Grounded in Christian faith, the School of Education (SoE) prepares teachers from culturally diverse backgrounds with academic and professional expertise for service in public and private schools, locally, nationally and globally. Graduates demonstrate academic knowledge, specialized skills, leadership, and a commitment to the academic achievement and lives of children/youth in America and beyond.
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 with professional, state-approved teacher licensure programs in Elementary Education (K-6), Secondary Education (7-12; Science, English, Mathematics or Social Studies), Music (K-12), and Special Education: Generalist (K-12+/ages 5-21). The School of Education provides a carefully planned sequence of courses and clinical practice in CCU Partnership Schools that leads to effective, standards-based teacher preparation.
In addition to state-approved teacher licensure programs, the School of Education offers a non-licensure B.A. program in Teaching and Learning. In this program, students complete 30 credits in the professional education core, where options exist for a focus on elementary or secondary content alongside school-based field experiences. Students then choose an established CCU minor of their choice to allow for an additional area of focus. 51 credits in the general education core as well as 21 elective credits complete this robust degree, preparing graduates for a wide array of educational, business or Christian careers throughout the world.
Teacher Licensure Programs
The School of Education teacher licensure programs are state-accredited and include all requirements stipulated by the Colorado Department of Education and the 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, including a passing score on requisite state licensure PRAXIS exams, and graduation from the University, 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 Quality Standards, the appropriate Colorado Licensure Endorsement Standards, and the K-12 Colorado Academic Standards. Teacher Candidates apply and meet criteria for admission to the School of Education and the specific licensure program. In the professional program, Teacher Candidates participate in theoretical coursework, action research, and a minimum of 800-850 school-based, clinical practice hours under a School-Based Teacher who has demonstrated evidence of their effectiveness increasing K-6/7-12 student achievement.
Three semesters prior to the Student Teaching Internship, Teacher Candidates are required to take and pass the PRAXIS II exam in their academic content/endorsement area. As applicable, Teacher Candidates work directly with state education officials outside of Colorado to be advised of the appropriate teacher licensure examination, as well as other applicable licensure requirements. Some students will find this website helpful in understanding state licensure requirements: https://www.ecs.org/50-state-comparison-teacher-license-reciprocity/
United States Department of Education Information
The United States Department of Education requires that all institutions receiving federal assistance under the Higher Education Act to report the following information:
- Program Information: 201 students were enrolled in the teacher licensure programs offered by the College of Undergraduate Studies and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies during the academic 2015-2016 year (Source: CO Department of Education, 2016 Legislative Report). The SoE, within the College of Undergraduate Studies, served 164 Teacher Candidates during the 2017-2018 academic year (Source: CCU enrollment data system).
- Accreditation: The teacher preparation licensure programs offered by Colorado Christian University are accredited/authorized by the State of Colorado under the auspices of the Higher Learning Commission who accredits CCU as an institution of higher learning.
- Program Completer Pass Rate: Program Completers during the 2014-2015 academic year demonstrated a 100% pass rate on state licensure exams.
Students/Teacher Candidates must qualify and complete a screening process for acceptance into the SoE Teacher Licensure Program. The application is completed and submitted directly to the School of Education. General education or major courses can be taken prior to screening. Only screened students are permitted to register for advanced professional education courses. As part of the screening process, students are required to either meet the general CCU admissions requirements for ACT or SAT entrance exams, or pass basic skills assessments administered by the School of Education (e.g., spelling, grammar, etc.). Students learn about and initiate the screening process during introductory courses in their chosen program of study in the School of Education. Further information is available from the School of Education.
Students must complete courses in three categories: 1) CCU General Education, 2) the Major (Liberal Arts, English, Mathematics, General Science, History or Music) and 3) SoE Professional Education Courses.
Please note that the School of Education offers licensure programs approved by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. We are accountable and responsive to these outside accreditation bodies. 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.
During Student Teaching, Teacher Candidates/Student Teachers must be assessed proficient on all Colorado Teacher Quality Standards; demonstrate proficiency on all standards-aligned criteria of an Action Research Project; document a positive impact on the academic achievement of K-6/7-12/K-12 classroom students; and demonstrate proficiency on all SoE Professional Dispositions. Student Teachers who do not maintain these standards/requirements may be dismissed from the program, or may not be recommended for teacher licensure. Student Teachers may retake the Student Teaching Internship semester to achieve comprehensive proficiency on the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards and SoE Professional Dispositions with permission from the SoE Dean.
Teacher Candidates are recommended to take and pass their designated Colorado teacher licensure PRAXIS exam(s) three semesters prior to the Student Teaching Internship. A passing score on the requisite teacher licensure PRAXIS exam(s) is a SoE graduation requirement. Current PRAXIS exam requirements may be found on the Colorado Department of Education website here: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/endorsementrequirements
Due to the responsibilities of Student Teaching, School of Education policy restricts 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 may also be restricted.
Progress and SoE Policies
Appropriate progress requires students to maintain a cumulative 2.50 GPA or higher, across all courses taken at Colorado Christian University. In addition, Teacher Candidates must demonstrate patterns of professional behavior appropriate for an individual preparing for a position of public trust. Teacher Candidates who fail to maintain professional standards or fail to resolve identified issues may be dismissed from the program or placed on a professional development plan.
Students who are conditionally admitted may not enroll in Field 1 their first semester at CCU. Exceptions may be made by the SoE Dean’s Office.
Students who do not receive passing grades for the field component of a course, will not receive a passing grade for the course.
Students who receive a grade of D+, D, D- or an F in a course within the major or SoE Professional Core will be required to re-take the course in order to achieve a grade of C- or higher.
Students are not permitted to take CAGS courses in the major or the SoE professional core without prior approval from the SoE Dean’s Office.
To be recommended for licensure, a student/Teacher Candidate must complete the following:
- Completion of all required General Education, Major and SoE Professional courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher;
- Successful Student Teaching - including evidence of assessed proficiency on all Colorado Teacher Quality Standards; assessed proficiency on the standards-aligned Action Research Project; documentation of impacting K-6/7-12/K-12 student academic achievement through classroom instruction; and demonstrated proficiency on all SoE Professional Dispositions;
- Completion of the CCU chapel requirement, ministry hours requirement, and all other CCU graduation requirements;
- Completion of the Teacher Candidate Portfolio Defense;
- Documented 800-850+ hours of K-6/7-12/K-12 clinical practice with all required Lesson Observations implemented;
- Passing score on the Colorado Department of Education PRAXIS licensure test(s) in the Teacher Candidate’s licensure content/endorsement area;
- Colorado Department of Education application for licensure with a signature from the School of Education Dean.
Association of Christian Schools International Teacher Certification
All students/Teacher Candidates graduating from the SoE teacher licensure programs are eligible to apply for Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) teacher certification.