Bachelor of Arts in English, Secondary English (License)

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: BA License

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Equips future teachers with valuable content knowledge to teach in the broad field of English studies (literature, film, and writing and rhetoric), while seeking secondary English licensure through the Teacher Education Program.

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

What you'll learn

Turn your passion for literature into a profession. You could be the English teacher who expands students' world views, language development, interpretation skills and creative thinking. In this four-year, 120 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.

At CU Denver, preparing English or Language Arts teachers is a highly collaborative process between the English department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the School of Education & Human Development. This program offers real life experience with secondary schools in Denver Metro area school districts.

In this teacher education program, you will learn from nationally and internationally recognized faculty members who are known for innovation and research in literacy, language, social and emotional growth and building a diverse teacher workforce. Through the English department, you will garner the essential content and education theory needed to be an effective English 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 120 credit hour BA in English Literature 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 CLAS advisor XXX at XXXX as soon as possible to indicate your interest and to plan your 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.