The Secondary World Language licensure program is organized around a conceptual framework grounded in our shared commitments to teaching for equity and justice and drawn from theories and pedagogies that center anti-oppressive aims. We focus on three key interconnected themes:
- Power, Privilege, and Positioning
- Culture and Diversity
- Agency and Change
This framework invites candidates to explore a series of guiding questions through courses and practicum experiences and to examine reiteratively how centering these themes impacts teaching and learning. As program faculty, we both understand that this work is challenging and are committed to learning with and from our candidates.
Undergraduate students in the World Language licensure program should declare French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian or Spanish as a major to ensure an efficient, content-centric pathway.
Candidates are admitted into the program as undergraduates or Post-BA students. They complete both content area major and teacher licensure requirements and 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.
This program leads to a Colorado provisional license in Secondary (7-12) French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish. Candidates must choose one area. 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.
Note: We are currently unable to accept applications for Secondary World Language licensure programs other than Spanish. Please contact an education advisor for more information.
Undergraduate Admission 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.
Admission to the undergraduate teacher education program is competitive; satisfying the minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance.
To be considered for admission, applicants must:
- Earn a minimum 2.5 GPA overall.
- Demonstrated passion for justice and equity
- Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations
- Demonstrated experience working with youth or in community leadership and organizing
- Have 24 college credits completed or in progress (not including credit by examination, e.g., AP or IB credit).
- Meet with a School of Education academic advisor to review program requirements and timeline to completion.
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.
Undergraduate students interested in pursuing secondary licensure in English, social studies, math, science, or Spanish will select the "ADD" option on the intra-university transfer application. Secondary licensure is pursued in conjunction with a different BA program related to the content area in which the student wishes to be licensed. Options will be discussed in students' pre-application meetings with School of Education academic advisors. In addition to the IUT application, secondary licensure applicants must submit an essay addressing the questions below:
You will need to submit:
- The intra-university transfer application.
- A personal statement of 1000 words that addresses each point:
- Why you want to become a (level/subject) teacher and why now
- Description of a powerful learning experience in your life and how it might inform your own teaching in the future
- 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
The School of Education follows the campus-wide application deadlines as detailed on the intra-university transfer website and detailed below. However, due to the structure of School of Education programs, the emphasis on fieldwork, and the need for individualized advising, we strongly recommend that you apply by the registration access deadlines during the fall (October 1) and spring (March 1).
IUT application open dates:
- September 15, 11:59 p.m. MT: Spring Application
- February 15, 11:59 p.m. MT: Summer and Fall Application
IUT change/add registration access dates:
- October 1, 11:59 p.m. MT: Spring Registration Access or Admission
- March 1, 11:59 p.m. MT: Summer and Fall Registration Access or Admission
- June 1, 11:59 p.m. MT: Fall Registration Access or Admission
IUT change/add final dates:
- First day of classes for each term
Post-BA Admissions Requirements
If you have Bachelor’s degree in a world language and want to pursue teacher licensure, you may apply to the Post-Baccalaureate (Post-BA) teacher education 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:
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
- Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA and minimum 2.75 GPA in all content area coursework.
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:
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
- A Personal Statement of 1,000 words addressing each of the following:
- Why you want to become a (level/subject) teacher and why now.
- Description of a powerful learning experience in your life and how it might inform your own teaching in the future.
- 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.
- A current resume (recommended but not required)
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, print recommendation letters) must be mailed to:
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Suite A122
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the deadline.
- February 15
- October 1
For more information, please contact the School of Education by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 303-492-6555.