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Special Education BA – K-12 Special Education Teaching Emphasis – Licensure: Special Education Generalist (Ages 5-21)

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A Center for Urban Education Program – Earn Your Bachelor's Degree and Special Education Generalist License

The Special Education Bachelor of Arts – K-12 Special Education Teaching Emphasis – Licensure: Special Education Generalist (Ages 5-21) program combines a liberal arts teacher apprenticeship with courses in special education theory, practice and pedagogy to ensure teachers have the breadth of knowledge needed to be effective special education teachers.

This Denver-delivered program features a structured course schedule (you'll focus on one course at a time) and a paid classroom apprenticeship model that allows you to start earning and working in metro area classrooms right away.

Be the Difference: Be a Teacher

Because of the specialized training and experiences you'll gain in urban school districts, you will be prepared to address the needs of these students and make a difference where it is needed most: in the lives of children who have the chance to become inspired learners. With these experiences, our graduates routinely report that their transition to full-time classroom teacher involves no surprises. They have seen much, done much and are ready to tackle the most demanding teaching challenges.

Upon completion of the program, you will have the opportunity to become licensed as a K-12 Special Educator (valid for kindergarten through age 21) with a Generalist Endorsement. Special education graduates are eligible for the added K–6 Elementary Education endorsement, after taking and successfully passing an Elementary Content Exam. Additional course work may or may not be required.

The UNC Center for Urban Education

This program/major is one of three bachelor's degrees with initial licensure offered by the UNC Center for Urban Education, which operates at the UNC Denver Center at Lowry. The other Center for Urban Education degree with licensure programs are:

Early Childhood: Teaching (Bachelor's with Licensure)

Elementary Education: Teaching (Bachelor's with Licensure / Endorsement)

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
4 years
CO Residents: $344/credit hour; Out-of-State: $816/credit hour

Delivery Options:

  • Denver - begin Fall or Spring term

Program Coordinator:

Robi Kronberg


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