General Academic Information
It is the responsibility of each student to know and follow all academic policies established by UCCS and the College of Education that are set forth in this catalog.
Students are responsible for knowing and completing all course prerequisites. Course prerequisites are strictly enforced for all classes at UCCS.
All students are assigned an official UCCS email address. Email is the official means of communication for UCCS, so it is imperative that students check their email accounts regularly.
Education students in good standing are not required to see their academic advisor before registering for courses in any semester, but it is recommended. Academic advising assists students in selecting their classes so that they can progress effectively through their degree program. To make an appointment with a College of Education faculty advisor, please contact the COE Student Resource Office, 3010 Columbine Hall, 719-255-4996 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restrictions and Limitations
Students may apply for a maximum of 6 credit-hours of independent study from courses listed in the program of study towards the bachelor’s degree. Students may not take any course with a pass/fail grading scheme.
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.
A full-time course load is 12 credit hours in a semester. The maximum course load is 18 credit hours in a semester. If a student wishes to take more than 18 credit hours in a given semester, special permission must be obtained through the Student Success Center. Students who expect to work while enrolled in university courses should register for course loads that they can complete without unusual difficulty. Recommended course loads based on work hours is listed below.
||Enrolled Credit Hours
|40 hours per week
||6-9 credit hours
|30 hours per week
||8-11 credit hours
|20 hours per week
||10-13 credit hours
- A minimum of 121 hours must be completed with a cumulative CU grade point average of 2.5; at least 45 of these hours must be at the upper-division level (courses numbered 3000-4999).
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher must be maintained in College of Education courses to be awarded the BI in Inclusive Early Childhood Education.
- A cumulative CU GPA of 2.5 or above must be maintained to remain in good academic standing in the program.
- Students must complete all Block 1, Block 2, and Student Teaching or IECE Professional Internship courses as a student in the College of Education.
- Students pursuing Teacher Licensure must complete student teaching.
- Students pursuing the Non-licensure option must complete IECE Professional Internship.
- Courses numbered below 1000 do not count towards degree completion.
- Additional course options may be available for the Humanities and Natural Science requirements. Contact your academic advisor for more details.
Application and Admissions Requirements
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The IECE program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours of College of Education course work.
All upper-division (3000+ level) IECE courses must have a grade of “B-” or better.
All other courses must have a grade of “C-” or better.
Post Bac Licensure - Inclusive Early Childhood Education
The post baccalaureate licensure program is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree, but would like to earn their teaching license in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE).
Students wishing to earn teaching licensure in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education can take the licensure portion post baccalaureate. The student would earn the licenses offered, but no degree would be awarded.
Initial Coursework (14 Credit Hours)
Block 1 - Offered in Spring (12 credit hours)
Block 2 - Offered in Fall (15 credit hours)
Student Teaching - Offered in Spring (12 credit hours)
*Up to 9 credits of course work can be transferred from equivalent courses. These transfer credits must be approved by a faculty member. The IECE post bacc program is not a graduate level program and credits will not apply towards a graduate degree.
**Students who are seeking an initial license in ECE and ECSE are required to take student teaching and student teaching seminar. Students who already hold a valid Colorado teaching license and are looking to earn an added endorsement in ECE and ECSE are NOT required to complete student teaching and student teaching seminar.
Additional Information on Licensure
The Inclusive Early Childhood Education Licensure Program is a dual licensure program. Students who successfully complete the post baccalaureate program will be recommended for an initial teaching license in Early Childhood Education (CDE License 8.01) and an added endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education (CDE License 9.08).
Upon completion of the program students should apply for the following:
- Initial teaching license in Early Childhood Education (CDE License 8.01)
- Added endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education (CDE License 9.08)
Students completing the post baccalaureate program as an added endorsement should apply for both Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education as added endorsements.
In order to receive an initial license or added endorsement students will need to complete the following exams:
- Praxis Elementary Content Knowledge (0014/5014)
- Taken prior to degree program admission
- PLACE Early Childhood Education
- PLACE Early Childhood Special Education
For more information students should visit: www.place.nesinc.com/.
Students should take the exams during the Fall semester before student teaching.