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About Alissa Rausch

With a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy, I expected to leave Colorado State University and head directly to medical school. While preparing for the medical school entrance exam, I was finishing a required rotation in the public school system in a program for children with autism. Quite unexpectedly, 12 weeks later, I found myself completely transformed and deeply committed to young children with special needs and their families. I took my first job as an occupational therapist in the early childhood program in a suburban Denver school district. Several months in the program, beside master teachers, I was inspired to pursue my master’s degree in early childhood special education. After almost 15 years experience as a practitioner and district leader, I found myself gravitating to teaching teachers about best practices for young children. So, I began teaching as an adjunct and supporting the practicum experiences of young teachers at CU Denver’s Early Childhood Education/ Early Childhood Special Education program. It is a dream come true that I am in my current role at CU Denver!


Present Instructor, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2013 | ECSELS Grant | Awarded to Doctoral Student Education in Early Childhood Special Education | University of Colorado Denver


  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education
  • Administrative Seminar
  • Medical and Physiological Aspects of Developmental Disabilities
  • Early Intervention Strategies
  • Infant and Toddler Practicum
  • Preschool Practicum
  • Primary Practicum
  • ECE Practicum
  • Policy and Advocacy in Early Care and Education


Present Ed.D., University of Colorado at Denver ‐ Leadership and Educational Equity | Concentration in Early Childhood Education/ Early Childhood Special Education
2002 M.A./ECSE, University of Colorado at Denver ‐ Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education License
1998 B.A., Colorado State University ‐ Occupational Therapy

Contact Information

University of Colorado Denver
P.O. BOX 173364
Campus Box 106
Denver, CO 80217-3364