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


(updated 06-11-15)

Prefix / Course Number and Section  / Title and Credits and Instructor of Record

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

Semester of Offering


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 with Learning Objectives/Outcomes

Include two to six desired learning objectives/outcomes for each goal;

  • Focus Learning Objectives / Outcomes on what you want students to demonstrate (knowledge, skills).
  • Use verbs indicating measurable student performance (knowledge, skill, or disposition) for Learning Objectives / Outcomes.
  • Contain objectives and assessments that align with the applicable standards for accreditation.

Sample Syllabus

Syllabus Guide demonstrating how mandated standards are met in a particular course (see SAMPLE)

Professional 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.

Liability Statement pertaining to field experiences: applicable only to unpaid field related requirement such as practicum, service learning, intern, student teaching.

UNC purchases insurance that provides liability coverage to teacher candidates (subject coverage limitations and deductibles of the applicable insurance policy) for claims made against the teacher candidate while s/he is acting in the course and scope of her/his responsibilities in field experience. Such coverage is subject to limitations and exclusions for, among other things, alleged intentional acts and other uncovered claims. 

In addition, the teacher candidate, during her/his practice teaching in a school is deemed an employee of the school district for the purposes of workers’ compensation and liability insurance as provided for other school employees.

Personal Liability

It is each teacher candidate’s choice to determine if s/he wishes to purchase additional liability coverage. Several professional organizations, including but not limited to the Colorado Education Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the National Education Association, offer personal – professional liability insurance that can be purchased by the teacher candidate at her/his expense.

UNC University Policies:

Disability Support Services

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.

Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Statement

The University of Northern Colorado prohibits and will not tolerate sexual misconduct or gender-based discrimination of any kind.  UNC is legally obligated to investigate sexual misconduct (including, but not limited to sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence).  If you disclose an incident of sexual misconduct to a faculty member, they have an obligation to report it to UNC’s Title IX Coordinator.  “Disclosure” may include communication in-person, via email/phone/text message, or through in/out of class assignments.

If you wish to speak confidentially about an incident of sexual misconduct, please contact the UNC Counseling Center (970-351-2496) or the Assault Survivors Advocacy Program (970-351-4040).

If you would like to learn more about sexual misconduct or report an incident, please visit

Equity and Inclusion Statement

The University of Northern Colorado embraces the diversity of students, faculty, and staff, honors the inherent dignity of each individual, and welcomes their unique perspectives, behaviors, and worldviews. In this course, people of all races, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, ethnicities, genders and gender identities, cognitive, physical, and behavioral abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, regions, immigrant statuses, military or veteran statuses, size and/or shapes are strongly encouraged to share their rich array of perspectives and experiences. Course content and campus discussions will heighten your awareness to each other’s individual and intersecting identities.

The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities (located in Decker Hall) serves as resource to anyone seeking support or with questions about equity and inclusion at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). If you are a witness to or experience acts of bias at UNC and would like to learn more about bias response or report a bias incident, please visit Bias Response at

Academic Integrity Statement

You are expected to practice academic honesty in every aspect of this course.  Make sure you know and understand the pillars of the UNC Honor Code: Honesty, Trust, Responsibility, Respect, and Fairness. Become familiar the Student Code of Conduct, especially the section on acts of dishonesty.  Students who engage in academic misconduct are subject to grading consequences with regard to this course and/or university disciplinary procedures through the office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

If faculty would like to provide more information about Academic Integrity, please visit: