Marvin Lynn, Dean and Professor
antwan jefferson, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Barbara Seidl, Teacher Education and Undergraduate Experiences
Scott Bauer, Advanced Education and Doctoral Programs
Patricia Ball, Finance and HR
Brad Hinson, Information and Academic Technology
Sandy Mondragon, Student Success and Enrollment Management
Other Administrative Leadership
Dorothy Garrison-Wade, Faculty Affairs
Office of Admissions & Outreach
1380 Lawrence Street Center, Suite 701
School of Education & Human Development
P.O. Box 173364, Campus Box 106
Denver, CO 80217-3364
The School of Education & Human Development is a vibrant community of practicing educators and counselors, educational leaders and researchers who have a strong service ethic locally, nationally, and globally and a dedication to excellence.
Leadership for Educational Equity
Prepare and inspire education and mental health leaders to have a profound impact in fostering student opportunity, achievement and success in urban and diverse communities.
A leading school of education providing national expertise on educational issues and socially-just solutions for urban and diverse communities. Through innovative research and partnerships, we strive to be passionate agents of change, inspiring upcoming generations to learn from the past and shape the future.
Our Role in the Community
We are committed to developing forward-thinking educators and counselors who have a deep sense of inquiry, a concern for pressing social problems, a great desire to live their lives purposefully, a passion for giving back to the community and the cultural competence needed to serve urban and diverse populations.
Diversity and Inclusion
At the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD), we believe strongly that all students-diverse in race, ethnicity, economic resources, language, fluency, abilities, geography, first-generation status, age, gender and sexual identities-deserve the opportunity to learn.
The University of Colorado Denver is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The commission can be contacted at: 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604 Telephone: 1-800-621-7440
In addition, teacher education programs in the SEHD have been accredited by the Colorado State Board of Education.
School of Education & Human Development Admissions Information
For admission to the School of Education & Human Development, applicants whose cumulative high school GPA and test scores fall into the middle 50 percent range are strong candidates. A minimum 2.4 cumulative high school GPA is recommended, however, students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA are considered. Note: Submitting test scores is optional, and won't negatively impact your application.
Note: The Professional Year, a two-semester (fall and spring) residency in the student’s final year of the undergraduate degree with licensure programs, requires a separate application and acceptance is not guaranteed. For instructions and minimum requirements, please see the Education and Human Development website.
All students apply online. Instructions for undergraduate students are found at http://www.ucdenver.edu/admissions/.
Information about all degrees, programs and admission requirements can be found on the school’s website at https://education.ucdenver.edu/
(For Graduate Programs and information please refer to the Graduate catalog.)
School of Education & Human Development Departments and Programs
Bachelor of Arts: Education and Human Development
- Early Childhood Education Licensure Track, BA
- Early Childhood Education Non-Licensure Track, BA
- Elementary Education with CLDE Added Endorsement, BA
- Special Education, BA with added Elementary Education Endorsement
- Middle School Mathematics License, BA
- Secondary Mathematics License, BA
- Secondary Social Studies License, BA
- Secondary English Language Arts License, BA
- Secondary Science License, BA
- Undergraduate Teacher Licensure
T-PREP at Otero College Partnership Pathways
- Early Childhood Education License, BA - Rural Partnership with Otero College
- Elementary Education, BA - Rural Partnership with Otero College
- Middle School Math License, BA - Rural Partnership with Otero College
- Secondary Science License, BA - Rural Partnership with Otero College
- Special Education Generalist License, BA - Rural Partnership with Otero College
T-PREP at Trinidad State College Partnership Pathways
- Early Childhood Education License, BA - Rural Partnership with Trinidad State College
- Elementary Education License, BA - Rural Partnership with Trinidad State College
- Middle School Math License, BA - Rural Partnership with Trinidad State College
- Special Education Generalist License, BA - Rural Partnership with Trinidad State College
T-PREP at Northeastern Junior College Partnership Pathways
- Early Childhood Education License, BA - Rural Partnership with Northeastern Junior College
- Elementary Education License, BA - Rural Partnership with Northeastern Junior College
- Middle School Math License, BA - Rural Partnership with Northeastern Junior College
- Secondary Science License, BA - Rural Partnership with Northeastern Junior College
T-PREP at Lamar Community College Partnership Pathways
- Early Childhood Education License, BA - Rural Partnership with Lamar Community College
- Elementary Education, BA - Rural Partnership with Lamar Community College
- Special Education Generalist License, BA - Partnership with Lamar Community College
CLAS Secondary Teacher Education Programs
Bachelors to Masters Program (BAMA)
- Digital Media Design for Learning Minor
- Education Studies Minor
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Minor
- Teacher Education Minor
Bachelor of Science
- BS/MA 4+1 Program in Learning, Developmental, and Family Sciences: HDFR Concentration
- Human Development and Family Relations, BS
- Human Development and Family Relations, BS - Rural Partnership with Trinidad State Junior College
School of Education & Human Development Graduation Requirements
For additional information regarding Graduation policies and procedures, please visit the Graduation section of the catalog.
Minimum Grade Requirements
Students must earn a final grade of at least a C (2.0) in major courses and a B- (2.7) or above in designated major courses and Professional Year Residency courses within the major. These courses/requirements must be repeated if the student fails to earn the grade required.
Classroom-Based Field Experiences
Students must complete required classroom-based field experiences.
Students must complete all program assessments and professional milestones as outlined on the degree plans. For teacher education licensure students, this includes passing the appropriate Praxis exam.
Students must complete all requirements associated with their SEHD major.
Applying for Graduation
All students should meet with their advisor at the beginning of their final term for a graduation check-out appointment. We recommend students schedule an appointment PRIOR to the add/drop deadline of their final term in case schedule adjustments need to be made to fulfill final degree requirements. After meeting with their advisor, students should apply for graduation online through the UCDAccess portal before the graduation application deadline.
Academic honors are awarded at the time of graduation, based on the cumulative University of Colorado undergraduate GPA. To be eligible for honors, a SEHD student must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours at the University of Colorado (on any CU campus). A cumulative CU GPA of 3.650-3.749 earns cum laude, a 3.750-3.849 earns magna cum laude and 3.850 or above earns summa cum laude honors designations.
Petitioning for Exceptions to Standing Academic Policy
Students are required to complete the degree requirements that were in effect when they began as a degree-seeking student at CU Denver, including CU Denver Core, major, and track requirements. If a program revises its curriculum, students have the option of following their original degree requirements or the revised curriculum. Courses under the original requirements may no longer be taught or may not be available for a set duration. In this case, the program will approve course substitutions. In cases where the Colorado Department of Education requirements for licensure or endorsements change, program plans may also change to align with these requirements.
Course substitutions in the major or minor must be approved by the Program Leader in the specific program area. Course substitutions in the SEHD major must be approved by the Program Leader.
The SEHD Student Committee reviews students’ academic appeals regarding retention, disenrollment, dismissal and other academic matters such as grade appeal, academic dishonesty, or honor code issues. Instruction on how to submit an appeal can be found at http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/SchoolOfEducation/CurrentStudents/Resources/Pages/CurrentResources.aspx.
School of Education & Human Development Policies
Undergraduates Taking Graduate Coursework
Undergraduate students are not typically permitted to take courses at the graduate level. SEHD undergraduate students interested in taking graduate-level courses should consult with the instructor and the program, as well as with their academic advisor. The exception to this policy is licensure students admitted into the BA/MA which requires students to take 9 semester credit hours at the graduate level during their final year (the professional year) and HDFR students admitted into the BS/MA.
Internships are a large part of our work in SEHD, but have varying requirements by program. Please refer to program handbooks and materials for policies regarding internships.
How to Declare or Change a Major or Minor
Undergraduate majors in the SEHD include the Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development (EDHD) and the Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR). Additionally, the EDHD major has several tracks, including Elementary Education (K-6 licensure), Special Education (ages 5-21 licensure), Early Childhood Education licensure (birth-age 8 licensure), Early Childhood Education non-licensure, and several secondary pathways (math, science, English, social studies, middle school math). It is important for students to declare a major and track (if applicable) as early as possible in their academic career to ensure they take appropriate courses.
Students who wish to transfer to the SEHD from another school/college must meet with an academic advisor and formally apply for an intra-university transfer (IUT). Students must have a minimum of 2.000 cumulative University of Colorado GPA to be eligible for an IUT to the SEHD. Students should also be aware that, for teacher education licensure tracks, a minimum of a 3.000 cumulative University of Colorado GPA is required for admission to their final year, the Professional Year (students with a lower GPA may be considered under certain conditions; please see SEHD website).
Students must follow the process below.
- Discuss concerns with the faculty member.
- If the issue is not resolved after a conversation with the faculty member, the student may appeal to the SEHD Student Committee. The process for submitting a student appeal can be found here.
Special Grading Options
Courses taken as P+/P/F or S/U are subject to the same minimum grade standards as specified for the requirement. Students must earn a final grade of at least a C (2.0) in major courses and a B- (2.7) or above in licensure or endorsement courses within the major. Major licensure and endorsement courses requiring a B- or better are not permitted to be taken as P+/P/F or S/U grading.
In addition to the above, please consult the CU Denver policy covering the P+/P/F grading option (see the Registration and Records section of this catalog) for P+/P/F limits and application to general education courses.
Note: Effective Summer 2023 courses that were previously graded on the basis of Pass/Fail (P/F) are now graded with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U). This is based on faculty approval of APS 1025 in May 2022. Students still have the option to use the P+ grading system (P+/P/F) by student selection for elective courses up to the maximum allowed by their program.
Students who wish to request a grade of Incomplete (“I”), should refer to the SEHD Course Completion Agreement for Incomplete Grade. The full policy and form are available on the SEHD Student Resources webpage.
Students are required to attend classes, including online classes, on a regular basis. Absences must be arranged with the instructor in advance and must conform to university and instructor policies on attendance.
Course Repeat Policy
Students may repeat any course. All courses, including repeated courses, remain on the transcript and all grades are included in the student’s University of Colorado GPA calculation. Course credit toward graduation is counted only once for a typical course, no matter how many times the course is repeated. Some types of courses (e.g. Internships, Independent Studies, etc.) may be repeatable for applicable credit within a certain range of total semester hours. Special Topics courses may be repeatable for applicable credit within a certain range of total semester hours, as long as the topic is different. See course descriptions for the maximum semester hours applicable from each course.
Teacher education courses must be passed within the first two attempts of the course. Exceptions will be considered through a petition process. Students should consult with their advisors about this process.