AUGUST 14, 2010
AUGUST 15, 2011
FALL 2010 2011 2012 SUMMER 2011 2012 2013
Residence Halls Aug 19, Thur Aug 18, Thur Aug 23, Thur Residence Halls May 15, Sun May 13, Sun May 19, Sun
Classes Begin Aug 23, Mon Aug 22, Mon Aug 27, Mon 12-wk Session May 16, Mon May 14, Mon May 20, Mon
Labor Day Holiday Sept 6, Mon Sept 5, Mon Sept 3, Mon -Memorial Day
(UNC Closed) May 30, Mon May 28, Mon May 27, Mon
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-July 4th Holiday July 4, Mon July 4, Wed July 4, Thur
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About the University
THE UNIVERSITY OF
WELCOME FROM PRESIDENT There are approximately 12,000 students from all 50
states and 28 countries who attend classes on our
KAY NORTON beautiful 260-acre campus. The student population is 60
percent female, 40 percent male and 16 percent
minorities. We offer first-class facilities and a wealth of
resources for the university community to access. Our
libraries include James A. Michener Library, home to the
author’s literary legacy, and Skinner Music Library, one of
a handful of music libraries in the nation dedicated
exclusively to research materials, media and supportive
information required by the nation's most rigorous music
Students can get engaged in more than 150 student
organizations on campus, including leadership,
professional, social, cultural and honorary groups. They
can choose to join one of 10 fraternities and 10 sororities
or participate in service or experiential learning projects.
Located in Greeley, the university is just an hour’s drive
north of Denver. The greater Greeley area’s population of
nearly 100,000 enjoys a variety of activities - shopping,
athletics, local festivals, nightlife, a symphony orchestra,
theater and much more.
I invite you to read through the University of Northern With its rich 119-year history, dedicated faculty, active
Colorado's Academic Catalog and discover the wealth of students and NCAA Division I athletic teams, the
programs you have to choose from. University of Northern Colorado is a place where students
can get a high-quality education, create endless
As you do, keep in mind that the requirements and opportunities and truly find their niche.
program options are not the core of our university. Its
people are. Our faculty, staff and administration are
committed to your success. Our faculty are active
professors, scholars and researchers who bring to their
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE
classrooms the latest information and practices from
their field. Faculty-student interaction is the hallmark
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN
of a University of Northern Colorado education. You’ll
find faculty who are dedicated to teaching excellence.
Pursuing a university education will be one of the most The University of Northern Colorado shall be a
important and rewarding endeavors of your life. comprehensive baccalaureate and specialized graduate
Whatever your chosen field, your efforts will be research university with selective admission standards.
rewarded, both during your time at the University of The University shall offer a comprehensive array of
Northern Colorado and throughout the rest of your life. baccalaureate programs and master’s and doctoral degrees,
We invite you to join our community and allow us to primarily in the field of education. The University of
assist you with this exciting journey. Northern Colorado has statewide authority to offer
graduate programs for the preparation of education
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
The University of Northern Colorado commits to the UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN
success of its students by providing a solid liberal arts
foundation, relevant professional coursework and real- COLORADO POINTS OF PRIDE
world experiences in an environment where faculty and
staff value personal attention as a key to learning. • UNC is a recipient of the prestigious Christa McAuliffe
Award for Excellence in Teacher Preparation from the
At UNC, there are over 100 undergraduate and 100-plus American Association of State Colleges and
graduate programs of study spread among six colleges: Universities.
Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Education and • Typically, 96 percent of our bachelor degree recipients
Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, are employed or attending graduate school one year
Performing and Visual Arts, and University College. With after graduation.
more than 2,000 courses available, university advisors
help students build an education that will make them • Our Monfort College of Business is the first and only
competitive in the global job market. business school to receive the Malcolm Baldrige
National Quality Award from the Office of the
President of the United States.
• We are designated by the Colorado Legislature as the
primary institution for undergraduate and graduate
teacher education in the state of Colorado.
Welcome - i
University of Northern Colorado Traditions
• Hispanic Studies faculty members and students are original building murals and the famous Gunter bells,
working with the Smithsonian Institution on the which had been replaced three times prior to the
Braceros Project, preserving memories and artifacts of renovation. Although the bells’ rings are now
U.S. farm factory workers. electronically generated, they still proudly mark the
• DownBeat Magazine has rated UNC’s University passing of time across the UNC campus.
Orchestra the top university orchestra in the United Northern Vision
States repeatedly for more than 10 years.
"Northern Vision," the 12-foot-high, 2,000-pound bronze
• We prepare more than 800 teachers per year, putting sculpture of a bear on the north lawn of the University
UNC among the top 5 percent of producers of teachers Center, has watched intently over campus since only
in the U.S. 2004.
• Our graduating nursing students regularly score in the
top 15 percent on the national licensing exam for Created and donated by local sculptors at the behest of
registered nurses. some persuasive UNC alumni, the eye-catching piece of
art faces southeast toward the UC - the campus’s student
• Our James A. Michener Library is home to the bulk of hub - symbolizing the university’s focus on its students.
the UNC alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s
writing and publishing legacy.
• One-third of the Colorado Teacher of the Year award
winners are University of Northern Colorado alumni.
ACCREDITATION AND AFFILIATION
• According to a 2007 study, spending by the university, Since 1916, the University has been fully accredited by
our employees and our students pumps nearly $350 the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
million into the Colorado economy. Various academic programs currently have special
• We prepare more public school music, theater and art accreditation by the following:
teachers than any college or university in the region. • American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business
• The Jazz Studies program has won more than 100 • National University Continuing Education Association
DownBeat Magazine awards in the last 30 years. • American Chemical Society
• For six successive years, graduating business students • American Psychological Association
have scored in the top 10 percent on nationwide
standardized exit exams. • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
• The university’s Rocky Mountain Cancer • Colorado Department of Education
Rehabilitation Institute is the only comprehensive • Colorado State Board of Accountancy
cancer rehabilitation facility of its kind, providing • Colorado State Board of Nursing
individualized prescriptive exercise and dietary
intervention in the recovery of cancer treatment- • CAATE: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic
related symptoms. Training Education
• Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
• Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN Educational Programs
COLORADO TRADITIONS •
Council for Education of the Deaf
Council on Education for Public Health (probation)
Traditions at the University of Northern Colorado reflect • Council on Rehabilitation Education
our rich 119-year history.
• National Association of Schools of Music
Cranford Cornerstone • National Association of School Psychologists
Much celebration surrounded the laying of the • National Association for Sport and Physical Education/
cornerstone of the first building constructed at the new North American Society for Sport Management
State Normal School in Greeley in 1890. Later named • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Cranford Hall after the businessman who donated most of Education
the land for the school, the building eventually fell victim
to the ravages of time and a fire. Cranford Hall was • The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics
demolished in 1972, but its cornerstone was salvaged and Education
can still be seen near the west entrance to Carter Hall. • Society for Public Health Education.
Gunter Hall UNC holds membership to the American Association of
When Gunter Hall was renovated in 1996, architects were State Colleges and Universities, American Council on
directed to retain as many of the 1928 building’s features Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher
as possible, including the center court of the gym floor, Education, Teacher Education Council of State Colleges
and Universities, the Council of Graduate Schools in the
United States, Project 30 Alliance, the Western Association
of Graduate Schools, the American Assembly of Collegiate
Schools of Business, Colorado Thirty Group and other
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Graduate School - The University of Northern Colorado
GRADUATE SCHOOL - THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO
Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado UNC is a specialized graduate research institution, which offers
Master’s, Doctoral, and Specialist in Education programs. Many licensure and certificate programs are also available
through out on and off-campus initiatives for individuals pursuing their professional career in schools and communities.
Please review our graduate programs, courses, and Graduate School policies and procedures. UNC offers graduate students
a unique experience in graduate education; we look forward to supporting your advanced education.
OFFICE OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL No graduate credit can be granted for any course taught
by a faculty member who is pursuing an advanced degree
at this institution. Graduate faculty members are noted in
Location: Carter Hall 2007 Telephone: 970.351.2831 the listing of UNC faculty in this publication.
Assistant Vice President for Research and Dean of the
Graduate School and International Admissions: Robbyn R. In addition to the activities established for graduate
Wacker, Ph.D. faculty, members may receive a doctoral research
endorsement. Only faculty who have the doctoral
research endorsement may serve as research advisors on
INTRODUCTION doctoral student committees.
The first graduate degree, a master's degree, was offered by Upon approval by the school, the academic dean, and the
UNC in 1913. In 1929 the Doctor of Education was added, Assistant Vice President for Research and Dean of the
in 1934 the Doctor of Philosophy, in 1954 the Graduate School and International Admissions may
Educational Specialist, in 1975 the Doctor of Arts, and in appoint selected individuals as graduate lecturer faculty
1984 the Doctor of Psychology was added. The Doctor of for a four-year period. These faculty may teach specific
Audiology, was added in 2003, and the Doctor of Nursing courses that are approved and/or perform other
Education was added in 2004. designated graduate responsibilities.
Graduate study at UNC involves the graduate student
studying under the direction of a qualified member of the
graduate faculty. Thus, graduate credit is awarded for ACADEMIC RECOGNITION
courses of study taught by duly appointed members of the
graduate faculty who meet the criteria established by the GRADUATE DEAN’S
faculty constitution and the bylaws of the graduate
faculty. The exchange of information, ideas, and values
that takes place between the graduate faculty and highly CITATION FOR EXCELLENCE
qualified students is the essence of graduate education. The Graduate Dean’s Citation for Excellence is awarded
Students seeking graduate credit must display evidence of each semester to students nominated by their school in
superior academic aptitude, achievement, and recognition of superior achievement in their graduate
motivation. Moreover, the demonstration of competence studies. Each school may recommend graduate students
in the discipline as evidenced by written and oral exams, completing their programs during a specific term (fall,
thesis, research projects, directed studies, and internships spring or summer) provided they meet these minimum
is an integral part of the graduate education experience. criteria:
Through cooperative efforts of the graduate faculty, the • a cumulative graduate grade point average of at least
Graduate Council, and the Graduate School, the 3.75, and documented evidence of superior
university seeks to establish an environment in which the accomplishment while a graduate student at UNC.
graduate student and the graduate faculty can achieve the
traditional goals of graduate education. The nomination should be supported by:
Rules and regulations contained herein are intended to • written recommendations from graduate faculty of the
help the graduate faculty and the graduate student to academic program outlining the student’s
accomplish the intent and purposes of graduate accomplishments and/or,
education. • special recognition by an agency or organization
Graduate Council. The Graduate Council is a (outside UNC) for scholarly accomplishment,
representative faculty council established to represent the academic achievement or contributions to society, and
graduate faculty. It is the responsibility of the council to a student resume or vita.
recommend policies governing graduate programs and Awardees are reviewed by the Executive Committee of the
requirements at the university. It sets minimum standards Graduate Council. Their recommendations for awards are
for admission to the Graduate School at UNC. The council forwarded to the Graduate Dean for final selection. The
is comprised of representatives from the graduate faculty total number of awards will not exceed 3% of the
elected to serve three-year terms. graduating class.
Graduate Faculty. Graduate faculty are appointed by the
University President after being recommended by the
academic unit, the academic dean, the Graduate Council,
CITATION FOR OUTSTANDING THESIS AND
and the Graduate Dean. DISSERTATION
At the time of appointment, graduate faculty are The Graduate Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Thesis and
authorized to teach graduate courses, act as program Dissertation may have four awards each semester: two for
advisors for graduate students, serve on doctoral outstanding master’s thesis and two for outstanding
committees, and serve on other university committees doctoral dissertation. Faculty may nominate a thesis or
pertaining to graduate education at UNC. Graduate credit dissertation by submitting a letter of nomination that
can be granted for courses taught by a faculty member specifies contributions of the study to the discipline.
who has been appointed to the graduate faculty or to the
graduate lecturer faculty.
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ADMISSIONS MASTER’S DEGREE, SPECIFIC
Faculty members in each degree program establish
admissions standards for the specific degree program
which often exceed the minimum standards. Applicants Master's degrees (M.A., M.A.T., M.M., M.P.H., M.S.) are
should consult program brochures, school offices or awarded for a level of academic accomplishment
faculty in the degree program(s) of interest to them for substantially beyond that required for the baccalaureate
any additional submission requirements. degree. Programs consist of a coherent pattern of courses,
seminars, and supervised learning experiences that
If programs set deadlines for review of applications for culminate in a comprehensive examination and, in some
admission for any term, they must allow sufficient time cases, a thesis. Master's programs require a minimum of
for Graduate School handling and evaluation. This 30 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree plus
typically means they must ask students to submit additional time in preparation for comprehensive
materials early enough to allow at least 5 working days for examinations and/or thesis writing.
the Graduate School to complete all processing upon
receipt of a completed application prior to sending it to
the program for screening. It is particularly important for MASTER’S ADMISSION
programs requiring GRE’s and having early admission
deadlines to notify applicants of this requirement. The Each applicant to a master's degree program must possess
Graduate School does not set standard priority admission a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or
deadlines, but encourages each program to determine university and have a grade point average of 3.00 or better
what specific deadlines they will use and to work closely [on a 4.00 point scale] on the most recent 60 semester
with the Graduate School to ensure these deadlines are hours.
feasible. If someone is recommended for admission who does not
meet the Graduate School standard, a rationale must be
ADMISSION APPLICATION CHECKLIST provided stating the factors which were considered in
recommending the student: GPA in the discipline,
1. Complete the appropriate application forms maturity, letters of recommendation, samples of their
2. Obtain one official transcript from ALL institutions work, GRE scores or other compelling factors. All
(except UNC) recommendations for admission below the 3.00 will be
3. Submit Graduate Record Examination (if applicable) reviewed by the Graduate Dean or his/her designee.
4. Obtain letters of recommendation (if applicable)
5. Check program requirements
6. Include the non-refundable application fee Only one degree will be awarded (e.g. M.A., M.A.T., M.M.,
7. Submit all required application materials to the M.P.H., M.S.) and only one degree will be reflected on the
Graduate School transcript, but both majors will be noted. The student
must specify, therefore, which degree is to be used for
For additional information refer to the Graduate School degree purposes. Double majors must meet all
application or online at: http://www.unco.edu/grad/ requirements and must apply for, take, and pass the
comprehensive examination or approved equivalent in
each major. No degree will be awarded until all
ADMISSION EXPIRATION requirements for both majors are complete.
Upon approval from the program, admission to any If a student is interested in obtaining two master's degrees,
graduate program will remain valid for one calendar year it is recommended that they complete one degree
following the first day of the applicant's proposed program completely before applying to the other.
semester of enrollment. If a student does not begin course Students are commonly advised that it is most often to
work during that year, the student may be required to their advantage to seek a higher degree (specialist or
submit a new application with the appropriate processing doctorate) upon completion of a master's degree rather
fee and satisfy the new admission requirements. than obtaining two master's degrees. Additional
consultation from the student's program advisor or the
CONDITIONAL ADMISSION Graduate School regarding a decision to declare a double
major or to seek two master's degrees should be pursued.
Conditional admission refers to applicants admitted
pending the receipt of admission requirements specified
by the Graduate School. No student will be permitted to
register for an additional semester, receive financial aid or
SPECIALIST DEGREES, SPECIFIC
take the comprehensive examination or its equivalent
unless the specified requirement(s) is met during the first
semester of the student's program. Specialist in Education degrees (Ed.S.) are awarded for
concentrated study and investigation beyond the master's
PROVISIONAL ADMISSION degree. Programs are designed on an individual basis and
are sharply focused on a particular academic goal.
Provisional admission refers to applicants admitted Specialist programs may cut across school lines but are
pending the completion of certain requirements not offered in all discipline areas.
stipulated by the program which must be met before A student entering a specialist degree program who
granting regular admission. A student has one year to possesses a master’s degree must earn a minimum of 30
meet all requirements. No student will be permitted to semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master’s
register for an additional semester, receive financial aid or degree. A student entering a specialist degree program
take the comprehensive examination or its equivalent who possesses only a baccalaureate degree must each a
unless the specified requirement(s) is met during the first minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate credit beyond
semester of the student's program. the baccalaureate degree. Schools may have requirements
that exceed the minimum standards established by the
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Doctoral Degrees, Specific Requirements
SPECIALIST ADMISSION Post-Doctoral Programs of research and advanced study
are available in selected areas to persons holding the
Each applicant to a specialist degree program must possess earned Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Education, Doctor of
a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or Philosophy, or Doctor of Psychology degree. Work at the
university and have a grade point average of 3.00 or better post-doctoral level may be taken in areas such as
[4.00 point scale] on the most recent 60 semester hours educational leadership and policy studies, educational
and an adequate academic background in the proposed technology, educational psychology, counseling
area of specialization as defined by the program through psychology, elementary education, special education,
which the specialist degree is to be awarded. Those applied statistics, and other disciplines.
applicants having a GPA less than 3.00 may be considered The specific research project or program of study is
for admission. If someone is recommended for admission planned by the post-doctoral student in conference with a
who does not meet the Graduate School standard, a faculty committee appointed to advise the student
rationale must be provided stating the factors which were throughout the program and to assess the student's
considered in recommending the student: GPA in the progress at the end of the program.
discipline, maturity, letters of recommendation, samples
of their work, GRE scores or other compelling factors. All Admission information is available in the Graduate
recommendations for admission below the 3.00 will be School. Post-doctoral admission is granted on an
reviewed by the Graduate Dean and his/her designee. individual basis.
DOCTORAL DEGREES, SPECIFIC Each applicant for the doctoral degree must:
REQUIREMENTS • Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited
Doctor of Audiology degrees (Au.D.) are awarded for college or university,
completion of the professional practitioner program • Submit three letters of recommendation confirming
designed for entry level activity as an audiologist. that the applicant has the ability to do doctoral work
Audiologists are professional practitioners responsible for in the proposed discipline(s),
the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of • Have a minimum level of achievement combining GPA
hearing disorders in children and adults. and GRE performance.
Doctor of Arts degrees (D.A.) are awarded for completion • GRE scores must be less than five years old.
of content-oriented programs to prepare the candidate for
a career in college or university teaching. The student is Doctoral applicants meet the Graduate School minimum
expected to specialize in a specific field of study but is not criteria for admission if they have a GPA of at least 3.0 on
expected to specialize in a single facet of the chosen field. a 4.0 scale on the most recently completed degree, scores
General components of the program include coursework of at least 400 on both the verbal and quantitative
in the major area, supervised practica in college teaching, sections of the GRE-General Test with a combined score of
and a dissertation involving a significant teaching/ at least 1000 and an analytical writing score of at least 3.5.
education problem(s) or a traditional research topic. A higher GRE score can compensate for a lower GPA and a
Students are offered considerable flexibility in program higher GPA can compensate for a lower test score. For
development. The degree is not research-oriented, but the doctoral applicants who do not meet Graduate School
recipient will demonstrate research competence by requirements, the Graduate School will consider school
preparing a dissertation designed to support college/ recommendation for admission. A written explanation
university teaching. must accompany the recommendation explaining
circumstances and factors considered justifying
Doctor of Education degrees (Ed.D.) are awarded for acceptance of the applicant.
completion of professional or practitioner programs
designed to prepare candidates for positions of leadership The doctoral programs at UNC do not utilize quantitative
in all fields including elementary and secondary rating systems and standard criteria weightings as sole
education, higher education, business, industry, determining factors for decisions concerning the
government, and the military. These doctoral programs acceptance of doctoral applicants. Quantitative
prepare graduates for service in instructional, supervisory, information such as GPA or GRE scores is considered in
and administrative capacities. combination with qualitative information derived from
letters of recommendation, applicant goal statements, as
Doctor of Philosophy degrees (Ph.D.) are awarded for well as past academic and professional accomplishments.
completion of the research degree granted only to Because of the specialized nature of doctoral work, it is
students who have 1) mastery of definite fields of incumbent on the faculty to utilize their professional
knowledge to the extent they are familiar both with what judgment in determining to what extent a student is
has been done in their specific field and with the qualified for entry into a particular program. The
potentialities and opportunities for further advances, 2) a information requested by each school upon which their
demonstrated capacity to do original and independent decision is to be based, gives the faculty the opportunity
scholarly investigation or creative work in their specific to thoroughly and carefully evaluate the strengths and
field, and 3) the ability to integrate their specific field or potential of each applicant.
specialization with the larger domains of knowledge and
understanding. Each application introduces a unique combination of
qualifications for a program of doctoral study. Decisions
Doctor of Psychology degrees (Psy.D.) are awarded for to accept or not accept a potential doctoral student must
completion of the counseling psychology program. A thoroughly consider all of the information pertinent to
Psy.D. in counseling psychology indicates that the degree the applicant's qualifications including sensitivity to
holder has specialized training in the area of diverse applicant backgrounds. Only in this way can strict
psychological aspects of counseling/therapy and human adherence to and consideration of affirmative action
behavior. The degree is a professional/practitioner degree policies be maintained. The doctoral student selection
at the highest level of university training. process thus avoids undesirable, restrictive, and
potentially capricious decisions that can arise from over-
reliance on purely quantitative selection criteria.
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