School of Education

children and teachers

Lorrie A. Shepard, dean
249 UCB • phone: 303-492-6937 • fax: 303-492-7090
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THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION offers programs that prepare individuals to lead in a wide array of educational settings, including teaching in K-12 classrooms, conducting educational research, developing evidence-based policy, and designing innovative learning environments both in schools and in community-based settings.

The school provides teacher licensure programs that ensure rigorous content preparation and extensive clinical experience in local partner schools. Teacher licensure programs are available at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and master’s level. The School of Education collaborates with the College of Arts & Sciences to design degree programs for undergraduates that combine a major in Arts & Sciences with courses and field experiences in education that lead to a Colorado initial license. The school also offers an undergraduate minor in education for those interested in educational issues, serving in the Peace Corps, and/or working in community-based settings.

Graduate programs in the school serve practicing teachers as well as those seeking to improve education through rigorous research and evidence-based policy and practice. The school’s doctoral program is a cohort-based, full-time program that prepares individuals to lead in universities, research or policy institutes, state or government agencies, and innovative non-profit organizations.


The School of Education is dedicated to inspiring and preparing educators, researchers, and policy makers who understand and further the democratic foundations of education, who are committed to social justice, who seek to bring about greater equity and access in education, and who will draw upon evidence-based policy and practice to improve the quality of education in both Colorado and the world.


The licensure programs, both undergraduate and graduate, are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.