College of Education

Welcome to Leadership, Research and Foundations at UCCS!

By enrolling in one of the excellent programs offered here, you have identified yourself as an educational leader. You are now embarking upon an adventure in learning. Through this program you will be in partnership with a faculty of outstanding professionals who are also leaders in the field of education. They have been selected because of their commitment to excellence, their outstanding record in teaching adults, and their ability to mentor and develop leaders.

If you are looking to improve education and become a leader in your community, the programs offered in Leadership are for you.

Our programs include a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research & Policy, an MA in Leadership with tracks in P-12 Education,  Student Affairs in Higher Education, as well as Principal, Director of Special Education, and Administrator/Superintendent License programs. Our MA and license programs combine on-campus, on-line, and hybrid course options with field-based experiences to connect theory and research with professional practice. 

All of these practitioner-based programs satisfy the accreditation requirements of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the Colorado Department of Education Standards for Principal, Director of Special Education and Administrator License, and the CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education.

The programs will help you develop yourself as a leader by expanding your view about yourself and the world, obtaining educational management competencies and leadership strategies, learning guiding tools for integration of recommendations for the school community, and exploring political and social implications of schooling in your educational community.  The programs are based on the belief that school leaders should model integrity, demonstrate respect for the dignity and worth of all individuals within a diverse society, promote effective instructional practices, challenge others toward continuous improvement of school programs, and create a successful learning community.