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Dean's Welcome

Hello, and welcome to the internet home page of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado.  From our beginnings as a State Normal School in 1889 to our current status as a doctoral intensive university, the University of Northern Colorado has a long and rich tradition in the preparation of education professionals.

The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences consists of three schools: Psychological Sciences, Special Education, and Teacher Education; and five departments: American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies, Applied Psychology and Counselor Education, Applied Statistics and Research Methods, Leadership, Policy and Development: Higher Education and P-12 Education, and School Psychology.  These units provide high quality teaching and excellent academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  At the undergraduate level the College offers degree programs in American Sign Language, early childhood education, elementary education, psychology, and special education. The School of Teacher Education works with academic programs in other Colleges to prepare teacher candidates for licensure. Through programs administered at the graduate level, the College prepares the education professionals (e.g., teachers, school psychologists, principals, school counselors), researchers, statisticians, and academics of the future. 

Demonstrating our commitment to the University’s state-mandated mission to prepare education professionals, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers off-campus programs in several settings across Colorado including, Denver, Colorado Springs, and Loveland, along with the Western Slope.  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.  The Center for Urban Education in Denver uses innovative strategies to prepare early childhood, elementary, and special education teachers for work in urban classrooms.

Programs in the College are accredited by several organizations including the American Psychological Association, Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Education, Counsel for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational programs, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (now the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

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. 

Faculty members balance teaching and scholarship.  We contribute to a dynamic teaching and learning community and model caring and collaboration.  We prepare students, both graduate and undergraduate, to work in a changing world and with diverse learners.  We also endeavor to instill a sense of inquiry and an ability to critically evaluate issues and concepts.

This Web site contains information on our programs and faculty.  There are links to College reports, including reports on diversity, assessment, Title II, and Teacher Quality.  From this Web site you can link to other useful sites, including information for students and a link to the University of Northern Colorado’s home page. 

If you have questions about our programs or activities please contact us. 

Once again, welcome to the electronic home of the college of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Eugene P. Sheehan