Thanks to the efforts of many educators and parents, special education services have been a civil rights requirement for all students in all public schools since 1975. The University of Northern Colorado has proudly provided quality education and training in special education since 1954, and is continuing this tradition today through the many delivery options we offer to students across Colorado and the nation. This program is offered fully online, on-campus in Greeley and on the weekends at the Lowry Center in Denver.
The Masters of Arts program in Special Education Generalist is designed to prepare special educators to work with K-12 students across a range of abilities, from significant support needs to mild/moderate disabilities. This degree represents the largest Masters degree offered by the UNC School of Special Education. We train educators to work with 85% of the students requiring special education services. We prepare educators to successfully provide their expertise in general education and pull-out settings, facilities, hospitals, and even homebound instruction.
We are especially proud of the employment rate of our graduates, which exceeds over 95%.
At the end of the program, candidates may earn either a Master’s degree or non-degree licensure in Special Education Generalist. This program is offered fully online, on-campus in Greeley and on the weekends at the Lowry Center in Denver.
The M.A. Generalist program is proud to prepare leaders in teaching students across a broad range of disabilities, including students with:
- Learning and behavior disabilities
- Cognitive and intellectual disabilities
- Behavior Challenges
In the M.A. Generalist Program we believe firmly in working from a strengths-based, culturally sensitive approach that collaborates with students, their families, other education experts, and community-based personnel. We provide cutting edge theory and evidence-based practices in our courses. You will also be working with excellent educators in schools through our field-based experiences in grades K-12.
The Generalist Program does not prepare vision or hearing specialists. However, the UNC School of Special Education does offer graduate programs in these areas.
State Standards and Accreditation
The M.A. Generalist program adheres to four different sets of national and state standards and is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Sample course content includes:
- Foundations of special education
- IEP Development
- Students with behavioral challenges
- Secondary methods
- Methods for working with students with significant support needs
Additionally, due to small class sizes (maximum 20-25 students per course) faculty maintain a high level of personal interaction with the students.
How you obtain a license to teach students with disabilities varies from state to state. Contact the Department of Education in your state to find out the specific steps needed to become endorsed in Generalist education. In Colorado, individuals must:
- Complete approved program in Special Education Generalist
- Obtain an institutional recommendation through our licensing office
- Pass the program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators - Generalist (PLACE) test.
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