If you feel passionate about identifying and championing the strengths and assets of children with differing abilities, CU Denver has the programs to help you meet this critical need. Whether you’re getting your special education endorsement, entering the profession as an aspiring teacher in special education, or wanting to obtain an MA in Special Education our focus on inclusive classrooms and an assets-based approach will take you to the next level.

We support you (pre and post graduation) with networks and training that prepare you for the inclusive classroom.


CU Denver equips you with the most impactful and effective skills for leading inclusive classrooms and collaborating with the professionals in the field and the community.


We prepare you to be an effective advocate for children and families who are seeking quality education for students.


Faculty members who specialize in literacy, language, social and emotional growth, gifted and talented learners, students with learning disabilities, and building a diverse teacher workforce.

Top School

As one of the top education schools in the country, we have led the development of programs focused on inclusion of students with disabilities in general classrooms. Every child deserves a highly qualified teacher in their inclusive classroom. We help put them there.

Assets Based Approach

Our strengths-based/assets-based approach to teaching focuses on preparing you to understand the strengths of every child in every family.

What Makes us Unique

We specialize in emotional/behavioral disabilities and specific learning disabilities. Be the professional schools seek and children deserve.


Whether you are a licensed teacher looking to advance in the profession or are new to education and feel this is your calling, we have several pathways for you.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development, Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Degree Earned: PhD Campus: CU Denver The Inclusive Early Childhood Education PhD prepares candidates to be faculty members, researchers and leaders at the forefront of change in the areas of early childhood education, early childhood special education, and early childhood multilingual education. Our program focuses on preparing scholars, researchers and future teacher educators to support child-centered early childhood education that is committed to educating children across races, ethnicities, abilities and languages.