Christian Education Degree at CCU: Online or In-Seat Programs

Christian education degree CCUColorado Christian University is a great school to pursue a Christian education degree, and with programs both online and in-seat, you’re sure to find one that fits your busy schedule. CCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies has designed its education degrees to meet the needs of adult students, and with many classes available online, you can take courses while working full- or part-time. If you prefer the on-campus experience, but still want to remain in the workforce while pursuing a Christian education degree, CCU offers weekend and evening classes for your convenience. All courses at CCU are taught from a Christian worldview, emphasizing how the values and ethics you hold dear and adhere to in your day-to-day life can impact your studies, your life and your work.

Colorado Christian University is authorized by the Colorado Department of Education to provide an Alternative Teacher Licensing Program. The Alternative Licensing Program is a one-year teacher licensure program designed by the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado Christian University to support those individuals who desire to become licensed teachers through an alternative teacher licensing path. Alternative teachers are employed as full-time teachers, while they receive training to become a licensed teacher.

The Alternative Licensing Program offered through CAGS equips students to impact the next generation of learners. Through our alternative teaching licensing program, students gain knowledge in educational theory that supports them as they work in their educational environment. This helps students develop competencies that enable them to become effective teachers in both public and private schools.

CCU offers these Christian education degree programs:

Bachelor Degrees

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education

Master’s Degrees

  • Curriculum and Instruction

Post Baccalaureate Educator Licensing

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Alternative Licensing Program
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education


  • Special Education Generalist

Certificate Programs

  • Online Teaching & Learning Graduate

CAGS offers a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio program designed to help adult students earn college credit for knowledge and expertise not represented in a traditional academic setting. This learning may embodies understanding that warrants college-level learning and results in college credit hours. CCU’s Prior Learning Assessment course helps students identify possible areas to earn college credit. You may earn up to 31 hours through the PLA process, and it’s a great feeling knowing you can earn credit for life experience in a field you’ve worked in for years.

Additionally, students may submit life learning papers in four General Education areas: three hours in oral communications, three hours in creative arts, three hours in the social/behavioral sciences and three hours in computer science as long as documentation is not older than five years. PLA hours cannot be used to meet major course requirements, however. To learn more about this wonderful offering, read the Prior Learning Assessment flyer.

Another exciting aspect of pursing your education at CCU is that CAGS offers a cohort model of learning in which you join a group of students and pursue your degree path together with courses being offered in a pre-determined sequence. The cohort model promotes a feeling of camaraderie and allows face-to-face interaction with students in your degree program. Research indicates that students who participate in this model have higher graduation rates, a experience a stronger sense of community with peers and have more success following their degree program due to the cohort model’s structure.

Teachers can teach in a charter school without having a license. They can earn money teaching while they get their licensure at CCU, which is an attractive option to a great many students. Also, the government will soon require that pre-schools require at least 50% of their staff to have early childhood education degrees. So, preschool teachers who do not have a degree should really try to get one if they want to have viable employment options.

If you are interested in learning more about a Christian education degree at CCU/CAGS, please read about admissions requirements; one of our enrollment counselors, admissions personnel or financial aid specialists will be happy to answer any questions you may have.




  • Suzanne (Beall) Bancale 1993

    I have my BA in Music Performance from CCU 1993
    I am interested in pursuing SPED with a Sensory Integration Disorder Certification.
    due to the time It has been since my degree- are the credits still valid for me to add teacher certification w/ SPED degree?