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Master of Education in Special Education


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The Master of Education in Special Education program at Colorado Christian University covers a range of traditional and innovative approaches to education that supports best practices and strategic collaboration for leading public and private K-12 education. The Master of Education in Special Education is designed to foster practitioner skills exemplified through master teaching, assessment, and data driven instruction. The Master of Education in Special Education has a licensure and non-licensure track. All courses, with the exception of internship and student teaching, may be offered online or in seat. Internship and student teaching coursework requires as site specific commitment.

The application of conceptual knowledge within the classroom experience provides context for the student’s development as a special education generalist. In addition to satisfactory completion of required coursework, candidates must pass the Special Education Generalist state approved content exam. Graduates who satisfactorily complete all requirements of the Special Education Generalist Licensing program may apply to the Colorado Department of Education for a teaching license. Candidates also meet the requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International.

Objectives of the Master of Education in Special Education Degree Program


The Master of Education in Special Education program provides students with the tools to begin their professional career in teaching. At Colorado Christian University, Master of Education in Special Education graduates develop abilities to integrate complex data from educational theory, practice, applied research, and critical thinking skills needed to discern emerging issues in the field of Special Education. Graduates demonstrate interpersonal, relational, communication, and leadership skills as applied through the philosophy of servant leadership. The program integrates the best of scholarship, as well as current education issues and standards within the Christian worldview.

The Master of Education in Special Education program is distinctive for the following reasons:

  • Tailored to the working professional, coursework can be completed in 5 semesters by taking courses evenings, on weekends, or online.
  • Applies relevant research and a data driven instructional approach.
  • Utilizes proven approaches to accelerated adult learning by providing interactive and experiential education in the classroom and online.
  • Supports individualization for learners and supports the belief that all students can learn.

Admission to the Master of Education in Special Education Degree Program


Admission to the Master of Education in Special Education program is selective. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and goals, and strength of character. Each applicant is carefully evaluated for his or her ability to contribute to the program. A strong desire to complete graduate-level work in a Christ-centered, biblically based community is fundamental.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed Application Form
  • An official transcript that reflects a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Personal interview
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • One professional recommendation
  • Program specific essay
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester.  CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.
  • If pursuing licensure:
    • A background check must be completed by submitting fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation as required by the Colorado Department of Education. (Required for program admission in order to be placed in an internship and student teaching.)
    • Applicants must take and pass the state approved content exam in Elementary Education and submit test results to CCU prior to enrolling in any education core courses. Applicants who do not pass the test may be admitted by the Program Director under conditional admission, retake the test, and submit a passing score by the end of the first semester.

Transfer of Courses


Students must earn a minimum of 30 semester credit hours at CCU for the Master of Education in Special Education, transfering 8-12 semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU Master of Education in Special Education degree requirements.

Coursework applied to the Master of Education in Special Education program must have been earned with a grade of “B-” or better.

Academic Requirements


Students who earn a C- or lower in a graduate education course are required to repeat the course.

Time Limitation


All work applied toward the Master of Education in Special Education degree must be completed within a four-year period from the date of enrollment. After the four-year period, a Master of Education in Special Education student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be withdrawn from the program. Students who step out of the program for more than 365 days, or go beyond the four-year period and wish to complete their Master of Education in Special Education degree, will be required to apply for readmission. If readmission is granted, additional coursework may be required. Students will be required to adhere to current academic policies, tuition, and fees.

Master of Education in Special Education


Master of Education in Special Education non-licensure track requires completion of the following 38 credit hours:
Special Education degree core (35 credit hours)
Non-Licensure core (3 credit hours)

Master of Education in Special Education licensure track requires completion of the following 43 credit hours:
Special Education degree core (35 credit hours)
Licensure core (8 credit hours)

Master of Education in Special Education-Alternative Licensing: Special Education Generalist Path (38 credit hours)


Students who have completed the Alternative Licensing Program: Special Education Generalist (CAGS) or Special Education Generalist Endorsement  can earn a Master of Education in Special Education by completing seven additional courses.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Education in Special Education


The faculty recommends students in Master of Education in Special Education program to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 38 credit hours (43 credit hours if pursuing licensure) through a combination of CCU Master of Education in Special Education required coursework and up to twelve hours of acceptable transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions.
  2. A letter grade of C or better and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 grade scale in all CCU coursework.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the specific courses required for the full degree within four years of Master of Education in Special Education program admission and enrollment.
  4. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  5. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.
  6. Candidates must consistently demonstrate professional disposition qualities, knowledge and skills in all core courses.

Additional requirements for graduates pursuing licensure

  1. In Student Teaching the teacher candidates must earn a grade of C or better and be assessed as proficient in all Teacher Quality Standards through an Action Research Project.
  2. Receive a passing score on the state approved Special Education Generalist content exam.
  3. Receive a recommendation by the CAGS Division of Curriculum and Instruction Education Dean for Special Education Generalist Licensing to the Colorado Department of Education.

Additional Information


For additional information about the Master of Education in Special Education program and graduate courses in education, contact the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, or visit CCU’s graduate education webpage at www.ccu.edu/ccu/grad.

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