• 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, you must complete the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) admission process for the Alternative Licensing Program. You must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university to qualify.

    Alternative Licensing Program

    1. Apply to the Colorado Department of Education to be admitted to the Alternative Licensing program. Visit the CDE website and complete the online application for the Statement of Eligibility (SOE). Officials at CDE will determine in what areas a candidate is qualified to teach.
    2. Take and pass the state approved content exam in the area(s) designated and approved by the Colorado Department of Education 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).
    3. The CDE will issue you a Statement of Eligibility (SOE). This certificate is good for three years and allows a district to hire a person in the areas specified.

    Alternative Licensing Program - Special Education Generalist

    1. Apply to the Colorado Department of Education to be admitted to the Alternative Licensing program. Visit the CDE website and complete the online application for the Statement of Eligibility (SOE) in Special Education program.
    2. Take and pass the Colorado state approved elementary content exam.
    3. The CDE will issue you a Statement of Eligibility (SOE). This certificate is good for three years and allows a district to hire a person in the areas specified.

    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.
    • 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.
    • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
    • If your undergraduate GPA is 3.25 or above, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement may be waived. If your undergraduate GPA is less than 3.25, you must take the GRE and submit your test score to CCU. Scores submitted must be less than two years old. Request that the Educational Testing Service send your original test scores to Colorado Christian University. Our reporting code for the GRE is 4659. (Proof of completion of a post-baccalaureate class, with a passing grade of B or better, at a regionally accredited university may be substituted for the GRE score under some circumstances. The GRE score requirement may be waived under some circumstances.)
    • Obtain one letter of recommendation from an employer, colleague, pastor or friend. 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 Curriculum and Instruction Education program personnel.
    Mail all application-related materials to:

    Colorado Christian University
    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.

    Full-time Matriculation Status

    A minimum of six credits per term is required to maintain full-time status. Full-time status is requisite to eligibility for federal financial aid programs.

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