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Office of Special Education

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).

About the Office of Special Education

This office is a resource to educators and parents of students with exceptional educational needs due to disability, or with some other special need.


What's New

Colorado's Continuous Improvement Process (CCIP) for Public Comment

CCIP Document (PDF)

The Colorado Department of Education is making available for public review and comment the above proposed document:  (1) The Colorado’s Continuous Improvement Process describing  Colorado’s General Supervision and Monitoring process as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) 34CFR §300.600. Hard copies of the proposed document may be requested by calling Cindy Petersen at (303) 866-6106.  Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 pm Monday, May 7, 2018. Send written comments to Cindy Petersen, Colorado Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services Unit, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1100, Denver, CO  80202-5149, by fax to (303) 866-3808, or Email Cindy Petersen


Web Revision

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This website has been revised.  The blue buttons on the left have changed including some of the sub-menus. Part of the revision will be that every link on the web pages will open into its own tab within your browser.


Ways to Search this Site

  1. You can use the Google Search box (which only searches within the CDE) at the top right side of the webpage and type in what you are looking for.
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  2. You can use our Topic Index - alphabetical list for the Office of Special Education.


If you have problems finding something and/or questions about our website, please contact our Web Coordinator and be sure to copy the URL into the email to reference the page with the problem.


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Contact Us

Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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