Academic Catalog 2012-2013 
    Jun 25, 2018  
Academic Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alternative Licensing Program (CAGS)

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There are two Alternative Licensing programs offered through CCU:  Alternative Licensing Program: Special Education Generalist (CAGS)  and Regular Alternative Teacher Licensing (early childhood, elementary, and grades 7-12 all subject areas except English Language Learners).

Colorado Christian University offers an Alternative Teacher Licensing Program as authorized by the Colorado Department of Education. This is a one-year program designed for non-licensed teachers who are teaching in a Colorado public or private school. The candidates in the program receive supervised coaching in the classroom, as well as 15 credit hours of graduate coursework which is a part of a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. The combination of classroom teaching and graduate coursework  may lead to an institutional recommendation from the University for an initial teaching license, the standard entry-level license in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Education requires that students pursuing teaching licensure in Colorado earn a degree from a regionally accredited college or university (e.g. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools), and complete an approved educator preparation program.

Requirements for Entrance into the Alternative Licensing Program

  1. Students must have earned a degree in a regionally accredited college or university, must apply and be accepted to the Masters in Curriculum and Instruction Degree (MACI). 
  2. Candidate must apply to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to be admitted to the Alternative Licensing program.  Visit the CDE website and complete the online application for the Statement of Eligibility (SOE).  Officials at CDE will determine in what areas a candidate is qualified to teach. 
  3. The candidate must take and pass the state approved content exam in the area(s) designated and approved by the Colorado Department of Education on their application review, or have 24 semester hours in the content area in which they plan to teach.  In the elementary content area candidates MUST take and pass the Colorado State approved elementary content exam (PRAXIS II or PLACE).
  4. Colorado Department of Education will issue a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) to the candidate. This certificate is good for three years and allows a district to hire a person in the areas specified.  
  5. After a candidate has received the Statement of Eligibility (SOE) from the Colorado Department of Education and secured a full-time teaching position in a public or private school the candidate may apply for the Alternative Licensing program.

Master's degree

Formal application and admission to the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI)  degree program is required.  Upon successful completion of the Alternative Licensing coursework students are eligible to receive an institutional recommendation for licensure from the University.

Program Completion Requirements

  1. Completion of a total of 15 credit hours in the core requirements.
  2. A cumulative CCU grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 scale.
  3. A C- or better in all professional core courses, and must consistently demonstrate professional disposition qualities, knowledge and skills in all coursework.
  4. Compliance with CAGS residency requirements.
  5. Recommendation by the CAGS Division of Curriculum and Instruction Education Dean for Initial Teaching License by the Colorado Department of Education.
  6. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

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