This document 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 degree and licensure requirements. Students are responsible for knowing and fulfilling all degree requirements. Academic advising is strongly encouraged each semester and is available from the CLAS Advising Office, NC 4002, 303-315-7100. Students should also meet with the faculty advisor in English designated to work with secondary licensure students, 1015 Ninth Street, 303-315-7830.
CU Denver Campus Core/ CLAS Graduation Requirements and UCTE Preparation - 55 credit hours
All coursework required to satisfy campus core intellectual competencies , Communicative Skills and Foreign language requires a minimum grade of C- (1.7) and a cum GPA of a 2.75, UEDU 4910 which requires a minimum grade of B (3.0). Courses with an “R” prefix are required to meet UCTE admission requirements and courses with an “S” prefix are suggested to provide breadth helpful for secondary English teachers. Students should complete the UCD Campus Core, CLAS Graduation Requirements, UEDU 4910 and major courses at the time of application to the UCTE program and/or be registered for the remaining coursework.
Students must see a major advisor within the first year of starting at CU Denver. 1015 Ninth Street, 303-315-7830. 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 are also required to have a minimum of 27 upper division hours in English.. The BA in English requires a minimum of 15 semester hours be taken at UC Denver, and each course applied to the major must earn a minimum ‘C’ (2.0) grade. Students should complete all major requirements at the time of application to UCTE program, be registered for remaining major coursework, or have a plan approved that the courses remaining fit into the 15 month teacher education program. The following list of courses for the major should be used as a guide. Please see the assigned faculty advisor in English for the most current list of requirements.
Creative Writing/Film – (3 Credit Hours, choose 1 course)
Language Development – (3 Credit Hours, choose 1 course)
Media/Language Acquisition – (3 Credit Hours, choose 1 course)
Upper Division Literature Elective – (3 Credit Hours, choose 1 course)
CU Denver Campus Core/ CLAS Graduation Requirements and UCTE Preparation (55 semester hours):
All coursework required to satisfy campus core intellectual competencies , Communicative Skills and Foreign language requires a minimum grade of C- (1.7) and a cum GPA of a 2.75; UEDU 4910 requires a minimum grade of a B (3.0). Courses with an “R” are required to meet UCTE admission requirements and courses with an “S” are suggested to provide breadth helpful for secondary English teachers. Students should complete the UCD Campus Core, CLAS Graduation Requirements, UEDU 4910 and major courses at the time of application to the UCTE program and/or be registered for the remaining coursework.
Arts – (3 Credit Hours)
Humanities – (3 Credit Hours)
Behavioral Sciences – (3 Credit Hours)
Social Sciences – (3 Credit Hours)
Biological & Physical Sciences – (8 Credit Hours)
Cultural Diversity – (3 Credit Hours)
International Perspectives - (3 Credit Hours)
CLAS Graduation Requirements - Complete in addition to the UC Denver campus core
Communicative Skills - (3 Credit Hours)
Foreign language proficiency is demonstrated through a second semester college course (1020) with a minimum grade of ‘C−’ (1.7), satisfactory CLAS proficiency testing, or completion of second year (Level II) high school course with a minimum grade of ‘C−’ (1.7).
Behavioral Science - (3 Credit Hours)
ANY PSYC, COMM or ANTH –(PSYC 3205 recommended) except ANTH 1303, ANTH3301, ANTH 3512 and PSYC 2220
Social Science - (3 Credit Hours)
Any 3 credit hour course in ECON, ETST, GEOG, HBSC, PSCI or SOCY excluding: ENVS 1042, ETST 2155,
GEOG 1202, GEOG 3232, and GEOG 3240
Biological & Physical Science & Math - (3 Credit Hours)
Any 3 credit hour course in BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS or MATH (excluding MATH 3040 and MATH Intellectual Competency course). May also consider ANTH 3301, ANTH 3512, ENVS 1042, GEOG 3232 and GEOG 3240
Initial UCTE (Urban Community Teacher Education) Courses – (8 Credit Hours) Minimum grades of B (3.0) required
Initial Application Due Oct 15 or March 15
Note: Must apply for initial UCTE admission to be eligible for class. Deadlines: Fall – March 15 Spring –October 15
Elective Credit (1 Credit Hour)
CLAS students must earn a minimum of 120 semester hours to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. With successful completion of the General Education, English major requirements and the UCTE Secondary Licensure courses, students may be required to complete additional coursework to meet the minimum 120 semester hours.
Urban Community Teacher Education (29 Credit Hours):
CLAS students seeking admission to the UCTE program should contact their CLAS Advisor for application forms and procedures. Admission to the UCTE program in the SEHD is competitive, and CLAS students who successfully complete the general education and UCTE preparation courses are not guaranteed admission to the UCTE program.
Application Deadlines for Full Admissions
In order to be considered for a Spring Semester Start
In order to be considered for a Fall Semester Start
January 15 or February 15
CLAS students are required to complete the UEDU Secondary Education Licensure courses with a minimum grade of “B” 3.0 in all UEDU courses. Special Note: a minimum of a grade of B (3.0) is required for remaining UEDU Internships. Student can transfer maximum 9 credits teacher licensure courses. Transfer courses must be approved by the SEHD. Student must successfully pass the PLACE or PRAXIS II content test when applying to the program.
UEDU Secondary Licensure Courses – All UEDU courses require minimum grade of B (3.0)
The UCTE advisor in the SEHD verifies course work requirements for Internships, PLACE/PRAXIS II content testing, and completion of UEDU course requirements for secondary English licensure. The CLAS advisor verifies UEDU course work applied to BA degree requirements.
BA Degree and Colorado Licensure
CLAS students must complete the 42hr (30 hours in residence) major in English with an emphasis in Literature to fulfill graduation requirements for the major. It is preferable to complete the BA – English courses before starting the UEDU program, but a small number of ENGL courses can be completed concurrently with UCTE course work. 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.
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.
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.