General Elementary Teacher Licensure Programs

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Initial Application Process

Individuals who wish to pursue an elementary teaching license and who have already earned a Bachelor degree in a field other than education, may apply for this program. Prior to applying to the post-baccalaureate program, prospective students should meet with a College of Education Faculty Mentor to determine level of interest in and preparation for the program. In this meeting, the faculty mentor will also answer questions about the program and clarify the procedures for admission. Call 719-255-4996 or email education@uccs.edu to schedule an appointment.

The following materials must be submitted as part of the online initial application:

  • Goal statement (i.e., your reasons for wanting to pursue a teaching license)
  • Bursar’s Office receipt of payment for $50.00 application fee
  • Official transcripts of all academic work completed to date (any academic work completed at UCCS does not require submission of a transcript); sent from the institution you attended directly (electronically or by postal service) to:
    UCCS-Office of Admissions and Records
    1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
    Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Teacher Education Core Coursework

Content Core Coursework (28 credits)

The following requirements may be met by completion of transcripted coursework or with a passing score on the Praxis #5001 exam.

  • US History (3 credits)
  • US Government (3 credits)
  • Economics (3 credits)
  • World Geography (3 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Science (4 credits, 1 lab)
  • Public Speaking (3 credits)
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (6 credits; requires grade of B- or better)

Education Core Coursework (15 credits)

All education core classes must be completed with a grade of B- or better. If taken at the 5000-level, post-baccalaureate students may apply up to 9 credits of these courses toward a Masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction at UCCS.

  • CURR 4800/5800: Schools, Society, & Diversity (3 credits)
  • TED 3010: Early Diverse School Experience (3 credits*)
     *each credit hour requires 30 volunteer hours in a local school; applicants with extensive experience teaching and working in a     school setting may petition to waive a maximum of 1 credit of TED 3010.
  • TED 4520/5520: Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • SPED 3001/5001: Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
  • TED 4800/5800: ESL for Educators (3 credits)

In the State of Colorado, at the undergraduate level, one may complete a content major along with fulfilling elementary licensure requirements. If not pursuing the Bachelors degree in Inclusive Elementary Education, UCCS students may choose to major in Biology, English, Geography, History or Spanish as a content major.


All teacher education core classes must be completed with a grade of B- or better.

  • CURR 4800: Schools, Society, & Diversity (3 credits)
  • MATH 3010: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (3 credits)
  • MATH 3020: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II (3 credits)
  • TED 3010: Early Diverse School Experience (2 credits*)
     *each credit hour requires 30 volunteer hours in a local school
  • TED 4520: Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • SPED 3001: Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
  • TED 4800: ESL for Educators (3 credits)
    (Note: this course not required for undergrads, but highly recommended)

Admissions Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the Professional Year, applicants should have:

  • Met with a College of Education Faculty Mentor (all applicants) and an Academic Advisor (undergrads only)
  • Completed or have a plan for completing all Teacher Education Core Coursework prior to the Professional Year
  • Earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Successfully completed a background check per College of Education requirements

Application Process

Submit all application materials online no later than February 1 prior to beginning the Professional Year summer coursework.

The following materials must be submitted as part of the online Professional Year application:

  • “Why I want to be a teacher” statement
  • Resume with a focus on work with children or youth
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Bursar’s Office receipt of payment for $50.00 application fee

Upon submission of all application materials, applicants will be scheduled to interview with a College of Education faculty member as the final step in the Professional Year application process.

For questions regarding the Professional Year application process, please contact the COE Student Resource Office: 719-255-4996 or education@uccs.edu

Professional Exam Requirement

As of October 1, 2016, a passing score on the Praxis #5001 exam is an admission requirement for the elementary Professional Year. Applicants must have passed at least TWO of the four #5001 sub-sections (Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science) by July 15 of the Professional Year. Applicants may opt to take the sub-section separately (#5002, #5003, #5004, #5005, respectively). If this requirement is not met by the deadline, the student must withdraw or defer their admission until it is met.

Summer

  • IECE 4010 Early Literacy 2* (3 credits)
     *field practicum required
  • TED 4580 Elementary Curriculum Instruction & Classroom Management (3 credits)

Fall

  • IELM 4015 Teaching Reading & Writing Grades 2–6 (3 credits)
  • IELM 4025 Teaching Elementary Mathematics (3 credits)
  • IELM 4030 Field Placement III (3 credits)
  • IELM 4035 Teaching Elementary Science (3 credits)
  • IELM 4045 Teaching Elementary Social Studies (3 credits)

Spring

  • IELM 4630 Student Teaching (12 credits)