Denver Advanced Certificate in Special Education

Relay Denver offers a one-year Advanced Certificate in Special Education program for experienced teachers who already hold general education certification. Upon completion of the program, you will receive an Advanced Certificate from Relay and be eligible for state certification in special education.

In addition to the Advanced Certificate in Special Education program, Relay Denver also offers a dual-certification program through which teachers enrolled in the M.A.T. program can earn their general education certification, master’s degree, and special education certification in two years. Visit the M.A.T. program page to learn more about the dual-certification program.

TUITION & AID

ONE-YEAR TEL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM TUITION & FEES: $17,500
COST OF CERTIFICATION EXAMS*: $1,068-$1,427
RELAY INSTITUTIONAL AID: $8,500
STUDENT MAX OUT OF POCKET TUITION COST: $9,000

Students may qualify for additional institutional aid and federal aid toward total out of pocket tuition expense. Payment Plans also available. Please contact Student Financial Services with any questions or for more information.

*Certification exam costs are determined by the State of Colorado. Download the Relay Denver Certification Highlights Guide for an overview of certification requirements and costs.

Available Majors

(CO) Special Education Generalist (Grades K-12)

The Denver Advanced Certificate in Special Education is a 21 credit hour program. Relay’s academic calendar and program structure are conducive to and designed to support the demanding schedule of a full-time educator and a part-time student. This program is delivered mostly online, with in-person Saturday sessions taking place throughout the year.

Classes take place during the following dates/times:

  • A two-week, real-time online summer session at the beginning of the program;
  • Regular online weeknight sessions; Occasional in-person Saturday sessions; and
  • Graduate students will also be required to work one-on-one with a student in their school one time every week.

Relay has three terms each year (summer, fall, and spring).

RELAY DENVER ADMISSIONS & CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the standard Special Education Certification admissions and certification requirements, participants in the Denver Advanced Certificate in Special Education program must meet the following campus-specific admissions and certification requirements.

UNDERGRADUATE TRANSCRIPTS

 

Applicants must provide an official, degree-conferred graduate transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher education that shows proof of a bachelor's degree.

COLORADO STATE CERTIFICATION

 

An official proof of a higher-level (e.g., initial or professional) Colorado State certificate in general education is required.

CONTENT KNOWLEDGE

Upon program completion, all certification candidates need to take and pass two Praxis exams in order to be eligible for an added endorsement as a Special Education Generalist. These exams are:
1. Praxis 5354 / Passing Score: 151
2. Praxis 5001 / Passing Score for each sub-test:
Reading (5002) 157
Math (5003) 157
Social Studies (5004) 155
Science (5005) 159

Application Tips

Need help completing the admissions application? See below for helpful tips.

The first section of the online admissions application will ask questions about your intended Relay program. It’s very important that you answer those questions accurately, as follows:

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Q. Select the option below that BEST describes your intended academic and certification pathway.

A.  Denver: 1-Year SPED Advanced Certification

Q.  Which Relay campus would you like to apply to?

A. Denver

Q. Are you applying to pursue state certification through Relay?

A. Yes

Q. Are you applying to Relay's Teaching Residency program?

A. No

Q. Which one of these teacher prep programs applies to your status for the 2020-21 school year?

A. None

INSTRUCTIONAL ROLE

Q. Select your major at Relay

(CO) Special Education Generalist (Grades K-12)