This new and innovative program is an exciting new degree program designed to prepare UCCS students to teach all children in early childhood settings. UCCS students in this program will become a part of a newly emerging field of professionals in inclusive early childhood education who are called on to innovate int eh area of curriculum development, individual learning supports, and technology.
Early childhood educators may have the opportunity to not only run their own businesses, but also invent, design, and market their own curriculum, technology, and applications. Early childhood educators ho have preparation in the area of innovation, business, and marketing will be able to take ideas developed while working with children and enhance them through business planning and implementation, a Bachelors of Innovation will prepare students to take on the growing opportunities that they will encounter throughout their careers.
The Bachelor of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (BI:IECE) interdisciplinary program will combine both teacher preparation in Early Childhood Special Education (CDE license 9.08) and Early Childhood Education (CDE license 8.01) through a bachelor's degree. The degree is a four-year, interdisciplinary professional degree designed to prepare undergraduate candidates to teach all children through an inclusive early childhood environment. The term 'professional degree' applies to this program because it meets the professional teaching standards established by the Colorado Department of Education for program in early childhood and special education. The undergraduate program is design to meet a growing need in southern Colorado for qualified education of young children, including those with disabilities or who are considered at risk and in need of early intervention.
Gazette Telegraph Article 2013: http://gazette.com/uccs-colorado-college-offer-new-education-degrees/article/1503928
Colorado Springs Business Journal Article 2013: http://csbj.com/2013/07/30/uccs-to-offer-new-bachelors-degree/
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Students wishing to earn teaching licensure in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education can take the licensure portion of the program as a Post Bac student. The student would earn the licenses offered, but no degree would be awarded.
Your first step is to attend a group advising session. See link below.
After attending a group advising session, students should make an appointment with a Student Success Center Education Advisor:
(Last Name: A-K) Bill Bannister Letters, Arts and Sciences, Education (719) 255-3069 firstname.lastname@example.org or
(Last Name: L-Z) Ruth Sansing Letters, Arts and Sciences, Education (719) 255-3747 email@example.com
Schedule an admissions and information interview with a faculty member in the Department of Special Education Licensure Program. The goal of this appointment is to answer questions you have about the program, clarify the procedures for admission to the program, and to determine your level of interest in and preparation for the program. Call 719-255-4996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up the appointment.
Once the admissions process has been completed, you should expect to receive an emailed letter of welcome from
the Department Chair of the Special Education Licensure Program highlighting further application requirements.
To be eligible for admission to BI:IECE), students should have:
To secure a place for a summer start for the Professional Year, you should complete the application process by April 1.
The SELP Professional Year consists entirely of special education licensure courses. All other content requirements should be completed prior to the summer.
All SELP students must take the appropriate content exam by June of their Professional Year. The Praxis II or PLACE test is required for Elementary Education and Secondary English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish (PLACE only). PLACE Special Education Generalist Test, Per State of Colorado law, the content area exam must be passed prior to student teaching. Registration information and materials are available in the Student Resource Office 719-255-4996 email@example.com
All applicants must submit a copy of their background check with their application. This is required because many school and clinical practicum and internship sites require the background check prior to accepting a student for field work.
To obtain information and directions on the fingerprinting and background check visit the Student Resources Pageand click Fingerprint/Background Check Instructions.