School of Education & Human Development
The Early Childhood Special Education Specialist Endorsement is designed for currently licensed teachers who are seeking career advancement and the expertise needed to work effectively with students with special needs and students from diverse backgrounds.
The program is fully accredited by the Colorado Department of Education and the Council for Exceptional Children.
Nine graduate-level courses, including a five-credit internship, complete the 26 credit hour program plan of study. Internships (elementary & secondary level in special education) can be completed on the job or through our professional development schools.
This program is perfect if you are:
Many of our students go on to complete an optional Master's Degree in Special Education, which only requires four additional classes.
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus.
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
Nine graduate-level courses, including a five-credit internship, complete the 26 credit hour program plan of study.
Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student or an international student.
Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.
People who earn this certificate go on to become:
SPED 5300 — Collaborating in Schools & Communities
SPED 5600 — Special Education for School Professionals
SPED 5010 — Instructional Strategies for Students with Special Needs
SPED 5151 — Culturally Responsive Supports for Social and Emotional Development
SPED 5740 — Linguistically Responsive Special Education (prerequisite for SPED 5780)
SPED 5780 — Literacy Intervention for Students with Disabilities
SPED 5140 — Advanced Assessment in Special Education
SPED 5932 (2) OR SPED 5934 (2) & 5933 (3) — Internship & Site Seminar