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 during their sophomore or junior years and complete three courses prior to the intensive course sequence that comprises the senior year of study (please see Course Overview and Schedule below). Given the course load and rich practicum experiences associated with the intensive senior year, students need to complete all but 1-2 or their general education and major courses by the end of the summer following the junior year. This requires careful planning, so please reach out to the School of Education advising team for guidance (, Education Building room 151). 

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.

Potential applicants who are current juniors or seniors (or any others interested in earning an MA degree and teacher licensure in one year) are encouraged to consider applying to our one-year, intensive MA+ teacher licensure program.

 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:

  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, 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.
  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 the youth experiences you have reported here, what have you learned about and from young people?
  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 the 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​

Apply for Admission

Apply in Spring of sophomore year or Spring of junior year for admission the following Fall. Praxis II must be passed before the start of the Spring semester of the intensive-year sequence.

Courses to Take During the Sophomore/Junior Years:

Course # Course title
EDUC 3013 School and Society
EDUC 4112 Educational Psychology
EDUC 4001 Framing Equity and Justice in the Humanities Classroom (at school site one full day each week) NOTE: This course is offered in the Spring of each year; students should ideally enroll in the Spring of junior year just before the intensive-year sequence outlined below.)

Intensive-Year Sequence (Senior Year):


Course # Course title
EDUC 5316 Nature of Social Studies
EDUC 4023 Differentiating Instruction in Diverse Secondary Classrooms
EDUC 4325 Queering Literacy in the Secondary Classroom
EDUC 4330 Secondary Social Studies Methods I
EDUC 4901 Student Teaching I (at school site every T/Th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)


Course # Course title
EDUC 5355 Secondary Social Studies Methods II
EDUC 4490 Blurring Disciplinary Lines in the Humanities
EDUC 4902 Student Teaching II (at school site every day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Maymester (optional course for undergraduate students)

Course # Course title
EDUC 5395 Professional Teaching for Equity and Justice