The Division of Curriculum and Instruction Education is comprised of three primary areas – programs and degrees that lead educators toward state licensure, degrees in educational theory and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI). Adult students who are at least 23 years of age may qualify for admission to the licensing programs for educators for elementary, early childhood, or special education. These programs have options for those who already have an accredited bachelor’s degree, as well as for those seeking an undergraduate degree.
Programs Leading to Licensing Educators
CCU (CAGS) offers licensing programs in early childhood, elementary education and special education. Courses are scheduled in an evening, weekend and online format and can be completed in approximately 20 months of study, including a minimum of 16 weeks of student teaching. Most students in the licensing programs retain their present jobs with some flex time adjustments and still complete coursework that requires 5-10 field hours per week. The student teaching component requires a full-time day commitment for at least one full semester.
Educational Theory Degrees
Bachelor’s degrees in early childhood, elementary, or special education theory provide three additional options for adult working students who may not be able to leave work to complete the student teaching required for licensing. Theory students are required to successfully complete all of the same core education courses as the licensing students, including two field experience courses and the field hours required for curriculum courses. Students completing an education theory degree are not eligible for a Colorado State Teaching License but may meet educational requirements for teaching in private schools, Head Start Programs or other agencies. Graduates may pursue state licensure through an Alternative Licensure Program or complete requirements to teach in Christian schools through ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).
Alternative Licensing Programs
CCU (CAGS) Alternative Teacher Licensing Programs are available to students seeking licensure, who hold a bachelor’s degree and are able to secure a teaching position prior to beginning the Alternative Licensing Program. Applicants to this program first apply to the Colorado Department of Education to receive a Statement of Eligibility (SOE). CCU (CAGS) cooperates with school districts across the state to provide University supervision, a support team, and the required education courses. The training includes planned instruction and activities to assist the alternative teacher in earning an initial teaching license in early childhood, elementary, secondary or special education.
Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction
The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) provides a graduate degree for a wide range of educators in settings ranging from early childhood, K-12, adult education, online learning environments, and corporate training. The degree is applicable for those who desire to become curriculum writers and specialists. Courses may be completed inseat on weeknights, weekends or online. Although it is possible to complete all required coursework including the capstone project within 18 months, students have four years from the time of admission to complete the program. Students who have completed an undergraduate education degree or teacher licensing program at CCU may continue their education by completing a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction by transferring several graduate level courses from their programs into the MACI degree. Depending upon the program completed, CCU (CAGS) education students may have already completed 3 to 21 graduate credits for transfer into the MACI degree. MACI students from other institutions may apply to have up to 9 credits transferred into the MACI degree.
Special Education Generalist Endorsement
CCU CAGS offers endorsements for those candidates who have a Colorado Teaching License. Students completing 24 semester hours in Special Education courses may apply for an added endorsement as a Special Education Generalist. Students who have been hired as a Special Education Instructor may apply to CCU as a Special Education Generalist candidate. Once a student has been accepted into the program they may then apply for a Special Education Eligibility (SEE) or Temporary Teaching Eligibility (TTE).
Curriculum and Instruction Education Certificate Programs
Certificate programs challenge students to update and enhance their skills to meet a variety of instructional design needs required in academic, corporate and nonprofit organizations. Each certificate provides coursework addressing technology and approaches to develop appropriate curriculum for specific target audiences. Theories and applied learning concepts are addressed with an emphasis on the Biblical principles imbedded in each course. Students have the option to use certificate courses completed at a B or better grade within a degree emphasis if they apply and are accepted within five years into the Master of Arts in Curriculum program.