About the Center for Urban Education Programs
The four-year course of study (unless you are transferring in college credits) includes a variety of subjects that contribute to a well-rounded college education and preparation for the most challenging of school classrooms. You will spend either weekday afternoons or evenings (depending on your enrollment choice) in academic classes at the Center. Your coursework is based on the major/licensure program that you choose.
The academic coursework is primarily delivered at the UNC Denver Center at Lowry. You will have options for taking courses online or at other campuses.
CUE students work as paraprofessionals in the mornings starting from their first semester. This field experience provides students with the opportunity to connect classroom learning with real-life experiences and make deeper connections to their coursework.
Students are paired with a mentor who is a retired master teacher. Each mentor works with a cohort of students in individual and group sessions. They visit classrooms to oversee students’ progress at apprenticeship sites, and plan and convene group meetings where students can learn from, support and rely on each other. Mentors provide essential guidance needed by all teacher candidates in assessing their development in instructional skills and classroom management.
Course Offerings Based On Your Needs
A unique feature of the Center is the scheduling of classes. Our faculty plan course offerings based on what our mix of students need, rather than planning a general schedule that may or may not fit most students’ needs.
Classes are delivered each semester in a variety of methods including three 5-week blocks, 15 weekday or weekend sessions, or online. As a result, Center students focus on three or fewer academic classes at the same time while enrolling as part-time or full-time students. This enables students to focus more clearly on the work at hand and come away from each classroom experience richer in what they have learned.
Students will be prepared to teach children from birth through age 8 in a variety of settings.
Upon graduation, students are eligible to either...
- Receive an early childhood education teaching license, or;
- Pursue alternative licensure which will permit them to direct an early childhood center, as well as teach in pre-K settings and/or grades K-3 in public and private schools.
Early Childhood Education graduates are eligible for the added K–6 Elementary Education endorsement, after taking and successfully passing an Elementary Content Exam. Additional course work may or may not be required.
Students will be prepared to teach children in grades kindergarten through six in a variety of settings. Students choose from two emphasis areas:
- The Cultural & Linguistic Diversity (CLD) endorsement provides students a foundation for working with Emergent Bilingual children.
- The Special Education endorsement provides students with a foundation for working with students of varying abilities.
Upon graduation, students are eligible to either receive an elementary teaching license or pursue alternative licensure.
Students will be prepared to teach pupils with exceptionalities ages 5 through 21 in a variety of settings.
Upon graduation, students earn a Special Education BA – K-12 Special Education Teaching Emphasis with licensure as a Special Education Generalist.
Special education graduates are eligible for the added K–6 Elementary Education endorsement, after taking and successfully passing an Elementary Content Exam. Additional course work may or may not be required.
NOTE: The buttons for each program above link you to the UNC Extended Campus web site for information about eligibility, coursework, tuition and financial aid. As a Center for Urban Education (CUE) student you will mostly work with CUE staff. But you are also a UNC student, and Extended Campus helps to promote and support the CUE programs.