Ongoing Online Accelerated Program

The accelerated delivery is for those who had a Special Education emphasis, minor or track as part of their undergraduate degree. This page will help you apply for the master's degree portion of your program.

Program Coordinator

Jennifer Lieber
jennifer.lieber@unco.edu
970-351-4106

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Recommended Application Deadlines

We recommend that you apply at least 60 days before the start of your first term. Approximate recommended deadlines:

  • Summer term: March 15
  • Fall term: June 15
  • Spring term: November 15

Students can generally still apply after these dates, but if the date has passed please contact the Program Coordinator to determine whether you should still apply for and/or begin classes in the upcoming term.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in this UNC graduate program! You will complete the UNC Graduate School application and then submit additional materials. Please review the Eligibility section of the Program Summary page prior to application.

Step 1 – Apply

Apply to the UNC Graduate School (the bullets below may help you as you complete the application).

  • On the application, choose the following program:

    • Special Education M.A. - Generalist Emphasis (Extended Campus)

  • Request 2 academic or professional letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic potential and abilities. You will be asked to supply information for your recommenders in the application.

  • If you are unable to complete your application in one session, you can log back in to your application later to complete it. The application fee process will appear once you submit your application.

Step 2 – Submit Transcripts & Supplemental Items

You will then continue in the system (or log into the Admissions Portal) to complete the following:

  • All applicants will need to request one official transcript from each regionally accredited college or university where a bachelor's degree or higher was earned (or is in progress). Some applicants may need to provide additional transcripts. Situations that require this are listed on the Graduate School website (choose Domestic or International). Directions for having your official transcript(s) sent to UNC are listed in the Application Portal.

  • A 1-2 page statement of academic and professional goals.

  • Proof of valid teaching license, if you have one.

  • The application portal will also show you which of your recommendations have been completed.

  • GRE scores are NOT required for this program.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.

Step 3 – Notify the Program Coordinator

Please notify the Program Coordinator (listed above) that your submitted application is for the accelerated delivery of this program.

Tuition

This is an Extended Campus program, which means a flat per-credit tuition rate for all students (in-state or out-of-state) and no student fees (they are incorporated into our flat tuition rate). Please note: certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials.

Program tuition for the 2021-22 academic year (which runs Fall, Spring, and Summer terms) is $572 per credit hour. Tuition for the 2022-23 academic year will be determined mid-June 2022.

Finish in Three or Four Terms

Three Term Option

  • Three courses (12 CH including 6 CH practicum) each Fall and Spring
  • Three courses (9 CH) each Summer

Four Term Option

  • Three courses (12 CH including 6 CH practicum) each Fall and Spring
  • Two courses (6 CH) one Summer and one course (3 CH) the following summer