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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. In 2007, the college won the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Award for Exemplary Programs in Teacher Education, one illustration of the standards of quality and innovation that are evident throughout our wide array of undergraduate, graduate, online, and continuing education programs.

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

The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences consists of three schools: Psychological Sciences, Special Education, and Teacher Education; and, six departments: American Sign Language and Interpreter Studies, Applied Psychology and Counselor Education,  Applied Statistics and Research Methods, Leadership, Policy and Development: Higher Education and P-12 Education, and School Psychology.


Special Report: The Teacher Crisis in Rural Colorado

Cash-strapped small districts that serve 130,000 students struggle to attract and retain educators as fewer students enroll to pursue the profession

When Meggan Roper describes the old mining town of New Castle to people who have never visited the western slope, she mentions the beautiful mountains and access to camping and hiking.

She also tells them about the stoplight: “There’s just one, and it’s flashing yellow. That gives you some idea.”

Now a senior at the University of Northern Colorado studying elementary education, Roper hopes to return to New Castle as a student teacher next fall. Roper has fond memories of experiencing the highs and lows of teaching for the first time while shadowing a teacher in the district. “I know these people, they were my community, and I want to get back to them,” she says.

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Letters Bring Civil War to Life

"Dear Parents I received your letter this afternoon and was glad to here (sic) from you. Lute and I are well and as fat as bears..."

So begins a letter from Union Army soldier Daniel Parker to his parents, written on March 23, 1862. The letter is one of a collection of handwritten letters penned by Civil War soldiers that chronicle their experiences in battle and the hardships they faced from 1861 through 1865. 

Alumna Dawn Pfeiffer (BAE-87, MA-95) donated the letters to UNC's Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program located at Michener Library. The TPS program offers workshops to K-12 educators on the use of digitized primary sources. 

University Libraries recently completed the project to digitize the collection and you can view scanned versions of the letters online through the Archives and Special Collections at Digital UNC.