2021-2022 Catalog 
    Sep 30, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Inclusive Early Childhood Education, BA

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The UCCS IECE programs educate the head, heart, and hands of future inclusive early childhood educators through a three-fold focus on essential foundational knowledge, relationship-driven dispositions, and evidence-based inclusive practices and tools.

The BA in IECE integrates content in:
• culturally responsive practice
• strategies for inclusion
• trauma-sensitive care
• learning through play and developmentally appropriate practices

Effective distance education and supervision methods, including intensive field residencies, deeply engage students in a rich, meaningful curriculum and interactive learning experiences. Graduates qualify for CO teacher credentials in ECE, ECSE, as well as CO Child Care Center Director Qualification.


  • Lissanna Follari, Ph.D., Program Coordinator IECE, Assistant Professor
  • Ji Hyun Oh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Kassy Lopez, PhD, Instructor
  • Christi Kasa, Ph.D., Associate Professor

General Academic Information

Academic Policies
It is the responsibility of each student to know and follow all academic policies established by 
UCCS and the College of Education are set forth in this catalog.

Course Prerequisites
Students are responsible for knowing and completing all course prerequisites. Course prerequisites 
are strictly enforced for all classes at UCCS.

Email Accounts

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 meet with their academic advisor and faculty 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, University Hall Room 324, 719-255-4996 or education@uccs.edu.


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.

Course Load

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 Academic Advising 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 are listed below.

Employed Hours  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

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 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 the upper-division level College of Education program.

  • A cumulative CU GPA of 2.50 or above must be maintained in the upper-division level to remain in good academic standing in the program.
  • Students must complete all 3000 and 4000-level IECE courses and Student Teaching courses as a student in the College of Education.
  • Courses numbered below 1000 do not count towards degree completion.
  • Additional course options may be available for the Humanities and Natural Science requirements

Application and Admissions Requirements
Please visit our website for admissions information.

Course Requirements

The IECE program requires a minimum of 94 credit hours of College of Education coursework. 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.

Exam Requirements

Students must successfully pass the PRAXIS ECE and ECSE tests before being given an institutional recommendation for licensure. Students should verify specific test codes on the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) website for the most current test information. PRAXIS: #5024, #5691

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