Bachelor of Arts in History, Secondary Social Studies (License)

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: BA License

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Prepares future teachers to expand the world views, global perspectives, and critical thinking skills of secondary school students.

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

What Students Learn

Students of this program are interested in teaching how the past has relevant connections to their personal lives. This undergraduate BA degree prepares excellent history teachers for seventh to twelfth-grade students. This four-year, 120-credit-hour degree delves into planning assessment-informed instruction for educational excellence and equity for all children including those from diverse racial, ethnic, linguistic, class and ability backgrounds.
This program prepares history teachers through a collaborative process between the History department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the School of Education & Human Development. Students will find real-life experiences within secondary schools in Denver area school districts.
In this teacher education program, students learn from internationally recognized faculty members known for innovation and research. Students garner the essential content and education theory needed to be effective history teachers. Through school district partnerships, students "live the life of a teacher," becoming vital members of the staff as teacher candidates.
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 them for success in any classroom.
Any school can promise a teacher residency. Few can deliver one as well-supported and prepared. For more than 25 years, this program has partnered with area schools to create a residency program that supports development as students work with teams of dedicated practicing teachers, leaders, and university faculty. Due to CU Denver's urban location and emphasis on teaching in diverse contexts, graduates are ready to lead and make a difference in any classroom.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

SEHD attracts students who are passionate about careers in teaching. This 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.


To earn this 120-credit hour degree 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 a CLAS advisor as soon as possible to indicate interest and to plan the course schedule.

Program Courses

Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:4 Years

Required Credits for Completion:120

Admission Requirements

We encourage applications from incoming freshmen, 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 and people who are interested in working in community-based organizations.

This program has rolling admissions; but, the application closes:

  • Jan 1 for Spring semester
  • May 15 for Summer semester
  • August 1 for Fall semester.

For more information, email or call 303.315.6300.

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