Special Education

The Exceptional Learner Master of Arts in Education provides graduate students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of teaching students with special needs in the K-12 school environment. The program is designed to train educational generalists in inclusive non-categorical approaches for children with heterogeneous special needs. This degree program is primarily designed for teachers who seek both certification and a graduate level degree in special education, but applications from individuals who intend to work in administrative capacities are also encouraged. The program consists of core knowledge strategies, behavioral interventions, teaching methods, high and low incidence disabilities, gifted and talented, and a school-based practicum which allows application of acquired knowledge.

The Master of Arts in Education, Exceptional Learner/Special Education is designed as a dynamic program to meet the needs of education professionals as they gain additional expertise in one or more state endorsement areas. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 36 semester hours with a Capstone Project. The program is designed to provide the student with 12 hours of Master’s foundation courses in theory of curriculum design and assessment, educational technology, culture and pedagogy, research, and a capstone project. The subsequent courses focus on Exceptional Learner/Special Education skills and competencies.

Academic Requirements

This graduate certificate is designed for education professionals to earn an endorsement to work with K-12 students with exceptionalities in accordance with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards.

Academic Requirements

Career Links:

⇒Council For Exceptional Children Job Profiles: https://www.cec.sped.org/Professional-Development/Job-Profiles-in-Special-Education

⇒CDE Office of Special Education: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped

⇒Colorado Department of Education Current Educators Page: http://www.cde.state.co.us/educatortalent/currenteducators

⇒Colorado Teaching Jobs: https://colorado.teachers-teachers.com/

⇒Nationwide Career, Salary, and Licensure Information at Teacher.org: https://www.teacher.org/

⇒Mesa County School District Teacher Pay Schedules:

  • Note: the MA degree is required to qualify for the additional compensation schedule.
  • Available at www.d51schools.org → Employment → JobOpportunities → SalarySchedules

The program uses a cohort model with a group of participants completing all requirements in a four-semester cycle.

Cohort 8 Schedule 2018-2019

Cohort 9 Schedule 2019-2020