College of Education

Welcome to the Special Education Added Endorsement page. Here you will find:

General Information

The UCCS Online Special Education Generalist: Added Endorsement & the MA Special Education are designed for students who already hold a teaching license in another area of education (for example, elementary or secondary teachers wanting to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education).

The program consists of 31 credit hours for the Special Education Added Endorsement.

The Department only allows up to nine credits to be taken online unless special arrangements are made.

Added Endorsement + MA in SPED

An additional nine credits can be completed to earn an MA in Special Education. The added endorsement may be completed in four semesters.

This is not an initial licensure program. You must hold a valid teaching license to enroll.

Courses

Added Endorsement Only (31 credits)

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Title
Course DescriptionSemester Credits
SPED 5002 - Professional Seminar in Special Education 3
SPED 5003 - Classroom & Instructional Management

This course will examine evidence-based approaches for providing classroom and instructional managem ent. The emphasis is on:

  • Effective instructional procedures
  • Individual and classroom behavior management strategies
  • Principles of applied behavior analysis.

15 hours of field experience is required.

3
SPED 5004 - Self-Determination & Transition

This course presents self-determination and development, implementation, and evaluation of self-managem ent instructional programs for students. Service delivery models, issues, and intervention approaches are examined in light of efficacy research. Emphasis is upon using self-management and learning strategies to facilitate self-determination.

15 hours of field experience is required.

3
SPED 5010 - Multisensory Structured Language Education Introduces the content and skills of instruction for students with learning disabilities. Includes research-based strategies in phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Students work with a tutorial student and evaluate teaching skills through small group coaching sessions. 3
SPED 5011 - Assessment & Instructional Monitoring

This course examines evaluation concepts and assessments attending to curriculum-based individual-referenced measures, standardized assessments, and large-scale criterion-referenced tests characteristic of most statewide programs. Emphasis will be placed on aligning curriculum , instruction, and assessment.

15 hours of field experience is required.

3
SPED 5012 - Differentiated Instruction 3
SPED 5020 - Significant Support Needs

This course presents the development, implementation, and evaluation
of instructional programs for students with severe cognitive and physical needs at the elementary and secondary levels. Service delivery models, issues, and intervention approaches are examined in light of efficacy research.

30 hours of field experience is required.

3
SPED 5021 - Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports

This course examines positive behavior support from philosophical, theoretical, individual, and systemic perspectives. Emphasizes characteristics of students with challenging behavior, functional behavioral assessment, school-wide, classroom, and non-classroom PBS models and interventions, and models for family and community positive behavioral support.

20 hours of field experience is required.

3
SPED 5022 - Consultation & Collaboration

This course critically analyzes issues, research, implementation approaches, and recommended practices for employing collaborative models to support learning across diverse school and community settings. Students will access and evaluate community resources, develop and maintain interdisciplinary and interagency partnerships.

20 hours of field experience is required.

3
SPED 5031 - Elementary/Secondary Student Teaching (Campus only)

Students are required to apply and integrate research-based practices in an educational setting. Student teachers will work with a wide range of students with special needs in programs that utilize practices congruent with the UCCS Special Education Program.

This internship must be completed at the opposite K-12 age range from SPED 4031/5031.

4

Endorsement + Degree (9 additional credits)

An MA in Special Education with endorsement includes all the above courses and the following three:

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Title
Course DescriptionSemester Credits
LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research & Statistics Introduces measures of central tendency, variability, percentiels, standard scores, and correlation. Covers basic conceipts in statistical inference, evaluating and using research, design and analysis of educationl research, and creitical evaluation of published research. Completion of research project is required. 3
SPED 5090 - Consultation & Collaboration (Campus only) The basic premise of this seminar is that applied behavior analysis and the teacher as a researcher-scientist are integral components of an effective educational setting. Based on individual interests, students will design a research project for the purpose of evaluation interventions in their own setting. Students will (a) develop a research proposal in APA format, (b) conduct the research, and proposal in APA format, (c)submit a final research paper to the special education faculty. All papers will be evaluated by the research review committee consisting of three university faculty members. This course is required to fulfill the MA comprehensive exam requirement. Prer., All graduate coursework completed. 3
SPED 5091 - Elementary/Secondary Student Teaching (Campus only)

Current issues/topics in special education related to instruction, advocacy, policy, service delivery, and training is addressed in this course. Students will investigate an area of interest based on empirical literature. Open to graduate students only.

3

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