Are you seeking the training and professional development you need to work with elementary students as a special education teacher and a general education teacher? If so, our Dual Elementary/Special Education licensure program may be a great option for you. As you know, the need for highly-qualified special education teachers is on the rise. And, there are few careers that are as rewarding, demanding, exhilarating and challenging.
At the University of Colorado Denver, our outstanding faculty will strengthen your ability to advocate for the growing number of students who need special education services. We emphasize inclusive practices that honor diversity and support differentiated educational programs to meet the needs of all learners.
Your courses will focus on developing instructional expertise, collaborative problem-solving, proactive behavior supports, individualized education plans, assessments, and more. Preparing teachers is a highly collaborative process between the School of Education & Human Development at CU Denver as well as our highly experienced K-12 partner educators in the metro area. In this program, you will begin "living the life of a teacher" as you quickly become a vital member of the teaching staff at one of our metro area urban professional development schools as a teacher candidate intern.
The amount of time you will need to complete our dual licensure special education program varies based on your individual needs. Earning your license through the Graduate Urban Community Teacher Education program at CU Denver also provides a direct pathway to completing your master's degree in education. Licensure courses count towards an MA degree in many areas including special education. Most teacher candidates complete their licensure courses first in 18 or 36 months, secure their first teaching job, and then continue with us on a part-time basis while teaching to complete the few remaining MA courses.
For more information on program requirements, please attend an information session.
If unable to attend, you may also contact an academic advisor at 303-315-6300 or firstname.lastname@example.org