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The School of Teacher Education is also affiliated with the following centers.

Center for Urban Education

Located at the Denver Center at Lowry.

Become the Teacher You Want to Be

The University of Northern Colorado Center for Urban Education has teacher preparation degree programs that lead to Colorado licensure in:

  • Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Special Education

Gain Experience in the Classroom

But it is more than that – it is a place where traditional scholarship meets a rich real-world experience in a metropolitan area school classroom – a place where students find a home for learning and growing as teaching professionals.

The bachelor’s degree program prepares students to be elementary, special education or early childhood teachers in contemporary schools and provides the opportunity to immediately apply what they learn in their college courses. Throughout the four-year program, students spend weekday mornings in K-12 classrooms as part of apprenticeships that are supervised by veteran teachers.


Cumbres is scholarship and support program for students who are planning to become ESL teachers.  Our goal is to support, encourage and prepare you to be an effective and compassionate teacher of English learners.

A Learning Community

We are committed to student success and making you the most qualified teacher candidate when you graduate.  As a member of the program, you are expected to participate fully in the four components: Living Community, Learning Community, Mentorship and Leadership Development.

What is ESL?

ESL means English as a Second Language.  It is also known as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) education.  

This endorsement will give you the skills to teach students whose first language is not English.  There is a foreign language requirement to complete the endorsement, but you do not need to be fluent in another language.

Learn more about Cumbres