Master of Arts Special Education Only

Master of Arts Special Education Only

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Students wishing to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education have the opportunity to create a program uniquely designed to a specific area of interest. Students in the Master of Arts Degree Program will take 12 credits of required courses and then will choose 18 credits of elective course work. The Department of Teaching & Learning Special Education MA only program does not lead to licensure as a special education generalist. Students wishing to seek licensure should follow the plans for the program in initial licensure (for students who do not hold a current CO state teaching license) or added endorsement (for students who hold a current CO state teaching license).

The MA only program requires that the students complete 30 units of graduate work culminating in an in-depth research project. Students may enroll in the MA only program at any time and may work at their own pace throughout the program. No fieldwork is required for the MA only.

Selection of a university and graduate program of study is an important decision. Therefore, prospective students are required to meet and consult with a departmental faculty advisor as part of the application process. Students should schedule an appointment to discuss career goals and special circumstances with a member of the faculty as soon as possible by calling 719-255-4996 or This meeting will also serve as an admissions interview for the program.

The Special Education program begins their academic program each year in the Fall. Students are chosen during the spring semester for admission the following fall. Up to nine hours of approved coursework may be completed as an Unclassified Student or as a transfer student prior to admission. Successful completion of Unclassified Student or Transfer Student coursework does not ensure admission to the program. Consult with a faculty member about courses you wish to take as an unclassified student or to transfer, as certain rules apply to these courses.

To be considered for admission to the Special Education program, prospective students must complete the following procedures:

Application deadline: Rolling Admission

Financial Aid Priority filing date is March 1

Application Process

  • Carefully read this Program Information Bulletin and identify questions you have about the program.
  • Complete the UCCS graduate application found at:  Apply Now!  Complete the SELP application below
    • All applicants (international & domestic) pay the $60.00 application fee
    • Contact the Financial Aid office to determine eligibility for aid. (Phone: 255-3460)
    • Schedule an admissions and information interview with a Special Education program faculty member early in the process. The goal of this appointment is to answer questions you have about the program, clarify the procedures for admission to the program, and to determine your level of interest in and preparation for the program. Call 719-255-4996 or to set up the appointment.
    • Current résumé (please include relevant paid work and volunteer experience where applicable)
    • Have one copy of all previous academic transcripts sent directly to the Admissions and Records office. (See below for address).
    • Prepare a written "Goals Statement" 
    • Obtain three letters of recommendation that speak to your ability to successfully complete a program in Special Education. Choose your references carefully. Persons who have been in positions to supervise and/or evaluate your work. Do not ask friends or others who might be biased to write a recommendation.
      SPED recommendation letter
    • o All applicants must submit a copy of their background check with their application. This is required because many school sites require the background check prior to accepting a student for field work. (See below for background check details). To obtain information and directions on the fingerprinting and background check visit the Student Resources Page and click Fingerprint/Background Check Instructions.
    • Have one copy of all previous academic transcripts sent directly to the Admissions and Records office. (See below for address).

Goal Statement: Please describe why you have applied to your respective program and want to be a professional educator. Please be sure to include personal and professional information that supports this decision. Your statement should be at least two pages in length, double spaced. Make sure to include your name and the program you are applying to in your goal statement.

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Background Check

*International applicants only complete this step if they have lived in the United States for more than one year.

Instructions for completing your background check are below:

  1. Go to website:
  2. Click on Individuals
  3. Pay $6.85 to receive the results
  4. Print a copy of the background check and email/mail your background check or proof of licensure to the College of Education Student Resource Office ( as part of admissions materials.

Official Transcripts: Domestic students: Have one official transcript of all higher education course work ever completed to date (undergraduate and graduate GPA must be included on transcripts), sent from the institution you attended directly to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Office of Admissions (electronically or by postal services).
Postal Services: 
UCCS Office of Admissions 
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs CO 80918-3733

Additional items of note for International applicants:

English Proficiency must be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based) or a Kaplan International Tools for English (KITE®) score of a minimum of 460. Students may make arrangements to take KITE® at the Global Engagement Office.

Applicants with any post-secondary course work from an international higher education institution that is recognized by their country’s Education Ministry must submit a course-by-course foreign degree evaluation by member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (, AACRAO ( or World Education Services/WES (

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.