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Office of Special Education

About the Office of Special Education

This office administers both the state's Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for children with disabilities.  It is a resource for teachers, administrators, and parents of students with exceptional educational needs due to disability, or learners who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse or have some other special need. The Office of Special Education is one of three offices within the Exceptional Student Services Unit (along with the Office of Facility Schools and the Office of Gifted Education).

What's New

Colorado Autism Conference 2019

Date(s):  June 4-6, 2019

We are pleased to announce CDE and CSU are now accepting proposal submissions to present at the first statewide autism conference.

State Defined Alternate Diploma - Information and Feedback

Title I of the 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), allows for the inclusion in graduation accountability of a state defined alternate diploma option for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

CDE is hosting a series of Stakeholders’ Education and Feedback Sessions to provide information on this option and the implications of a Colorado state-defined alternate diploma for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

This is an opportunity to read about the proposed options and to provide feedback online if you are unable to make any of the sessions.

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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