Minor in Teacher Education

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Education & Human Development


Degree: Minor

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Are you planning on teaching after graduation? The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has partnered with the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) to enable undergraduates to get a jumpstart on their teaching careers. When you join CU Denver’s Teacher Education minor, you gain access to a 4+1 program that helps you earn your CLAS major, a Master’s in Teaching, and a Colorado Teaching License in five years.

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver

What you’ll learn 

The minor in Teacher Education purposefully integrates fieldwork and coursework. It is designed to grow your teaching skills and knowledge to serve all students’ learning. 

This minor pairs nicely with a range of CLAS majors including Biology, Communication, English, Environmental Science, Ethnic Studies, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish. Please speak with your academic advisor to see if this minor is a good fit for you.  

Minor Requirements

  • Of the required courses, at least 9 credits must be completed at the University of Colorado Denver.
  • Transfer courses must be approved by faculty to apply to the minor.
  • Students may sign up for the minor as early as sophomore year. Minor courses are taken during the undergraduate program. Declare the minor by filling out the SEHD Student Major, Track, or Minor Change Form.
  • The content of your bachelor’s degree must match the teacher licensure area you want to pursue in the master’s degree (e.g., a science-related degree for teaching secondary science). 
  • Please meet with an undergraduate advisor in SEHD early on to ensure your major is aligned to the teaching license you are seeking.

Details about the 4 + 1

  • Apply to the MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) during junior year.  
  • Graduate with your undergraduate degree and CLAS major. 
  • Once admitted to the MAT, complete your courses within a year. These make you eligible for the Colorado teaching license.  

Program Courses

  • EDFN 4010 - Social Foundations and Cultural Diversity in Urban Education 3 credits
  • EDHD 2930 - Learning & Development Field Experience & Seminar 3 credits
  • CLDE 5020 - Responsive Classroom Communities 3 credits
  • SPED 5030 - Understanding (dis)Ability in Contemporary Classrooms 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:1 to 2 years

Required Credits for Completion:15

Additional Information

Questions? Please contact academic advisor Danielle Peralta at Danielle.Peralta@ucdenver.edu.  

For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303.315.6300.