Secondary teacher candidates in this program have typically declared a major suitable for the subject they want to teach. By pairing a focus with your teacher licensure, you will gain added knowledge that will better prepare you to teach in a given area.

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.

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.

 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

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:

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

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 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.
  5. A current resume (recommended but not required)

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.

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​