Political Science with Secondary Social Studies License​​​

BA License

The BA in Political Science with a secondary Social Studies license prepares students to become teachers who will expand students’ world views, global perspective and understanding of political practices.

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: 120

The Details

What you'll learn

Are you interested in teaching students the importance of voting in a public election, how laws are established and how to contact state representatives? If so, you would make an excellent political science teacher for seventh through twelfth grade students! 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 political science teachers is a highly collaborative process between the political science 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. Through the political science department, you will garner the essential content and education theory needed to be an effective 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, the School of Education & Human Development has 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.

Courses

To earn this 120 credit hour BA in Political 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

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 education@ucdenver.edu or call 303.315.6300.