Special Education

Endorsement, Special Education Generalist

School of Education & Human Development

Overview

Degree: Endorsement

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Prepares teachers holding an initial license to identify and champion the strengths and assets of individuals ages 5 - 21 with differing abilities, including those with identified disabilities. Designed for teachers who want an endorsement but are not seeking a master's, equipping them with impactful and effective skills for leading inclusive classrooms and collaborating with other professionals.

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling Social & Behavioral Sciences

Campus: CU Denver

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 or the state in which they wish to be endorsed for the most updated endorsement requirements.

Sample Courses

  • SPED 5030 - Understanding (dis)Ability in Contemporary Classrooms3 credits
  • SPED 5151 - Slashing Stigmas: Promoting Positive Behaviors3 credits
  • SPED 5740 - Intersections of Literacy, Culture, & Exceptionality3 credits
  • SPED 5010 - Intentional Interventions for Exceptional Learners3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:2 to 3 years

Required Credits for Completion:24

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.

Application​ deadlines


Rolling Admission

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