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

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: BA License

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Prepares secondary teachers to encourage their students to become civically engaged. The program focuses on instilling ways to help middle and high school students understand the importance of voting in public elections, how laws come into being, and how to connect with elected officials.

Application​ deadlines

Rolling decision

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

What Students Learn

Students are passionate about helping future pupils understand the importance of civic participation. This includes voting in public elections, how laws come into being, and how to keep in contact with elected officials.
At CU Denver, students learn from internationally recognized faculty members known for innovation and research. Students are surrounded by other committed, innovative, and compassionate students. The program's cohorts crave a deeper level of preparedness—one that will allow them to give their best to every student, every day.
Students may be starting college for the first time, transferring from another institution, or returning to the university setting after years away. Regardless, students join a top education school with collaborative teams of dedicated teachers and award-winning faculty who will prepare students for success.
In this program students will:

  • Learn to plan assessment-informed social studies instruction for educational excellence and equity for all children from diverse racial, ethnic, socio-economic and ability backgrounds.
  • Develop deep understanding of the diverse ways young adults learn social studies and develop within their families and communities and in schools; and gain skills to bring a relevant and engaging curriculum to your standards-based teaching. 
  • Gain the skills for effective classroom organization and management.

Many schools promise a teacher residency with experiential learning under a teacher mentor. Few can deliver one as well-supported and prepared. For more than 25 years, the program has been working with area schools to create a proven residency program that supports students’ development. Students will work with teams of practicing teachers, teacher leaders, and university faculty in the school. Further, because of CU Denver's urban location and partnerships across the state as well as its emphasis on teaching in diverse contexts, graduates are ready to lead and make a difference in any elementary classroom, in any district. Starting in the first year, students are placed in a partner school. In the final year, the experience culminates in a full-time student teaching residency so that students can experience life as a teacher.

Choose CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development

SEHD attracts students who are passionate about careers in teaching. The program matches their passion with an education that is rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches, and real-world practice. That’s why graduates are prepared to make immediate and life-long impacts on people, communities, and the world.
Employers understand that CU Denver graduates bring extreme value to their teams. Human resource directors, principals, and superintendents say that CU Denver candidates enter their first year of teaching with the knowledge, skills, and confidence of second- and third-year teachers.


To earn this 126 credit hour degree, students must meet all requirements in each of the three areas below. Students should declare their intent to pursue a Social Studies license with their academic advisor as early as possible to avoid taking classes that do not count toward the degree or licensure.

Sample Courses

  • SOCY 1001 - Understanding the Social World 3 credits
  • EDFN 1000 - Equality, Rights & Education 3 credits
  • HDFR 3050 - Children's Thinking and Assessment 3 credits
  • HIST 1362 - U.S. History Since 1876 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:4 years

Required Credits for Completion:126

Admission Requirements

Our program seeks individuals who wish to teach as a career. We accept  applications from incoming first-year students, current students at CU Denver, students transferring from community colleges or four-year institutions, individuals who are working as paraprofessionals, assistant teachers or developmental intervention assistants.

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

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

Application Support

Our friends at TEACH Colorado have free tools and resources to make applying to our program—and becoming a classroom teacher—easier! Create an account today and immediately access:

  • An interactive application checklist to keep you on track.
  • $100 fee reimbursement towards application and testing expenses.
  • 1-on-1 expert advice for any question along the way.
  • How-to guides for eligibility, applications, testing and finances.
  • A chance to win a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition.

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For more information, please contact:

School of Education & Human Development
Office of Recruitment and Outreach

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