Special Education Generalist

Endorsement

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.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 2 to 3 years Credits required for completion: 24 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

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.

This program is perfect if you are:

  • A licensed Colorado teacher who wants the training and knowledge to serve students with disabilities.
  • A working general education teacher who wishes to build on your experience.
  • Looking to improve your ability to meet the needs of all learners.

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.

Courses

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.

If you would like to complete the MA in Special Education plus the Special Education Generalist Endorsement, please visit this page. (Hyperlink to MA page).

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

 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