Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development, Secondary Science (License)

BA License

Prepares students to become teachers knowledgeable in the field of science education, who encourage middle and high school students to think critically, problem-solve, and analyze the world around them.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Online Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 4 years Credits required for completion: 126 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

Becoming a science teacher allows you to encourage a love and curiosity for science in middle and high school students. You will help to foster experiential learning and exploration within students who wish to receive a basic grounding in general science. This in-demand profession is extremely important. You'll inspire students to learn, question, observe, analyze, explain, and draw conclusions about the world around them. In this four-year, 138 credit hour undergraduate BA program, you will learn to plan assessment-informed instruction for educational excellence and equity for all children including those from diverse racial, ethnic, linguistic, class and ability backgrounds.

Preparing science teachers is a highly collaborative process between the science education department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the School of Education & Human Development at CU Denver as well as our highly experienced K-12 partner educators in the metro area.

In this teacher education program, you will learn from nationally and internationally recognized faculty members who are known for innovation and research in STEM education, social and emotional growth and building a diverse teacher workforce. Our department regularly works on prestigious National Science Foundation grants, involving students when possible. Through the science department, you will garner the essential content and education theory needed to be an effective science teacher. In our school district partnerships, you will "live the life of a teacher," becoming a vital member of the teaching staff as a teacher candidate.

You may be starting college for the first time, transferring from another institution, or returning to the university setting after years away. Regardless, you'll join a top education school with collaborative teams of dedicated teachers and award-winning faculty who will prepare you for success in any classroom anywhere.

Any school can promise a teacher residency. Few can deliver one as well supported and prepared as ours. For more than 25 years, we have been working closely with area schools to create a proven residency program that supports your development as you work with teams of dedicated practicing teachers, teacher leaders and university faculty in the school. Further, because of our urban location and emphasis on teaching in diverse contexts, our graduates are ready to lead and make a difference in any classroom.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver attracts students who are passionate about careers in teaching. We match their passion with an education that is rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches and real-world practice. That's why our graduates are prepared to make immediate and life-long impacts on people, communities and the world.


To earn this 136 credit hour BA in General Science with a teacher's license in Secondary Education students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below. Students should declare their track as early as possible to avoid taking classes that do not count toward their degree or licensure. Please reach out to your CLAS advisor as soon as possible to indicate your interest and to plan your course schedule.

Admissions Requirements

Our program seeks individuals who wish to work with diverse people in fields such as health care, education and helping professions, which are areas of employment where you work directly with individuals, families, schools and communities, potentially in diverse or underserved contexts. Many of our graduates pursue further education by enrolling in law school or master’s programs in areas such as family science, counseling, social work, school counseling, family therapy, school psychology and student affairs in higher education and other fields.

This program has rolling admissions, applications close per semester as follows:

  • Spring: Dec. 31
  • Summer: May 31
  • Fall: July 31

Undergraduate Admissions is managed through the University Admissions Office. For more information email or call 303-315-2601