Dual Endorsement in Special Education and Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education *Pending Approval
Information Meetings for Prospective Applicants will be posted here as soon as the program is approved. Thank you.
UNC offers a hybrid (Online and in Colorado Springs) endorsement for licensed teachers hoping to develop their skills in two high-need areas.
Blended Special Education (SPED) Generalist and Culturally Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Endorsement Program
• Dual Endorsements in Special Education and Culturally/Linguistically Diverse
Needs of the Field
• It has been reported to us that students with dual SPED/CLD endorsements are/will be in high demand, especially when coupled with general education endorsements.
Who are Eligible Candidates?
• Educators already possessing a valid Elementary, Secondary, or Early Childhood Colorado General Education Teacher License. These educators may be teaching already.
Overall Structure of the Program
• 27 hours, cohort format, completed over 15 months (spring, summer, fall, spring); course completion pattern Spring 2 courses (6 credits); Summer 2 courses (6 credits); Fall 3 courses (9 credits); Spring 2 courses (6 credits).
• Two 500-level core courses
• Three CLD courses
• Field experience
Forty hours of exposure with students with SPED needs & 40 hours with students with CLD needs; overlapping hours not permitted.
When Offered and How
• To-be-piloted in Colorado Springs starting January, 2014
Program Acceptance, Advising, and Student Concerns
• CLD and SPED Graduate Coordinators jointly determine acceptance
• Acceptance Criteria: Previously licensed in Colorado Elementary, Secondary, or Early Childhood general education; Graduate School guidelines will be followed for acceptance into Graduate School. CLD program requires evidence of a second language experience (course or immersion) and at least one literacy course prior to completing the dual endorsement program. Teachers not coming out of Elementary education may need to consider taking the Elementary PLACE test prior to completing the dual endorsement program if they need to be highly qualified in special education. Teachers coming from outside of Colorado would need to receive Colorado licensure before institutional recommendations for a dual endorsement can be made
• Licensure officer provides institutional recommendations based on successful completion of all coursework and field-experience. Students cannot do parts of program and request 1-area institutional recommendation.