Master's in Special Education | Fort Lewis College | Durango CO

Education for all

Because everyone deserves an education, and one size does not fit all. Because you value and appreciate every person's uniqueness, and you thrive in connecting with people. Grow as a mentor, role model, and educator as the young people you work with overcome challenges, and find joy in discovery.

This online program has no scheduled course meetings, so it fits various schedules. You must have a bachelor's degree to enroll. You can enroll in an additional six credit hours to qualify for teacher licensure while earning your graduate degree or add a special education endorsement to your existing teaching license.


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Program options

Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts in Education: Special Education is a one-year, 32-credit program that focuses on students with disabilities in US schools. You will work closely with mentors as you develop the skills and responsibilities to become a public school special education teacher.

See the MAE course sequence

Special Education Endorsement

Seek an endorsement in special education to augment your existing teaching license and expand your practice as a teacher.

See the Endorsement course sequence

Alternative Certification

Enroll in our alternative certification program to become a licensed special education teacher when you hold district-approved employment in special education.

  • Candidates receive mentoring from a school or district experienced educator and from a college supervisor
  • All courses are online
  • Scholarships up to $6,000 available

See the Alternative Certification course sequence

Local connections

“The Fort Lewis College Special Education Alternative Licensure Program is an incredible asset to our region.  This program tailors content and student support to the unique and diverse needs of our regional school communities by offering local mentorship and instruction with a flexible learning platform.  Our teachers benefit from personalized and on-going support as they progress through the program.  As the special education director, it is critical that our special education teachers come with the toolkit to support positive student outcomes and this FLC program ensures these educator skills.”

Adrea Bogle, Exceptional Student Services Executive Director, San Juan BOCES

“I have been dreaming of a local program like this for years, so I am thrilled that Fort Lewis College is now offering this new Special Education Endorsement. It is a wonderful and rare opportunity that has been carefully crafted to accommodate working teachers. Skillfully designed by a team of experienced professionals from around the region, this comprehensive curriculum is tailored to your needs. It offers engaging, interactive, real-world training. If you have an interest in special education, do not miss this unique opportunity!”

Susan Schaldach
MA Educational Consultant, San Juan BOCES

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