Undergraduate Teacher Education

UNC teacher education students graduate with credibility in the field because of their degree from UNC. School administrators, other universities and hiring authorities recognize UNC as a leader because our students work with outstanding faculty and spend significant time in practicum and classroom settings before graduation.

For example, by the time UNC students graduate from the special education program, they have the experience and knowledge comparable to that of a second year teacher.  They spend more than 900 hours of practicum and field experience prior to graduation, working with some of the best special educators in the area.

That’s why the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences leads Colorado in teacher employment and has more students enrolled in Science Licensure programs than any other Colorado institution.

Colorado legislation requires that, in order to become a licensed teacher, a student must graduate with a degree in a subject area (such as Math, English, Spanish, Interdisciplinary Studies, etc.) and complete our Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP).

  • Early Childhood Teacher Education (with K-3 Licensure) which incorporates a strong liberal arts core and provides students with a four-year-degree in early childhood teacher education birth through age eight. This degree program also includes courses that lead to Director Qualification, allowing teachers to direct a learning center.
  • Trainees completing the Licensure program in Early Childhood Special Education (Birth to Grade 3) will be able to serve the full spectrum of children with identified disabilities eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.
  • License in ECSE requires students to major in Special Education: Early Childhood Special Education and to complete Special Education Professional Teacher Education Program.
  • License in Elementary Education (grades K-6) requires students to major in Elementary Education and to complete the Elementary Professional Teacher Education Program.
  • License in Secondary Education (grades 7-12) requires students to major in a subject area appropriate for a secondary teaching field (such as Math, History, English, Spanish, Science, etc.) and to complete the Secondary Professional Teacher Education Program.
  • License in K-12 Education (grades K-12) requires students to major in Art, Music, or Physical Education (PE) and to complete the K-12 Professional Teacher Education Program.
  • License in Special Education requires students to major in Special Education: K-12 Teaching Emphasis and to complete the requirements of the Special Education Professional Teacher Education Program.