The UCCS BI in Inclusive Early Childhood Education is fully approved by the state to qualify graduates for the Colorado Department of Education/Department of Human Services Child Care Center Director Qualification! The BI:IECE now earns graduates THREE state credentials: ECE teaching license, ECSE teaching license, Child Care Center Director Qualification
This innovative program is designed to prepare UCCS students to teach all children in early childhood settings, including childcare, preschool, elementary schools, and community programs. UCCS students in this program will become part of a newly emerging field of professionals in inclusive early childhood education who are called on to innovate in the area of curriculum development, individual learning supports, and technology.
Inclusive early childhood educators may have the opportunity to teach, run their own business, work with agencies serving children and families, or invent, design, and market curriculum, technology, and applications. Inclusive early childhood educators will also have preparation in the areas of innovation, business, and marketing and be able to take ideas developed while working with children and enhance them through business planning and implementation. A Bachelor of Innovation will prepare students to take advantage of the many opportunities that they will encounter throughout their careers.
The Bachelor of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (BI:IECE) will combine both teacher preparation in Early Childhood Special Education (CDE license 9.08) and Early Childhood Education (CDE license 8.01) through a four-year, interdisciplinary professional degree. The term 'professional degree' applies to this program because it meets the professional teaching standards established by the Colorado Department of Education,the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Council for Exceptional Children for programs in early childhood and special education. The undergraduate program is design to meet a growing need in Southern Colorado for qualified education of young children, including those with disabilities or who are considered at risk and in need of early intervention.
Bachelor of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood EducationUndergraduate students seeking their BI:IECE will first need to apply to UCCS.
Undergraduate Planning Form
Application Process for Undergraduate Students for Professional Program
Application Timeline: April or November: students must meet with their COE faculty advisor for an individual program plan.
Financial Aid Priority filing date is March 1
How to apply to the professional program: Students should complete the BI:IECE application during their sophomore year, but must complete the application prior to starting the first upper division block.
Please submit the application as well as the materials below (except transcripts) to the College of Education - Student Resource Office, Columbine Hall, Room 3025.
Undergraduate Supplemental Application Materials:
- Needs to address: applicant’s motivation to complete studies successfully, and contain multiple examples, thoughtful consideration toward career planning and contain examples and must be well written, organized, and contain no errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling.
- *Undergraduates may use or build upon Philosophy Statement if part of Introductory Class
Application Process For Post Baccalaureate IECE Students
Application Timeline: Rolling admission
If you have completed a Bachelor's degree and are interested in initial teacher licensure or added endorsement, your first step is to contact SRO to schedule individual program planning.
To make an initial advising appointment, please contact the UCCS College of Education - Student Resource Office: 719-255-4996 firstname.lastname@example.org (students should bring a copy of their transcript to this advising session).
During this appointment students will complete a Preparation Plan listing course work still needed to complete the undergraduate degree content and prerequisite courses. Included in this plan is a timeline of dates and a list of the Teacher Education core courses that must be completed.
Post Baccalaureate Planning Form
After the advising session, students should complete this application: IECE application
Please submit the application as well as the materials below (except transcripts) to the College of Education - Student Resource Office, Columbine Hall, Room 3023.
If your only transcript is from UCCS, you do not need to request they be sent once your application is complete, the UCCS College of Education - Student Resource Office staff will notify you of your admission status. If you have any questions please contact the Student Resource Office at Columbine Hall room 3023, phone: 719-255-4996,
General Background Check for Admission Required for All Undergraduates and Post Baccalaureate Students
All College of Education applicants must complete a general background check as part of the admissions requirements:
1) Go to website: https://www.cbirecordscheck.com/Index.aspx
2) Click on “Individuals”
3) Pay $6.85
4) Print a copy of the background check and return it to the College of Education Student Resource Office as part of admissions materials (current CO School or agency employees who have already completed a background check for employment may provide a copy of their CO license or background check results).
Colorado Department of Human Services Child Abuse Clearance
1. Inclusive Early Childhood students must complete the "Child Abuse and Neglect Records Check". Complete and sign the Individual Inquiry Form found on the Colorado Department of Human Services - Office of Early Childhood website.
2. Authorize CDHS to release the results to: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Attention: College of Education SRO 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Complete the form as directed on the website.
Exam Requirements: Licensure students must successfully pass the exams prior to beginning Student Teaching. Both exams are required to garner licensure upon graduation from UCCS:
- Praxis (5024) Early Childhood Education Birth - 8
- Praxis (5691) Early Childhood Special Education Birth - 8
Students must pass both exams prior to entering student teaching.