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Ever notice the way a child’s face lights up after learning something new? You could experience that on a daily basis by becoming a teacher

The Department of Special Education, Early Childhood and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education focuses on career readiness and real-world experiences. Our students learn in small classes taught by experienced faculty and spend myriad hours observing and teaching in classrooms so that the theories they learn during their course work can be directly applied to a classroom of students. Whether you decide to focus on supporting students with disabilities by becoming a special-education teacher, would like to learn strategies and skills to support students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, or want to focus on a career as an Early Childhood teacher so you can nurture preschool-age children during their critical years of academic development, our program will help you achieve your goals. 

Few jobs are more rewarding or more important than helping guide our youngest through their first intellectual steps. Earning your teaching license won’t be easy. However, over time, you will develop the necessary knowledge and awareness to support the educational needs of all students. By joining the Department of Special Education, Early Childhood and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, you will graduate as an educator with the skills to make a lasting difference in the lives of your students. Whichever path you choose, you’ll graduate from MSU Denver equipped to succeed.

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She has taught students with learning disabilities at the elementary and middle school levels, has focused her research on case studies, dyslexia and online learning. She is the author of Case Studies for Inclusive Schools.

Peggy Anderson

Professor of Special Education

Career Prospects

A degree in Special Education, Early Childhood and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education allows you to teach at all levels (from preschool through high school) in schools nationwide.

With a focus on Early Childhood Education, you would be licensed to teach infants, toddlers, preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade. In addition, you could become a Center Director, an Early Childhood Program Coordinator, a Community & Family Connections, or Child & Family Advocate.

As a licensed Special Education teacher, you are qualified to teach students in a special education program from Kindergarten through the transition age of 22 years old. In addition, you could seek careers as an Inclusion Specialist, Transition Specialist, Intervention Support Coordinator, Behavior Intervention Support Coordinator, Curriculum Leader for Special Education, and Itinerant Teacher to support students included across different schools within a district.

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"We recognize people are in this field because they truly want to make a positive difference for children. So we make sure our teachers get the tools and professional development they need."

Dr. Rosemarie Allen

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

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