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Colorado Christian University


CCU’s education licensure and degree programs provide a unique combination of theory and practice to help you develop the skills you need to be an effective teacher and make a meaningful impact on the next generation of learners. The University offers both licensure and non-licensure undergraduate programs in early childhood, elementary, and special education. Students can also earn graduate degrees in special education and curriculum and instruction. All courses are offered 100% online and incorporate a Christ-centered worldview—a cornerstone of the University for more than a century. The flexible format makes it possible for you to take one class at time and still have time for work, family, and life's adventures. The University also offers generous transfer credit options and opportunities to earn credit for prior life experiences. CCU supports active military, veterans, and spouses by offering tuition discounts, on-base class options, and a dedicated military support team.

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  • Lakewood, CO

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Amy Starnes

At Colorado Christian University, I earned my bachelor’s degree in elementary education. As a pastor’s wife, mother and employee, attending classes on a traditional campus seemed impossible. CCU offered classes from a Christian perspective, and the online format let me accomplish a lifelong goal.

Amy Starnes

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Alternative License Special Education

  • 12 months

    Program Duration

  • Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

CCU’s Alternative Teacher Licensing Program is a one-year program for non-licensed teachers currently teaching special education in public or private Colorado schools. In this program, you’ll receive supervised coaching in the classroom. With classroom teaching and graduate coursework, you may earn a recommendation from the university for an initial teaching license (the standard entry-level license in Colorado). This Alternative Licensing Program is authorized by the Colorado Department of Education. To earn a teaching license in Colorado, you’ll need a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and complete an approved educator preparation program. When you successfully complete 15 Alternative Licensing Emphasis credits, you may receive a recommendation for your initial licensure. This does not include your full master’s degree. To earn your master’s degree, you can complete the 18 required credits in CCU’s Curriculum Core, as well as one additional graduate-level class.

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Ways to Lower Your Costs

Students at Colorado Christian University have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Colorado Christian University to see if you can, too!



Colorado Christian University’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies offers the same tuition rate for students in state and out of state. Tuition rates vary by program and academic degree level.


Application Fee Waiver

TEACH Colorado subscribers can use promo code "SUCCESS" to waive the $50 application fee.


Tuition Discount

TEACH Colorado subscribers can take advantage of 10% off tuition toward an Alternative License. To learn more, visit the TEACH Colorado Tuition Discount page. 

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