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.

Training

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.

Families

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

Faculty

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.

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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.

Teaching - Special Education Generalist

Degree Earned: License MA Campus: CU Denver CU Denver’s MA in Teaching (MAT) with the Special Education Generalist (5 - 21) teaching license prepares you to teach students of varying abilities in diverse elementary, middle and high school classrooms. If you feel passionate about identifying and championing the strengths and assets of children with differing abilities, CU Denver has the program to help you meet this critical need. You will learn from dedicated school-based teachers and award-winning faculty on campus. This program’s focus on inclusive classrooms and an assets-based approach will prepare you to support your students’ success.

MA in Early Childhood Education with Early Childhood Special Education Specialist License

Degree Earned: License MA Campus: CU Denver Online CU Denver’s MA in Early Childhood Education with an optional Early Childhood Special Education Specialist license prepares individuals who wish to support early childhood special education teachers or teach young children with developmental disabilities while partnering with their families and communities. This program is offered on-campus, hybrid or fully online. If you are interested in teaching infants, toddlers and students in the early grades in elementary school, this is the program for you.

MA in Early Childhood Education with an Early Childhood Special Education Specialist Endorsement

Degree Earned: Endorsement MA Campus: CU Denver Online CU Denver’s MA in Early Childhood Education with an Early Childhood Special Education Specialist endorsement prepares early childhood educators to meet the unique educational needs of young children with and without developmental disabilities in the Special Education Specialist role. This pathway prepares you to lead classrooms as a teacher or to support classroom teachers from within a specialist role.

MA in Special Education with Generalist Endorsement

Degree Earned: Endorsement MA Campus: CU Denver Online The CU Denver’s MA in Special Education with generalist endorsement prepares motivated individuals to identify and champion the strengths and assets of children ages 5-21 with differing abilities, including those with identified disabilities. CU Denver equips you with the most impactful and effective skills for leading inclusive classrooms and collaborating with professionals in the field and the community.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development - Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education

Degree Earned: PhD Campus: CU Denver ​Neuropsychologists and educators have demonstrated beyond question that the early years are critical years in children’s brain development, learning and health. The growing and dynamic field of inclusive early childhood education is evident in the burgeoning research and practice literatures in early childhood and early childhood special education. CU Denver’s doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Human Development concentration in early childhood special education/early childhood education prepares you to be a leader, faculty member and researcher at the forefront of the change.

Early Childhood Special Education Specialist

Degree Earned: Endorsement Campus: CU Denver Online 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.

Special Education Generalist

Degree Earned: Endorsement Campus: CU Denver The Special Education Generalist Endorsement (without an MA) prepares teachers holding an initial license to identify and champion the strengths and assets of children ages 5-21 with differing abilities, including those with identified disabilities. This program is for teachers who want to add the endorsement but are not seeking a master’s degree. 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. The program is fully accredited by the Colorado Department of Education and the Council for Exceptional Children.

Early Childhood Special Education Specialist

Degree Earned: License Campus: CU Denver Online ​Early childhood special education specialists are in high demand in Colorado and nationally. Prepared to teach children with disabilities as well as provide support for general ed teachers leading inclusive classrooms, ECE/SE licensed educators play an important role in the movement to include children with disabilities. CU Denver's online Early Childhood Special Education Specialist license is a perfect fit for those interested in providing culturally responsive, family-centered, developmentally effective early education in an inclusive setting.