College of Education


Counseling & Human Services

If you are looking for a CACREP accredited counseling program which focuses on quality counselor training in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling, our department may be an appropriate fit for your graduate education.

Curriculum & Instruction

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) offers unique opportunities for both preservice and in service teachers. Our traditional Teacher Education & Licensure Program includes Undergraduate and Post-bacc option in elementary and secondary education. Our secondary education content areas are English, Foreign Language, and Social Studies. Those interested in secondary Math and Science will complete the UCCSTeach program, an inquiry-based program modeled after the highly successful UTeach program. Our Alternative Licensure Program (ALP) is offered for secondary licensure (English, Foreign Language, Math, Science, and Social Studies) with online course availability and a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction option. C & I is also home to a variety of certificates, endorsements, and Masters programs.

Leadership, Research, & Foundations

If you are looking to improve education and become a leader in your community, the Leadership, Research, and Foundations (LRF) programs are for you. Our programs include a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research & Policy, a MA in Educational Leadership with tracks in P-12 Education and Student Affairs in Higher Education, as well as Principal and Administrator/Superintendent Licensure programs. Each of these practitioner-based programs satisfy the requirements of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the Colorado standards for principal and administrator licensure, the NCATE Principal and Superintendent Curriculum Guidelines, the AASA Professional Standards for the Superintendency, and the Educational Leadership Constituency Council (ELCC).

Special Education

At the University of Colorado Colorado Springs the Department of Special Education centers on innovative and inclusive education. The Department promotes high expectations to ensure that all children are welcomed into the general education classroom. Our coursework is based on principles of universal design, focusing on how all students can have access to an academic education in the general education classroom. Students at UCCS are taught to focus on student strengths and to consider the many ways children and adolescents learn and make sense of content. Our programs combine on-campus and field-based learning experiences to provide opportunities for making connections between readings and classroom experiences, and to critically evaluate support services with current research. The Department invites you to read more about our programs on the website and to contact specific faculty to discuss your interests.