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Programs in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education

If you are interested in beginning a program in Special Education, Early Childhood Education (ECE), or Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education (CLD), please start by visiting our Getting Started (Undergraduate) page or our Graduate Application page (for our Special Education graduate programs) and consider scheduling an appointment with a School of Education advisor today!

 

We offer different paths toward licensure in Special Education, ECE and CLD, plus minor-only options which do not lead to licensure:

Undergraduate Licensure:  Special Education and Early Childhood Education are both offered as majors, and Early Childhood Licensure is also available attached to two other majors; Human Development and Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences.  Undergraduate students will declare an approved major and complete the necessary coursework for the major and for the licensure program. These courses, along with General Studies, will equal no more than 126 credit hours. Upon successfully completing your major and licensure program, you will earn a bachelor's degree and recommendation to the Colorado Department of Education for licensure, all within the time it takes to complete a four-year degree.

Post-Baccalaureate Licensure:  This path is for those who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and would like to earn their licensure in one of the licensure endorsement areas named above.  The focus of your previous bachelor's degree does not matter.  Post-baccalaureate students will complete the necessary content area coursework and the Teacher Licensure coursework required to be recommended for licensure. Upon successful completion of the program(s), you will be awarded a recommendation to the Colorado Department of Education for licensure.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education: Similar to the post-baccalaureate path, this is an option for candidates who have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university who wish to earn their teaching license in Special Education.  In addition, candidates who complete this program will also earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.  Make sure to meet with a MAT advisor to better understand the process of applying to the university and being accepted to the MAT program.

We offer minors in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.  These minors are flexible and allow you to select the majority of your courses from a list of courses in Early Childhood Education or Special Education, respectively.  These minors do not qualify you to be a licensed teacher, but they can be designed to satisfy most or all of the requirements necessary for an added endorsement, should you decide to minor in one of these areas while working toward initial licensure in another area.  In general, these minors will provide you with valuable knowledge of these areas of education.  Please see an advisor in the appropriate area to plan your minor in advance. 

Added-Endorsement Only: Currently licensed Colorado teachers may decide to return to school to earn additional areas of endorsement to their teaching license.  We offer state-approved added endorsement programs in Special Education and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education.  Current licensure candidates in other programs can also complete the coursework for this endorsement while they work toward completion of their initial licensure program (and we highly encourage them to do so!). 

Please note: MSU Denver revised the General Studies Program beginning Fall 2012.  Please be sure to select the appropriate guide in the tables below based on your catalog year (If applicable). 

 

Special Education Programs

Special Education is offered as a major (with multiple choices for concentration), a post-baccalaureate licensure program, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree w/ licensure, and a state-approved added endorsement program.  Schedule an advising appointment today to discuss these programs.

Special Education2011-2012 Catalog and Earlier2012-2013 Catalog and Later
Undergraduate

Special Education Major w/ ECE, Elementary or CLD Concentration (pre-Fall 2014)

Special Education Major w/ Secondary Concentration (pre-2012-13)

Fall 2012 through Summer 2014:
Special Education Major w/ ECE, Elementary or CLD Concentration (pre-Fall 2014)

Fall 2014 through Summer 2016 for ECE concentration:
Special Education Major w/ ECE, Elementary or CLD Conc. (2014-2015)

Fall 2016 and later:
Special Education Major w/ ECE, Elementary or CLD Conc. (Fall 2016 and later)

Fall 2012 through Summer 2016:
Special Education Major w/ Secondary Concentration (2012-2015)

Fall 2016 and later:
Special Education Major w/ Secondary Concentration (2016 and later)

Minor Only Special Education Minor (Non-licensure) (through Summer 2016)

Fall 2012 through Summer 2016:
Special Education Minor (Non-licensure) (through Summer 2016)

Fall 2016 and later:
Special Education Minor (Non-licensure) (Fall 2016 and later)

Post-Baccalaureate Special Education Post-baccalaureate Licensure (2015-16 and earlier)

Fall 2012 through Summer 2016:
Special Education Post-baccalaureate Licensure (2015-16 and earlier)

Fall 2016 and later:
Special Education Post-baccalaureate Licensure (Fall 2016 and later)

Master of Arts in Teaching Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education
Added Endorsement Special Education Added Endorsement (K-12) Special Education Added Endorsement (K-12)

 

 

Early Childhood Education Programs

Early Childhood Education is offered as a major, a licensure program attached to other majors, a non-licensure major, a post-baccalaureate licensure program, and a non-licensure minor.  Schedule an advising appointment today to discuss these programs.

ECESummer 2016 and EarlierFall 2016 and Later
Undergraduate w/ Licensure

Fall 2014 through Summer 2016:
Early Childhood Education Major (P-3) (Licensure Conc. 2014-16)

Human Development Major with Early Childhood Licensure (P-3) (2009-2016)

Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Major w/ ECE Licensure (P-3) (pre-Fall 2016)

Early Childhood Education Major (P-3) (Licensure Conc. 2016-17)

Human Development Major with Early Childhood Licensure (P-3) (Fall 2016 & later)

Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Major w/ ECE Licensure (P-3) (Fall '16 & on)

Undergraduate w/out Licensure Early Childhood Education Major (P-3) (Non-licensure Conc.) (2014-2015) Early Childhood Education Major (P-3) (Non-licensure Conc.)(Fall 2016 and later)
Minor

‌Summer 2014 and earlier:
Early Childhood Education Minor (Non-licensure) (Pre-Fall 2014)

Fall 2014 through Summer 2016:
Early Childhood Education Minor (Non-licensure) (2014-2015)

Early Childhood Education Minor (Non-licensure) (Fall 2016 and later)
Post-Baccalaureate

Summer 2014 and earlier:
‌‌Early Childhood Education Post-Baccalareate Licensure (P-3) (2014-2015)Early Childhood Education Post-Baccalareate Licensure (P-3) (Pre-2014)

Fall 2014 through Summer 2016:
Early Childhood Education Post-Baccalareate Licensure (P-3) (2014-2015)

Early Childhood Education Post-Baccalareate Licensure (P-3) (2016 and later)

 

 

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education (Added Endorsement Only)

CLD is offered as a state-approved added endorsement program.  Schedule an advising appointment today to discuss this program.

CLD Fall 2012 and later (contact us for older guides)
Advising Guide Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Added Endorsement (K-12)

 


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