Special Education

Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development, Special Education (License)

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: BA Endorsement License

Classroom 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.

Application​ deadlines

Rolling decision

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

What you'll learn

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.

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.


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.

Sample Courses

  • EDFN 1000 - Equality, Rights & Education3 credits
  • INTE 2000 - Digital Teaching and Learning3 credits
  • SPED 4151 - Slashing Stigmas: Promoting Positive Behaviors3 credits
  • SPED 4400 - Universal Design for Learning (UDL)3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:4 Years

Required Credits for Completion:126

Admission Requirements

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:

  • Spring: Dec. 31
  • Summer: May 31
  • Fall: July 31

Application Support

Our friends at TEACH Colorado have free tools and resources to make applying to our program—and becoming a classroom teacher—easier! Create an account today and immediately access:

  • An interactive application checklist to keep you on track.
  • $100 fee reimbursement towards application and testing expenses.
  • 1-on-1 expert advice for any question along the way.
  • How-to guides for eligibility, applications, testing and finances.
  • A chance to win a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition.

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For more information, please contact:

School of Education & Human Development
Office of Recruitment and Outreach