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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

Web Revision

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This website is being revised.  The blue buttons on the left may change including some of the sub-pages. We hope to complete this revision by end of December 2017.  Part of the revision will be that every link on the web pages will open into its own tab within your browser.

Use the Topic Index to help you find what you are looking for.


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Parent/Families Page

The new parent page (which will be a blue button link on the left), contains Quick Links and highlights areas within special education that parents may want to get to quickly.

NOTE:  You may find this "Parent/Family Icon" throughout individual pages within ESSU to help draw the eye to resources and areas that directly impact parents.

Professional Development

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Professional Development

CDE has developed a "one-stop shopping site" for all professional development opportunities within the CDE.  You have the option of either Library of On-Demand or Upcoming Opportunities.

Topics are listed on the left, please click on "Special Education" to find the professional learning opportunities for our office.

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.


Quick Links


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 

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