Doctoral Student Aims to Improve Preschool Inclusion in Rural Kansas
July 23, 2023 — Lena Kisner’s passion for early childhood special education spurred her investigation of preschool inclusion rates in rural Kansas schools. She’s a special education director, overseeing children from birth to age 21 for five interlocal school districts.
Doctoral Student Studies Pandemic-era Anxiety, Depression and Resiliency
June 7, 2023 — Kimberly Crystal Monroe is earning her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in a University of Northern Colorado building a stone’s throw from her former preschool on a campus where several of her family members studied.
Doctoral Candidate Probes COVID’s Impact on Special Education
May 11, 2023 — When K-12 public schools shifted to online learning models during COVID-19, special education directors scrambled to meet students’ needs while adhering to strict legal requirements.
Dissertation Examines Maya Education in Postcolonial Belize
March 15, 2023 — Jenny Pettit went to Belize three times to conduct research for her dissertation “Educational Experiences that Influence the Upward Mobility of Maya Women in Belize,” which was awarded UNC’s Graduate Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Dissertation last year. Pettit identified three Maya women who were leaders in their communities and examined how their educational and other life experiences had influenced their success.
New Investment Expected to Increase Diversity and Add Numbers to Denver Metro’s Teacher Workforce
January 27, 2023 — Since 2000, UNC's Center for Urban Education has been enrolling and graduating paraeducators working in local schools, offering a hybrid program that pairs bachelor’s-level coursework with clinical teaching experience that starts the first day of the program. CUE's educator programs have consistently high graduation and placement rates (over 90%) and its students—70% of whom are people of color and 94% of whom are first-generation—bring diversity to Colorado’s educator workforce.
Students Explore Teaching Field at Future Teachers Conference
November 7, 2022 — A year ago, Nayzeth Hernandez of Greeley was finishing the first semester of her senior year in high school, preparing to be one of 27 Greeley Central High School students attending the 2022 UNC’s Future Teachers Conference with their teacher, Lauren Appelhans ’14. Now, Hernandez is a freshman at UNC, with the perspective of a college student majoring in Elementary Education just finishing up her first semester.
School of Teacher Education Faculty Member Wins Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award
August 23, 2022 — University of Northern Colorado School of Teacher Education Professor Suzette Youngs, Ph.D., has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award.
UNC Offering Scholarships to Students Who Started College but Left Before Graduating
March 25, 2022 — UNC is one of 31 public institutions across the state enticing Colorado residents to return to college to earn their certificate or degree by offering financial assistance and support services through the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative’s (COSI) Finish What You Started program.
The Need for More Physical Education in Colorado Schools has UNC Alumni, Faculty and Doctoral Students Leaping for Change
March 3, 2022 — As a teacher preparation institute, those in UNC's College of Natural and Health Sciences take pride in pushing for more physical education classes in Colorado schools, though there is an uphill battle to overcome.
UNC Faculty Members Using Advanced Technology to Explore Consumer's Willingness to Spend Online
September 30, 2021 — It’s an easy habit to fall into. While watching TV or folding laundry, it’s almost second nature for many to pick up their phone, browse a retail site and before they know it, they’ve clicked ‘purchase’ multiple times. This became especially popular during the beginning of the pandemic when many were staying at home. Though online shopping is convenient, it can also be costly.
UNC Receives Grant That Will Help Strengthen Colorado's Teaching Workforce
September 3, 2021 — UNC was selected in a highly competitive grant process, as a recipient of a $850,000 Colorado Scholarship Opportunity Initiative (COSI) Back to Work grant. The funding will provide new career paths for workers displaced by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic while also addressing the need for teachers in Colorado’s classrooms.
Unanimous Vote Leads to Full Reauthorization of UNC Educator Preparation Programs
May 26, 2021 — After three years of working with the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado State Board of Education voted unanimously on May 12 to fully reauthorize UNC’s Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education programs.
UNC’s Future Teacher Conference Continues to Fuel the Teacher Pipeline
March 4, 2021 — In a never-ending quest to fuel the teaching pipeline in Colorado and nationwide, UNC virtually hosted its sixth annual Future Teacher Conference on Feb. 19 with keynote speaker Governor Jared Polis.
UNC Names New Education Dean
January 28, 2021 — UNC has announced that Jared Stallones, Ph.D., will become the next dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.
UNC Active Schools Institute Receives $125,000 to Evaluate Physical Education Pilot Program and Develop Re-Entry Guidelines
December 8, 2020 — The Active Schools Institute at UNC has received two grants totaling $125,000 from the Colorado Department of Education to improve the quality of physical education and physical activity opportunities for K-12 students in Colorado.
State Reauthorizes UNC Teacher Education Programs with Extension of Conditions
June 12, 2020 — The Colorado State Board of Education on Thursday approved reauthorization of the University of Northern Colorado’s 34 teacher education programs with an extension of conditions in literacy instruction for two endorsement areas offered at the university.
UNC Education Students, Alumni Step Up in New Environment
April 10, 2020 — In addition to changes made at UNC to better support Bears going through the switch to online classes, UNC students and alumni in the teaching field are taking diverse approaches to supporting families in the switch to online learning for their children in preschool through high school.
Call for Applications: Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award
February 17, 2020 — The Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes UNC’s commitment to high-quality and innovative teaching along with the historical importance of UNC's teaching mission by rewarding a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to teaching and learning that result in the enhancement of the intellectual development and lives of students.
Two Students Attended International Education Celebration at Capitol
February 7, 2020 — The StudyColorado Advocacy Day took place at the state capitol last week to showcase the benefits of international education in higher education institutions around the state. Two UNC students participated at the event.
The Story of UNC's First African American Graduate
January 29, 2020 — Lucile Buchanan enrolled in a two-year teacher certification program at the now University of Northern Colorado in 1903 and was the only African American student in her 1905 graduating class and the first African-American student to earn a teaching degree at UNC. Learn more about her story.
Call for Applications: Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award
December 2, 2019 — The Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes the University of Northern Colorado’s commitment to high-quality and innovative teaching along with the historical importance of the teaching mission at UNC by rewarding a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to teaching and learning that result in the enhancement of the intellectual development and lives of students.
Game Design Studio Kicks Off on Campus for Two Weeks
July 10, 2019 — The University of Northern Colorado Technology, Innovation and Pedagogy's Creativity Lab has partnered with iThrive Games to host Game Design Studio, a two-week summer day camp program, on campus July 8-19.
COEBS Programs Earn National Accreditation
May 21, 2019 — Three programs in UNC’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences successfully received national accreditation this spring.
Physical Education Students Win Numerous Awards
April 29, 2019 — Three students from the University of Northern Colorado School of Sport and Exercise Science's Physical Education program were recognized for their achievements as students in the teaching field.
Program Addresses Shortage of Certified ASL Interpreters in Rural Colorado
March 27, 2019 — Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind and live in rural Colorado may see an increase in qualified American Sign Language interpreters as a new certification training program begins. The Rural Interpreting Services Project was made possible by a partnership between UNC’s Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies and the Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind.
State Fully Reauthorizes UNC Educator Prep Programs with Areas to Address
March 15, 2019 — The Colorado State Board of Education recently reauthorized all UNC’s educator preparation programs, with conditions for reading instruction that UNC is already addressing.
UNC Professor Participates in Conference on Teaching STEM to English Language Learners
January 24, 2019 — UNC education students can expect to take six-credit hours in preparation of better teaching of STEM subjects to English language learners. UNC Professor of Language Education and Associate Dean and School Director of Teacher Education Jingzi Huang, Ph.D., goes into more detail about these developments and her involvement in a recent conference.
Mines, UNC Formalize Unique Teacher Prep Partnership
April 2, 2018 — The Colorado School of Mines (Mines) and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) formalized an agreement for a program they developed to increase the number of students prepared to teach in secondary science and math.
UNC Again Hosting Teachers from Pakistan for Professional Development
August 28, 2017 — For the sixth consecutive year, UNC's School of Teacher Education is hosting English teachers from Pakistan as part of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and administered by the International Research and Exchanges Board.
Expert: Activity Dips, Weight Creeps up in Summer
July 14, 2017 — The summer slide isn’t limited to academics, according to a nationally-known expert who delivered a keynote presentation Friday on childhood obesity at UNC’s Physical Activity Leadership Academy.
UNC Rural Education Center Featured in National Story
July 12, 2017 — "Most student teachers think that it would be really great to be in the bright lights of the big cities.... But the reality is there are great opportunities for teachers who would commit to student teaching in rural districts. We want to offer this as an incentive for them." — Center Director Harvey Rude to Christian Science Monitor
The Teacher Crisis in Rural Colorado
June 26, 2017 — Cash-strapped small districts that serve 130,000 students struggle to attract and retain educators amid a shrinking pool of candidates
Trailblazers from Colorado’s Political Scene Visit Center for Urban Education Classes
March 15, 2017 — Students in classes offered at UNC's Center for Urban Education in Denver recently benefited from the insights of two trailblazers from the state's political scene: former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and former state legislator Polly Baca.