Colorado Christian University
M.Ed. in Special Education Admissions

M.Ed. in Special Education Admissions

Admission to the M.Ed. in Special Education Program

Admission to the Master of Education in Special Education program is selective. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and goals, and strength of character. Each applicant is carefully evaluated for his or her ability to contribute to the program. A strong desire to complete graduate-level work in a Christ-centered, biblically based community is fundamental.

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.
  • Submit an official transcript that reflects a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Admission requirements for Special Education include a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester. CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.
  • 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.Ed. in Special Education program personnel.

Additional requirements for licensure

  • A background check must be completed. (Required for program admission in order to be placed in an internship and student teaching.)
  • Applicants must take and pass the state approved content exam in Elementary Education and submit test results to CCU prior to enrolling in any education core courses. Applicants who do not pass the test may be admitted by the Program Director under conditional admission, retake the test, and submit a passing score by the end of the first semester.

Additional requirements for Alternative Licensure emphasis

  • 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.
  • After a candidate has received the Statement of Eligibility (SOE), the candidate must secure a full-time teaching position in a public or accredited private school.

Submit application-related materials

If you need to submit any application-related materials that were not already submitted through the online application, email them to AdmissionsSupport@ccu.edu or mail to:

Colorado Christian University
Attn: Service Central – CAGS Transcripts
215 Union Blvd, Suite 600
Lakewood, CO 80228

Application deadlines

Education graduate students are able to start the M.Ed. in Special Education application process and enter into the 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.


State Exclusions for Online Students

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with the exception of the following program-specific state exclusions:

  • CAGS does not offer Educator Licensing or Education Theory courses (Undergraduate, Graduate or Post Baccalaureate) to online students who reside in Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer RN-BSN Nursing courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Arts in Counseling courses to online students who reside in Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, Wisconsin or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.

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