Elementary Education Licensure Program: B.A. Liberal Arts (CUS)
Secondary Education Licensure Program: B.A. English (CUS)
Secondary Education Licensure Program: B.S. General Science (CUS)
Secondary Education Licensure Program: B.A. History (CUS)
Music Education K-12 Licensure Program: B.M. (School of Education) (CUS)
Special Education Generalist Licensure Program: B.A.Liberal Arts (CUS)
The School of Education in collaboration with the School of Humanities and Sciences and the School of Music offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Music degrees that prepare students to pursue teaching careers in Elementary Education (K-6), Secondary Education (7-12), Special Education Generalist (K-12), and Music Education (K-12).
The School of Education offers a carefully planned professional sequence of courses and clinical practicum within the framework of the arts and sciences. The purpose of the School of Education is to equip future teachers with academic and professional expertise for service in both public and private schools, locally and globally. Our teacher candidates are prepared for the academic and professional leadership and accountability required to transform the educational achievement and lives of young children and youth, as well as to advance the field of education.
Teacher Licensure Programs
The School of Education Teacher Licensure Programs are state approved and include all requirements stipulated by the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado Department of Higher Education for professional teacher licensure in Colorado K-12 public schools. Upon completion of education program requirements at the proficient level and graduation from the University, our students (teacher candidates) are recommended for Colorado Teacher Licensure awarded by the State of Colorado.
Teacher Licensure Programs are performance based with content, activities, and assessments aligned to the Colorado Teacher Performance Standards, the appropriate Colorado Licensure Standards, and the K-12 Colorado Academic Standards. Students apply and meet criteria for admission to the School of Education and the specific licensure program. In the professional program students participate in theoretical coursework, research, and 800 hours of clinical practicum.
Three semesters prior to student teaching, teacher candidates are required to take and pass the PLACE or PRAXIS II exam in their content area. The School of Education is not responsible for delays in student teaching placement or student graduation that may occur as a result of not meeting this policy. Students who are unable to fulfill this program requirement will be placed on a remediation plan.
The PLACE is taken by those students who plan to seek a teaching position in Colorado while the PRAXIS II is accepted in Colorado and numerous other states. As applicable, students can check with state education offices outside of Colorado to be advised of the appropriate teacher examination.
United States Department of Education Information
The United States Department of Education requires that all institutions receiving federal assistance under the Higher Education Act report the following information:
- Program Information: The School of Education had 160 students in the School of Education College of Undergraduate Studies during the academic year 2011-12
- The teacher preparation licensure programs offered by Colorado Christian University are approved by the State of Colorado.
- Pass Rate: CCU students taking the state teacher exam from Colorado Christian University had a 100 percent pass rate for the academic year 2011-12.
Students must qualify and complete a screening process for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Application is made to the School of Education Dean. General education or major courses can be taken prior to screening. Only screened students are permitted to register for advanced professional education courses.
For the Elementary and Music Education Programs students apply as a part of the coursework in EDU 201 . The first required school-based field, EDU 214 , must also be completed or in process.
For the Secondary Education Program, students apply as a part of the coursework in EDU 204 . The first required school-based field, EDU 215 , must also be completed or in process.
For the Special Education Generalist K-12 Program, students apply as part of the coursework in SPD 330 . The first required school-based field, SPD 213 , must also be completed or in process.
Additional criteria for screening includes:
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in CCU courses.
- Submission of a signed Application for Admission found in the CCU Teacher Education Handbook.
- Submission of the signed Contract found in the CCU Teacher Education Handbook. This signature acknowledges that the student has read and will comply with the information found in the CCU Teacher Education Handbook.
- Written documentation of 50 contact hours of appropriate experience as a leader, counselor, or aide working with elementary, middle school, or secondary children. Appropriate experience includes work with athletic programs, church youth, camps, Boy or Girl Scouts, 4-H, Head Start, or teacher’s aide programs. Appropriate experiences can be paid or voluntary within the past five years (does not include babysitting). Hours may also be split between experiences if needed.
- Submission of fingerprint card and fee (required by state when visiting K-12 schools).
- Passing scores on one of the following basic skills exams:
- COMPASS: Reading 85; Writing 85; Math Placement Domain of College Algebra or Higher
- ACT: English 21; Math 21; Reading 21
- SAT: Math 518; Reading 508; Writing 508
- Writing Sample Reflection Essay
- Two references from sources outside the School of Education Faculty.
Appropriate progress requires students to maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA or higher for all courses taken at the university. In addition, teacher candidates must demonstrate patterns of behavior appropriate for an individual preparing for a position of public trust. Students failing to maintain professional standards or failing to resolve performance dispositions may be dismissed from the program. Additional specific criteria are defined in the Teacher Education Handbook.
Teacher candidates must earn a C- or better in all pre-internship- internship professional education courses, and must demonstrate proficient performance, knowledge and skills in all professional courses. In Teaching Internship/Student Teaching the teacher candidates must earn a grade of C or better, be assessed proficient in all Teacher Performance Standards, which includes the Action Research Project and Teaching Evidence Log. Teacher candidates who do not maintain these standards may be dismissed from the program or will not be recommended for teacher licensure.
Teaching Internship/Student Teaching
Teacher candidates must complete a student teaching professional internship bringing school-based clock hours to the state required minimum of 800 in an elementary or secondary school setting. Successful completion of student teaching requires assessed proficiency on each of the forty-five Teacher Performance Standards/Standard Elements and assessed proficiency on the standards-aligned Action Research Project and Teaching Evidence Log, the teacher candidate’s documentation of effective teaching with classroom students. Further requirements for the student teaching are listed in the Student Teacher Handbook and can be obtained by request through the School of Education.
Students must take and pass the designated Colorado teacher licensure exam PLACE or PRAXIS II three semesters prior to student teaching (see Teacher Licensure Programs above).
Due to responsibilities of Student Teaching, School of Education policy prohibits students from holding an outside job either full or part time, paid or volunteer, during the Student Teaching semester. Extra curricular activities on the CCU campus are also restricted.
To be recommended for licensure, a student must complete the following:
- Successful teaching internships - including evidence of assessed proficiency on the Colorado Teacher Performance Standards; assessed proficiency on the standards-aligned Action Research Project; and Teaching Evidence Log.
- Documented 800 hours of K-12 clinical practicum.
- Passing score on the Colorado Department of Education-adopted PLACE or PRAXIS II licensure test in the student’s licensure content area.
- Completion of all courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
- Colorado Department of Education application for licensure.
Association of Christian Schools International Teacher Certification
All students completing the CUS teacher education programs will be recommended for Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) teacher certification.
Students must complete courses in three categories: 1) General Education, 2) Major (Liberal Arts, English, Music, General Science, or History) and 3) Professional Education Courses.
Please note that the School of Education offers licensure programs approved by the Colorado State Board of Education; we are accountable and responsive to this outside accreditation body. Thus, on occasion a specific major or professional course requirement may be changed from that listed in this catalog to meet dynamic higher education teacher preparation requirements and to assure our teacher candidates are prepared with best practices.