What is the CU Teach program?

CU Teach, housed in the School of Education, provides a pathway to secondary math or science teacher licensure for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or master's students. CU Teach believes in connecting theory to practice through authentic experiences, and the majority of CU Teach courses include a praciticum component in local schools or communities. We also strive to prepare students to teach using research-based instructional practices and to teach STEM for equity and justice. 

The program is unique in providing an opportunity for undergraduate students to earn a bachelor's degree and Colorado teacher licensure in four years. Students who have already finished their bachelor's degree may earn a master's degree plus licensure in an accelerated, 14-month program, and there is also an option to solely earn a teaching license.

How do I start the CU Teach program?

The starting point for CU Teach is Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (EDUC 2020). This course is open to all undergraduates (though priority enrollment is given to freshmen and sophomore math, science, engineering, and open option majors). This course offers undergraduates an opportunity to try out teaching with real students in local elementary schools. The Step 1 course allows you to fulfill the youth experience requirement for officially applying to the CU Teach licensure program. The next course is Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design (EDUC 2030). Here you build off the experiences of Step 1 to develop your instructional practices, now at the middle school level. The major goal of both Step 1 and 2 is to offer students experiences that help them decide whether teaching science or mathematics is a career path they want to pursue.

I don't plan on teaching in Colorado after graduation. Is CU Teach right for me?

Earning a teaching license through CU Teach is an excellent way to start your teaching career, no matter what state you choose to work in after you graduate. Once you earn a Colorado teaching license, you take it with you, whether you stay in Colorado or move to another state. If you do move to another state after you earn a Colorado teaching license, you will need to check with that state's department of education to find out what additional requirements, if any, you would have to complete to attain a license from that state. Generally, the licensing requirements are similar from state-to-state. However, there could be differences between Colorado's requirements and those for the specific state that you are planning to teach in after you graduate (e.g., taking an additional class or passing a state licensing exam). Set up an appointment with a School of Education advisor to learn more.

What classes should I enroll in to help me with my goals to become a teacher?

There are several classes you can take to help you with your goals of becoming a teacher. EDUC 3013: School and Society is required for every licensure candidate, and it meets the A&S Cultural and Gender Diversity OR Contemporary Societies core requirement. EDUC 2020: Step 1 Inquiry Approaches to Teaching STEM offers hands-on teaching experience and the opportunity for students to explore teaching as a career. Check out teaching licensure programs that CU offers.

I am interested in teaching, but I am not exclusively interested in teaching math or science. Would CU Teach still be a good program for me?

While CU Teach is specifically focused on increasing the numbers of secondary math or science teachers, any student at CU can take the program’s first two courses: Step 1 and Step 2. Any undergraduate student exploring whether teaching is right for them should consider taking EDUC 2020: Step 1. This 2-credit course is a good starting point for anyone thinking about becoming a K-12 teacher (of any content area). However, given our program's focus on STEM teaching, priority registration is given to math, science, engineering, and open-option majors. 

As a sophomore, is it possible to complete the program by the time I would normally graduate?

Certainly, as a sophomore you will have opportunities to complete your teacher licensure and bachelor's degree requirements prior to graduation. Set up an appointment with a School of Education advisor to learn more. An advisor can help you map out what it would take for you to earn a teaching license while you're at CU.

I am interested in taking the Step 1 course, but the classes are already full. What should I do?

We strongly recommend that you put yourself on the waitlist for one of the current sections. It is the best way for us to know that you are interested in the program. We will give waitlisted students priority registration for the next semester’s Step 1 course.

What is after the Step 2 class?

After Step 2, students are encouraged to apply to the School of Education’s Licensure program in either secondary mathematics or secondary science. Once admitted to the School of Education, students continue their major and core graduation requirements, as well as math/science specific education courses. If you start CU Teach early enough in your college career, you can graduate CU with a bachelor’s degree and a Colorado teaching licensure within four years.

How many education credits are required after the Step 1 and Step 2 courses?

For both math and science licensure programs, there are 30 credits, which involve six courses in Education beyond Step 1 and Step 2, followed by student teaching for a full semester. You can take multiple licensure classes in the same semester, as long as you meet the prerequisites.

Can I take the Step courses without committing to the rest of the CU Teach Program?

Yes. You can take both Step courses to explore the idea of teaching and to learn more about math and science education without having to commit to the whole CU Teach program. In addition, the Step courses will help you fufill requirements for our STEM Education Certificate.

How can I meet with an education advisor?

Please visit the School of Education Advising page for more information.