University of Northern Colorado

College of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Special Education


Greeley, CO 80639

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D.-Special Education, M.A.-Special Education .: six areas of emphasis including Generalist Teacher; Intervention Specialist; Gifted and Talented Specialist; Deaf/Hard of Hearing Specialist; Visual Impairment Specialist; and Early Childhood Special Education Specialist. Ed.S.-Interdisciplinary Studies: Special Education Administration and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Non-degree Licensure Programs: Special Education Administration (Director of Special Education K-12); Orientation and Mobility Specialist Graduate Certificate Program: Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Format: Online

Program Description:

The graduate programs in the School of Special Education prepare special education professionals for positions of leadership in public and private schools, colleges, universities, agencies, businesses, and governmental entities. The major emphases are individualized and flexible to meet graduate students’ needs. Applicants must hold or be eligible to receive a teaching license to be admitted to the graduate programs of study. Students who are new to the field of special education are encouraged to enroll in the Special Education Generalist emphasis in the MA degree program. This degree and licensure program is available to educators who hold teaching credentials in related fields, as well as individuals who are interested in pursuing a special education degree as an initial teacher preparation program. The Gifted and Talented Specialist emphasis in the MA degree program is an added endorsement program for individuals who are already licensed teachers. The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Specialist MA, Visual Impairment Specialist MA, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are approved as Western Regional Graduate Programs that are available to students in the fifteen member states in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education at in-state tuition rates. The School recently added a sixth area of emphasis to the MA degree, called the Intervention Specialist. Graduates of this program are prepared for teacher leadership roles that include instructional coach, action researcher, academic intervention specialist and behavior intervention specialist. A recent change in the graduate offerings in Special Education converted the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree program to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The increased research focus in this degree program develops a set of themes that include: theory, pedagogy, research methodology, evidence-based practice, public policy and advocacy, and collaboration.


Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education; Colorado Department of Education

International Student Requirements:

• An international student is neither a citizen of the United States nor classified by United States Immigration and Naturalization Service as a Lawful Permanent Resident or Permanent Resident Alien. • International undergraduate, transfer, and graduate applicants must meet English Language proficiency requirements before being fully admitted to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). One option to demonstrate English Language proficiency is to successfully complete the UNC Intensive English Language Program (IEP). Please see the UNC IEP website for more information ( • International student Undergraduate/Transfer and Graduate applications (on-line submission) with accompanying instructions are found on the UNC website as well. Applications and supporting documents are due at least 90 days prior to the semester to which students plan to enroll, or prior to their major program deadline (if any) for Graduate students.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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