program requirements, visit the CU Boulder Course Catalog

We are excited that you are ready to pursue a career in education and the Post-Baccalaureate (Post-BA) teacher licensure program! Keep in mind that some requirements will take longer than others to fulfill. Also, satisfying the minimum application criteria does not guarantee admission. Please plan accordingly. 

You will need to submit:

  1. The Post-BA Teacher Licensure Application online for new Post-BA students.
     Tip: Choose First-Time User and then choose the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Application. Please follow the instructions provided and upload required documentation.
  2. One official transcript from every institution of higher education that you have attended regardless of the length of attendance, the number of credits earned/not earned, overall academic performance, or perceived coursework relevance. Electronic Transcripts (Official) may be submitted to gradprocessing@colorado.edu.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from a college-level instructor, professor, graduate student instructor, lab instructor, or a teaching assistant. As an alternative, a letter can be provided by an employer who can provide anecdotal evidence regarding: your written and oral communication skills, analytical reasoning, and/or the ability to read complex material.
  4. A Personal Statement of 1,000 words addressing each of the following:
    1. Why you want to become a (level/subject) teacher and why now.
    2. Description of a powerful learning experience in your life and how it might inform your own teaching in the future.
    3. Reflection on personal strengths (e.g. intellectual passion, academic abilities, disposition to work with youth and professional colleagues) and lived experiences that you will build upon to reach and teach all learners.
  5. The Youth Experience Verification Form documenting 25 hours of youth interaction within the past five years and within the age group you would like to teach.

 Tip: Letters of recommendation may not count towards the youth experience requirement. Youth Experience Verifications must be submitted as an additional application item.

 Tip: Unacceptable youth 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. 

The Post-BA Application and personal statement must be submitted electronically. Electronic submissions of recommendations are preferred. Remember, if you are having letters of recommendation submitted electronically, you need to submit your application earlier than the deadline. By providing your recommenders contact infomation within the application, your contacts will receive an automated email requesting their letter after you have submitted the online application.

Any materials not submitted electronically (i.e. transcripts, Youth Experience Verification Forms, or print recommendation letters) must be mailed to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553  

For International Students 

International applicants must have a United States social security number before they are eligible to apply. The Colorado Department of Education requires a social security number in order to be licensed to teach in the state of Colorado.

For international transcripts, you must provide a printed course-by-course transcript equivalency report provided by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Questions can be directed to the School of Education at 303-492-6555 or edadvise@colorado.edu.

For Current CU Boulder Graduate Students

Current CU Boulder graduate students should work directly with the School of Education. For current graduate students, complete and print a separate Post-BA Application for Current Graduate Students. Current graduate students should submit application materials directly to the School of Education.  

Questions can be directed at 303-492-6555 or edadvise@colorado.edu.

All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the deadline.

Fall Term: February 15

Spring Term: October 1

MA+ Application

This program offers an efficient and experiential route to earning a Master's degree with your teaching licensure. To be eligible for admission to the MA+ program, applicants must meet all of the requirements below. Please note, satisfying the minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following:

  1. Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Minimum 3.00 GPA cumulatively among all institutions attended. Applicants must also have a 3.0 GPA in all content area coursework. Please note, GRE Scores are not required for the MA+ program 
  3. If content coursework is not completed by the start of the program, up to nine (9) semester credit hours may be completed during the program.  All content coursework must be completed prior to the start of the second fall of the program, before student teaching.
  4. A completed program application with all required documents, including documentation of 25 hours of youth experience

For more information about courses and program requirements, visit the CU Boulder Course Catalog.

Please follow the instructions within the application and upload required documents. 

You will need to submit:

  1. The online MA+ Teacher Licensure Application
     Application Tips: 
    • Choose first time user and create an account by following the directions.
    • Once logged in, choose start new application. 
    • Complete personal background section to move on to other parts of the application
    • Under program details choose: Department/Program: Curriculum and Instruction; Degree: Curriculum and Instruction MA; Subplan/Track: Choose from Secondary Science or Secondary Math; and Entry Term: Fall
  2. Unofficial Transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you have ever attended. More information about how to upload transcripts. Only after you are recommended for admission, will you need to provide official transcripts. Official Transcripts must be submitted by July 1. Electronic Transcripts (unofficial and official) may be sent directly to gradprocessing@colorado.edu.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from a college-level instructor, professor, graduate student instructor, lab instructor, or a teaching assistant. As an alternative, a letter can be provided by an employer who can provide anecdotal evidence regarding: your written and oral communication skills, analytical reasoning, and/or the ability to read complex material.
  4. A Personal Statement of 1,000 words addressing each of the following:
    1. Why you want to become a (level/subject) teacher and why now.
    2. Description of a powerful learning experience in your life and how it might inform your own teaching in the future.
    3. Reflection on personal strengths (e.g. intellectual passion, academic abilities, disposition to work with youth and professional colleagues) and lived experiences that you will build upon to reach and teach all learners.
  5. The Youth Experience Verification Form documenting 25 hours of youth interaction within the past five years and within the age group you would like to teach.

 Tip: Letters of recommendation may not count towards the youth experience requirement. Youth Experience Verifications must be submitted as an additional application item.

 Tip: Unacceptable youth 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. 

For International Students 

International applicants must have a United States social security number before they are eligible to apply. The Colorado Department of Education requires a social security number in order to be licensed to teach in the state of Colorado.

For international transcripts, you must provide a printed course-by-course transcript equivalency report provided by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Questions can be directed to the School of Education at 303-492-6555 or edadvise@colorado.edu.

Submitting Materials

The MA+ Teacher Licensure Application and personal statement must be submitted electronically. Electronic submissions of recommendations are preferred. Remember, if you are having letters of recommendation submitted electronically, you need to submit your application earlier than the deadline. By providing your recommenders contact infomation within the application, your contacts will receive an automated email requesting their letter after you have submitted the online application.

Any materials not submitted electronically (i.e. transcripts, Youth Experience Verification Forms, or print recommendation letters) must be mailed to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553

Questions can be directed to the School of Education at 303-492-6555 or edadvise@colorado.edu.

Applications to the MA+ program are only considered for fall admission.

Fall Term Only: January 10, 9:59pm MST 

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline. 

Admission decisions are typically distributed eight weeks after the application deadline. The School of Education will send your official admission decision via email. Please continue to check the email you provided on your application.