Degree Requirements

Practicum Experiences

K-12 Practicum experiences are required and include elementary and secondary level placements. Prerequisites for practicum experiences are EDUC 5465, 5505, 5515, 5545, and 5535. Practicum (EDUC 5555) is a full term in-school experience. The practicum experiences are not always available during the summer term. One practicum may be waived only if the candidate has at least two years verified acceptable experience in a, special education setting, in which case the candidate must go through a complete review process. All students must complete at least one practicum through the University of Colorado Boulder.

Course Requirements

Please also consult the Special Education Generalist and Linguistically Diverse Education Master’s Degree Plan.

The suggested order for taking the following courses should be discussed with the student’s advisor prior to registering for the first term of enrollment. Please bring a Degree Plan with you when consulting with your advisor. A total of 36-37 semester hours are required for the master’s degree and double endorsement program.

PLACE Assessments

To be eligible for recommendation for the program’s double endorsements, Special Education Generalist (9.06) and Linguistically Diverse Education (8.23), candidates must pass the appropriate PLACE Exam for each exam (Special Education Generalist: Exam 20) and PLACE Content Field Assessment (Linguistically Diverse Education: Exam 17).

Transfer Credit

Transfer credits from accredited institutions are accepted by CU Boulder only after approval by the department chair/program director and under the special conditions outlined in the Graduate School Rules. Transfer credit is defined as any credit earned at another accredited institution, credits earned on another campus of the CU system, or credits earned as a non-degree student within the CU system. The maximum amount of work that may be transferred from another accredited institution to CU Boulder is nine semester hours and is accepted only after approval of the program director. All courses accepted for transfer must be graduate level courses. A course in which a grade of B- or lower was received will not be accepted for transfer. Transfer course work must not be more than five years old. Credit may not be transferred until the student has completed 6 credits of graduate level course work as a degree-seeking student on the CU Boulder campus with a 3.0 GPA.

Transfer of Credit Request Form

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination must be completed during the student’s last term of study for the MA degree. The examination will cover the content of all work in the program. Students transferring course work from other institutions to this program (up to 9 hours may be taken at other approved institutions) are responsible for the same knowledge as those whose work has been entirely at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Students must be registered for at least one credit hour the semester they submit their portfolio.

Degree Plan

Special Education Generalist and Linguistically Diverse Education Master’s Degree Plan