The Colorado Department of Education defines an endorsement as 24 earned credit hours in a content area from a regionally accredited institution. Licensed teachers who want to add a special education generalist endorsement to their teaching license may complete 21 of the credit hours in graduate level special education courses through the Special Education Generalist Endorsement program. Courses provide the necessary content for teachers to develop the competencies required to work in the special education field as an effective generalist.
Teachers who have been hired as Special Education instructors may apply to CCU as Special Education Endorsement candidates. Once teachers have been accepted into the program, they have the option to apply for Special Education Eligibility (SEE) or Temporary Teaching Eligibility (TEE) from the Colorado Department of Education.
Upon completion of 21 credit hours of special education courses, in addition to the 3 credit prerequisite, teachers may apply to the Colorado Department of Education for an added endorsement as a Special Education Generalist.
Licensed teachers who want to add a special education endorsement while earning a master’s degree should review the program requirements for the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program.
Teacher candidates who do not hold a teaching license and have been hired as a Special Education Instructor should apply to the Alternative Licensing Program: Special Education Generalist program.
Admission requirements for the Special Education Endorsement follow the requirements for the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI). This program is eligible for financial aid.