The Secondary Social Studies licensure program is organized around a conceptual framework grounded in our shared commitments to equity and justice. We focus on three key themes:

  • Power, Privilege, and Positioning
  • Culture and Diversity
  • Professional Identity

This framework invites candidates to explore a series of guiding questions throughout each course and practicum experience and to examine how centering these themes impacts teaching and learning.

We recommend that undergraduate students in the Secondary Social Studies program declare one of the following majors, as an efficient, content-centric pathway:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Affairs

Students who do not declare one of the majors above may still enroll in the teacher education program. Contact an advisor to learn more.

Students are admitted into the program as freshmen, sophomores, or juniors and complete both content area major and teacher licensure requirements (please see Course Overview below). They engage with teachers and students in public secondary school classrooms through a series of supported practicum placements that result in over 800 hours of school-based experience. Note: potential applicants who are current juniors or seniors are encouraged to consider applying to our one-year, intensive MA+ teacher licensure program.

This program leads to a Colorado provisional license in Secondary Social Studies (grades 7-12). To be eligible for licensure, candidates must successfully complete all academic and field experience requirements, pass a state-approved licensure exam, and complete student teaching.

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

 This program is Fall admit only, and the deadline to apply for fall admission is February 15.


Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Incoming first-year students can now apply directly to all of our teacher licensure programs! If you are an incoming student, please see instructions here. If you are a current CU Boulder student, see steps below. 

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:

  1. Earn a minimum 2.75 GPA overall.
  2. Earn a minimum 2.75 GPA across major subject area courses.
  3. Have at least 26 semester hours of college coursework completed or in progress.
  4. Complete the program application with all required documents.

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.
  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 or drop-off at Education Building room 151.
  3. A Personal Statement of 1,000 words addressing each of the following:
    1. Looking back on your K-12 experiences, how would you describe yourself as a student?
    2. When you envision yourself as a classroom teacher, what do you see, who do you see, what kinds of texts and other materials do you see?
    3. As you reflect upon your life experiences to date, what have you learned about, with, and from young people?
  4. A current resume (recommended but not required)

 Tip: Applicants who are taking a Step course (EDUC 2020, 2030, or 2050) may use their experience toward a letter of recommendation. 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.

The Undergraduate Teacher Licensure Application and all materials must be submitted by email, in person, or by mail to:
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 (only)

  • February 15​

Licensure Course Requirements

Course # Course title

EDUC 1001
EDUC 2001
EDUC 3001


EDUC 4001

Humanities Teaching for Equity: Naming (1 credit)
Humanities Teaching for Equity: Noticing (2 credits)
Humanities Teaching for Equity: Negotiating (2 credits)


Framing Equity and Justice in the Humanities Classroom (3 credits)

EDUC 3013 School and Society (3 credits)
EDUC 4112 Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
EDUC 4023 Differentiating Instruction in Diverse Secondary Classrooms (3 credits)
EDUC 5316 Nature of Social Studies (3 credits)
EDUC 4325 Queering Literacy in Secondary Classrooms (3 credits)
EDUC 4330 Secondary Social Studies Methods I (3 credits)
EDUC 5355 Secondary Social Studies Methods II (3 credits)
EDUC 4490 Blurring Disciplinary Lines in the Humanities (3 credits)
EDUC 4712 Student Teaching: Secondary School (10 credits)