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Earn a bachelor of arts degree in Special Education with recommendation for teacher licensure in Colorado.
At MSU Denver, pre-service teacher candidates in the Special Education major will engage in courses and field experience work that will prepare them to teach individuals with disabilities in a variety of K-12 settings. We maintain small class sizes so students can engage in effective collaboration with their peers and receive personalized instruction. Each of the faculty in our program bring experiences from the field via research and K-12 Special Education teaching experience.
Our goal is to help our candidates become ethical educators and leaders in the field to make a difference in our profession, schools, and students’ lives. Therefore, the coursework is only the beginning. Because MSU Denver stresses career readiness, our Special Education program provides candidates experiences in the field that span K-12 classrooms in a variety of settings with students who have different types of disabilities. Engaging in these field experiences assists our teacher candidates in developing the critical skills necessary for implementation in their future classrooms.
MSU Denver is located on the Auraria Campus just steps from downtown Denver. MSU Denver’s proximity to the city offers countless opportunities for field experience and student teaching in urban and suburban schools with diverse populations. Many of the courses within the Special Education program are offered online or in a hybrid model to allow flexibility for our students to successfully complete their degree and teaching license.
Other reasons teacher candidates choose MSU Denver include:
Special Education program graduates go to work as teachers in classroom settings at all levels from Kindergarten through high school in schools nationwide.
Dr. Tina Herring
Dr. Tina Herring is a Professor of Special Education. She has been in the field of education for over 20 years. She began her teaching career as a teacher of the deaf at a middle school in Salem, Oregon. In 2002, she graduated with her doctorate in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University. Her current research interest includes online learning, effective instructional practices and Universal Design for Learning in higher education. Dr. Herring currently teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses at MSU Denver.
Dr. Rebecca Canges
Dr. Canges received her doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies from the University of Southern California (USC). She completed her undergraduate work in Psychology at California State University, Long Beach where she also completed both her Masters in Special Education and Education Specialist Teaching Credential. Dr. Canges started her career as a middle school Special Education teacher in California, where she worked to promote acceptance of students with disabilities by implementing district-wide awareness programs. She has studied and provided trainings for improving instruction for English Language Learners and currently researches methods for improving teacher preparation programs so teachers can better support students with disabilities who are in their classrooms.
Alumni from the Special Education B.A. program are making a difference in school districts all across the Denver metro area and beyond! For example, many of our graduates have become teachers and leaders in the following districts: Boulder Valley, Cherry Creek, St. Vrain Valley, Littleton Public Schools, Douglas County, Denver Public Schools, School District 27J, and many more!
All School of Education teacher licensure programs are authorized by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Contact the Department of Special EducationEmail the Department of Education
Main Number: 303-615-1777
Suites 132, 136, & 162
School of Education
Campus Box 21
PO Box 173362
Denver CO 80217-3362