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The Education and Human Development major focuses on engaging Colorado's rapidly diversifying student and family population. It combines cutting-edge research with real classroom experiences. You'll learn from innovative faculty members who are locally, nationally and internationally recognized for their research in Social Studies education. They will provide you with a robust knowledge base and relevant learning experiences in transforming deep content knowledge into learning experiences for youth across multiple cultural contexts as it relates to teaching youth in grades 7 through 12. You'll engage in powerful classroom experiences and benefit from our rich 20-year history of partnering with schools to prepare teachers.
The secondary Social Studies program ensures that you will develop deep content knowledge across a number of disciplines important to become a successful Social Studies teacher with courses in history, political science, geography, economics and more. You will also be prepared with the methods and foundations coursework that will make you a highly effective, innovative and compassionate secondary Social Studies teacher skilled in improving student performance and reaching the needs of today's diverse learners in a variety of school settings. You will have the skills to be a teacher leader. CU Denver graduates often go on to acquire positions in educational leadership as their careers progress.
- This is an on-campus program with a variety of delivery options for many of our courses including hybrid, evening, weekend, and online courses.
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver General Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Core Curriculum
- School of Education and Human Development Graduation Requirements
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- Students must complete a minimum total of 126 semester hours for the EDHD Secondary Social Studies Education Track.
- Students must pass the appropriate Praxis Exam prior to beginning their final semester of their Professional Year. It is recommended students complete the exam in the year prior to their Professional Year.
- Application to the last year of the program, the Professional Year Residency is required. After successfully completing all other Core, major, and elective courses, all students must apply for admission into the Professional Year. Requirements for admission include a 3.0 GPA, positive letters of recommendation, successful evaluations of earlier clinical experiences, and a successful interview. (Students with a lower GPA may be considered under certain conditions. Please see SEHD website.)
- A minimum of C- is required for all content courses.
- A minimum GPA of 2.0, grade of C or better, is required for all major courses applying to EDHD - Secondary Social Studies Education requirements unless otherwise specified.
- Students must complete and maintain a 3.0 minimum grade point average in Professional Year coursework to complete licensure requirements. Please see an advisor for more information on this requirement.
- Transfer courses must be approved by faculty and/or advisor to apply to the major.
|CLDE 2000||CLDE Foundations 1||3|
|EDFN 1000||Equality, Rights & Education||3|
|HDFR 3050||Children's Thinking and Assessment||3|
|SPED 4030||Understanding (dis)Ability in Contemporary Classrooms 1||3|
|SPED 4400||Universal Design for Learning (UDL)||3|
|EDFN 4010||Social Foundations and Cultural Diversity in Urban Education 1||3|
|CLDE 4020||Responsive Classroom Communities 1||3|
|EDHD 1930||Community Based Field Experience & Seminar 1||3|
|EDHD 2930||Learning & Development Field Experience & Seminar 1||2-3|
|EDHD 3930||Diverse Learners Field Experience & Seminar 1||3|
|LCRT 3720||Introduction to Writing Development and Teaching||3|
|A minimum grade of C- or higher is required in each course.|
|HIST 1361||U.S. History to 1876||3|
|HIST 1362||U.S. History Since 1876||3|
|HIST 1026||World History Since 1500||3|
|HIST 3601||Colorado History||3|
|ECON 2012||Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics||3|
|ECON 2022||Principles of Economics: Microeconomics||3|
|PSYC 1000||Introduction to Psychology I||3|
|PSYC 1005||Introduction to Psychology II||3|
|PSCI 1101||American Political System||3|
|GEOG 1202||Introduction to Physical Geography||3|
|GEOG 1302||Introduction to Human Geography||3|
|ANTH 2102||Culture and the Human Experience||3|
|SOCY 1001||Understanding the Social World||3|
|Additional Upper-Division (3000-Level or Higher) Content Courses|
|Select 6 credits (2 courses) of additional upper-division (3000-level or higher) content courses from any of the following prefixes: ANTH, ECON, ETST, GEOG, HIST, PSCI, PSYC, SOCY||6|
|Professional Year Courses|
|A minimum grade of B- is required in each course.|
|LCRT 4100||Secondary Literacy Instruction and Assessment||3|
|UEDU 4040||Planning for Learning||3|
|UEDU 4052||English/LA & Social Studies Capstone: Secondary Ed||3|
|UEDU 4464||Methods of Teaching Social Studies||3|
|UEDU 4465||Methods of Teaching History||3|
|UEDU 4931||Internship & Lrng Comm I||2|
|UEDU 4932||Internship & Lrng Comm II||2|
|UEDU 4933||Internship & Lrng Comm III||6|
Additional General Electives hours may be needed to reach the required 126 hours for the BA.
Courses require a grade of B- or better; all other courses require a grade of C or better
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