College of Education


Greetings students, alumni, community partners, parents, and friends. I would like to wish you a warm welcome to The UCCS, College of Education website! We hope you find these pages informative and engaging, highlighting not only the exciting programs we have to offer, but also the outstanding faculty, staff, and students that contribute to our success.

We enroll undergraduate and graduate students, preparing them to be successful professionals in schools and communities. Our programs include master’s degrees in Counseling and Human Services, Teaching and Learning, Leadership, Research and Foundations, and a Bachelor of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Education. We are in the process of seeking final approval for a new undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Inclusive Elementary Education.

Currently, our 44 faculty and staff serve over 500 students. The result of our 2014-2015 student survey indicates that 100% of our program completers would recommend their program to others and express full confidence that they are prepared to work effectively in their future position.

Our education programs are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE). The College of Education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). For more information about our accreditation, please visit our CAEP page.

We advocate for education and community-centered goals and initiatives that align with our mission, vision, and values and strive to achieve positive academic and community-focused outcomes. We serve Colorado Springs and the southern region of the state of Colorado, fostering an academic community that embraces equity, inquiry and innovation. Beyond Colorado’s borders, our students come from 12 other states and 3 countries, enriching the diversity of educational experiences for all students.

We understand that your decision to pursue higher education is an important one. For this reason, we invite you to learn more about our programs and the many activities we engage in to serve our communities. We hope you will consider joining this energetic, intellectually engaged, and personally supportive community, and welcome the opportunity to show you what we have to offer in person. To arrange an appointment with an advisor, please contact our Student Resource Office.

Valerie Martin Conley, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education UCCS

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Marisol Henriquez is a 2015 graduate of the Master of Arts Degree in Leadership, Research and Foundations K-12 with Principal Licensure. Ms.Henriquez is now serving as the Assistant Principal at Basalt Elementary School in the Colorado Roaring Forks School District. Upon completion of her degree she was promoted to full time Assistant Principal at Basalt Elementary School. She also has served as a part-time AP and ELL coach during the past school year. Additionally Ms. Henriquez serves as the pre-program manager for Summer Advantage USA here in Colorado. Ms. Henriquez stated that, “Completing the program with UCCS helped me become prepared for the challenges of my new job as an assistant principal. It allowed me to obtain a Colorado initial principal license, in a CDE approved program”.