Special Education | Fort Lewis College | Durango CO

Education for all

Teacher education Master's student work together in a classroom

Everyone deserves an education. You value and appreciate every person's uniqueness and thrive connecting with people.

Grow as a mentor, role model, and educator as you help young people overcome challenges and find joy in discovery.

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

Cohorts begin every fall semester.

Special Education program options

Endorsement Pathway & Certificate

Earn a certificate as you seek an endorsement in special education to augment your existing teaching license and expand your practice as a teacher. 

24 credits

Alternative Endorsement Pathway

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

8 credits

Master of Arts in Education

Earn a degree with a one-year program that focuses on students with disabilities in US schools. You may also add six additional credits (37 total) to satisfy requirements for initial licensure.

31 credits

Program overview

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 the 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 the Zoom meetings.

  • Work closely with mentors as you develop the skills and responsibilities to become a public school special education teacher.
  • Process and identify strategies for Responsive to Interventions

  • Receive mentoring from a school or district experienced educator and from a college supervisor
  • Plan transitions for a variety of settings

  • Learn how to advocate for students with disabilities
  • Monitor progress for students with disabilities

Program requirements

Minimum eligibility for Graduate Studies
Requirements to apply to Special Education program
Technology requirements
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"[The FLC 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. 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. "