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Educating Educators for More Than a Century

From our beginnings as a State Normal School in 1889 to our current status as doctoral high research activity institution with programs in an extensive array of fields, the University of Northern Colorado has a long and rich tradition in the preparation of education professionals.

UNC’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences (CEBS) is at the center of excellence in professional preparation, research, and global educational leadership. Demonstrating our commitment to the University's state-mandated mission to prepare education professionals, we offer high quality undergraduate and graduate programs on our main Greeley campus, our Denver/Lowry campus, as well as various locations across the state and online. For example, the Center for Urban Education in Denver uses innovative strategies to prepare early childhood, elementary and special education teachers for work in urban classrooms.

Additionally,  the Tointon Institute for Educational Change and the Bresnahan-Halstead Center offer professional development opportunities for P-12 administrators and teacher leavers. The Colorado Center for Rural Education provides support for students interested in teaching in rural settings and UNC's Go On and Learn (GOAL) program is an inclusive higher education program housed in CEBS.

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Virtual Future Teacher Conference

Thank you for joining us at the sixth annual Future Teacher Conference held on Friday, February 19, 2021.



Standards of Quality

Faculty, staff, and students take great pride in our College. Our collective efforts are frequently recognized with awards both on and off-campus. We are committed to the ideal of education as a transformational enterprise.

UNC continuously works with the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado Department of  Higher Education, and partners with national organizations, to ensure our programs are of the highest quality. In the last decade we have earned several awards from national or regional bodies for academic program quality, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education given by the American Council for State Colleges and Universities.

CEBS also has academic units and programs that focus on the behavioral sciences, including psychology, administration and leadership, and research methods.

Schools and Departments

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Leader in Education

UNC has produced more than 50 percent of all educators in Colorado and 15 Colorado Teacher of the Year Award winners.

Closing the Gap

UNC recently received two separate grants to address the teacher shortage, totaling more than $245,000.

Award Winning

UNC received the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, given by the American Council for State Colleges and Universities

Download the CEBS Brochure