Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education

Develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to work successfully with inclusive Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs. Our Graduate Certificate program is for students who already have a master’s degree in ECE, early childhood special education (ECSE), or a related field.

Our program trains you to work within public schools, private programs, and community agencies that serve families with children with developmental delays and disabilities. You’ll learn how to problem solve and collaborate with others to make decisions that support positive social-emotional, cognitive, physical, communication, and academic outcomes for special needs children aged birth to eight years.

You will also learn to:

  • Value inclusive excellence and demonstrate a commitment to education as an essential part of everyday practice
  • Use data to drive and reflect on your field of study by using evidence-based practices
  • Implement a family-centered approach to intervention
  • Understand and use the latest research and technology to improve educational efforts on behalf of all children and families
Program Requirements

You’ll need to complete 24-quarter credit hours. You must also complete 600 hours of practicum and successfully pass the PRAXIS II Elementary Education Exam or PLACE Exam.

Upon completion of the program, you can apply for an Early Childhood Special Education Specialist Endorsement through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The University of Denver has not yet determined whether the program meets endorsement requirements in a state other than Colorado or in any U.S. protectorates. If you want to pursue endorsement in a state other than Colorado, contact the state’s Board of Education to determine whether the program meets endorsement requirements.

Colorado Department of Education Recognition

Our ESCE Graduate Certificate program is in the process of becoming a university-approved program by the CDE.

Approximate Completion Time

One to two years


Department Chair
Dr. Rashida Banerjee
303-871-6597, KRH 245

Academic Services Associate
Jessica Espinosa-Galindo
303-871-4216, KRH 250C

Program Contact
Jeanine Coleman
303-871-2496, KRH 348

Admissions Contact
Noah Schlueter
303-871-2509, KRH 110
Office Hours: By appointment only

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