Graduate 2019-2020

Teacher licensure programs are either attached to an undergraduate major (See Undergraduate Teacher Licensure Programs, in the University of Northern Colorado Undergraduate catalog), or are stand-alone post-baccalaureate graduate programs described below. They are approved by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. These programs include initial recommendation for endorsement for teacher licensure to the Colorado Department of Education. Individuals who already possess a Colorado license and are wishing to add an additional endorsement should refer to the Graduate Added Endorsement Licensure Programs.

 A teacher license is a right to teach in Colorado public schools, and an endorsement is the right to teach in a specific area (for example, in an elementary classroom or a secondary social studies classroom). Licensure programs at UNC are called PTEP- Professional Teacher Education Programs. Most licensure programs are administered by the School of Teacher Education,, unless otherwise noted. UNC Licensure Officer Charles R Warren PhD NBCT is located in the Dean’s Office, McKee 126, 970-351-2653,


In this Section

Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education (EC/ECSE) endorsement (Ages 0-8 yrs)

K-12 Education, Post Baccalaureate Licensure (K-12)


Special Licensure

School Orientation and Mobility (O&M) endorsement (Ages 0-21 yrs)



Director of Gifted Education Endorsement

Special Education Director

Principal (K-12)


Added Endorsement

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Bilingual Education Specialist (K-12)

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement (K-12)

Gifted Education Core Endorsement (Ages 4-21)

Gifted Education Specialist Endorsement (Ages 4-21)

Reading Specialist (K-12)

Special Education Generalist Endorsement (Ages 5-21 yrs)