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There are two off-campus delivery options available for these programs:

  • Denver + Online
  • Online

Click the delivery options below that interest you for further delivery information and application deadlines.

  • Denver + Online Delivery

    Start Any Term

    Courses are delivered in a "hybrid" method. You will spend less time in live class sessions than traditional courses because some of the coursework is completed online. The courses are each 8-weeks long with four Saturday sessions. Face-to-face sessions are held at our Denver Center.

    Recommended Application Deadlines

    Our goal is to make it easy for you to start this continuous enrollment program.

    Because this program features some coursework that begins in the middle of the traditional semesters, there are multiple options for starting the program.

    Recommended deadlines:

    • Summer term: April 15
    • Fall term: July 15
    • Spring term: December 15
    • Middle of a term: contact the Program Coordinator to discuss options and deadlines!

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  • Online Delivery

    Start Any Term

    The Online delivery of this program gives you the freedom to plan your coursework around your schedule.

    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.

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Application Process

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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.

U.S. applicants (outside of Colorado) for online programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.

Step 1 – Apply

Apply to the UNC Graduate School. You will start a "UNC Graduate School Application." The following bullets will support you as you complete the application and material submission process.

  • On the application, you will choose one of the following programs:

    • Special Education: Early Childhood Special Education (M.A.)
    • Licensure: Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Endorsement (Ages 0-8 yrs)

  • International applicants: please visit the International Students Admission Requirements page for information about additional requirements.

  • 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 are listed in the Application Portal.

  • Current Resume.

  • Statement of educational philosophy and goals. Your teaching philosophy and why you want the degree is sufficient; usually 1 or 2 typed pages.

  • You will complete a Reference Check Form (to indicate references the department can contact).

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

  • 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.

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