In the newly designed program students will complete the requirements to be recommended for the initial license as Special Education Generalist.
Students in the Department of Special Education Initial Licensure Program are provided the experiences and academic support to learn how to meet the needs of all students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Students will be taught to focus on student strengths in order to support academic and social progress in inclusive environments. Coursework and practicum placements will be linked by assignments. These carefully planned assignments will allow students to practice their skills and develop techniques and materials that will lead to their successful development at teachers.
The initial licensure is a cohort model program that begins each fall. The program requires students to take each class in the semester as indicated on the initial licensure program planning form. Students must commit to completing these courses in sequence.
Students have the option of taking two courses in the summer (SPED 5001 or SPED 5000) as unclassified students before they start the program.
The initial licensure program requires a significant amount of time spent working in the field. Applicants who anticipate problems in completing the 800 clock hour field experience courses of the program (4 week practicum, internship, and student teaching) should speak with a faculty member immediately in order to discuss their individual situation.
Please see the Department of Special Education Handbook for details (link forthcoming)
Selection of a university and graduate program of study is an important decision. Therefore, prospective students are required to meet and consult with a departmental faculty advisor as part of the application process. Students should schedule an appointment to discuss career goals and special circumstances with a member of the faculty as soon as possible by calling 719-255-4996 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This meeting will also serve as an admissions interview for the program.
The Department of Special Education begin their academic program each year beginning in June. Students are chosen during the spring semester for admission the following summer. Up to nine hours of approved coursework may be completed as an Unclassified Student or as a transfer student prior to admission. Successful completion of Unclassified Student or Transfer Student coursework does not ensure admission to the program. Consult with a faculty member about courses you wish to take as an unclassified student or to transfer, as certain rules apply to these courses.
To be considered for admission to the Special Education program, prospective students must complete the following procedures:
Application deadline: April 1
All applicants must submit a copy of their background check with their application. This is required because many school sites require the background check prior to accepting a student for field work.
To obtain information and directions on the fingerprinting and background check visit the Student Resources Page and click Fingerprint/Background Check Instructions.
Additional Courses to Complete the MA: