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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Education Licensure: Post-Baccalaureate Program

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Admission requirements for post-baccalaureate candidates seeking licensure include evidence of having a conferred Bachelor's degree, as well as having met the University's and department's admission criteria. Upon application to the Teacher Education Program, copies of all official transcripts from colleges attended, including the transcript from the conferring baccalaureate degree institution, must be submitted to the Teacher Application Center if those transcripts are not already on file with the University. Post-baccalaureate students should see an advisor in both their content area and in the Teacher Education Department at their earliest opportunity for a complete transcript review. Visit the Teacher Education office for detailed information on advisors in all departments with programs relating to Teacher Education.

Students may begin the licensure program by taking the first education courses in their licensure sequence.  The completion of the licensure content exam is expected at the students earliest opportunity once all required content area courses are complete.

It may be necessary for a post-baccalaureate candidate to complete additional courses in their chosen content area.  These courses are in addition to the licensure sequence course work required to complete their approved teacher licensure program.

Post-baccalaureate Secondary Education Licensure is available in the following content areas:  English, Social Studies (African and African American Studies, Behavioral Science, Chicana/o Studies, Economics, History, Political Science), Mathematics, and Science.  See an advisor for approval regarding other licensure content areas not listed.

Licensure Core for Secondary Education - Post-Baccalaureate:

Secondary Education Post-Baccalaurate Licensure - English

Admission requirements for Post-Baccalaureate students seeking licensure include evidence of having at least a conferred Bachelor's degree as well as the stated admission criteria. Faculty in the Teacher Education Department and the English Department will review the transcript for completed coursework appropriate for the endorsement being sought. It may be necessary for a Post-Baccalaureate candidate to complete specified courses in the content area, in addition to the professional sequence coursework.

Approved courses in the following content areas are required:

  • Literary Criticism or Literary Studies
  • American Literature Survey
  • British Literature Survey or Shakespeare
  • Mythology or World Literature
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Language and Linguistics (History of English and the Structure of English)
  • Composition (beyond freshman level)


Secondary Education Post-Baccalaureate Licensure - Mathematics

See an advisor for information on licensure in this content area.

Secondary Education Post-Baccalaureate Licensure - Science

See an advisor for information on licensure in this content area.

Secondary Education Post-Baccalaureate Licensure - Social Studies

Post-baccalaureate candidates seeking licensure in social studies must have a previously conferred Bachelor's degree in one of the approved Social Science licensure majors at MSU Denver (African and African American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Economics, History, Political Science) or receive approval from a secondary faculty advisor for a closely related social science major and meet the criteria for formal admission.

Content Knowledge Requirements:

The National Council for Social Studies Teachers requires the following Programmatic Standards - course(s) in:

  • U.S. History, World History (both Western and Non-Western)
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • American History
  • History of Western World
  • History of Nonwestem World
  • Behavioral Science (Anthropology course is recommended)
  • Political Science (includes U.S. Government)
  • Geography (includes Cultural and Physical)
  • Social Studies Content Exam


Social Studies Concentration Requirement:

Student must complete at least 18 credit hours in concentration area.  The concentration area must include a minimum of 9 upper division credits. See an advisor.

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