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

MA Endorsement

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.

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: 36 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

University of Colorado 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. This pathway will give you an additional credential for professional success. As a special education specialist, you will be prepared to lead an inclusive classroom yourself in a teaching role, or support teachers from within the specialist role.

This program emphasizes inclusive, family-centered practices, culturally sustaining teaching and a curriculum that is inspired by the potential of all children and families.

We prepare highly competent professionals who are leaders and advocates known for embracing the whole child in inclusive, culturally and linguistically diverse settings.

Our highly ranked and flexible ECE programs of study feature personalized support that will reach you wherever you are – throughout Colorado or around the world. Our master’s plus ECSE endorsement students learn how to use evidence-based strategies that enhance the learning outcomes of young children. Students receive specialized training in instruction, assessment, family involvement and positive behavior support.

The School of Education & Human Development is regularly ranked as a top graduate school and “best online” experiences by U.S. News & World Report.

CU Denver is committed to increasing the number of highly qualified and well-compensated early professionals in the field. We offer ECE scholarships and vast learning and development opportunities to support early childhood teachers and leaders.

Graduates of this program have fulfilled all the requirements for the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) license to teach children, birth through age eight, and the Colorado Human Services director qualification requirements to manage and direct early childhood public and private programs.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver attracts students who are passionate about careers in education. We match their passion with an education that is rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches and real-world practice. That’s why our graduates are prepared to make immediate and life-long impacts on people, communities and the world.

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, a copy of your Teaching 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

Our program was created for individuals who wish to understand the latest research and practices in early childhood special education. We encourage you to apply at least four months in advance or as early as possible prior to the start of the semester for which you are seeking admission. We strive to provide rolling decisions and will communicate admissions decisions within two weeks of submitting a complete application.

Our commitment to early childhood professionals compels us to participate in efforts to elevate the profession and seek out scholarships and partnerships for academic support and job placement. The scholarships include the Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund (up to $10K awarded to two recipients per academic year); and the William Goodwin Scholarship (up to $500 awarded per semester). We have additional scholarships that are open to all students, regardless of major. You will be considered for all available scholarships at the time of admission.