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University of Northern Colorado

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC), a public university founded in 1889, has a long history in teacher preparation. We are proud of our heritage and it shows in many ways. Our faculty advocate a teacher-scholar model in which the art and science of teaching are regarded as critical in how we work with all students, including teacher candidates.

Our faculty model high-quality teaching and we place priority on engaging our students in real-world issues in the schools and in the community. We prepare the largest number of teachers and educators across the largest array of program areas, so our teacher candidates gain from interactions with a broad range of future school personnel. Because of our size and program quality we partner with schools across Colorado and the world.

Learn more about how UNC is recruiting the next generation of teachers here.

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  • Greeley, CO
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Taking over a classroom as a UNC student really helped prepare me for the challenges I face as a classroom teacher now.

Aly Eschler

University of Northern Colorado
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Bachelor’s & lic.
  • Undergraduate Bachelor's Degree Teacher Licensure Programs
Master’s & lic.
  • Master of Arts: Elementary or Secondary Education with Licensure
  • Master of Arts: Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Multilingual Education with World Language Licensure
Bachelor’s & licensure
Undergraduate Bachelor's Degree Teacher Licensure Programs
  • In-person, Hybrid
    Program Format
  • Nov. 01, 2021
    Application Deadlines
Program Info

The University of Northern Colorado’s teacher education programs develop teachers who are experts in content, have mastered effective teaching skills, and understand and value diversity in the classroom setting. Those who seek to transform lives and have a positive impact on the future through education will thrive in our programs. UNC features small class sizes and caring faculty with extensive experience as teachers at all levels, and UNC students benefit from personalized attention. UNC students apply their college learning experiences in pre-kindergarten through high school classrooms early and often throughout their program. During student teaching, UNC students are mentored by experienced, licensed mentor teachers at schools around Colorado. UNC graduates finish their programs prepared to make sound decisions and lead their own classrooms. They also become part of the vast network of Bear alumni, which includes teachers and school administrators all around the world.

  • In-person, Hybrid
    Program Format
  • Nov. 01, 2021
    Application Deadlines
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Tuition & Fees
In State Tuition
Out of State Tuition
Application Fee
Cost Offsets
Students at University of Northern Colorado have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with University of Northern Colorado to see if you can, too!
Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled

Limited off-campus work study positions are available

For more information visit: Financial Aid Office
Licensure Area
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (K-12)
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education / Bilingual Specialist (K-12)
Drama (K-12)
Early Childhood Education (Birth-8)
Elementary Education (K-6)
English Language Arts (7-12)
Mathematics Middle School (6-8)
Mathematics Secondary Education (7-12)
Music (K-12)
Physical Education (K-12)
Science (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
Special Education (Pre-K-12)
Visual Arts (K-12)
World Languages—Chinese (K-12)
World Languages—French (K-12)
World Languages—German (K-12)
World Languages—Japanese (K-12)
World Languages—Spanish (K-12)

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

  • Program Overview

Program Hallmarks

  • Hands-On Experience

  • Preparation for Diverse Populations

  • Mentoring & Coaching

  • Program Commitment to Improvement & Excellence

Total Enrollment
Entry GPA Min Undergrad Eligibility
Entry GPA Med
Program Completers
Acceptance Rate
  • Male
  • Female
  • 22%
  • 78%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or more races
  • 0%
  • 2%
  • 2%
  • 22%
  • 0%
  • 71%
  • 3%
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