Bachelor of Arts in Inclusive Elementary Education

Teachers and Students in the Classroom



The Bachelor of Arts in Inclusive Elementary Education prepares teachers to utilize universal design, technology, and innovative methods to support the success of all students.

What is "inclusive" education?

Bachelor of Arts in Inclusive Elementary Education Highlights

  • Courses are designed to infuse special education and English as a Second Language methods and strategies throughout the program.
  • Leads to an initial license in elementary, SPED endorsement (ages 5-21), CLD (K-12) endorsement.
  • Field experiences early and often allow preservice teachers to apply learning to classroom settings.
  • Pre-service teachers spend over 800 hours in the field.
  • Pre-service teachers have multiple opportunities to plan lessons, teach, and assess effectiveness of instruction; qualified supervisors provide feedback throughout program.


"Graduates of this program will be in high demand. We believe that all teachers need to be prepared to teach all learners. This degree will prepare teachers to work across the spectrum of learning that they face in today's classrooms."   -Valerie Martin Conley, Dean of the College of Education, Communique Article, 2015


A recent labor market report from the Colorado Office of Economic Development found that the number of annual graduates (1,976) falls well short of the annual number of job openings (3,456) for preschool, elementary, secondary, and special education teachers.

To remain in good standing within the College of Education, students must maintain a cumulative CU GPA of 2.5, or better all semesters. Students whose cumulative CU GPA falls below a 2.5 will be placed on academic probation for the next semester in which they are enrolled. While on probation, students must raise their cumulative GPA to 2.5 within one semester. If the required semester GPA is not met, the student will be suspended from the College of Education for a full academic year.

All education classes (CURR, IECE, IELM, LEAD, TED) and MATH 3010 and MATH 3020 must be completed with a grade of B- or better.

Fall Year 1 (15 credits)

ENGL 1310: Rhetoric & Writing I
GES 1980 or 1990:
GPS 1010: "Head of the Class" or "Teaching in a Muggle World" recommended
LEAD 1000: Historical, Philosophical, & Sociological Foundations of Education
HIST 1510 or 1520:

Spring Year 1 (15 credits)

ECON 1000, 1010, or 1050:
ENGL 1410: Rhetoric & Writing II
ENGL 1500: Introduction to Literature
IECE 1010: Diversity & Child Development
PSC 1100: American Political System

Fall Year 2 (15 credits)

CURR 4800: Schools, Society & Diversity
IELM 1000: Introduction to Inclusive Education
IELM 2000: Integrated Science I
MATH 3010: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
TED 4400: Children's Literature

Spring Year 2 (15 credits)

CURR 4170: Introduction to Technology in Education
IELM 1500: Health & PE for Elementary Teachers
IELM 2500: Art & Music for Elementary Teachers
IELM 3500: Integrated Science II
MATH 3020: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II

Beginning with Year 3, courses MUST be taken in sequence.

In order to participate in Field Placement activities, students must successfully complete a background check per College of education requirements.

Fall Year 3 (12 credits)

CURR 3713: Language & Linguistics
IECE 4010: Early Literacy 2 (Ages 5–8)
IELM 3020: Field Placement I
IELM 3700: Designing Transitions & Inclusive Futures

Spring Year 3 (15 credits)

IECE 4000: Math & Numeracy
IELM 4000: Collaboration 7 Co-Teaching
IELM 4020: Field Placement II
IELM 4070: Teaching Students with Complex Support Needs
PORT 3000: Writing Portfolio Assessment
TED 3750: Second Language Acquisition


Summer Year 4 (6 credits)

COUN 4500: Wellness, Resiliency, & Emotional Intelligence
IELM 4005: Classroom Management & Positive Behavior Support

Fall Year 4 (15 credits)

IELM 4015: Teaching Reading & Writing, Grades 2–6
IELM 4025: Teaching Elementary Mathematics
IELM 4030: Field Placement III
IELM 4035: Teaching Elementary Science
IELM 4045: Teaching Elementary Social Studies

Spring Year 4 (12 credits)

IELM 4630: Student Teaching

New Students & Initial Program Advising

First step is to apply to UCCS. Once admitted to the University, your next step is to attend an orientation and meet with an advisor in Academic Advising. In your advising session, you will complete a Preparation Plan listing coursework needed to complete the undergraduate degree.

Transfer Students & Year 2 Advising

Continue to meet with your Academic Advisor and call the College of Education Student Resource Office (719) 255-4996 to make an appointment with a College of Education Faculty Mentor.

Year 3 Advising

September–November before your Professional Year, contact the UCCS College of Education Student Resource Office at (719) 255-4996 to schedule an advising appointment with your assigned IELM Faculty Mentor. During this appointment the Faculty mentor will verify that you are on-track to meet program requirements, will review the application process with you, and will outline the upcoming Professional Year.

Admission to Professional Year

The final year of the program is called the Professional Year. The Professional Year is a Summer/Fall/Spring sequence of coursework. During the Professional Year, you will be placed, engage in training activities, student teach, and be supervised within inclusive classroom settings.

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

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

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 the sub-section separately (#5002, #5003, #5004, #5005, respectively). If this requirement is not met by the dead line, the student must withdraw or defer their admission until it is met.

A passing score on the Praxis #5354 exam is required to qualify for the Special Education Generalist (ages 5-12) endorsement. It is recommended that students take this exam after completing IELM 4005 taken in the Summer just prior to the Professional Year.