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

We offer a variety of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs for those interested in special education, early childhood education and culturally & linguistically diverse education.  Please browse our program options below, and schedule an appointment with a School of Education advisor to learn more about getting started!


We offer programs for undergraduate degree-seeking students who are interested in the fields of special education and early childhood education.  Most options for these degree programs lead to recommendation for teacher licensure.  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.  We also offer a non-licensure degree program for those interested in early childhood education without the teacher licensure component. 

Degree Programs for Special Education:

  • Major in Special Education (Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education Concentration)
  • Major in Special Education (Early Childhood Education Concentration)
  • Major in Special Education (Elementary Education Concentration)
  • Major in Special Education (Secondary Education Concentration - focus in English, Math, Science or Social Studies)

Degree Programs for Early Childhood Education:

  • Major in Early Childhood Education (Teacher Licensure Concentration)
  • Major in Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure Concentration)
  • Major in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences with Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure

See below on this page for detailed advising guides for these programs. 

Please schedule an advising appointment to discuss the next steps to get started in one of these programs.

We offer teacher licensure programs at the undergraduate level for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.  Your previous degree does not have to be in any specific area of study; you will complete all of the necessary coursework for your licensure endorsement area here at MSU Denver. Upon successful completion of your teacher licensure program, you will receive a recommendation to the Colorado Department of Education for licensure in the completed content area.

Post-Baccalaureate Programs:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Special Education

See below on this page for detailed advising guides for these programs. 

Please schedule an advising appointment to discuss the next steps to get started in one of these programs.

Similar to the post-baccalaureate path, this program is an option for candidates who have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and 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 an advisor to better understand the process of applying to the university and being accepted to the MAT program.  Visit the following link for more information on the MAT program.

Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education

We offer certificate programs that will help better prepare you in the areas of Autism and Significant Support Needs and Bilingual Education.  Our Autism and Significant Support Needs Certificate is offered at the graduate level, while our Bilingual Education Specialist: School Educator certificate is offered at the undergraduate level, and can also lead to an added endorsement for licensed teachers in Colorado.

We encourage anybody who might be interested in these fields to schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss these options in more detail.

Certificates:

  • Autism and Significant Support Needs Certificate (ASSNC) (Graduate)
  • Bilingual Education Specialist: School Educator Certificate (Undergradaute)

See below on this page for detailed advising guides for these programs.


Please schedule an advising appointment to discuss the next steps to get started in one of these programs.

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.  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 in the respective fields.  Please see an advisor in the appropriate area to plan your minor in advance. 

Currently licensed Colorado teachers may decide to return to school to add additional areas of endorsement to their teaching license.  We offer state-approved added endorsement programs in Special Education and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education

Current teacher licensure candidates at MSU Denver can also complete the coursework for these endorsements while they work toward completion of their initial licensure program (and we highly encourage them to do so!).

See below on this page for detailed advising guides for these programs. 

Detailed Advising Guides

The following advising guides are unofficial documents intended for use in combination with School of Education advising.  Please feel free to download the guides to review program content, and schedule an advising appointment today to discuss these programs. 

Please note that these guides may not reflect the requirements for all catalog years or all versions of these programs.  It is important that you speak with an advisor in the School of Education before planning or registering for coruses for these programs.


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, a minor and a state-approved added endorsement program.  Schedule an advising appointment today to discuss these programs.

Undergraduate Degree-Seeking:

Special Education Major (CLD Concentration) - 4 Year Plan (2018-19 & later)

Special Education Major (ECE Concentration) - 4 Year Plan (2018-19 & later)

Special Education Major (Elementary Conc.) - 4 Year Plan (2018-19 & later)

Special Education Major (Secondary ENG Conc.) - 4 Year Plan (2018-19 & later)

Special Education Major (Secondary MTH Conc.) - 4 Year Plan (2018-19 & later)

Special Education Major (Secondary SCI Conc.) - 4 Year Plan (2018-19 & later)

Special Education Major (Secondary SST Conc.) - 4 Year Plan (2018-19 & later)

Post-Baccalaureate:

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

Master of Arts in Teaching:

Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education

Certificate:

Autism and Significant Support Needs Certificate (Graduate)

Minor:

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

Added Endorsement:

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.

Undergraduate Degree-Seeking:

Early Childhood Education (Licensure Conc.) - 4 Year Plan (2019-20 & later)

Early Childhood Education (Non-licensure Conc.) - 4 Year Plan (2019-20 & later)

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

Post-Baccalaureate:

Early Childhood Education Post-Baccalaureate Licensure (P-3) (2018 and later)

Minor:

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


Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education

We offer a state-approved Culturally and Linguistically Diverse added endorsement program for pre-service and in-service teachers.  We also offer a Bilingual Education Specialist (BES): School Educator certificate.  If completed in addition to our CLD endorsement (or if CLD endorsement is already earned), the BES: School Educator certificate will also satisfy the requirements for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (K-12) Added Endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education.  Schedule an advising appointment today to discuss this program.

Added Endorsement:

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Added Endorsement (K-12)

Certificate:

[need BES guide]


 


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