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M.Ed in Special Education: Alternative Licensing

Colorado Christian University's Master of Education (M.Ed) in Special Education program with an Alternative Licensing emphasis is designed to help working non-licensed Colorado teachers obtain an entry-level teaching license recommendation while earning an advanced degree. Read more about this master's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

M.Ed in Special Education: Alternative Licensing Emphasis

School Offering Program:

Colorado Christian University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Before entering this program, applicants must have completed a bachelor's or master's degree program, hold an average undergraduate GPA of 2.5, and complete a background check. They must also be non-licensed teachers already teaching in a Colorado public or private school. Applicants to Colorado Christian University's master's degree programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From teaching strategies in math, reading, and language arts to evaluation and assessment practices for students with special needs, the M.Ed in Special Education with an Alternative Licensing emphasis program at Colorado Christian University is designed to cover the topics information special education teachers need to know to pursue licensure in the field. Coursework in this program might cover the development of collaborative relationships in special education, intervention methods for behavioral issues, the use of adaptive devices and software, and instructional accommodations for special needs students. A two-part internship satisfies the 225 hours of professional development required by Colorado law that must be completed during one year of employment as an alternative licensure educator.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

43 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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 a M.Ed in Special Education Alternative Licensing:

To earn this degree, students must complete 29 credits in the alternative licensing curriculum and 14 additional credits in core special education courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Colorado Christian University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Special Education Alternative Licensing Core Courses (29 credits)

  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Collaboration, Partnerships, and Secondary Transition in Special Education
  • Classroom Management for Special Needs Students
  • Advanced Math Strategies for Intervention
  • Internship in Teaching I
  • Internship in Teaching II
  • Diagnostic Assessment/Evaluation of Students with Mild/Moderate Needs
  • Curriculum & Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Needs
  • Assistive and Technological Devices
  • Language Development: Disorders of Individuals with Special Needs
  • Reading Instruction K-12

Required Core Courses for M.Ed in Special Education (14 credits)

  • Issues in Education
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Diversity, Disability, and Special Education
  • Special Education Action Research Methods
  • Special Education Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once all requirements to earn the M.Ed in Special Education degree have been completed, graduates could be prepared to expand their role in special education instruction. For more advanced roles in curriculum development or to pursue a research or academic career, graduates might seek a doctorate. A doctoral degree might also be necessary to upper administrative positions in colleges or universities. Examples of doctoral degrees are listed here:

  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Education - Special Education
  • Ph.D. in Education - Special Education

Career Paths:

The M.Ed in Special Education Alternative Licensing program at Colorado Christian University is generally designed to help those already working as teachers to expand their knowledge of special education practices and strategies and become eligible for alternative licensing. Graduate could be able to seek positions such as:

  • Special education teacher
  • Special education course developer
  • Special education coordinator

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