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The secondary licensure program is a partnership program between the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD). Secondary Education Licensure students choose a major within CLAS and complete all CORE, CLAS, major, and initial teacher education admission requirements before completing a final professional year of licensure coursework through the SEHD.
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor, CLAS advisor and SEHD advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver General Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Core Curriculum
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduation Requirements
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- Students must complete a minimum of 42 ENGL credit hours. Up to 15 of those credit hours can also be counted toward the CU Denver Core and CLAS Graduation Requirements.
- Students must complete a minimum of 27 upper division (3000-level and above) ENGL credit hours.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all courses that apply to the major and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Courses taken using pass/fail grading cannot apply to major requirements.
- Students must complete a minimum of 15 ENGL upper-division (3000-level and above) credit hours with CU Denver faculty.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
Students are responsible for meeting with the advisor in the SEHD to confirm teacher education and licensure requirements. In addition to completing all minimum program requirements above, SEHD secondary education students must complete the following minimum SEHD licensure requirements:
- Complete the Education Declaration form and all subsequent processes and requirements, including a background check, prior to April 1st (for students intending to complete their clinical field experience in fall) or November 1st (for students intending to complete their clinical field experience in spring). Students must meet with the SEHD advisor for detailed information.
- Student pursuing secondary education licensure must complete the following requirements to be admitted to the Professional (final) Year:
- a minimum cumulative CU GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students with a lower GPA may be considered under certain conditions.
- all CU Denver Core, CLAS, major, electives, and initial teacher education coursework requirements prior to the start of the Professional Year
- the official application and interview process
- Deadlines for Professional Year application are March 1st (for students intending to begin Professional Year in fall) or October 1st (for students intending to begin Professional Year in spring).
- Students must complete all initial teacher education and professional (final) year coursework with a minimum grade of B- or higher.
- Students must pass the appropriate Praxis exam before the start of the second semester of the Professional Year.
- ENGL 1010, 1020, and 2030 are not included in the major.
|Complete all of the following courses:||21|
|Grammar, Rhetoric and Style|
|Introduction to Literature|
|Literary Classics (CU Denver Core Humanities)|
|Critical Writing (CLAS Communicative Skills requirement)|
|Multimedia Composition (CLAS Communicative Skills requirement)|
|Race and Ethnicity in American Literature (CU Denver Core Cultural Diversity)|
|Complete all of the following Area Requirements||21|
|A. Complete three of the following American, British and Contemporary Literature Courses (one course in each category):||9|
|American Literature to the Civil War|
|American Literature after the Civil War|
|History of American Poetry|
|Survey of the English Novel to 1900|
|The American Novel|
|Twentieth Century Fiction|
|Contemporary World Literature|
|B. Complete one of the following creative writing/film courses:||3|
|Introduction to Creative Writing|
|Introduction to Film|
|C. Complete the following language development course:||3|
|D. Complete one of the following media/language acquisition courses:||3|
|Advanced Topics in Writing & Digital Studies|
|Principles and Practices of Second Language Acquisition|
|E. Complete one of the following upper-division literature courses:||3|
|Studies of Major Authors|
|Major Authors: Am. Lit|
|Major Authors: Before 1650|
|Major Authors: 1650-1900|
|Major Authors: After 1900|
|The American Short Story|
|The Victorian Age|
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