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The Education and Human Development major focuses on engaging Colorado's rapidly diversifying student and family population. It combines cutting-edge research with real classroom experiences. You'll learn from innovative faculty members who are locally, nationally and internationally recognized for their research in special education as well as local teachers who are experts at working with students and families. They will provide you with a robust knowledge base and relevant learning experiences in supporting children of all abilities, universal design for learning, culturally sustaining education and more. You'll engage in powerful classroom experiences and benefit from our rich 20-year history of partnerships with school districts.
We will prepare you to become a highly effective, innovative and compassionate special education teacher skilled in improving student performance and reaching the needs of today's diverse learners in a variety of school settings. You will have the skills to be a teacher leader. CU Denver graduates often go on to acquire positions in educational leadership as their careers progress.
This program is a rural partnership with Otero Junior College (OJC) in La Junta, Colorado. Students complete the first two years of the program at OJC for an Associate of Arts degree and then transfer to CU Denver to complete their final two years to complete the BA - EDHD degree with a special education teaching license. During the final two years, students complete CU Denver coursework remotely from La Junta and are not required to travel to Denver. Advising is provided during all four years of the program, whether students are OJC or CU Denver students. Coursework is delivered in a variety of ways, including in-person in La Junta, online, remote/distance learning, and fieldwork in rural Colorado in and around La Junta.
- This is an on-campus program in La Junta with a variety of delivery options for many of our courses including hybrid, evening, weekend, and online courses.
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Undergraduate Core Curriculum
- School of Education & Human Development Graduation Requirements
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- Students must complete a minimum total of 126 semester hours for the EDHD Special Education Generalist Education Track.
- Students must pass the appropriate Praxis Exam prior to beginning their final semester of their Professional Year. It is recommended students complete the exam in the year prior to their Professional Year.
- Application to the last year of the program, the Professional Year Residency is required. After successfully completing all other Core, major, and elective courses, all students must apply for admission into the Professional Year. Requirements for admission include a 3.0 GPA, positive letters of recommendation, successful evaluations of earlier clinical experiences, and a successful interview. (Students with a lower GPA may be considered under certain conditions. Please see SEHD website.)
- A minimum GPA of 2.0, grade of C or better, is required for all courses applying to EDHD – Special Education requirements unless otherwise specified.
- Students must complete and maintain a 3.0 minimum grade point average in Professional Year coursework to complete licensure requirements. Please see an advisor for more information on this requirement.
- Transfer courses must be approved by faculty and/or advisor to apply to the major.
Students will receive transfer credit for all of the following major requirements:
|EDHD 1930||Community Based Field Experience & Seminar 1||3|
|HDFR 2110||Child Ecology||3|
|EDFN 1000||Equality, Rights & Education||3|
|INTE 2000||Digital Teaching and Learning||3|
|SPED 4030||Understanding (dis)Ability in Contemporary Classrooms 1||3|
|Take all of the following:|
|EDHD 2930||Learning & Development Field Experience & Seminar (2 credits)||2|
|LCRT 3720||Introduction to Writing Development and Teaching||3|
|LCRT 4710||Primary Literacy for Diverse Learners: Pre K-3rd Grade||3|
|CLDE 2000||CLDE Foundations 1||3|
|SPED 4740||Intersections of Literacy, Culture, & Exceptionality||3|
|SPED 4780||Literacy Intervention for Exceptional Learners||3|
|EDHD 3930||Diverse Learners Field Experience & Seminar 1||3|
|EDFN 4010||Social Foundations and Cultural Diversity in Urban Education 1||3|
|SPED 4300||Family, Professional, and Community Collaboration||3|
|SPED 4151||Slashing Stigmas: Promoting Positive Behaviors||3|
|CLDE 4020||Responsive Classroom Communities 1||3|
|MTED 3040||Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 1||3|
|SPED 4400||Universal Design for Learning (UDL)||3|
Courses marked require a grade of B- or better; all other courses require a grade of C or better. Students who do no have a B- or better in the specified courses must consult with their advisors about a plan to retake the course or complete additional work.
|Take all of the following: ( a minimum grade of B- is required in each course)|
|LCRT 4000||Elementary Literacy Instruction and Assessment Part 1||3|
|MTED 4002||Elementary Mathematics Teaching I||3|
|UEDU 4040||Planning for Learning||3|
|SPED 4010||Intentional Interventions for Exceptional Learners||3|
|SPED 4500||Transition and Secondary Methods in Special Education||3|
|SPED 4140||Assessment: Inquiry, Instruction, & Intervention||3|
|UEDU 4931||Internship & Lrng Comm I||2|
|UEDU 4932||Internship & Lrng Comm II||2|
|UEDU 4933||Internship & Lrng Comm III||6|
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