Why COE?

Why COE?

About COE

The UCCS College of Education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  

We offer undergraduate and advanced degrees, initial and advanced licenses, and additional endorsements. In fall 2021, 1,348 students were enrolled for 9,532 credit hours across three departments: Teaching and Learning; Counseling and Human Services; and Leadership, Research, and Foundations.

The majority of students in the Department of Teaching and Learning complete the Bachelor of Arts in Inclusive Elementary Education (IELM). The UCCSTeach program is designed to serve secondary math and science educator majors. The Special Education program offers undergraduate and graduate licensure in Special Education Generalist and a Master of Arts degree in Special Education. The department also offers a BA in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (IECE) and a Bachelor of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Leadership (IECL). 

The Department of Counseling and Human Services offers the MA in Counseling and Human Services (CACREP accredited School and Clinical Mental Health programs), Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Human Services with an emphasis in Counseling and Leadership Air Officer Commanding Cohort (AOCC) in collaboration with the United States Air Force Academy, a minor in Human Services general and specialized tracks including Substance and Recovery (Addictions), and licensure coursework for School Counseling.

The Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations offers a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE), coursework for principal or superintendent's license, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy.

For information concerning COE programs, please contact the Student Resource Office at education@uccs.edu or 719-255-4996.

Student Quotes

Ryan Johnson
Aspiring to inspire his students while energizing a generation.
After studying political science and working as a paramedic, bartender and emergency dispatcher, Ryan Johnson felt his calling in the field of education. He developed his ability to inspire students at UCCS. "I wouldn’t have been able to make the connections I did at a larger university. (My professors) were never-endingly encouraging.”
Marcus Pumphrey
Advancing the next generation in Colorado Springs
Medically discharged from the military, Marcus Pumphrey felt lost about what path he would pursue next in life. It took time, but he realized he had a passion for teaching, earning his Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. "Teaching allows me to provide a point of view through a different lens. I found exactly what I was looking for (at UCCS)."