Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
    Nov 28, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alternative License: Special Education Generalist (CAGS)

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

  1. Candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Candidates must pass CBI and FBI criminal history background checks.
  3. Candidates must pass the Colorado State Board of Education approved elementary content exam (Praxis-5901).
  4. Candidates must obtain a special education teaching position in a Colorado private or public school.
  5. Click here for CDE’s Alternative licensing application requirements.


Master’s Degree

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

  1. Completion of 28 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.