College of Education

Welcome to the College of Education
Portrait of Valerie Martin Conley

Welcome to the College of Education! Since the university's beginning in the early 1960’s, Education has played an important role in shaping the mission and direction of UCCS. The College of Education offers educator preparation programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Elementary Education (K-6) and Secondary Education (7-12); Special Education; School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Principal Licensure; Curriculum & Instruction; Science Education; Educational Leadership & Student Affairs in Higher Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research & Policy.

This academic year, the College is offering an exciting and unique new program, the Bachelor of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Education. This program is carefully designed to prepare future educators to teach all children in an Early Childhood setting (ages birth through grade 3). Students completing the BI: IECE will take courses and work collaboratively with students in the College of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Science while completing their degree. Upon completion, they will be eligible for licensing in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education.

The College of Education serves over 500 students and has 34 full-time faculty. Its professional education programs are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), the Colorado Department on Higher Education (CDHE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The UCCS College of Education works closely with other Colorado and Colorado Springs School districts, the Colorado Department of Education, and other universities across the state to meet the needs of the State’s 850,000+ P-12 students. We invite you to learn more about our programs and the many activities we engage in to serve our communities.

Valerie Martin Conley, Ph.D.


Equity • Inquiry • Innovation