Master of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education

Our Master of Arts (M.A.) program prepares you to apply for licensure to work with young children with disabilities and special needs. Develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to work successfully with inclusive Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs. You will be able to teach and support children aged birth to eight years in a variety of settings and collaborative teams.

What makes our program special is our hands-on approach. You will immediately put what you are learning into practice by working directly with children and their families. You will do this at Fisher Early Learning Center, DU’s highly regarded early learning center for children aged birth to five years, as well as at other community agencies that serve young children.

This experience, combined with comprehensive coursework and small class sizes, offers an exceptional learning environment. You will leave our program prepared to teach, innovate, and lead—and make a difference not only in the early childhood special education field, but in the lives of your students too.

Program Requirements

You’ll need to complete 55-quarter credit hours. You must also:

Upon completion of the program, you can apply for an initial license or added endorsement for Early Childhood Special Education Specialist  through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

Approximate Completion Time

Two years


Department Chair
Dr. Cynthia Hazel
303-871-2961, KRH 256

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

Academic Services Associate
LeAnne Troutman
303-871-2944, KRH 307

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

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