The MA in Special Education with added Special Education Generalist endorsement is designed for currently licensed teachers seeking career advancement and the expertise needed to work effectively with students with special needs and from diverse backgrounds. The program is fully accredited by the Colorado Department of Education and the Council for Exceptional Children.
|Special Education 1|
|SPED 5030||Understanding (dis)Ability in Contemporary Classrooms 2||3|
|SPED 5300||Family, Professional, and Community Collaboration||3|
|SPED 5151||Slashing Stigmas: Promoting Positive Behaviors||3|
|SPED 5500||Transition and Secondary Methods in Special Education||3|
|SPED 5740||Intersections of Literacy, Culture, & Exceptionality||3|
|SPED 5780||Literacy Intervention for Exceptional Learners||3|
|SPED 5140||Assessment: Inquiry, Instruction, & Intervention||3|
|SPED 5010||Intentional Interventions for Exceptional Learners||3|
|Additional Courses as Necessary 1|
|LDFS 6320||Mind, Brain, and Education||3|
|RSEM 5080||Research In Schools||3|
|or RSEM 5050||Classroom Assessment|
|SPED 5401||Advanced Seminar in Special Education||3|
Based on a comprehensive record review (i.e. teaching experience & classroom placements), SPED 5933 Special Education Generalist Internship and Site Seminar IV (Approximately 192 Hours or 24 days) may be required at the discretion of SPED program faculty.
Waived if already completed
SPED 5401 Advanced Seminar in Special Education is the Special Education Capstone class, which fulfills the COMPS requirement for MA students. The intent of the Capstone is to help candidates synthesize learning through a final project that speaks to academic and professional development in the SPED Program. The capstone should tell the story of what was learned, specific areas of interest, and address ongoing barriers experienced in the field. Your Capstone requirements will be fulfilled by completion of SPED 5401 Advanced Seminar in Special Education.
Program Requirements and Courses
To complete the SPED Education program and earn a master's degree and endorsement, students must complete the appropriate course work as outlined. All courses require a grade of B- or better and a 3.0 minimum GPA is required for graduation.
During the fall and spring semesters, most courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening and meet for three hours once a week over a 16-week semester. Courses are offered in various formats, including completely face-to-face classes, hybrid, remote, or online classes. In the summer semester, three-to eight-week sessions are offered, and courses may be in the morning, afternoon or evening.
For practicing full-time teachers, we recommend taking one course each fall and spring semester, and up to two courses each summer. Plan carefully because some courses are only offered once a year. Several courses have case study requirements with a K-12 student population. If you are not working in a school, you will consult with your instructor for an alternative assignment.
Students must complete their programs within seven years, maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (B average). Please refer to the Student Handbook for information on Academic Probation. Students typically take four courses each calendar year. Failure to enroll over three contiguous semesters will result in a requirement to submit readmission materials.