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Office of Special Education

About the Office of Special Education

This office administers both the state's Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for children with disabilities.  This website is a resource for 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 within the Exceptional Student Services Unit (along with the Office of Facility Schools and the Office of Gifted Education).

What's New

First Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Transforming Transition Conference

In order for Deaf and Hard of Hearing adolescents to graduate feeling confident in their future goals, supported, and self-determined to pursue next steps as productive young adults, a collaborative strategic individualized transition plan is essential. Connect with other high school students, parents, and professionals around the state for inspiration, information and action steps to use right away for successful transition planning. 

Date(s):  August 3, 2019

Visit the Professional Development Portal for more information and to register 

Save the Date! 

READ Conference

Dates: TBD
Location: Grand Junction

Equity & Excellence

Dates: October, 24-25, 2019
Location: Denver Metro Area

Ways to Search this Site

  1. You can use the Google Search box (only searches CDE) at the top right side of the webpage and type in what you are looking for.
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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

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