Academic Catalog 2015-2016 (Addended) 
    May 31, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2015-2016 (Addended) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alternative Licensing Program: Special Education Generalist (CAGS)

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 Culturally & Linguistically Diverse).

Colorado Christian University is authorized by the Colorado Department of Education to deliver an Alternative Teacher Licensing: Special Education Program.  This is a one-year program designed for teachers without a license 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 Path. 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 and complete an approved educator preparation program.

Requirements for Entrance into the Alternative Licensing Program

  1. Candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Candidates must apply and be accepted to the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) .
  3. Candidates must apply to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) for a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) to be admitted to an alternative licensing program. The CDE determines the areas in which a candidate is qualified to teach.
  4. The candidate must pass the state approved elementary content exam.
  5. After a candidate has received the Statement of Eligibility (SOE) and secured a full-time teaching position in a public or private school, the candidate may apply for the Alternative Licensing Program: Special Education Generalist at CCU.


Alternative Licensing Professional Core Prerequisites

All applicants are required to have a background in the areas listed below. This background may be obtained through undergraduate or graduate coursework as demonstrated by the student’s official transcript or taken at CCU.

Introduction to Special Education - An introduction to the profession of special education focusing on the foundations of special education and current trends/issues. A candidate may start CCU’s Alternative Licensing SPED program before completing this requirement, but must complete it prior to registering for the second semester.

Reading Literacy - An introduction to scientifically-based methods of teaching reading to all students. A candidate may start CCU’s Alternative Licensing SPED program before meeting this requirement, but must finish prior to program completion and recommendation for licensure.

Master’s Degree

Upon successful completion of the Alternative Licensing Program: Special Education Generalist, candidates may elect to apply 21 graduate education credits towards a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI)  degree by submitting a Change of Program form.

Program Completion Requirements

  1. Completion of 23 credits of professional core requirements.
  2. A cumulative CCU grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the university’s 4.0 scale.
  3. A grade of 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. Completion of a License Completion Form.
  6. A passing score on the state approved Special Education Generalist content exam.
  7. Recommendation by the CAGS Division of Curriculum and Instruction Education dean for an Initial Teaching License by the Colorado Department of Education.
  8. No outstanding financial obligations to the university.