Professional Education Council

The Professional Education Council (PEC) is a representative faculty council, charged via Board Policy to represent and act on behalf of the Teacher Education Faculty in the governance of teacher education programs in the University and to fulfill the following duties:

  • To recommend overall goals for the teacher education program;
  • To recommend policies for student admission, retention, and exit requirement for the teacher education programs;
  • To recommend policies for professional development;
  • To recommend policies, in consultation with affected academic units, for teacher education program design, implementation, operation, evaluation, modification, and decision-making, including specification of required courses;
  • To ensure that all teacher education programs comply with all applicable rules and standards including professional teacher education accreditation standards;
  • To adopt and revise rules of operation for its bylaws; and
  • To perform any other relevant duty assigned to it by the chair with consent of the PEC.

The Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and Professional Education Unit Head, shall have the authority and responsibility for the overall administration and coordination of teacher education programs.

PEC reviews curriculum for all programs offered by UNC for the purpose of preparing teachers and other school personnel to work in p-12 settings. PEC provides input in decisions about new degree programs; minors, emphasis areas, licensures and endorsements; courses with a major change; courses with a minor change; and certificates


Sample Syllabus

Course Number/Prefix/Title and Credits

Note: For new and modified course titles provide an Equate (Banner) title limited to 25 total characters including spaces.


Note: Banner will check for prerequisite or co-requisite courses and students will be blocked from registration unless they have either completed or are enrolled in the required prerequisite(s)/co-requisite(s).

Course Description

Note: Catalog course description is limited to 30 words.

Course Goals/Learning Objectives

  • Include three to six desired learning outcomes (course goals) for the class.
  • Focus on what you want students to demonstrate (knowledge, skills).
  • Use measurable behavioral objectives.

Professional Standards

  • Indicate which PBSCT (Performance Based Standards for Colorado Teachers) and program standards (SPA/NCATE [National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education]) the course meets.
  • It is highly recommended that alignment of course objectives with PBSCT and program SPA/NCATE standards be indicated.
  • See following links for PBSCT and SPA/NCATE standards:

Outline of Course Content

  • Include major content topics with main subdivisions.

Course Requirements

  • Other examples of course requirements can include: exams, papers, participation, presentations, lab technique, skill performance, and projects.
  • It is advisable to have sample percentages assigned to various requirements on each proposed syllabus.

Method of Evaluation

Note: Letter graded or S/U graded; S/U graded must be stated in the course description on New Course/Modification form.

  • Include a grade level percentage breakdown on the syllabus.

Required Texts and/or Required Reading List

  • List required textbooks, technology requirements and other materials (packets, programs, Internet access, etc.) with information about editions, volumes, and other details.

Disability Support Services

  • Add the following disability statement to syllabus: Any student requesting disability accommodation for this class must inform the instructor giving appropriate notice. Students are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services at (970) 351-2289 to certify documentation of disability and to ensure appropriate accommodations are implemented in a timely manner.

Other Suggested/Optional Wording

  • Honor Code: All members of the University of Northern Colorado community are entrusted with the responsibility to uphold and promote five fundamental values: Honesty, Trust, Respect, Fairness, and Responsibility. These core elements foster an atmosphere, inside and outside of the classroom, which serves as a foundation and guides the UNC community’s academic, professional, and personal growth. Endorsement of these core elements by students, faculty, staff, administration, and trustees strengthens the integrity and value of our academic climate.
  • UNC Policies – UNC’s policies and recommendations for academic misconduct will be followed. For additional information, please see the Dean of Student’s website, Student Handbook link

Additional Syllabus Guidelines

  • While not a university requirement, the syllabus for a course proposed for educator preparation must contain objectives and assessments that align with the applicable standards for accreditation.
  • Check the PEC box on the curriculum form. This is important to ensure the course will be reviewed through the proper curriculum process.