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Office of Special Education

About the Office of Special Education

This site/office is a resource to 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 under the Exceptional Student Services Unit (along with the Office of Facility Schools and the Office of Gifted Education).

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What's New 

Funding Opportunity - Indicator 14 Post School Outcomes Interviews Funds Request

Purpose:  The Colorado Department of Education requires school staff in Colorado school districts to conduct brief interviews with former students who left high school one year ago.  The purpose of the interview is to learn what former students (leavers) do after they leave high school.  This information is used to help schools improve programs for students with disabilities who are still in high school.


To be eligible to receive reimbursement through this funding opportunity, AUs

  • MUST Complete the application and
  • complete the interviews and data entry into the ESSU Data Management System.

Important Dates:  (For the full list of dates, see page 3 of the application)



Most Visited Pages (April 2015)

  • Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
  • IEP Forms
  • Speech or Language Impairment (SLI)
  • Programs and Services
  • Disability Categories


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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CDE Hours
Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See also: Licensing Hours

Educator Licensing