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.

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.

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

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Jim Smith earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy from UCCS in 2011. Since completing his doctoral work Smith says, “I have found more value in securing time to stay healthy and enjoy my family. During the program I moved into the role of Principal at Eagleview Middle School; last year I moved into my current position of Executive Director in Academy District 20.”

When asked about the benefits of earning his Ph.D. Smith shared, “I have never had an experience in my personal or professional life that has challenged me so completely. Though there were days of elation during the program, there were also days of absolute exhaustion. But, all together, pursuing my Ph.D. has been one of the most transformative and rewarding experiences of my life. There is no doubt that the knowledge that I gained has informed my work and has absolutely positively influenced my career path and has given me the confidence to tackle some pretty weighty issues. Additionally, I made friends in the cohort that continue to be close friends – friends that have a common appreciation of an experience that only those who shared it can possibly understand.