Degree: BA Endorsement License
Clasroom Type: Online and on campus classes
Equips undergraduate students to become teachers who identify and champion the strengths and assets of children with differing abilities, using impactful and effective skills for leading inclusive classrooms.
Interest Categories: Education & Counseling
Campus: CU Denver Online
At CU Denver, we believe that the most in-demand teaching career is also the most fulfilling. This four-year, 126-credit hour undergraduate BA program prepares students to apply for a Colorado teaching license in Special Education. The BA will equip you with impactful and effective skills for leading inclusive classrooms and championing the strengths and assets of children with differing abilities. Every child deserves a highly qualified teacher in their classroom. We help put you there.
A unique feature of this pathway is that you will be able to add the Colorado Department of Education's elementary endorsement to your credentials. Essentially, you'll leave this program with both the Special Education license and Elementary Education endorsement through the Colorado Department of Education. This means you are prepared to teach Special Education and K- 6, making you highly employable and desirable to schools.
At the University of Colorado Denver, you'll learn from nationally and internationally recognized faculty members who are known for innovation and research in literacy, language, social and emotional growth, gifted and talented learners, students with learning disabilities and building a diverse teacher workforce. During the course of your studies, you'll learn about emotional/behavioral disabilities and learning disabilities in order to grow into a professional whom schools seek. You'll be surrounded by other committed, talented students who crave a deeper level of preparedness—one that will allow them to give their best to every student, every day.
You may be starting college for the first time, transferring from another institution, or returning to the university setting after years away. Regardless, you'll join a top education school with collaborative teams of dedicated teachers and award-winning faculty who will prepare you for success in any classroom anywhere.
Any school can promise a teacher residency, with experiential learning under a teacher mentor. Few can deliver one as well supported and prepared as ours. For more than 25 years, we have been working closely with area schools to create a proven residency program that supports your development as you work with teams of dedicated practicing teachers, teacher leaders and university faculty in the school. Further, because of our urban location and emphasis on teaching in diverse contexts, our graduates are ready to lead and make a difference in any Special Education classroom, in any district.
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.
To earn this 126 credit hour BA in Education and Human Development with a teaching license in Special Education and endorsement in Elementary Education, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below. Students should declare their intent to pursue Special Education with their academic advisor as early as possible to avoid taking classes that do not count toward the degree or licensure.
NxtGEN partners with several school districts ((Denver Public Schools, Jeffco, Mapleton and Aurora Public Schools) and recruits, prepares and supports our next generation of diverse and talented teachers. If you have a passion for urban education and are interested in teaching early childhood, elementary or special education, then NxtGEN may be a great fit.
The program model is an intensive, well-supported four-year approach to creating exceptional educators who have in-depth knowledge, four years of context-specific practice in a district, and a commitment to the schools and children of the district they are placed in.
Benefits of four-year approach in NxtGEN:
CU Denver is committed to preparing highly effective, results-focused educators who are deeply invested in student achievement and success and will act with a sense of urgency to support equity in education for all children. Our graduates are champion educators in Colorado with advanced knowledge about state and national trends. They are intellectually equipped to make important decisions based on a thorough understanding of children’s learning, their cultural and community assets, and effective methods of teaching in urban and diverse schools.
If you are interested please apply to your chosen program through undergrad admissions, then fill out the NxtGEN application.
For additional information or help with the application process, please contact us:
Recommended Completion Time:4 Years
Required Credits for Completion:126
Our program seeks individuals who wish to teach as a career. We accept applications from incoming first-year students, current students at CU Denver, students transferring from community colleges or four-year institutions, individuals who are working as paraprofessionals, assistant teachers or developmental intervention assistants.
This program has rolling admissions, applications close per semester as follows:
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