College of Education

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The UCCS BI in Inclusive Early Childhood Education has just received full state approval to qualify graduates for the Colorado Department of Education/Department of Human Services Child Care Center Director Qualification! The BI:IECE now earns graduates THREE state credentials: ECE teaching licensure, ECSE teaching licensure, Child Care Center Director Qualification

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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 and the National Association for the Education of Young Children 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/

Bachelor of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Education

>>BI Handbook 2015

Undergraduate students seeking their BI:IECE will first need to apply to UCCS.
How to apply to the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs: Students new to UCCS should submit the undergraduate application.
Students will need to declare their major by choosing: Inclusive Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Innovation

Undergraduate Planning Form

BI: IECE Planning Form

Application Process for Undergraduate Students for Professional Program

Application Timeline: November 1

>>Undergraduate Transition 1 Application Requirements Checklist 

UNDERGRADUATES: Once admitted to the University, your next step is to attend an advising session with a member of the Student Success Center “College of Education Advisor” in Main Hall. In your advising session, you will complete a Preparation Plan listing course work still needed to complete the undergraduate degree content and prerequisite courses. Included in this plan is a timeline of dates and a list of the Teacher Education core courses that must be completed.
The current advisors are:
Bill Bannister (Students with last name A-G): 719.255.3069 bbannist@uccs.edu
Carolyn Daley (Students with last name H-O): 719.255.3473 cdaley2@uccs.edu
Ruth Sansing (Students with last name P-Z): 719.255.3747 rsansing@uccs.edu

How to apply to the professional program: Students should complete this application BI:IECE application during their sophomore year, but must complete the application to starting Block One.

Please submit the application as well as the materials below (except transcripts) to the College of Education - Student Resource Office, Columbine Hall, Room 3010.

Undergraduate Supplemental Application Materials:

1. Career Goals Statement*:
  • Needs to address: applicant’s motivation to complete studies successfully, and contain multiple examples, thoughtful consideration toward career planning and contain examples and must be well written, organized, and contain no errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling.
  • *Undergraduates may use or build upon Philosophy Statement if part of  Introductory  Class
2. Receipt for $50.00 application fee paid to the UCCS Bursar’s Office.
3. Proof of a background/finger print/child abuse check for admission. (see detailed General Background Check information below)
4. Three professional letters of reference (evaluated for relevance and strength). Choose your references carefully. Persons who have been in positions to supervise and/or evaluate your skills are often effective references. Do not ask friends or family members who might be biased.
5. Have one official transcript of all academic work ever completed to date, sent from the institution you attended directly (electronically or by postal services) to:
UCCS-Office of Admissions and Records
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs CO 80918
*if your only transcript is from UCCS, you do not need to request being sent
6. UNDERGRADUATES ONLY must:
a) Show evidence of passing the Praxis Elementary Content Knowledge Exam (Code 0014/5014)
b) Provide Professional Dispositions and Responsibilities
c) Submit a portfolio of course key assignments Once your application is complete, the UCCS College of Education - Student Resource Office staff will notify you of your admission status and contact you to schedule your formal interview with Dr. Lissanna Follari. If you have any questions please contact the Student Resource Office at Columbine Hall room 3010, phone: 719-255-4996, education@uccs.edu

Application Process For Post Baccalaureate IECE Students

Application Timeline: Rolling admission

If you are interested in the "post-bacc IECE" program, your first step is to attend an advising session with Dr. Lissanna Follari (IECE Program Director).

To make an initial advising appointment, please contact the UCCS College of Education - Student Resource Office: 719-255-4996 education@uccs.edu (students should bring a copy of their transcript to this advising session).

During this appointment students will complete a Preparation Plan listing course work still needed to complete the undergraduate degree content and prerequisite courses. Included in this plan is a timeline of dates and a list of the Teacher Education core courses that must be completed.

Post Baccalaureate Planning Form

>>Post Bacc IECE Planning Sheet  

After the advising session with Dr. Follari, students should complete this application: IECE application  

Please submit the application as well as the materials below (except transcripts) to the College of Education - Student Resource Office, Columbine Hall, Room 3010.

Post Baccalaureate Supplemental Materials:

1. Career Goals Statement:

  • Needs to address: applicant's motivation to complete studies successfully, and contain multiple examples, thoughtful consideration toward career planning and contain examples and must be well written, organized, and contain no errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling.      

2. Receipt for $50.00 application fee paid to the UCCS Bursar's Office.

3. Proof of a background/finger print/child abuse check for admission. (see detailed General Background Check information below).

4. Three professional letters of reference (evaluated for relevance and strength). Choose your references carefully. Persons who have been in positions to supervise and/or evaluate your skills are often Do not ask friends or family members who might be biased.

5. Have one official transcript of all academic work ever completed to date, sent from the institution you attended directly (electronically or by postal services) to: UCCS-Office of Admissions and Records

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway

Colorado Springs CO 80918

*if your only transcript is from UCCS, you do not need to request being sent Once your application is complete, the UCCS College of Education - Student Resource Office staff will notify you of your admission status and contact you to schedule your formal interview with Dr. Lissanna Follari. If you have any questions please contact the Student Resource Office at Columbine Hall room 3010, phone: 719-255-4996,

General Background Check for Admission Required for All Undergraduates and Post Baccalaureate Students

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).

Fingerprint Check for Fieldwork

*Note - FINGERPRINT CARD PROCESSING MAY TAKE 4 MONTHS or more so PLAN AHEAD!

College of Education students who will complete a field experience (internship, practicum, student teaching, etc.) as part of their degree program must submit fingerprint cards to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (those results must be given directly from CBI to the Colorado Department of Education) 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 valid proof as well as the result of the background check) 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.

The general cost of a fingerprint card is $15.00 and the CBI cost to process your completed fingerprint card is $39.50.

Please see the CDE web page for additional information: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/fingerprints

>>Fingerprint Process for Fieldwork PDF

PDF Colorado Department of Human Services Child Abuse Clearance

1. Inclusive Early Childhood students must complete a background check for child abuse. Complete and sign the Individual Inquiry Form found on the Colorado Department of Human Service website. 

>>Child Abuse Individual Clearance Form  

2. Authorize CDHS to release the results to: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Attention: College of Education SRO 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy Colorado Springs, CO 80918

3. Send the completed, signed form and $25 fee to: Boards and Commission Division Background Investigation Unit 1575 Sherman Street, 7th Floor Denver, CO 80203-1714

Exam Requirements

Exam Requirements: In order to receive an initial license or added endorsement students will need to complete the following exams:

  • PLACE Early Childhood Education
  • PLACE Early Childhood Special Education

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.

 
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