Master of Arts Special Education Only

Master of Arts Special Education Only

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Students wishing to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education have the opportunity to create a program uniquely designed to a specific area of interest. Students in the Master of Arts Degree Program will take a core set of required courses and then will choose 15 units of elective course work. The Department of Teaching & Learning Special Education MA only program does not lead to licensure as a special education generalist. Students wishing to seek licensure should follow the plans for the program in initial licensure (for students who do not hold a current CO state teaching license) or added endorsement (for students who hold a current CO state teaching license).

The MA only program requires that the students complete 33 units of graduate work culminating in an in-depth research project. Students may enroll in the MA only program at any time and may work at their own pace throughout the program. No fieldwork is required for the MA only.

Master of Arts Only Planning Form

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.

The Special Education program begins their academic program each year in the Fall. Students are chosen during the spring semester for admission the following fall. 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: 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 Office 
      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.

To obtain information and directions on the fingerprinting and background check visit the Student Resources Page and click Fingerprint/Background Check Instructions.