Online Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement

The 100% online Early Childhood Special Education Specialist Endorsement is designed for currently-licensed teachers who are seeking career advancement and the expertise needed to work effectively with students with special needs and students from diverse backgrounds.

The program is fully accredited by the Colorado Department of Education and the Council for Exceptional Children.

Nine graduate-level courses, including a five-credit internship, complete the 24 credit hour program plan of study. Internships (elementary & secondary level in special education) can be completed on the job or through our professional development schools.

A degree from the University of Colorado is a world-class education.

Program at a Glance

Degree Program:

Early Childhood Special Education Specialist Endorsement

Offered By:

School of Education and Human Development


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Program Details

This program is perfect if you are:

  • A licensed Colorado teacher who wants the training and knowledge to serve students with disabilities
  • Already in possession of a Colorado general education license and wish to build on that expertise
  • Looking to improve your ability to meet the needs of all learners

Many of our students go on to complete an optional Master's Degree in Special Education, which only requires four additional classes.

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

Tuition is determined based on which CU Denver program is chosen, undergraduate or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.


Nine graduate-level courses, including a five-credit internship, complete the 24 credit hour program plan of study.


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student or an international student.

Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.

Career Outlook

People who earn this endorsement go on to become:

  • Special Education classroom teachers with enhanced credentials and skills
  • Program coordinators
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Colorado Department of Education employees​
Example Courses
SPED 5300 — Collaborating in Schools & Communities
SPED 5600 — Special Education for School Professionals
SPED 5010 — Instructional Strategies for Students with Special Needs
SPED 5151 — Culturally Responsive Supports for Social and Emotional Development
SPED 5740 — Linguistically Responsive Special Education (prerequisite for SPED 5780)
SPED 5780 — Literacy Intervention for Students with Disabilities
SPED 5140 — Advanced Assessment in Special Education
SPED 5932 (2) OR SPED 5934 (2) & 5933 (3) — Internship & Site Seminar