College of Education

Welcome

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.

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

COE Alumni Spotlight

Sandy Ho began her college career as a non-traditional student at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), pursuing a pre-medicine degree path. Upon a transfer to UCCS, Sandy was hired as the PPCC Learning Assistance Centers Tutoring Supervisor; this is when she discovered her passion for serving students and developing leaders. Sandy updated her degree focus, and after graduating with a B.A. in Communication applied to the College of Education’s Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program. During her participation as a SAHE student she was advanced in her career to coordinator; then director at PPCC. Sandy shared, “Balancing work, family, and graduate school was a challenge but completely worth it! I really enjoyed the cohort format of the program and am still friends with many of my SAHE classmates! It was a pleasure, but also extremely advantageous to learn from all of the SAHE instructors. All of the faculty have actual work experience in Student Affairs! This was most valuable when seeking career development and advancement advice.” After graduating with an M.A. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Sandy began her doctoral course work in Educational Leadership, Research & Policy. She transitioned to the Programs Coordinator/Site Manager of the Colorado Springs campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo. She is now in the dissertation proposal writing phase as a Ph.D. candidate in the doctoral program and serves as the Interim Director of the Center for Excellence in Languages and Social Sciences at UCCS. Ms. Ho states, “As an alum of the SAHE program, I have been fortunate to join the new cohorts on international trips. I have also recruited several shining stars into the program. I hope to continue to mentor more SAHE students as needed. SAHE not only provided me with an education but connected me to my true calling. I can’t believe I get paid to do what I love!” .

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