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.

Special Education

Master of Arts in Special Education, Generalist (Endorsement)

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: MA Endorsement

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Prepares motivated educators to identify and champion the strengths and assets of individuals ages 5 - 21 with differing abilities, including those with identified disabilities. Graduates are equipped with the most impactful and effective skills for leading inclusive classrooms and collaborating with professionals in the field and the community.

Application​ deadlines

Rolling Admission

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling Social & Behavioral Sciences

Campus: CU Denver Online

Accreditation: Colorado Department of Education (CDE), The Council for Exceptional Children

What you'll learn

The 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.

During the course of your studies, you will explore:

  • Strengths and assets-based approaches to teaching
  • Emotional/behavioral disabilities and learning disabilities
  • Family, professional and community collaboration
  • Interventions for exceptional learners
  • Special adaptations for inclusive classrooms
  • Leadership in special education

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 teaching. 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.


Recommendation for endorsement(s) is made by the Special Education Program, but the endorsement is granted by the State of Colorado. Individual State requirements vary and may include teaching experience and examinations in addition to a valid teaching credential. Students should consult with the Colorado Department of Education (http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/licensure_authorization_landing) or the state in which they wish to be endorsed for the most updated endorsement requirements.

Sample Courses

  • SPED 5300 - Family, Professional, and Community Collaboration3 credits
  • SPED 5500 - Transition and Secondary Methods in Special Education3 credits
  • SPED 5780 - Literacy Intervention for Exceptional Learners3 credits
  • LDFS 6320 - Mind, Brain, and Education3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:2 to 3 years

Required Credits for Completion:30

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

We practice "rolling admission" and after your application is complete, we strive to notify you of your admission status in no more than two to three weeks.

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 Information

This program accepts applications for every fall, spring, and summer term. We recommended you submit your application at least four months prior to the start of the semester for which you are seeking admission. We strive to provide rolling decisions in which we communicate admissions decisions to applicants within two weeks of submitting a complete application.

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • A current/valid teaching license