Added Endorsement in Special Education with/wo MA

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In this program students will complete the requirements to be recommended for the added endorsement as Special Education Generalist.  The added endorsement is available to students that hold a valid Colorado teaching license in another discipline.

Students in the Special Education Added Endorsement 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 Added Endorsement program is a cohort model program that begins each fall. The program requires students to take each class in the semester as indicated on the Added Endorsement program planning form. Students must commit to completing these courses in sequence.

Students have the option of taking one course in the summer (SPED 5001) as unclassified students before they start the program.

The Added Endorsement program requires students to participate in one field experience.  Students can choose to complete this experience in the spring or summer semesters.

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 This meeting will also serve as an admissions interview for the program.

To be considered for admission to the Special Education program, prospective students must complete the following procedures:

Application Deadline: Rolling Admission

Financial Aid Priority filing date is March 1

Application Process

    • Carefully read this Program Information Bulletin and identify questions you have about the program.
    • Complete the online Graduate application found at: Apply Now!
    • Pay the $60.00 application fee online during the application process (International students pay $100.00 application fee)
    • Contact the Financial Aid office to determine eligibility for aid. (Phone: 255-3460)
    • Schedule an admissions and information interview with a Special Education program faculty member early in the process. The goal of this appointment is to answer questions you have about the program, clarify the procedures for admission to the program, and to determine your level of interest in and preparation for the program. Call 719-255-4996 or to set up the appointment.
    • Have one copy of all previous academic transcripts sent directly to the Admissions and Records Office. (See below for address).
    • Prepare a written “Goals Statement” to include a self-evaluation following the instructions in the application package. 
    • Obtain three letters of recommendation that speak to your ability to successfully complete a program in Special Education. Choose your references carefully. Persons who have been in positions to supervise and/or evaluate your work. Do not ask friends or others who might be biased to write a recommendation.
       SPED recommendation letter
    • Mail all documents to:
      University of Colorado Colorado Springs
      Admissions and Records
      Special Education Department Admissions
      1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
      Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Additional items of note for International applicants:

English Proficiency must be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based) or a Kaplan International Tools for English (KITE®) score of a minimum of 460. Students may make arrangements to take KITE® at the Global Engagement Office.

Applicants with any post-secondary course work from an international higher education institution that is recognized by their country’s Education Ministry must submit a course-by-course foreign degree evaluation by member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, AACRAO ( or World Education Services/WES

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.

Background Check

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.

Required State and National Exams

PRAXIS (5001) elementary content knowledge (must be completed by Fall year 2)

PRAXIS (5354) Special Education Generalist Test