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The UCCS B.A. In Inclusive Elementary Education 

Though it’s not what she originally intended, Kailey Hogan, a junior at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), wants to be a teacher.

When she started at UCCS as a freshman, she was a business major planning on eventually taking over her dad’s fiber optics business. Sitting in her undergraduate business classes, she quickly realized that it wasn’t her passion—she wanted to teach.

But she didn’t want to be part of a school that followed a model that separated students with different needs from each other. In elementary school, she, herself, had been one of those students: falling behind in reading, getting pulled out of class to receive specialized instruction, and ultimately missing out on the experiences her peers were having.

The Vision: UCCS College of Education believes educators can meet the needs of all students from the first time they walk into a classroom and do so by seeing themselves as part of a team of teachers, knowing who to reach out to when they’re struggling.

The Strategy: The UCCS College of Education offers a Bachelor of Arts in Inclusive Elementary Education. The school takes a comprehensive approach to equity by focusing on co-teaching, offering inclusion courses, and placing teacher candidates in inclusive classrooms for their field experience. was intentional about placing Kailey and her peers in an inclusive classroom for their field experience.

The goal is for all undergraduate students to be prepared to meet the needs of all students.

Kailey will graduate from UCCS with three different credentials: a K–6 elementary initial license, a K–12 culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) endorsement, and a special education generalist endorsement. These credentials not only provide Kailey and her peers a leg up in the job market, qualifying them for multiple positions, but also set them up for success in the increasingly fluid, diverse classrooms of the 21st century.

Learn more about the B.A. in Inclusive Elementary Education and how it helps aspiring teachers like Kailey:

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