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 add a special education endorsement to their Colorado teaching license.
Teachers who have been hired as Special Education instructors in Colorado may apply to CCU as Special Education Endorsement candidates. Once teachers have been accepted into the program, they are elligible to work in a Special Education classroom.
Upon completion of 21 credit hours of special education courses, in addition to the 3 credit prerequisite, teachers may apply for an added endorsement as a Special Education Generalist.
Prerequisite Professional Core Requirements (3 Credit Hours)
All applicants are required to have an introductory background in special education. This background may be obtained through undergraduate or graduate coursework as demonstrated by the student’s transcript or taken at CCU. For transfer to the Master of Education in Special Education, the prerequisite course must be 3 credits at the graduate level.
Introduction to Special Education - An introduction to the profession of special education focusing on the foundations of special education and current trends/issues.
Special Education Endorsement Requirements (21 Credit Hours)