UCCS to offer new bachelor’s degree

145129922UCCS is offering a different kind of bachelor’s degree to students interested in working with young children.

The Bachelor of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Education is a multi-disciplinary program that will provide students with skills to teach all young children – and includes courses in written and oral communication, problem solving, business, entrepreneurship and technology.

“Professionals in early childhood take on unique roles that demand innovation,” said Mary Snyder, dean of the College of Education. “For example, sometimes, they are running a home-based business. In others, they may have the opportunity to invent, design and market a curriculum. We want to prepare people for the possibilities that currently exist in education, as well as anticipate needs that will arise in the future.”

The degree will be a collaboration between the College of Education, the College of Business and College of Engineering and Applied Science. Students will complete 120 hours that will get them ready for licensing by the state of Colorado in early childhood education and early childhood special education.

The degree will be offered this fall, pending final approval by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.