Early Childhood Special Education Specialist License


Offers a perfect fit for those interested in providing culturally responsive, family-centered, developmentally effective early education for children with disabilities in an inclusive setting. Specialists in early childhood special education are in high demand in Colorado and nationally, and play an important role as both lead teachers and specialists who support classroom teachers.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Online Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 2 to 3 years Credits required for completion: 36 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

Early childhood special education specialists are in high demand in Colorado and nationally. Prepared to teach children with disabilities as well as provide support for general ed teachers leading inclusive classrooms, ECE/SE licensed educators play an important role in the movement to include children with disabilities. CU Denver's Early Childhood Special Education Specialist license is a perfect fit for those interested in providing culturally responsive, family-centered, developmentally effective early education in an inclusive setting. This licensure program will prepare you with a strong background in assessment, teaching, intervention and collaboration to help you be successful in your career.

Some examples of what you will learn about in the program are:

  • Child growth and development
  • Medical and physiological aspects of developmental disabilities
  • Screening and assessment of young children and intervention strategies
  • Curriculum design and program development

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career in early childhood education. We have a name that is recognized for preparing leaders of excellence who value equal opportunities in education. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.

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, 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 Requirements

We welcome applications from motivated individuals who have bachelor's degrees and a strong passion for education.

Field experiences are a part of each course and provide an opportunity for you to gain knowledge, abilities and dispositions while interacting with children, families, program staff and community agencies.

Students completing this license complete six credit hours (510 clock hours) between infant/toddler, preschool and primary levels practica. ECSE students may complete one of the three practica at their own work site.

Candidates must pass the PRAXIS 5691 (ECSE) exam and pass a practicum portfolio review before applying for licensure.