Fully Approved October 2013!
This new and innovative program is designed to prepare UCCS students to teach all children in early childhood settings. UCCS students in this program will become part of a newly emerging field of professionals in inclusive early childhood education who are called on to innovate in the area of curriculum development, individual learning supports, and technology.
Inclusive early childhood educators may have the opportunity to teach, run their own business, or invent, design, and market curriculum, technology, and applications. Inclusive early childhood educators will have preparation in the areas of innovation, business, and marketing and be able to take ideas developed while working with children and enhance them through business planning and implementation. A Bachelor of Innovation will prepare students to take advantage of the many opportunities that they will encounter throughout their careers.
The Bachelor of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (BI:IECE) will combine both teacher preparation in Early Childhood Special Education (CDE license 9.08) and Early Childhood Education (CDE license 8.01) through a four-year, interdisciplinary professional degree. The term 'professional degree' applies to this program because it meets the professional teaching standards established by the Colorado Department of Education for programs 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/
Students wishing to earn teaching licensure in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education can take the licensure portion post baccalaureate. 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:
Bill Bannister Education (719) 255-3069 firstname.lastname@example.org
Students seeking their BI:IECE will have two applications to complete during their time as a student at UCCS.
Students should complete this application during their sophomore year, but must complete the application prior to starting Block One.
The Student Resource Office will notify you of admission status. If you have any questions please contact the Student Resource Office at Columbine Hall room 3010, phone: 719-255-4996, email@example.com, www.uccs.edu/coe
All College of Education applicants must complete a general background check as part of the admissions requirements:
1) Go to website: https://www.cbirecordscheck.com/Index.aspx
2) Click on “Individuals”
3) Pay $6.85
4) Print a copy of the background check and return it to the College of Education Student Resource Office as part of admissions materials (current CO School or agency employees who have already completed a background check for employment may provide a copy of their CO license or background check results).
College of Education students who will complete a field experience as part of their degree program must submit fingerprint cards to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in order to be appropriately screened before entering schools or agencies as a fieldwork student. Students who have completed a background check utilizing fingerprints for employment (and can provide proof) do not have to repeat this process as part of their fieldwork requirements. In some cases, an educator who held a license prior to 2004 will not have fingerprints on file. Under current law these educators will be required to complete the fingerprint requirement when submitting an application.
Exam Requirements: In order to receive an initial license or added endorsement students will need to complete the following exams:
For more information students should visit: http://www.place.nesinc.com Students should take the exams during Block 1 (spring semester). Students must pass both exams prior to entering student teaching.