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School of Education and Human Development

Apply Now - Special Education Endorsement

Thank you for your interest in the Special Education program at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development.

Application Deadlines:

September 15th for spring semester
February 15th for summer semester
April 15th for fall semester

Application Process:

Step 1. Prepare your materials. The School of Education & Human Development accepts all applications online. Please review the information below to prepare for the application process. Your application will include:

  • Current resume or curriculum vita. Please include all teaching and/or other educational certificates held and the state that issued them.
  • Signed Oath and Consent Form
  • Fingerprint Affidavit
  • Written Statement. See guidelines.
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Form FERPA Form
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters should be from present or former employers, coworkers, etc. Recommendations should not be more than two years old. The recommenders are sent an email with a link to the recommendation form. When a recommender submits the form, we receive an email notifying us that a recommendation has been submitted on your behalf. The recommendation includes a space for your recommender to cut and paste their recommendation.
  • Two official transcripts from every previous college/university attended.
    Please submit transcripts from (a) institutions granting previous degrees and (b) institutions from which courses have been taken that you wish to transfer into the program. Transcripts should be issued to you, collected by you and subsequently sent to the School of Education & Human Development in the original, unopened envelopes. Instructions on where to mail transcripts are provided in the application.
  • Copy of Colorado teaching license
  • Copy of the Prerequisite Advising Email (only applicable if seeking endorsement and licensed in something other than ECE, Elementary or Secondary Education) If you did not receive prerequisite advising, contact
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE)/Miller Analogy Test (MAT) scores (if applicable.) GRE/MAT scores are not required for this program if your undergraduate GPA is greater than 2.75, if you have 24 hours of graduate level coursework (not post-baccalaureate) at 3.0 or above, or if you already hold a graduate degree. If you are taking the GRE, the code number for CU Denver is 4875. The scores will be sent electronically to CU Denver.
  • $50 application fee for domestic students, $75 application fee for international students (may be paid via credit card, e-check or by mailing in a check)
    • Step 2. Submit your application. Your application must be submitted online. Please visit the link below to set up your user name and password to access the online application.

      Once you complete the new user registration, you will receive the following two emails from

      1. The first email contains your password for record and verification purposes.
      2. The second email contains your username for record and verification purposes.

      Step 3. Monitor your email. All communication regarding the status of your application, questions we may have, as well as admissions decisions will be sent to the email address you provide to us.

      Please note: the ONLY items that we will accept as hard copies are official transcripts and paper checks. All other required materials must be submitted electronically within the online application

      For more information or questions, please contact

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