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MA in Curriculum and Instruction: Alternative Licensing

Non-licensed educators who are looking to prepare for initial teaching licensure in Colorado may be interested in Colorado Christian University's Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Alternative Licensing emphasis. Learn more about this online master's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Alternative Licensing

School Offering Program:

Colorado Christian University

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Program Prerequisites:

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Alternative Licensing emphasis is intended for non-licensed teachers who are currently teaching in public and private schools in Colorado. Applicants to any master's degree program at Colorado Christian University should have at least a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Colorado Christian University's Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction focuses on advanced curriculum development theories and is tailored specifically for professionals and teachers who are already working in education. Students in this program have the chance to learn innovative methodologies for designing instructional materials, overarching theories on education, and professional development plans. Coursework touches on topics like alternative teaching, research methods, and professional ethics. The alternative licensing emphasis includes supervised coaching in the classroom and is designed to help students prepare for licensure by the Colorado Department of Education.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Colorado Christian University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Alternative Licensing:

Graduating from this master's program requires students to complete 36 credit hours. These credit hours are divided equally between the core curriculum and the emphasis. Contact Colorado Christian University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements (18 credits)

  • Curriculum and Instructional Design
  • Studies in Education
  • Action Research Methods
  • Curriculum & Instruction Online
  • Instructional Methodologies
  • Capstone

Alternative Licensing Emphasis Requirements (18 credits)

  • Internship in Teaching I
  • Internship in Teaching II
  • Advanced Special Needs Strategies
  • Advanced Techniques in Classroom Management
  • Reading Instruction K-12
  • One additional education course

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction - Alternative Licensing program is intended to help students prepare for licensure and continue in the workforce, some may choose to continue their study at the doctoral level. Doing so may offer them the opportunity to teach at the highest levels of education or seek positions in education research or administration.

Here are a few examples of doctoral degrees in this field:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning
  • Doctor of Education in Education Administration
  • Ph.D. in Education: Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation
  • EdD in Curriculum and Instruction

Career Paths:

After completing this master's degree in curriculum and instruction with an Alternative Licensing emphasis, graduates could have the necessary education to meet initial licensing requirements of the state of Colorado. They could have also gained the skills needed to advance their teaching career or seek new roles in curriculum development or administration. Some positions a graduate might consider include:

  • Director of curriculum and instruction
  • Education program supervisor
  • Adult educator
  • Instructional coach
  • Curriculum specialist/writer

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