Course sequence

Our special education programs teach you the skills to work with students with disabilities in US schools. You will work with several mentors as you learn skills and responsibilities of a public school special education teacher. Courses are 100% online, including Zoom video teleconferencing to learn from members of your cohort, expert faculty, and professionals in the field. Because the program is online, it accommodates full-time work. You'll only need to consider scheduling for the Zoom meetings.

Master of Arts in Education: Special Education

The Master of Arts in Education: Special Education is a 32-credit program. Upon completion, you may apply to the Colorado Department of Education for an endorsement as a Special Education Generalist.

Licensure

You can complete this program and earn you Master of Arts in Education:  Special Education; in 32 credit hours, building off your existing teaching license.

If you do not already have a teaching license, you may add 6 credits of coursework to the MAE program (for a total of 38) and complete 800 hours of student teaching to prepare you for initial licensure.

Special Education Endorsement

The Special Education Endorsement is a 24-credit program, including 240 internship hours in a special education classroom, or engaged in administrative or professional development activities. If you already have a teaching license, you may want to add a special education endorsement to your teaching qualifications. Through our program, you will be able to monitor progress for students with disabilities, advocate for students with disabilities, plan transitions for a variety of settings, and process and identify strategies for Response to Intervention (RtI).

Special Education Alternative Certification

The Special Education Alternative Certification is an 8-credit program that allows non-special education licensed educators to fill special education positions with guidance and support from mentors and an instructor while gaining a special education endorsement. Through our program, you will be able to monitor progress for students with disabilities, advocate for students with disabilities, plan transitions for a variety of settings, and process and identify strategies for Response to Intervention (RtI). See an overview of the coursework.

See learning outcomes for all of our Special Education programs.

Fall 1

8 credits

  • ED 671: Foundations of Special Education (4 credits)
  • ED 672: Identification & Assessment of Students with Disabilities (4 credits)

To add Initial Licensure

  • ED 605: Student Teaching I (3 credits)

Spring 1

8 credits

  • ED 673: Family & Professional Relations and IEP Development (4 credits)
  • ED 674: Literacy Methods for Students with Disabilities (4 credits)

To add Initial Licensure

  • ED 615: Student Teaching II (3 credits)

Summer

8 credits

  • ED 600: Introduction to Graduate Research (3 credits)

Fall 2

5 credits

  • ED 781: Graduate Research (1 credit)
  • ED 675: Mathematical Interventions for Students with Disabilities (4 credits)

Spring 2

8 credits

  • ED 680: Capstone Project (3 credits)
  • ED 781: Graduate Research (1 credit)
  • ED 676: Support Systems for Significant & Behavioral Needs (4 credits)

Go to Catalog for course descriptions

Fall 1

8 credits

  • ED 671: Foundations of Special Education (4 credits)
  • ED 672: Identification & Assessment of Students with Disabilities (4 credits)

Spring 1

8 credits

  • ED 673: Family & Professional Relations and IEP Development (4 credits)
  • ED 674: Literacy Methods for Students with Disabilities (4 credits)

Fall 2

4 credits

  • ED 675: Mathematical Interventions for Students with Disabilities (4 credits)

Spring 2

4 credits

  • ED 676: Support Systems for Significant & Behavioral Needs (4 credits)

Go to Catalog for course descriptions

Fall

ED 677: Special Education Alternative Licensure I (4 credits)


Spring

ED 678: Special Education Alternative Licensure II (4 credits)

Go to Catalog for course descriptions

A note about summer semesters

Completing a graduate course in two weeks requires approximately 50-60 hours per week. You should plan to be available on campus or on-line for synchronous class meetings, independent work, small-group discussions, and individual conferences between 9am and 4pm for the two weeks that this course is running. There will be some flexibility for independent assignments during those hours, but the compressed nature of the courses require fast turn-around and precise sequencing, so students need to be prepared for a full-time commitment during this course.