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About this Program

The Special Education Added Endorsement prepares students to become highly effective and culturally responsive teachers of students with disabilities in K-12 settings. This endorsement is for licensed or pre-service teachers interested in taking undergraduate coursework leading to an added endorsement in special education on their Colorado teaching license. Students seeking an endorsement in special education must either be accepted to a School of Education teacher licensure program OR already hold an initial Colorado teaching license. Upon successful completion of this endorsement program, candidates will be recommended for added endorsement in Special Education through the Colorado Department of Education.

Benefits of Earning This Added Endorsement at MSU Denver

Image of two young childrer interracting with a book together in a brightly lit classroom.The Special Education added endorsement will help you stand out from other candidates in your search for a teaching job and will generally increase the options available to you. The demand for special education teachers will always exist and a career in Special Education is fulling and rewarding. Make a difference in a child’s life, earn your Special Education added endorsement!

Additionally, in our School of Education programs, you will experience:

  • A diverse student population
  • Engaging, topical coursework
  • Supportive faculty and staff who value diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Clinical experiences in partnership schools across the Denver metro area throughout your program
  • Incredible value

Career Opportunities with this Added Endorsement

The Special Education added endorsement will open up multiple opportunities within the classroom and even outside the classroom. Special Education teachers can work as private tutors, special education advocates and consultants, transition specialists, job coaches and even as curriculum consultants and designers.


All School of Education teacher licensure programs are authorized by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

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