Colorado Christian University offers an Alternative Teacher License in Special Education 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 28 credit hours of graduate coursework which is a part of a Master of Education in Special Education. The combination of classroom teaching and graduate coursework may lead to an institutional recommendation for an initial teaching license, the standard entry-level license for Colorado educators.
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
Candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
Candidates must pass CBI and FBI criminal history background checks.
Candidates must pass the Colorado State Board of Education approved elementary content exam (Praxis-5901).
Candidates must obtain a special education teaching position in a Colorado private or public school.
Click here for CDE’s Alternative licensing application requirements.
Alternative Licensing Program: Special Education Generalist Professional Core (28 credit hours)
Upon successful completion of the Alternative Licensing Program: Special Education Generalist, candidates may elect to apply 28 credit hours towards a Master of Education in Special Education degree by submitting a Change of Program form.
Program Completion Requirements
Completion of 28 credits of professional core requirements.
A cumulative CCU grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the university’s 4.0 scale.
A grade of C or better in all professional core courses, and must consistently demonstrate professional disposition qualities, knowledge and skills in all coursework.