• Alternative Licensing Program Admission Process

    Step 1: Meet Colorado Department of Education Entrance Requirements

    Before you apply to CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies for admission to our Alternative Licensing Program, candidates must apply to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) for a Statement of Eligibility (SOE). The CDE determines the areas in which a candidate is qualified to teach.

    Alternative Licensing Program

    1. Candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    2. Candidates must apply and be accepted to the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program.
    3. Candidates must apply to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) for a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) to be admitted to an alternative licensing program. The CDE determines the areas in which a candidate is qualified to teach.
    4. Candidates must pass the state approved content exam in the area(s) designated and approved by the CDE on their application review, or have 24 semester hours in the content area in which they plan to teach. In the elementary content area, candidates must take and pass the Colorado state approved elementary content exam (PRAXIS II or PLACE).
    5. After a candidate has received the Statement of Eligibility (SOE) and secured a full-time teaching position in a public or private school, the candidate may apply for the Alternative Licensing Program at CCU.

    Alternative Licensing Program – Special Education Generalist

    1. Candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    2. Candidates must apply and be accepted to the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program.
    3. Candidates must apply to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) for a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) to be admitted to an alternative licensing program. The CDE determines the areas in which a candidate is qualified to teach.
    4. The candidate must pass the state approved elementary content exam.
    5. After a candidate has received the Statement of Eligibility (SOE) and secured a full-time teaching position in a public or private school, the candidate may apply for the Alternative Licensing Program: Special Education Generalist at CCU.

    Step 2: Apply for Admission to Colorado Christian University

    After you have received your Statement of Eligibility (SOE) from the Colorado Department of Education – and secured a full-time teaching position in a public or private school – you may apply for admission to CCU's Alternative Licensing program.

    The application for admission to CCU's Alternative Licensing Program is available online, giving you the flexibility to complete your application and access required documents in multiple stages.

    Your first step in applying to CCU is to Create an Account. The information from this secure account will automatically be entered on your online application, simplifying the process to complete the application.

    The graduate program application and fee should be submitted electronically. Please print copies of required documents as necessary and submit them to Colorado Christian University, College of Adult and Graduate Studies Admission.

    If you have any questions, please contact your CCU Enrollment Counselor to assist you with the application process.

    CCU Admission Requirements

    • Complete the graduate admission application online.
    • Submit your resume or Curriculum Vitae through the online application process.
    • Submit your program-specific essay through the online application process.
    • Provide your enrollment counselor with a copy of your state-issued driver's license or a state-issued identification card. This ID must include your photo and be within the expiration date. If you are an international student, contact your enrollment counselor.
    • Submit an official transcript that reflects a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Candidates must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The grade point average minimum may be waived based on exceptional, related professional experience.
    • If six or more previous graduate-level credits can be documented with a GPA of 3.0 or greater the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may also be waived.
    • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) will be required for a GPA lower than 3.0. The GRE test must have been taken within 2 years of application. Minimum scores for the GRE include:
      • 150 Verbal Reasoning
      • 145 Quantitative
      • 3.5 Analytical Writing
       
    • Obtain one professional recommendation. Download CCU's Letter of Recommendation form (PDF) and mail it as soon as possible to the person(s) you would like to complete it on your behalf.
    • Complete an admission interview with M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction program personnel.
    Mail all application-related materials to:

    Colorado Christian University
    CAGS Service Central
    8787 W. Alameda Ave.
    Lakewood, CO 80226

    Or, email AdmissionsSupport@ccu.edu.

    Application Deadlines

    You can enter the Alternative Licensing Program at multiple points in the academic year. You should complete the admission process as early as possible so you will have adequate time to work with an advisor and qualify for financial aid.

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