School and Ranking Information
Only two schools in the Colorado Springs area offer programs related to teacher education. One of the schools is a for-profit private school, but the top school is a public institution offering a variety of degrees. Based on school type and available programs, the following school is the top school in the Colorado Springs area for teacher education:
- Winner: The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is a 4-year, public institution. It has been recognized as one of the top 15 public universities in the West for 2015. The university offers several degree paths for students interested in teacher education and school administration.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Colorado at Colorado Springs|
|Rankings||Tied for #13 in Regional Top Public Schools in the West (2015); #176 Best Graduate Education School (2014)*|
|Location||Colorado Springs, CO|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||$8,982 (in-state), $21,522 (out-of-state)*|
|Teacher Education Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||46%**|
|Noteworthy||College of Education's programs expand traditional teaching curricula by emphasizing social justice and technology***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
- School features an online licensing program for aspiring secondary school teachers
- A student support staff exists to help students select appropriate courses
- College of Education is accredited by seven different organizations
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) offers a broad range of degree programs and provides a student-centered education. The school's total student enrollment is almost 10,000. The university's College of Education offers a variety of education degrees in counseling, curriculum and leadership. The college also offers study abroad programs and experiential learning opportunities. It hosts the yearly symposia - Culturally Responsive Teaching, Leadership and Counseling. It established an Office of Global Programs in an effort to increase enrollment of foreign students.
The College of Education offers a teacher education and licensing program that results in students earning a Bachelor of Arts and licensure. Students choose whether to major in elementary or secondary education. They can then choose a concentration, such as biology, English, history or math. All students are required to take various courses, such as diversity, society and schools, introductory special education and educational psychology. One semester of professional student teaching is required.
The Bachelor of Arts in Education with Special Education Licensing program requires courses in special education, including an introduction, differentiated instruction, classroom management and instructional monitoring. Students interested in teaching special education are licensed as generalists in Colorado. They must choose a subject concentration, such as English, biology, geography, Spanish or history. Along with completing coursework in their chosen major, students must complete general education courses and coursework (42 semester hours) in special education. The Special Education Licensure Program (SELP) requires over 800 hours of experience by completing internships and fieldwork.
The Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction program is intended for licensed teachers looking to further develop their instructional expertise by applying current research in their classrooms. Students in the program expand their professional knowledge base while reflecting on their teaching practice thus far in their careers. The required core courses include a look at curriculum studies research and history, an introductory course in statistics and a research project. Thirty credit hours are required for completion of this program. In addition to core courses, students may select a cognate (related) field from such options as reading and mathematics, science and special education. Upon graduation, students have advanced instruction and curriculum design skills.
The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program is designed to create educational leaders who foster healthy learning communities within schools. Required course topics include social foundations of education, quantitative research and a research lab. Students must choose one of two tracks. Students who choose the licensure track complete a 42-credit program, which culminates in principal licensure. The cognate track requires students to chose from research & foundations or P-12 (pre-kindergarten - grade 12). If students choose to become licensed after completing the cognate track, they may take 12 credits of core licensure requirements.
The M.A. in Educational Leadership program is also offered entirely online. Students who wish to earn principal licensure only may take 33 credit hours. For an additional nine credit hours, students can complete the core leadership education courses and receive a master's degree.
The Educational Leadership, Research & Policy Doctor of Philosophy program is intended for educational leaders working in schools, higher education and non-governmental agencies. This 3-year program integrates intensive coursework and research labs to guide students in completing their dissertation. The curriculum requirements include an intermediate course in statistics and quantitative research, examination of models used in large-scale assessment of students, methods to evaluate programs and policies and data analysis using advanced methods, such as inferential techniques. Graduates are equipped with strong research, communication and leadership skills when they return to their education practice.