The mission of the CU Denver Early Childhood Special Education Specialist license/endorsement program is to prepare you with a solid background in assessment, teaching, intervention and collaboration to help you be successful in your career.
Preparing You To Be an ECSE Leader
The goal of the online ECSE program is to provide you with substantive support and personal interaction in becoming a leader working with young children with disabilities and their families with the Early Childhood Special Education Specialist license/endorsement Course topics will include:
- Child growth and development
- Approaches to young childrens’ learning
- Curriculum and program development
- Medical and physiological aspects of developmental disabilities
- Social and cognitive development/disorders
- Screening and assessment of young children
You must have at least one year of experience outside of the home working with young children with special needs to apply. If you do not have sufficient experience working with young children with special needs, you may still apply but will need to gain additional experience while enrolled in the program. Please note that you must be an in-state resident to complete the online ECSE program. They are designed to meet the need for leaders in the early childhood field in Colorado and to meet Colorado ECSE Specialist requirements through the Colorado Department of Education.
The online option is also limited to Colorado residents living 60 or more miles from Denver. You must commit to one cohort—online or on-campus. Online students are required to attend a 3-day seminar in Denver each summer.
If you live closer than 60 miles to Denver you may petition to be part of the online cohort by writing a letter detailing extraordinary circumstances which prevents you from attending classes on campus in late afternoon or weekends.