Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development, Secondary English Language Arts (License)

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: BA License

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Prepares graduates to teach English to diverse adolescents as they develop an appreciation for literature, writing, and new media.

Application​ deadlines

Rolling decision

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

What you’ll learn

University of Colorado Denver's BA in Education and Human Development with a teaching license in English Language Arts expertly prepares you to teach English to adolescents from diverse backgrounds, languages, and cultures as they develop an appreciation for literature, writing and new media.

At CU Denver, you’ll learn from nationally and internationally recognized faculty members who are known for innovation and research in literacy and English education. These are your mentors! You’ll be surrounded by other committed, innovative and compassionate students who crave a deeper level of preparedness—one that will allow them to give their best to every student, every day.

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.

In this program you will:

  • Learn to plan assessment-informed literacy instruction for educational excellence and equity for all children from a variety of racial, ethnic, socio-economic and ability levels.
  • Develop deep understanding of the diverse ways children learn about literacy and develop within their families, communities and schools and learn skills to blend  relevant and engaging curricula with your standards-based teaching methods. 
  • Gain the skills for necessary for effective classroom organization and management.

Many universities and colleges promise a teacher residency with experiential learning under a teacher mentor. 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 local schools. Further, because of our urban location and partnerships in rural settings across Colorado as well as our emphasis on teaching in diverse contexts, our graduates are ready to lead and make a difference in any middle school or high school classroom, in any district or context. Starting in your first year, you’ll be placed in a partner school to begin observations and real-world experiences in public schools. In your final year, these experiences culminate in a full-time student teaching residency where you can experience life as a teacher and begin to hone your craft as a professional educator.

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 by offering  an education that is grounded  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.

Employers understand that CU Denver graduates bring extreme value to their teams. Human resource directors, principals and superintendents tell us 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 BA in Education and Human Development with a teaching license in English Language Arts (7-12), students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below. Students should declare their intent to pursue an English Language Arts (7–12) license with their academic advisor as early as possible to avoid taking classes that do not count toward the degree or licensure.

Sample Courses

  • CLDE 2000 - CLDE Foundations3 credits
  • EDFN 1000 - Equality, Rights & Education3 credits
  • LCRT 4100 - Secondary Literacy Instruction and Assessment3 credits
  • LCRT 4200 - Theory and Methods of Teaching Secondary English3 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.

Sign up today!

For more information, please contact:

School of Education & Human Development
Office of Recruitment and Outreach