Education Professional Development

Non-credit education course offered at the UCCS campus.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

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Participate along with other candidates in a learning community setting to complete the process of National Board Certification.

This process involves the practice of becoming reflective practitioners through a deep analysis of instruction, pedagogical practice, student work, student learning, and community and professional involvement.

The process is convenient and encourages NBCTs to continue living the NBPTS standards.


For educators who have completed the Candidacy portion for the National Board Certification. Candidates will demonstrate a commitment to students' learning by systematic professional learning and reflection on teaching practices.

Candidacy Syllabus


For educators who have completed the National Board Certificate process. Participants will successfully demonstrate skills based on effectiveness and content standards developed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Students must have completed and achieved National Board Certification and earned the title of National Board Certified Teacher.

Certification Syllabus


For educators who have completed and received a "renewed" score on their submission to NBPTS for the Certification Renewal process.  NBCTs will demonstrate commitment to professional growth/learning that increases their impact on student learning through reflection on teaching practices in current role whether in or outside the classroom.

Renewal Syllabus

Teacher Leaders- Action Research

Design and implement an action research project in a classroom, school and/or district. This independent study project starts with a focused and specific question about teaching and learning that will ultimately improve the quality of teaching and learning.

Teacher Leader Syllabus

Spring 2018 Enrollment Guide

Certification Renewal Support

Facilitating and supporting NBCT renewal candidates through the renewal certification process.

Renewal Syllabus

Spring 2018 Enrollment Guide

Earning UCCS Credit

  • Graduate credits or CEUs can be applied toward state licensure renewal
  • Graduate credits and CEUs can be applied toward in-district salary advancement in most districts
  • Graduate credits can be applied towards an advanced degree

Program Contacts

UCCS cannot guarantee that another institution will accept transfer credits. Check with your academic advisor to determine if these credits can be used toward your advanced degree.

PPBOCES/UCCS Two Year Alternative Program Teacher-in-Residence

Teacher-in-Residence (TIRP) is operated by the Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services (PPBOCES) and UCCS Online & Academic Outreach.

This alternative licensure program offers a unique "road to travel" to earn a Colorado Teacher License. The two-year program allows one to earn a salary while teaching in a classroom. Participants develop the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the program and concurrently earn a Colorado Teacher License.

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates can apply for an Initial Colorado Teacher's License. UCCS College of Education offers the opportunity for TIRP participants to enroll for UCCS graduate credit, 9 graduate credit hours can be used toward degree requirements for the Masters in Curriculum & Instruction.

Applications are accepted year round, programs begin in January & August of each year: PPBOCES Application »

The TIRP is a field-based program for the mature learner. As such, it may be unsuitable for some people.

  • Is two years long, including a summer session. (For the Special Ed Generalist Endorsement, two summer sessions are required)
  • Begins in August and January
  • Includes mentoring. Each teacher is assigned a mentor and a field coach to support one's growth as a teacher.
  • Includes classroom observation/supervision activities. Each teacher will participate in 100 hours of professional development within their school which is then recorded on their Professional Development log.
  • Includes a teacher education curriculum based on the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards and Elements.
  • Participants are expected to attend all classes. Classes are held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Successfully demonstrate each of the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards and Elements
  • Successfully complete all assignments from the teacher education curriculum.

To be admitted to the TIRP, candidates must:

  • Take and pass the PLACE or PRAXIS II test in his/her content area if applying without the 24 credits. Elementary Teachers must take the PLACE or PRAXIS II to meet the state requirements.
  • Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 24 credits must align with an area in which Colorado grants a Teacher License, see our website under Program Requirements.
  • Pass a background check, including fingerprinting (request fp card from office).
  • Have a strong capacity to learn the considerable skills of teaching while being a beginning teacher.
  • Pay an initial fee of $1,000.00 upon receiving an employment contract as a teacher, which is payable by a cashier's check or money order to PPBOCES/2YALP.

Superintendent Preparation Program

Available for those with a Master's degree and Colorado Principal Licensure, this intensive program will enable you to become eligible for state Administrator Licensure.

The program is three courses, a total of nine graduate credits:

  • LEAD 6860 - The Superintendent as a Transformational Leader (Fall)
  • LEAD 6870 - Superintendent as Manager of Quality Systems (Spring)
  • LEAD 6880 - Practicum in Central Office Administration at Your School (Summer)
As an active participant in this program you will:
  • Develop as a leader through an expanded self knowledge and world view.
  • Learn how to guide an educational team as they integrate recommendations from research with an assessment of the needs of a school community and create a plan for student success.
  • Explore the political and social implications of schooling and the educational requirements of a diverse, democratic, multicultural society.
  • Discover how technology can be utilized to enhance management and communication.
  • Develop school management competencies and leadership strategies.
  • Enhance your ability to ignite and inspire others!
Classes meet for four Saturdays each semester from 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Specific class dates will be determined before the start of each semester.
To be considered for the Superintendent Preparation Program, please go to Graduate Online Application and follow the instructions.

When you get to the dropdown menu asking you to select a field of study, choose "Endorsement/Certificate Programs" and then choose the subplan "Superintendent" at the next dropdown.

If you have questions about the online application, please contact the College of Education, Student Resource Office at: 719-255-4996 or

High School Teacher Cybersecurity Training

The National Cybersecurity Center's Cyber Research, Education and Training Center has partnered with University of Colorado Colorado Springs and SecureSet to develop the NCC High School Cybersecurity Initiative for high school students in 9th-12th grades.

Each 10th grade-level course will be one-week long (M-F, 40 hours) during summer 2017 at the UCCS.

Cybersecurity Training Scholarships

Through a generous grant from the Daniels Fund, the National Cybersecurity Center provides the following scholarship for eligible participants:

  • Provide a 50% Scholarship for a qualified teacher to attend (maximum 5 per district); district must have less than 10,000 students.
  • Provide the one-time purchase of classroom equipment (maximum 5 per district)
  • Provide one year of lab fees for the school to offer at least (2) classes of the cybersecurity curriculum (maximum 5 per district)
  • All schools receiving this funding must agree they can make this pathway sustainable for the next year.
  • All teachers attending the training must provide their own laptop as well as ensure the teacher has successfully passed the assessment test prior to training.

Technical Laptop Requirements

Software requirements provided during training will be open source and simple to download. Participants should have administrative rights to their laptops during the course.


  • 6th or 7th generation i7 dual (or quad) core processor
  • 12 GB DDR4 ram
  • 256 GB or larger SSD


  • Can be a mac book pro (early 2015 or newer) with ethernet adapter or have an ethernet port
  • 1st-3rd generation i5 and i7 quad core systems with at least 8GB ram
  • 4th-7th generation i5 and i7 systems

Not recommended

  • AMD processors for laptops due to lower per core power and higher power consumption
  • i3 processors are way under powered
  • 4GB of ram is completely insufficient