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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development

Special Education Track - BA in Teaching, Learning and Development

The need for highly qualified, culturally and linguistically responsive special education teachers is on the rise in Colorado and the nation. The Special Education track of CU Denver’s bachelor’s degree in Teaching, Learning and Human Development prepares students to address the exceptional learning needs of individuals ages five to 21.

The Special Education track combines cutting-edge research with real classroom experiences. You’ll learn from faculty who are locally, nationally and internationally recognized for their research and innovation. They will provide you with critical knowledge and interventions to teach learners with exceptional learning needs. You’ll be able to apply your new knowledge through frequent, powerful hands-on classroom experiences, and you’ll discover the advantage of our rich 20-year history of school and community partnerships.

The program is designed to enhance your ability to effectively support diverse, urban students with disabilities in K-12 public schools and alternative settings. Faculty members will foster your growth as a teacher and educational leader who promotes inclusion and equity for all. This program strives to help you:

  • Gain a holistic understanding of special education
  • Collaborate with schools and communities
  • Engage in culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and leadership

The program is offered in a variety of formats with in-class, hybrid and online courses that support the needs of talented students from all backgrounds, including nontraditional and underrepresented students. We are accepting applications from incoming freshmen, current students at CU Denver, transfer students from community colleges or four-year institutions, individuals who are working as paraprofessionals and people who are interested in working in community-based organizations serving diverse families.

Employers understand that CU Denver graduates bring extreme value to their teams. Human resource directors, principals and superintendents tell us that CU Denver candidates enter their first year of teaching with the knowledge, skills and confidence of second- and third-year teachers.

Applications are now being accepted for spring 2014. Email for more information. We encourage students to take advantage of the scholarships and grants that are available in this major.

The Special Education licensure track within the BA in Teaching, Learning and Development is 126 credit hours and can be completed in four years with full-time enrollment. Part-time options are available.

  • Meet your BA in Teaching, Learning and Human Development advisor and start your teacher education course plan as soon as possible.
  • Complete 34 credit hours of general education core courses.
  • Complete 36 credit hours for the Teaching, Learning and Development major.
  • Complete 12 credit hours of electives.
  • Complete 44 credit hours in Special Education coursework.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Students who complete the articulation agreement coursework at participating community colleges can bring up to 60 hours of approved coursework.
  • Apply for admittance into the special education licensure track.
  • Work with your advisor to make sure that you are on track to apply for graduation and apply for Colorado licensure. In order to become licensed in Colorado as a special education teacher, students must take and pass the PLACE content examination in Special Education.
  • Finish your remaining teacher education courses and internships by the deadlines.
  • Satisfactorily complete your final semester coursework.
  • Complete licensing requirements before you graduate.
  • BA in Teaching, Learning and Development academic planning sheet(coming soon)

    Immerse yourself with real work in our professional development schools. Be a part of a school community where together with students you will ask questions, observe, analyze, explain and draw meaningful conclusions.

    The career paths for students who graduate from the program and who specialize in the Special Education track include:

    • Special education classroom teacher with enhanced credentials and skills
    • Program coordinator

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