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Endorsement, ELEVATE Early Childhood Special Education

Program Overview

The ELEVATE – ECSE added endorsement program at University of Colorado Denver is designed for teachers holding a Colorado Early Childhood Education license and currently teaching in Colorado who seek to add the ECSE endorsement to their license. The program prepares educators to be leaders who will enrich the life experiences of young children (birth to eight years) with delays and disabilities and their families. It is a one-year (3 semester) added endorsement program with an option to complete the MA in Early Childhood Education.

The ELEVATE – ECSE added endorsement is a fully remote, personalized program to meet your needs and experiences. While curriculum is structured into blocks of courses, you will experience a very different kind of learning from traditional graduate courses (online or in-person). You will be assigned one instructor who will take you through the three-block sequence of ECSE curriculum to provide a coherent learning experience for you. 

Upon completion of the program, student will be able to

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the interdependent relationship between sociocultural and biological aspects of child growth and development as well as individual developmental and learning differences between and among young children with and without disabilities.
  2. Design and implement culturally, linguistically and developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children. Students implement a variety of high quality and culturally sustaining practices to individualize learning opportunities for children with diverse identities including children with disabilities.
  3. Observe and document children’s development and learning within their family and sociocultural context. Early childhood professionals select relevant tools and processes, including formal and informal assessments of development, learning, environments and programs.
  4. Know, use, and advocate for ethical guidelines and professional standards related to interactions with young children, families and other professionals within early childhood contexts.

Courses and Costs

The ELEVATE program is a 24-credit ECSE added endorsement that is structured into three semesters (one-year). Each semester is comprised of a block of courses that includes graduate courses, a job-embedded practicum, and credits for prior learning and experiences in the ECE field and ECE license practicum experiences. Students can expect to dedicate approximately 8 - 12 hours per week/month to the program curriculum, including two hours per month for PLC meetings.

Program Description

The ELEVATE – ECSE added endorsement is a fully remote, personalized program to meet your needs and experiences. While curriculum is structured into blocks of courses, you will experience a very different kind of learning from traditional graduate courses (online or in-person). You will be assigned one instructor who will take you through the three-block sequence of ECSE curriculum to provide a coherent learning experience for you. 

Upon completion of the program, student will be able to

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the interdependent relationship between sociocultural and biological aspects of child growth and development as well as individual developmental and learning differences between and among young children with and without disabilities.
  2. Design and implement culturally, linguistically and developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children. Students implement a variety of high quality and culturally sustaining practices to individualize learning opportunities for children with diverse identities including children with disabilities.
  3. Observe and document children’s development and learning within their family and sociocultural context. Early childhood professionals select relevant tools and processes, including formal and informal assessments of development, learning, environments and programs.
  4. Know, use, and advocate for ethical guidelines and professional standards related to interactions with young children, families and other professionals within early childhood contexts.

Courses and Costs

The ELEVATE program is a 24-credit ECSE added endorsement that is structured into three semesters (one-year). Each semester is comprised of a block of courses that includes graduate courses, a job-embedded practicum, and credits for prior learning and experiences in the ECE field and ECE license practicum experiences. Students can expect to dedicate approximately 8 - 12 hours per week/month to the program curriculum, including two hours per month for PLC meetings.

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