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You can choose from a variety of degrees and specialization areas within Special Education.
BA Special Education Generalist
The undergraduate Generalist program provides an opportunity for a student to complete a four-year program resulting in a Bachelor’s Degree, and leave the university with the necessary coursework to apply for a license to teach special education in Colorado. The program is a rich combination of in-class work and field experiences, resulting in a repertoire of skills for working with students who have a variety of learning capabilities, needs, and backgrounds.
BA Special Education Generalist (Denver Program)
UNC now offers an additional option for the undergraduate Generalist program. Housed at UNCís Lowry Campus in Denver, this apprenticeship-based program provides opportunity to work with students with special needs all four years of your program. Additional features include: Students may receive pay as well as college credit; Students are mentored by a master teacher with a background in special education; Students attend classes in the afternoons (or evenings) at the UNCís Lowry Campus in Denver; Courses are offered in block formats, allowing students to complete requirements for a math, English or history class (for example), within five weeks.
BA Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
The University of Northern Colorado's undergraduate program in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) prepares teacher candidates to teach young children with disabilities (Birth – 8 years). The program supports national and state ECSE standards that promote the development of young children with disabilities in inclusive settings. Graduates will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in ECSE. Students who successfully complete all requirements of our Teaching Emphasis program will receive a recommendation for licensure as an ECSE Teacher through the Colorado Department of Education and a recommendation for Large Child Care Center Director Qualification through the Colorado Department of Human Services.
MA Special Education Generalist
The MA Generalist program offers coursework that prepares the student for a career as a special education teacher. A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours is required to complete this degree. The coursework satisfies the requirements for the Colorado Generalist licensure; however, for those individuals entering the program without a current Colorado teaching license, additional preparatory coursework may be incorporated into the MA degree program. Individuals who have already earned a master’s degree in another area may also apply to this program if they wish to add this license, choosing to seek either a second masters degree, or non-degree licensure as a special education generalist.
MA Deaf/Hard of Hearing Specialist
The deaf education teacher preparation program is a comprehensive, experientially based graduate level training program. We are dedicated to developing teachers who are knowledgeable and skilled at meeting the communication, academic, social, and emotional needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing and able to work collaboratively with school professionals, families and community agencies. Our program includes field experiences working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
MA Visual Impairment Specialist
The program is designed to prepare teachers to work in educational setting with students who are visually impaired, with an optional endorsement in orientation and mobility for those with a master's degree in visual impairment or those in the process of obtaining their degree. The visual impairment and orientation and mobility programs consist of required courses and practicum experiences agreed upon by the student and advisor.
MA Gifted and Talented Specialist
This gifted and talented program is designed for educators interested in learning more about the unique characteristics and needs of learners who display gifts, talents, and creativity in a variety of ways. The 24-credit endorsement and 36- credit master’s programs focus on affective and educational programming strategies and options that meet the needs of students identified as gifted, talented, and creative, but that benefit all learners. Students within the classes represent teachers at all grade levels and within all content areas, as well as gifted education specialists.
MA Early Childhood Special Education Specialist
Recent program revisions have incorporated Early Childhood standards as well as Early Childhood Special Education standards to support our intervention of children birth to eight years of age in inclusive settings. Candidates may earn either a Master’s degree or an endorsement. Those who have earned a master’s degree in another area may either apply for a second master’s degree or a non-degree licensure in ECSE or both ECSE and EC.
MA Professional, the Intervention Specialist
The Intervention Specialist is a MA program offered to those already possessing an undergraduate degree in special education and who wish to expand their skills to assume more leadership and responsibility in schools or in other agencies. It is a comprehensive program that combines research and practice while equipping current special education professionals with knowledge and skills to provide services, mentor and coach other professionals and foster academic, behavioral and social success for students.
Non-degree Licensure Special Education Administration
The Special Education Administration endorsement program is designed to prepare students to become special education administrators. The endorsement is a post-Master’s administrator license, and all students must have completed a Master’s degree at an accredited institution of higher education prior to acceptance into the program. The program is based on pre-requisite knowledge concerning the field of special education equivalent to the current knowledge and skills expected of Colorado special education generalist teachers. The course of study is a highly individualized program based on students’ prior experiential and educational backgrounds, and provides a broad knowledge base for all areas of special education, educational leadership, management, and administration.
Doctoral Special Education
The doctoral program in special education is designed to prepare students for creative leadership in a rapidly changing world that is experiencing increasing cultural diversity, curriculum and structural reforms in schools, and pedagogical innovations across the educational spectrum. A flexible program of online and on-campus coursework builds knowledge and skills related to theory, pedagogy, research methodology, evidence-based practice, public policy/advocacy, and collaboration. Graduates assume positions of leadership in colleges, universities, agencies, businesses, government entities, and public and private schools.