Endorsement, Early Childhood Special Education Specialist


Designed for teachers with early childhood, elementary, or special education licenses to advance and deepen their expertise in educating young children with special needs and supporting their families. On-campus, hybrid, or fully online formats are available. Recipients become lead teachers in classrooms or specialists supporting classroom teachers.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Online Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 2 to 3 years Credits required for completion: 24 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

CU Denver’s Early Childhood Special Education Specialist endorsement is designed for licensed teachers with early childhood, elementary or special education teaching licenses. Designed to advance and deepen your expertise in educating young children with special needs and supporting their families, the endorsement may be completed on-campus, in a hybrid format or fully-online. It is fully accredited by the Colorado Department of Education and the Council for Exceptional Children. With this endorsement, you can lead classrooms or support classroom teaches in a specialist role.

As innovators of digital teaching and learning, our cohort-based online programs are highly ranked and in great demand.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your early childhood special education career. We have a name that is recognized for preparing top education specialists. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top school in the country.

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: June 1

Spring Semester: November 1

Summer Semester: April 1

Application Requirements

  • 3 recommendation letters
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for an endorsement, proof of teaching license or special services license is required
  • Resume/CV
  • Written Statement: Describe your interest in the program, your special strengths, and the goals you hope to achieve through your work in the program
  • $50.00 application fee
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
  • Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.

For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303-315-6300.

Additional Requirements

This program is open to those who hold a valid Colorado elementary, early childhood education or special education (k-12) teaching license.