The Curriculum and Instruction Education Division is comprised of three primary areas - programs and degrees that lead educators toward state licensure, degrees in educational theory (non-licensure), and educational leadership roles through the Master of Education (MEd) or 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. The Master of Education in Special Education provides a licensure path to special education at the graduate level. 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.
Master of Education
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership prepares educators for instructional coaching roles, as well as key administrative roles including school district leader, or principal in charter or private schools (such as ACSI - Association of Christian Schools International). The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program uses the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council Standards (ELCC) Standards throughout the curriculum to address the core standards and dispositions necessary to promote best practices in the field. The program courses may be offered fully online, though action research and the capstone activities require students to schedule for required research activities.
The Master of Education in Special Education meets Colorado Department of Education standards and provides a licensure path to special education at the graduate level. The program courses may be offered online, though field activities/action research may require some flex time adjustment. The final course is a teaching internship that requires a full-time day commitment for one full semester.
Master of Arts 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 three to six graduate credits for transfer into the MACI degree. MACI students from other institutions may apply to have up to nine credits transferred into the MACI degree.
Special Education Generalist Endorsement
Licensed (certified) teachers who wish to work with special needs students may take the courses for a special education endorsement. The coursework addresses working with special education students, focusing on inclusion and collaborative practices, assistive technology, pedagogy, types of physical and mental/emotional disabilities, classroom management strategies and effective assessment, theories and practices while applying biblical principles embedded in each course. Students have the option to use endorsement courses completed at a C or better grade within a degree emphasis if they apply and are accepted within five years. CCU CAGS offers the Special Education Generalist endorsement recommendation for those candidates who have a Colorado Teaching License and complete 24 semester hours in Special Education courses.
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 embedded 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.