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MA, Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education


The MA in Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education will change to Special Education effective fall 2019 for all enrolled students. The new name is more descriptive of the expertise program completers acquire and provides employers with a clearer description of graduates’ learning. This change better serves the interests of our current and future students and ensures their success post-graduation.


Are you a licensed teacher seeking advanced training and professional development in special education? 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. For your convenience,many of the courses are offered online.  The amount of time you will need to complete the Masters degree in Special Education varies based on your individual needs, usually at least 18 months. 

Note: As of summer 2016, students seeking the MA in Special Education will apply to the MA in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Special Education.

For more information, select from the above tabs and/or contact an advisor at or 303-315-6300.


We welcome applications from motivated licensed teachers. Please review our detailed application requirements and materials.


We recommend that working teachers take no more than one course per semester during the school year, and up to two courses in the summer. In general, you should not take more than two courses in any given semester in order to leave time to absorb, consider, apply and reflect upon the materials.

Please view the following program plans for designated courses for this masters.

MA in Curriculum & Instruction: Special Education

MA in Curriculum & Instruction: Special Education with Special Education Generalist Endorsement, Ages 5-21​


The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. For more information, visit

Graduates of this program go on to become:
Special Education classroom teachers with enhanced credentials and skills
Program coordinators
Curriculum specialists
Colorado Department of Education employees​

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