2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Jul 06, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

College of Education



General Information

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COE Student Resource Office
University Hall, Room 234
Phone: (719) 255-4996
Fax: (719) 255-4110
Email: education@uccs.edu  Website: Student Resource Office 

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.

Our professional preparation programs are based on best practices in teaching, leadership, counseling and human services. 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 COE prides itself on developing and maintaining positive, productive relationships with local school districts, higher education institutions, and community agencies through various partnerships and collaborative endeavors.

Mission

We prepare teachers, leaders, and counselors who embrace equity, inquiry, and innovation.

Vision

We endeavor to be the foremost regional College of Education, fostering a just and inclusive global society.

Accreditation

The College of Education’s professional programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 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).

Faculty

Visit the College of Education faculty website to preview the most up-to-date information about our faculty:

Admissions Information

Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Contact the COE Student Resource Office at (719) 255-4996 or education@uccs.edu

For current admission information on specific programs, visit the College of Education website

Academic Advising

Undergraduate Students
Academic Advising, Main Hall 208

Advisors:
Bill Bannister bbanist@uccs.edu, (719) 255-3069
Brian Mann bmann@uccs.edu, (719) 255-3651
Torrah Giles tgiles@uccs.edu, (719) 255-7504

Graduate Students
Contact our Student Resource Office to schedule an appointment with your advisor:

COE Student Resource Office
University Hall, Room 234
Phone: (719) 255-4996
Fax: (719) 255-4110
Email: education@uccs.edu  Website: Student Resource Office 

Programs of Study

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Counseling and Human Services

The Department of Counseling and Human Services offers post-graduate, graduate, endorsement, and undergraduate programs.

Teaching and Learning

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs as well as teacher licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs.

Degree programs offered:

Certificates, Licensures, and Endorsement offered:

Leadership, Research, and Foundations

The Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations offers graduate degrees and endorsement programs.

College of Education General Academic Policies

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Specific academic policies 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 in Program Requirements

Program requirements may change without notification due to changes in licensure standards or state statutes.

Graduation Requirements

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.

Graduation Procedures

Graduate Students

Please contact the Student Resource Office 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. Additionally, students are required to complete a diploma card application through their student port. Failure to submit required graduation materials by the university established deadline may result in the delay of graduation.

Graduation forms and diploma card instructions can found on the Graduate School website

Completed graduation forms and general inquiries can be submitted to education@uccs.edu.

Undergraduate Students

Please contact your advisor in Academic Advising 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 the delay of graduation.

Admission and Transfer Policy for Undergraduate Students

ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Freshman Admission: Freshman admission to the College of Education (COE) is the same as for admission to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. The UCCS Freshman Admission Policy is available on the Admissions Enrollment website

TRANSFER FROM OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY

Transfer Admission: Transfer students follow the same admission policies as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Information is available at Admissions Enrollment website 

TRANSFER WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY

Students may transfer from another college in the University IF they have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above. Students who have been put on probation in another college may not declare a major in the College of Education until they have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Graduate Students

All work accepted for transfer credit must come and be transferred into the university within a six-year time limit. All transfer coursework must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution (four-year institution to transfer to a 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 validating or 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. Coursework 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 UCCS courses.

Excess undergraduate credits from another institution may not be transferred to the Graduate School.

Transfer Students

Transfer students will work closely with their advisor in Academic Advising 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 nine credit 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 School Dean the acceptance of graduate transfer credit.

Nine (9) 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 (12) credits may be transferred from within the university for unclassified students. A grade of a “B” or better is required. All work accepted for transfer credit 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.

Probation/Suspension

Undergraduate Students

Students in the College of Education who have attempted at least 12 or more credit hours at any CU campus will be placed on academic probation in the College of Education for the following semester if their cumulative CU Grade Point Average (GPA) falls below a 2.0.  The cumulative CU GPA includes all courses taken at any CU campus.  Students may remain on academic probation for a maximum of 3 semesters as long as they maintain a minimum semester GPA of 2.5 during that time to demonstrate academic improvement.  

Students on academic probation may continue to take a normal course load but should plan their schedules carefully and are strongly advised to meet with their Academic and Faculty Advisors regularly.  While on academic probation, students will have a registration hold placed on their student account and they will not be able to register for the next semester (excluding summer) until their current semester grades have been posted and academic improvement can be verified.  Once a cumulative CU GPA of 2.0 or higher can be verified, students will be removed from academic probation.
If, after being placed on academic probation, the student’s semester GPA continues to fall below the required 2.5 or their cumulative GPA is still below 2.0 after 3 semesters, then the student will be suspended from the College of Education. Students who have been suspended from the College of Education are not automatically suspended from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Suspended students may apply to transfer to another college within the university and, if approved, take courses in the new major. 

Students who have been suspended may apply for re-admission to the College of Education once they have raised their cumulative CU GPA to 2.0. Suspended students must apply to have their suspension removed (after meeting the above requirement) with their Academic and Faculty Advisors. In addition, students may be required to reapply to the University. Students who are in doubt of their academic standing with regard to scholastic deficiency are strongly urged to consult with the College of Education Academic and Faculty Advisors. 

Graduate Students

Graduate Students Probation and Dismissal Policy: Found on the Graduate School website under ARTICLE IV: Graduate Degree Requirements, Section D.

COE Academic Honors

President’s and Dean’s List Criteria

The criteria for the President’s and Dean’s lists are as follows:

  •  President’s list: 4.0-grade point average.
  •  Dean’s list: 3.75-3.99 grade point average.
  •  Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours during a regular semester (fall or spring).
  • The dean notifies awarded students by letter and email.

LATIN Honors

In order to graduate with Latin honors, a student at the time of graduation must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours at the University of Colorado, and achieve a University of Colorado grade point average of 3.5-3.69 for cum laude, 3.7-3.89 for magna cum laude, or 3.9 or higher for summa cum laude.

College of Education Admission Requirements

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Prospective graduate and undergraduate students should contact education@uccs.edu 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 the Student Resource Office at (719) 255-4996 or education@uccs.edu for specific details.

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Programs

Certificate

Counseling and Human Services

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Certificate

Master of Arts

Minor

Leadership, Research, and Foundations

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Programs

Certificate

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Arts

Minor

Inclusive Early Childhood Education

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Programs

Bachelor of Innovation™

Inclusive Elementary Education

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Special Education

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Programs

Licensure

Master of Arts

Teaching and Learning

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Programs

Licensure

Master of Arts

Master of Sciences