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Special Education Gifted & Talented Master's, Endorsement or Certificate – Eligibility & Transfer Credit

Admission Requirements

  • You must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, with a 3.0 GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale) on the most recent 60 hours of college credit.
  • Teaching License (if you plan to use this degree to teach). If you wish to also take coursework for initial teacher licensure, please contact the Program Coordinator about adding this coursework.

Eligibility by State

At this time, UNC has secured approval to serve online education to students from every state and the U.S. Virgin Islands via our participation in NC-SARA and some additional state-by-state authorizations. However, we are not currently accepting students to our online programs who reside in Puerto Rico or the CNMIs. Due to how fluid these agreements can be at the state or federal level, we recommend checking our Eligibility by State page for details.

International Students

Online Program

International students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Applicants for online programs must demonstrate English proficiency in order to be considered. Possible ways to demonstrate proficiency:

  • Qualifying test scores: TOEFL: 80, IELTS: 7.0, PTE-A: 54
  • Completion of a degree in the U.S., or from an English speaking country (parts of Europe, Canada), within the last two years.

For this program, you do not need to submit financial documentation with your initial application. You will need to submit financial documentation about 6-8 weeks in advance each time before you plan to come to the U.S. for your coursework. The financial documentation needs to demonstrate that you can cover the cost of tuition and living expenses for the time period that you will be in the U.S. This is so that we can issue a DS-2019 for you to be able to apply for a J1 visa.

Face-To-Face Option

The UNC School of Special Education offers an on-campus (Greeley) delivery of this program. All international students interested in this master's degree should contact the Program Coordinator for more information.

Certificate Program Transfer Credit Policy

Our graduate certificate programs feature highly specialized learning outcomes determined by our expert faculty. Therefore, to ensure that certificate graduates attain this specialized knowledge, students will need to complete all certificate coursework directly from this UNC program.

Endorsement-Only Transfer Credit Policy

Graduate endorsement programs feature highly specialized learning outcomes determined by our expert faculty (and, in many cases, driven by state endorsement preparation requirements). Therefore, to ensure that endorsement program completers attain this specialized knowledge, students will need to complete all coursework directly from this UNC program.

Transferring Credit

Applicable graduate credit with a grade of A or B from an accredited university may be able to be applied towards this academic program. Master's and post-master's specialist degree students must complete a minimum of 24 credits at the University of Northern Colorado. All work counted in a degree program must be within five years for a master's degree and six years for a specialist degree. The time limit is calculated from the beginning of the first class transferred in and counted in the degree program. Students must submit an original transcript to their advisor for review. Student and advisor then complete a Transfer of Credit form to submit along with the original transcript to the Grad School for review and final approval.

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Snapshot

Credits Required:
Masters = 36
Endorsement = 24
Certificate = 12
Time to Completion:
Masters = 2 years
Endorsement = 20 months (5 terms)
Certificate = 1 year
Tuition:
$495/credit hour

Delivery Options:

  • Online + Summer campus experiences - starts each Fall term
  • Other Colorado deliveries: Interested students or districts can contact the Program Coordinators about possible delivery in your area.
Program Coordinators:
Jennifer Ritchotte, PhD
970-351-1657
Amy Graefe, PhD

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