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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development

Apply Now - Special Education Generalist Initial License/Special Education Dual Licensure

Thank you for your interest in the Urban Community Teacher Education (UCTE) program at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development (SEHD).

We offer graduate teacher licensure summer and fall admission each year for special education to begin a program in either May or August. Programs are full time and 4-5 semesters.

Attending an information session or attending an open house, meeting in person, or phone appointment with an department advisor is highly encouraged to learn more about the application process. Please contact the SEHD at 303-315-6300 or

Prospective students must submit a complete application for any of the deadlines as well as attend a group interview to be considered for admission. Admission is competitive and acceptance is granted to the most highly qualified applicants.

Application Deadlines/Interviews

Summer Application Deadlines

Fall Application Deadlines

April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016

Summer Interview Dates*

Fall Interview Dates*

April 9,2016

April 9,2016

Summer Program Begins​

Fall Program Begins

May 26, 2016

August 24, 2016

*If unable to physically attend an interview, candidate is able to arrange a phone interview.

Important steps to take before beginning application process:

(Due to the rigorous nature of teach preparation as guided by state and national standards, pre-planning steps are necessary before applying to the UCTE program. Please note that these steps must be taken and more time may be needed in order to meet specific deadlines. Phone or in person appointments with the department advisor are highly recommended in order to determine the best time for applicants to apply.)

Step 1. Complete a transcript evaluation for content knowledge from your bachelor and/or masters. We must ensure that all candidates have appropriate and sufficient content knowledge related to the content they are planning to teach aligned with their identified teacher licensure area. Please fill out the form here to submit your transcripts.

Step 2. Complete any outstanding pre-requisite content courses that are needed per the transcript evaluation. You can still be taking courses in the term that you apply; courses must be finished by the time you start the program.

Step 3. Pass the PLACE or Praxis Subject AssessmentTo start your student teaching experience and obtain your license, you must pass a state-mandated content knowledge exam. We no longer require you to submit test results with your graduate application. Admitted students will receive additional instructions regarding these exams upon admission. ​

Application Process:

Step 1. Prepare your materials. The School of Education & Human Development accepts all applications online. Please note that the only item we will need as hard copies sent into the department will be official transcripts, ranking forms, and any paper checks. Incomplete applications will not be processed nor will you receive an invitation for a group interview.

Students who are non-U.S. citizens will need to apply first with International Admissions.

Please review the information below to become familiar with the application process. These items and directions will be available within the online application. 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.
  • Short Constructed Response Essays. See guidelines.
  • Three recommendations (use specific ranking forms.)
  • 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.
  • PLACE or PRAXIS II scores.
    • o All special education licensure tracks must submit passing scores on the elementary content knowledge exam (either PLACE or PRAXIS II)
    • IN ADDITION, Dual Secondary applicants must also submit passing scores on the appropriate secondary content knowledge exam.
    • The Special Education Generalist PLACE exam will be required prior to your final special education internship if admitted into the program
  • $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.

Important Information regarding fingerprinting! Please note that admitted students will not be authorized to register for classes until you pass a background check. It is HIGHLY advisable that you complete this requirement as early as possible and as a part of the application process as it can take anywhere from 6-8 weeks for results of background checks to be reported. Academic Services will verify this requirement has been satisfied upon admission. Failure to complete and pass the fingerprinting process may delay your matriculation into this program. Please follow the link below for instructions on how to submit fingerprints.

To check to see if your fingerprints have been reported to the Colorado Department of Education, please go to the link below.

Use your Social Security number and Date of Birth to confirm that your fingerprint requirement has been met by Colorado Department of Education. Once CDE has received satisfactory fingerprint results from Colorado Bureau of Investigation the top of the page will display “Fingerprint Requirement: Met.”

Step 2. Apply online. Your application must be submitted online. Please visit the link below to set up your user name and password to access the online application. You must select "Special Education" from the "field of study" drop down menu.

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.

For any technical issues that arise when applying online, please contact .

Step 3. Mail in or drop off transcripts, ranking forms from recommenders, and payment if by paper check.  Instructions are also listed in the online application. Your information will be matched up with your online application once received. 

Mailing address:

CU Denver School of Education
& Human Development
Campus Box 106
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical address:

1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 701
Denver, CO 80204

Step 4. Attend an admissions interview. All individuals who submitted a COMPLETE application will receive an email with the interview invitation that contains all details approximately one week before the scheduled interview. During this group interview, prospective students participate in a highly interactive group discussions and activities to further assess each applicant's readiness as well as aid in internship placement.

Step 5. Monitor your email. All communication regarding the status of your application, questions you may have, as well as, admission decisions will be sent to the e-mail address you provide to us. Correspondence will be sent out approximately two weeks after the deadlines confirming your online application has been received. This is a similar time frame for also receiving an admission decision after the scheduled interview.


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