Academic Catalog 2012-2013 
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Academic Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alternative Licensing Program: Special Education Generalist (CAGS)

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

Colorado Christian University offers a Special Education Generalist Alternative Teacher Licensing Program as approved by the Colorado Department of Education. This is a one-year program designed for non-licensed or licensed teachers who are teaching in a special education classroom in a Colorado public or private school. The program includes supervised coaching in the classroom, as well as 21 credit hours of graduate coursework, which are a part of  the MACI degree with Special Education emphasis. The combination of classroom teaching and graduate coursework may lead to an institutional recommendation from the University for an initial teaching license in special education, 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) in Special Education program.
  3. The candidate must take and pass the Colorado State approved elementary content exam.
  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.

Alternative Licensing Professional Core Prerequisites

Master's degree

Alternative Licensure students who intend to apply their Alternative Licensure coursework toward the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI)  are required to complete additional MACI coursework. Formal application and admission to the MACI degree program is required.

Program Completion Requirements

  1. Completion of a total of 21 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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