College of Education

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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.

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 on 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.

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

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Nancy Reif earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from UCCS in 2009. Nancy came to UCCS as a practicing elementary school teacher, and found the online Master’s program an ideal fit for her schedule. Ms. Reif teaches a beautifully diverse and curious group of third graders at Silverthorne Elementary School in the mountains of Summit County, Colorado. “Every course allowed me to think specifically about how I could apply what I was learning in the UCCS program with my current students. I was able to get immediate feedback from students, their families and the school community.”
Nancy says this real-time application kept learning current and relevant. She says her students are always willing to participate and provide feedback about new ideas. “What a great way to model reflective and ongoing learning,” she says.
Nancy is always looking for new and exciting ways to present content in a setting that is energetic and creative while never losing sight of curriculum and standards. One of her favorite methods is to combine teaching content in the classroom with her passion for art and art history. Nancy studied art, first as an undergraduate minor at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and later as a continuing art student at the Art Institute of Chicago. Music, dance and theater are often part of math, reading and cultural lessons. Students may produce a visual piece, write a song, or perform an original dance as a summative assessment of content. One of Nancy’s favorite applications is a planned day where her students grow their understanding and express their learning in the style of a specific artist. For example, if learning in the style of Matisse’s later work, children would only be allowed to use scissors, glue, and colored paper all day – no pencils!
Since receiving her MA from UCCS, Nancy has advanced her passion for combining content and art to such diverse groups as visiting international student teachers and to local, regional and national chapters of teacher organizations. Nancy sums up her teaching style and her experience as a UCCS graduate student with the short but profound advice to tap into your creative side and, “go make stuff!”

 
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