Adult students who have already earned an accredited bachelor’s degree may qualify for admission to the Elementary Education Licensing program. The Elementary Education Licensing program, typically scheduled in evening and weekend format, can be completed in approximately 16 months of study, including a minimum of 16 weeks of student teaching. Students in the licensing programs are often able to retain their present job or homemaking responsibilities and still complete coursework requirements. However, the student teaching component requires a full-time day commitment for the time of the assignment.
The Elementary Education Licensing program requires completion of a minimum of 93 semester hours as follows:
General Education and Liberal Arts Core (37 credits)
Professional Core (56 credits)
General Education and Liberal Arts Core Requirements for all of the Education Licensing credentials (37 credit hours)
Elementary Education licensing prepares students to teach kindergarten through sixth grade in Colorado and outside of Colorado where states and schools accept Colorado licensing. In addition to the teaching license, students in the elementary education program may earn advanced standing credit towards a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI)
Coursework may be transferred from a completed bachelor’s degree to meet general education, liberal arts and professional core requirements in accordance with CAGS’s residency requirement.
CCU and the Colorado Department of Education Elementary Licensing Requirements:
Passing score on PLACE or PRAXIS II exams.
Completion of a total of 93 credit hours of courses, including general education, liberal arts, and major coursework. Completion of 56 credit hours from the Elementary Education Professional Core (either at CCU or through a combination of CCU and acceptable transfer courses).
A cumulative CCU grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 scale.