COE Student Resource Office
Columbine Hall, Room 3023
Phone: (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, and 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 College 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.
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 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).
Visit the College of Education website to preview the most up-to-date information about our faculty:
Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Contact the COE Student Resource Office at (719) 255-4996 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For current admission information on specific programs, visit the College of Education website
Academic Advising, Main Hall 208
Bill Bannister email@example.com, (719) 255-3069
Brian Mann firstname.lastname@example.org, (719) 255-3651
Ruth Sansing email@example.com, (719) 255-3747
Contact our Student Resource Office to schedule an appointment with your advisor:
COE Student Resource Office
Columbine Hall, Room 3010
Phone: (719) 255-4996
Fax: (719) 255-4110
Counseling and Human Services
The Department of Counseling and Human Services offers post-graduate, graduate, endorsement, and undergraduate programs.
- School Counseling - Master of Arts, Preparation for licensure, CACREP Accredited
- Clinical Mental Health - Master of Arts, Preparation for licensure, CACREP Accredited
- Leadership and Counseling - Master of Arts, Joint program with the United States Air Force Academy, Closed selection process
- Addictions Emphasis
- Human Services - Undergraduate minor
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:
- Curriculum and Instruction - Master of Arts (MA)
- Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy - Master of Arts (MA)
- Inclusive Elementary Education, BA
- Inclusive Early Childhood Education - Bachelor of Innovation (BI)
- Science Education - Master of Arts (MA)
- Space Studies and Science Teaching - Master of Arts (MA)
- Space Studies and Science Teaching - Master of Science (MSc)
- Science Teaching - Master of Science (MSc)
- Special Education - Master of Arts (MA)
- Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Master of Arts (MA)
Licensures and Endorsement offered:
- Alternative Licensure Program (ALP) - Post Baccalaureate (Subject areas: English, Spanish, Mathematics, Science, Social Science), Licensure only
- Teacher Education Licensure Program (TELP) - Post Baccalaureate and Undergraduate (Subject areas: English, Spanish, Social Studies, Elementary Education), Licensure only
- UCCSTeach - Post Baccalaureate and Undergraduate (Subject areas: Mathematics and Science), and Licensure only
- Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) - Licensure only
- Instructional Technology (IT) - Certificate only
- Undergraduate Licensure in Special Education
- Initial License in Special Education with/or without a Master of Arts
- Added Endorsement in Special Education with/or without a Master of Arts
Leadership, Research, and Foundations
The Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations offers graduate degrees and endorsement programs.
- Educational Leadership, Research and Policy - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Leadership with Concentrations in P-12, Principal Education Licensure, or Student Affairs in Higher Education - Master of Arts (MA)
- Endorsement: Principal Licensure (CDE Principal Preparation), Administrator Licensure (CDE Superintendent Preparation), and Special Education Director License (CDE Central Office Preparation)
College of Education 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 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 delay of graduation.
Graduation forms and diploma card instructions can be downloaded at: http://www.uccs.edu/graduateschool/current-students.html
Completed graduation forms and general inquiries can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 delay of graduation.
All work accepted by transfer 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 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 courses.
Excess undergraduate credits from another institution may not be transferred to the Graduate School.
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 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 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 “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.
To remain in good academic standing within the College of Education, students must maintain a cumulative CU GPA of 2.5 or better. Students whose cumulative CU GPA falls below a 2.5 will be placed on probation for the next semester in which they are enrolled. While on probation students must raise their cumulative GPA to 2.5 within one semester. If the required semester GPA is not met, the student will be suspended from the College of Education for a full academic year (fall and spring semesters). PLEASE NOTE: While on probation, registration for the subsequent semester will be blocked until final grades are posted for the current semester. This is to verify that the minimum semester GPA for each student has been fulfilled.
Graduate Students Probation and Dismissal Policy: Found on the Graduate School website under ARTICLE IV: Graduate Degree Requirements, Section D.
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
- Complete online application: http://www.uccs.edu/~apply/
- Complete required standardized test (Counseling and Leadership programs only).
- Obtain three letters of reference.
- Submit transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Students who attended UCCS do not have to request official transcripts for admission.
- Students should have a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate GPA or above.
- Submit a Career Goal Statement - please see the department specific guidelines.
- Submit a current resume.
- Complete a background check (Colorado Bureau of Investigation - Instant Background Check).
- Complete an admissions interview.
General Undergraduate Admissions Guidelines
- Complete online application: http://www.uccs.edu/~apply/.
- Submit a high school transcript or GED certificate.
- Submit ACT or SAT test scores (unless a transfer student from another college with over 12 hours of transferable credit).
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for specific details.