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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.

Programs in Special Education

Whether you are seeking a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, a license to teach special education, a certificate in autism and significant support needs, an added endorsement for your existing teacher’s license, or you are simply interested in coursework in the field of special education, we have an option for you!

Special Education Undergraduate Programs (major, minor)

The Special Education major offers four unique concentrations, all of which lead to Special Education Generalist licensure (preK-12, or ages 0-21).  Browse these concentration options below.

We also offer a minor in Special Education which does not satisfy requirements to earn licensure.

Special Education Post-Baccalaureate Programs (licensure, added endorsement)

We offer pathways to teacher licensure in special education at the undergraduate level for learners who have already earned a bachelor’s degree.

Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree that leads to teacher licensure in another area may also choose to complete added endorsement courses in special education so that they may earn multiple endorsements by the time they complete their program.

Special Education Graduate Programs (major, certificate)

The School of Education’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offers a concentration in Special Education.  Graduates of this program earn recommendation for Special Education Generalist licensure (preK-12, or ages 0-21) along with the master’s degree.

Additionally, we offer a graduate-level certificate program in Autism and Significant Support Needs.  This is a great certificate for any licensed or pre-service teacher!

Browse these program options below.

Programs in Early Childhood Education

We offer a variety of undergraduate programs focused in Early Childhood Education (ECE).  Students seeking an undergraduate degree can major in ECE and choose a path – licensure or non-licensure, or they can choose to declare a minor in ECE, which does not lead to teacher licensure.

For those who have already completed a bachelor’s degree, you can become a licensed ECE teacher by completing our Post-Baccalaureate ECE Teacher Licensure program.

Browse our program options below.

We also offer coursework which satisfied the requirements for ECE Director Qualification in Colorado – speak with one of our advisors to learn more!

Programs in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education has become a necessity for teachers.  Our state-approved added endorsement program is a great addition to any teaching license (past, present or future).

Are you a Spanish-speaker?  Perhaps you should consider our state-approved Spanish Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Bilingual (CLDB) Education Specialist K-12 Added Endorsement Program, which will result in recommendation for the CLD Bilingual added endorsement in Colorado.

Pre-service teachers: you can take the courses for these endorsement programs along with your initial licensure program courses and earn recommendation for the added endorsement(s) as soon as you finish your initial licensure program (smart move, if you ask us)!

Additionally, we offer a Bilingual Education Specialist Certificate for School Educators.  This certificate program provides additional expertise in teaching bilingual Spanish-English/English-Spanish students.

Browse our CLD and Bilingual program options below.

Meet our Elementary Special Education, Early Childhood and CLD Faculty

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Dr. Kathy Whitmore

Professor of Early Childhood Education, Department Chair

[email protected] 303-615-1777 Full Profile
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Dr. Rosemarie Allen

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

[email protected] 303-615-0113 Full Profile
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Dr. Pamela Charlie Buckley

Assistant Professor of Special Education

[email protected] 303-615-1944 Full Profile
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Dr. Rebecca Canges

Associate Professor of Special Education

[email protected] 303-615-0251 Full Profile
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Dr. Lorretta Chavez

Professor of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

[email protected] 303-615-0279 Full Profile
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Dr. Jeanne Connelly

Assistant Professor of Special Education

[email protected] 303-605-7564 Full Profile
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Ms. Stacy Cook-LaPointe

Lecturer of Early Childhood Education

[email protected] 303-605-5754 Full Profile
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Dr. Brandon Gilbert

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

[email protected] 303-605-7563 Full Profile
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Dr. Kara Halley

Associate Professor of Special Education

[email protected] 303-615-0528 Full Profile
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Dr. Elmer Harris

Postdoctoral Fellow

[email protected] 303-605-7194 Full Profile
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Dr. Tina Herring

Associate Professor of Special Education

[email protected] 303-615-0566 Full Profile
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Dr. Lina Martin Corredor

Assistant Professor of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

[email protected] 303-605-7565 Full Profile
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Dr. Vicki Nilles

Associate Professor of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

[email protected] 303-615-0942 Full Profile
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Dr. Dorothy Shapland

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

[email protected] 303-615-1175 Full Profile
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Dr. Michele Trujillo

Associate Professor of Special Education

[email protected] 303-605-7197 Full Profile
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Dr. Peter Vigil

Professor of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

[email protected] 303-615-1274 Full Profile

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CONTACT US

Email
[email protected]

Phone
303-615-1777

Campus Location
West Classroom Building, Suite 136

Mailing Address
Campus Box 21
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362