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Educator Preparation Program

Western Colorado University

Masters of Special Education

Our program layers support for teacher growth and inclusive education practices throughout the year long residence that consists of 24 to 27 graduate-level credits. Students in the program have a faculty support team that includes a clinical coach, Western faculty, a mentor teacher, and a regional coordinator. To meet the Colorado State Special Education Teacher Standards, students complete a series of 30 Special Education ePortfolio Milestone projects. 
Additionally, our special education professionals complete courses with integrated with culturally-linguistically diverse standards, fulfilling the English Learner professional development required for all teachers by CDE. Our program believes in comprehensive support and guides teacher candidates through their yearlong residency with four cycles of SMVisual Arts (K-12) goals, which build off of each other and help teacher candidates grow their inclusive special education teaching and learning.

Pathway Type:

Initial Licensure: Masters

Course Format:



13-24 months

Region(s) Served:

Statewide, West Central

Contact Information:

103 Crawford Hall, 600 North Adams, Gunnison, CO 81231

Voice: 970-943-3092, Fax: 970-943-3226

Contact: Sherri Anderson, Director of Educator Preparation,


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: Western Colorado University

Endorsement Area(s):

  • Special Education Generalist (ages 5-21)

To request a change to this program pathway, copy the following pathway reference id and submit a change request form.

Pathway Reference ID: 65293