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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, several centers and institutes in the College, including the Tointon Institute for Educational Change, Bresnahan-Halstead Center, and Teaching with Primary Resources provide professional development opportunities for P-12 school administrators and teacher leaders.

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.

All of our programs have the appropriate national accreditation and state level authorization. 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

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Brochure Cover

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

Bears Go Big

UNC Bears go out into the world to do BIG and significant work. Meet Christina Randle, who earned her UNC bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Secondary Teaching in 2003 and was named Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2018.

Teaching is so much more than just delivering content to the kids.

See other Bears going big.