Student Resource Office
Columbine Hall, Room 3010
Telephone: (719) 255-4996
Fax: (719) 255-4110
The College of Education (COE) prepares teachers, leaders and counselors to work in local, regional, national and international settings. The college is comprised of hallmark programs that are grounded in research, evidence-based practice, equity and social justice. Through these programs, the College of Education’s students are well prepared to serve as effective practitioners in classroom, administrative and human service environments.
We believe that our professional preparation programs are based on best practices, pursuing excellence in teaching leadership and counseling. Students and faculty honor the diverse needs, cultures, ideas and perspectives present within a democratic society and adhere to culturally responsive practices in teaching, leadership and research. The College is committed to preparing graduates who will be advocates for social change and adapt to the ever changing needs of our globally-connected, technology-infused world. Finally, the College prides itself on developing and maintaining positive, productive relationships with local school districts and community agencies through various partnerships and collaborative endeavors.
We prepare teachers, leaders, and counselors who embrace equity, inquiry and innovation.
We endeavor to be the foremost regional College of Education, fostering a just and inclusive global society.
The College of Education’s professional programs are accredited by the North Central Association of College and Secondary Schools, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department on Higher Education (CDHE).
- Dean: Mary Snyder
- Full Professors: Dick Carpenter, David Fenell, Mark Malone, Al Ramirez, Barbara Swaby
- Associate Professors: Elaine Cheesman, Julaine Field, Barbara Frye, Leslie Grant, Christi Kasa, Joseph Wehrman, Rhonda Williams
- Assistant Professors: Angela Bell, Corinne Harmon, Scott Kupferman, Sylvia Martinez, Patrick McGuire, Leann Morgan, Emily Nusbaum, Margaret Scott, Marcus Winters, Monica Yoo
- Instructors: Greg Button, Linda Button, Beth Cutter, Tim Callahan, Jason DaLee, Stephanie Dewing, Robert Gagnon, Sarah Kaka, April Lanotte, Laura Marshall, Mari McGuinness, Bita Rivas, James Saunders, Dallas Strawn, Curtis Turner
Undergraduate Students: Please contact the College of Education Student Resource Office (firstname.lastname@example.org), (719) 255-4996).
Graduate Students: Please contact the College of Education Student Resource Office (email@example.com), (719) 255-4996).
For the most up-to-date information on any College of Education programs, please go to the following web pages:
Department of Counseling & Human Services:
Department of Curriculum & Instruction:
Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations:
Department of Special Education:
Undergraduate Students: The Student Success Center, COE Advisors: Bill Bannister firstname.lastname@example.org, (719) 255-3069 or Ruth Sansing email@example.com, (719) 255-3747.
Bachelor of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Education
The Department of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Education offers an undergraduate program.
Counseling and Human Services
The Department of Counseling and Human Services offers post graduate, graduate, endorsement and undergraduate programs.
A. Advanced Certificate - Post-graduate
B. Clinical Mental Health - Master of Arts, Preparation for licensure, CACREP Accredited
C. Counseling and Leadership - Master of Arts, Joint program with the United States Air Force Academy, Closed selection process
D. School Counseling - Master of Arts, Preparation for licensure, CACREP Accredited
E. School Counseling - Endorsement for licensure
F. Human Services - Undergraduate minor
Curriculum and Instruction
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers graduate, post-baccalaureate and undergraduate teacher licensure, endorsement and certificate programs.
A. Curriculum and Instruction - Master of Arts, Graduate
B. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Master of Arts, Preparation for licensure
C. Literacy, Master of Arts - Preparation for licensure
D. Science Education - Master of Arts
E. Science Teaching - Master of Science
F. Space Studies/Science Teaching - Master of Arts
G. Space Studies/Science Teaching - Master of Science
H. Alternative Licensure Program (ALP) - Post Baccalaureate (Subject areas: English, Spanish, Mathematics, Science, Social Science), Licensure only.
I. Teacher Education Licensure Program - Post Baccalaureate and Undergraduate (Subject areas: English, Spanish, Social Studies, Elementary Education), Licensure only
J. UCCSTeach - Post Baccalaureate and Undergraduate (Subject areas; Mathematics and Science), Licensure only
K. Gifted and Talented Specialist - Licensure only
L. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Licensure only
M. Instructional Technology - Certificate only
Leadership, Research and Foundations
The Department of Leadership, Research and Foundations offers a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy (Ph.D.), graduate, endorsement and certificate programs.
A. Educational Leadership, Research and Policy - Doctor of Philosophy
B. Educational Leadership with Concentration in P-12 - Master of Arts and Principal Licensure
C. Student Affairs in Higher Education - Master of Arts
D. Principal Licensure - (Principal Licensure)
E. Administrator Licensure (Superintendent Preparation)
The Department of Special Education offers graduate, endorsement and certificate programs.
A. Special Education - Master of Arts, Degree only
B. Undergraduate Licensure in Special Education
C. Initial License in Special Education w/wo MA
D. Added Endorsement in Special Education w/wo MA
COE General Academic Policies
Specific academic polices related to each department may be found on the department webpage or obtained through the designated chair of each department. For additional Undergraduate Program Policies, please refer to the Academic Policies, Registration, and Records section of this Catalog; for additional Graduate Program Policies, please refer to the Graduate School section of this Catalog.
Changes of Program Requirements
Program requirements may change without notification due to changes in licensure standards or state statutes.
The Catalog that governs a student’s graduation requirements is the one in effect at the time of a student’s most recent admission into the college of the student’s degree program.
Please contact the COE Faculty Liaison/Human Resources professional at the beginning of the last semester of your degree program to complete the Application for Admission to Candidacy for an Advanced Degree paperwork. This form must be completed in its entirety and submitted by the announced deadline. Failure to submit required graduation materials by the university established deadline may result in delay of graduation.
Graduation forms and inquiries can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact your advisor in the Student Success Center early in the last semester of your degree program to complete the required graduation paperwork. Failure to submit required graduation materials by the university established deadline may result in delay of graduation.
All work accepted by transfer must come and be transferred into the university within a six year time limit. All transfer course work must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution (four year institution to transfer to graduate program, two or four year institution to transfer to undergraduate program) and have been awarded a letter grade. College work more than seven years old may not count or may require updating.
Credits transferred from other institutions to the University of Colorado will be limited to the type and amount of credit given for similar work at the University of Colorado. Course work completed at another CU campus will most likely transfer.
Work already applied toward a Master’s degree received at another institution cannot be accepted for transfer toward a Master’s degree at the University of Colorado; extension work completed at another institution cannot be transferred; and correspondence work, except to make up deficiencies, is not recognized.
Credit will not be transferred until the student has established a satisfactory academic record of at least one semester in residence. To be eligible for courses to be considered for transfer, a student must have an overall B average in all courses taken at the University of Colorado in Graduate School. Students are then encouraged to meet with their advisor or department chairperson to ensure that approved credits are transferred to UCCS.
Transferred credit will not reduce the residency requirement at this University, but it may reduce the amount of work to be completed in formal courses.
Excess undergraduate credits from another institution may not be transferred to the Graduate School.
Transfer students will work closely with their advisor in the Student Success Center and the Office of Degree Audit and Transfer Credit to determine which courses will transfer to the University. Department chairpersons and faculty representatives will also provide assistance for this process.
Seniors at UCCS
Seniors at this University may transfer a limited amount of advanced resident work (up to 9 hours) to a graduate program provided such work:
- Is completed with distinction in the senior year at this University
- Occurs within the six-year time limit
- Has not been applied toward another degree
- Is recommended for transfer by the department concerned and is approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.
Acceptance of Graduate Credits
A COE Department may recommend to the Graduate Dean the acceptance of graduate transfer credit.
Nine credits may be transferred from another institution and applied toward a graduate degree at UCCS. A grade of “B” or better is required. All work accepted for transfer must have been completed within the six-year time limit (Master’s degree) or seven year time limit (Doctorate), or be validated and approved by program faculty through a course validation process.
Twelve credits may be transferred from within the university for unclassified students. A grade of “B” or better is required. All work accepted for transfer must have been completed within the six-year or seven year time limit mentioned above, or be validated and approved by program faculty through a course validation process.
College of Education Admission Requirements
Prospective graduate and undergraduate students should contact email@example.com to discuss specific admissions guidelines for each department and program.
General Graduate Admissions Guidelines
1. Complete online application: http://www.uccs.edu/~apply/
2. Complete required standardized test (Counseling and Leadership programs only)
3. Obtain three letters of reference
4. Submit transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Students who attended UCCS do not have to request official transcripts for admission.
5. Students should have a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate GPA or above.
6. Submit a Career Goal Statement - please see the department specific guidelines
7. Submit a current resume
8. Complete a background check (Colorado Bureau of Investigation - Instant Background Check)
9. Complete an admissions interview
General Undergraduate Admissions Guidelines
1. Complete online application: http://www.uccs.edu/~apply/
2. Submit a high school transcript or GED certificate
3. Submit ACT or SAT test scores (unless a transfer student from another college with over 12 hours of transferable credit)
4. All transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities
Admission to Teacher Licensure Programs
All students who wish to enroll in initial teacher education licensure programs (TELP, SELP, UCCSTeach) must be admitted to UCCS and complete a second admissions process for the respective program. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for specific details.
Master of Sciences