This web page specifies degree requirements for undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) seeking secondary English teacher licensure through the Urban Community Teacher Education (UCTE) program in the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD).  The requirements specified below fulfill all requirements for the major. Students are responsible for knowing and fulfilling all degree requirements, including the university core, CLAS graduation, and UCTE licensure requirements. Academic advising is strongly encouraged each semester and is available from the CLAS Advising Office. Students should also meet with an advisor in English designated to work with secondary licensure students.


General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

·       CU Denver General Graduation Requirements   

·       CU Denver Core Curriculum    

·       College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduation Requirements 

Students should consult with a CLAS advisor in order to make sure that they are meeting university and College requirements.


BA Degree and Colorado Licensure Program Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 42 English credit hours. Up to 15 of those credit hours can also be counted toward the CU Denver Core and CLAS Graduation Requirements. Those courses are marked below.

Students must complete a minimum of 27 upper-division (3000-level and above) ENGL credit hours. 

Students must complete a minimum of 15 ENGL upper-division (3000-level and above) with CU Denver faculty.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all major courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Students cannot complete major or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.

It is highly recommended that students see a major advisor within the first year of starting at CU Denver. CLAS students seeking secondary English licensure must complete the Literature option within the English major. This degree option requires 42 semester hours of English courses concentrating on literature but also including writing. Students may fulfill a number of university core and CLAS graduation requirements with courses that they are also counting toward the major. These courses are indicated below. 

Students should complete all major requirements at the time of application to the UCTE program, be registered for remaining major coursework, or have an approved plan indicating that the courses remaining fit into the 15-month teacher education program. Students must successfully complete the 35-hr (20 hours in residence) UCTE program for Colorado licensure. Failure to successfully complete the UCTE licensure program will preclude Colorado licensure.

For information on the coursework required for the UCTE licensure program, please consult the Catalog page for Secondary Licensure – CLAS Major Pathway. We strongly encourage that you continue to meet with advisors in CLAS and SEHD in order to make sure that you are meeting the UCTE requirements for the degree.

The semester before planned graduation, CLAS students must meet with their CLAS advisor to verify completion of course work requirements for the BA degree and Colorado secondary English licensure, and to select course work for the last semester.  Students must formally apply for both graduation and licensure, meet the application deadlines, and satisfactorily complete the last semester course work.

·       Meet with CLAS and SEHD advisors the semester before planned graduation.

·       Apply for BA degree graduation through CLAS Advising Office, NC 4002.

·       Apply for Colorado licensure through CLAS Advising Office, NC 4002..

·       Complete application for graduation (CLAS) and licensure (SEHD) by the published deadlines.

·       Satisfactorily complete last semester course work toward UCTE licensure and BA – ENGL major.

·       Receive BA diploma and Colorado secondary English licensure certificate

CLAS students may wish to speak with an advisor in SEHD about obtaining a content or education master’s degree following completion of the BA/UEDU programs.


Program Restrictions, Allowances, and Recommendations

ENGL 1010, 1020, and 2030 are not included in the major.

Students are not to exceed 56 English credit hours (any level).

Latin Honors may be earned by participating in the department’s Honors program. If you are interested in the Honors program, you are encouraged to begin the program in your junior year. The program requires additional coursework and affords you the opportunity to work individually with the professor of your choice. Handouts are available in the English office.

I. Required Courses (21 credit hours)

Take all of the following courses:

ENGL 2450- Introduction to Literature 
ENGL 2070- Grammar, Rhetoric and Style
ENGL 2600- Great Works in Brit.& US Lit. (CU Denver Humanities core)
ENGL 3001- Critical Writing (CLAS Communicative Skills requirement)  
ENGL 3084- Multimedia Composition (CLAS Communicative Skills requirement) 
ENGL 3661- Shakespeare
ENGL 3795- Race and Ethn. in Am Lit  (CU Denver Cultural Diversity core) 

II. Area Requirements (21 credit hours)

A. Take three of the following American, British and Contemporary Literature Courses (one course in each category):  

ENGL 3700- American Literature to the Civil War
ENGL 3750- American Literature after  the Civil War
ENGL 4166- History of American Poetry
ENGL 4230- American Novel
ENGL 4200- Survey of the English Novel to 1900
ENGL 4320- History of Poetry in English
ENGL 4250- 20th Century Fiction
ENGL 4460- Contemporary World Literature
ENGL 4600- Modernism

B. Take one of the following creative writing/film courses:

ENGL 2156- Introduction to Creative Writing (CU Denver Arts Core) 
ENGL 2250- Introduction to Film

C. Take the following language development course:

ENGL 3160- Language Theory

D. Take one of the following media/language acquisition courses: 

ENGL 4190- Advanced Topics in Writing and Digital Studies 
ENGL 4601- Principles & Practices of Second Language Acquisition  

E. Take one of the following upper-division literature courses:  

ENGL 4000- Studies of Major Authors
ENGL 4001- Studies of Major Authors: Am. Lit
ENGL 4002- Studies of Major Authors: Before 1650
ENGL 4003- Studies of Major Authors: 1650-1900
ENGL 4004- Studies of Major Authors: After 1900
ENGL 4236- American Short Story
ENGL 4500- Medieval Literature
ENGL 4520- English Renaissance
ENGL 4560- English Romanticism
ENGL 4580- The Victorian Age