Special Education with Special Education Generalist (Ages 5-21) Endorsement, MA
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.
Recommendations for endorsements are made by the Special Education Program, but endorsement is granted by the state of Colorado. Individual state requirements vary and may include teaching experience and examinations in addition to a valid teaching credential. Students should consult with the Colorado Department of Education or the state in which they wish to be endorsed for the most updated endorsement requirements.
Students are responsible for reviewing the Special Education Resources website regularly, including the Handbook and SPED course rotation.
SPED Courses may be offered in online, hybrid, remote, or face-to-face formats. SPED course formats can vary by semester and some courses are offered only once per year.
If you’re required to complete internship, the Praxis Exam - 5354 “Special Education Core Knowledge & Application” must be passed prior to final internship.
Click here for information about preparing for the Praxis 5354.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, the Praxis 5205 will be a Colorado Department of Education required licensure exam for any teacher applying for added endorsement in special education generalist with the following allowances:
• Current elementary and special education candidates in a Colorado approved educator preparation program who have attempted and/or passed all or even one subtest of the Elementary Praxis 5001 series prior to Oct. 1, 2021, will not be required to take Praxis exams 5901 and 5205, as long as they submit for their initial license or added endorsement no later than Dec. 31, 2022.
Full information about CDE’s Praxis requirements for the Special Education Generalist Endorsement, can be found here by scrolling down to “Special Education Teacher Endorsements”.
|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 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|
|Advanced Study (9 hours)|
|SPED 5500||Transition and Secondary Methods in Special Education||3|
|RSEM 5080||Research In Schools||3|
|SPED 5401||Advanced Seminar in Special Education||3|
Based on a comprehensive record review (i.e. teaching experience & classroom placements), SPED 5932 Special Education Generalist Internship and Site Seminar III and/or SPED 5933 Special Education Generalist Internship and Site Seminar IV may be required at the discretion of SPED program faculty. Some students may also be required to complete prerequisite coursework in content areas, which is determined upon faculty review of program applicants.
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.