Academic Catalog 2013-2014 
    Oct 19, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Licensing (CAGS)

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Within the context of a Christian worldview, the BA in Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Licensing degree provides a challenging, theory-based and application-oriented approach to education. Students acquire knowledge, develop skills, and demonstrate competencies necessary to teach effectively in the special education field. Courses and field experiences develop educators who are dedicated to addressing diverse learner needs with excellence through servant - leadership in their field and in society.

The master teacher emphasis enhances the student’s teaching abilities through the study of curriculum development, program assessment, psychological foundations of teaching methods, group dynamics, and critical thinking skills. These principles are then put into practical application with the student gaining hands-on experience in the classroom. The application of conceptual knowledge in real-world classroom experiences contributes to the student’s development as a special education generalist. 

As schools of the 21st century strive to increase performance of all students, they provide multiple tiers of research-based instruction, and strive to meet a variety of student needs. The special education generalist plays a critical role in providing instruction and support for students with disabilities across the tiers. Generalists are good problem solvers who ask questions, continually reflect on and adjust their practice, are committed to individualization, and believe all students can learn.

In addition to satisfactory completion of required coursework, candidates must pass the Special Education Generalist PLACE exam. Students who satisfactorily complete all requirements of the Special Education Generalist Licensing program are qualified to teach K-12 special education. Upon successful program completion, graduates apply to the Colorado Department of Education for a teaching license.

Students in the bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Licensing program may apply to the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) . Upon acceptance, three graduate level courses included in the BA professional core can be applied to the MACI degree.

Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Licensing (120 credits)
General Education (19 credits)
Liberal Arts Major Core (32 credits)
Special Education Professional Core (50 credits)
Electives (19 credits)

General Education Core Requirements (19 credit hours)

Communication (9 credit hours)

 Must include 6 credits of written and 3 credits of oral communication.

Behavioral, Social Science (3 credit hours)

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

  • MAT 110A - Math Concepts (3)
  • Or higher level Math. MAT 212A (Statistics) cannot be used to fulfill general education requirement.

Natural/Physical Science (4 credits w/ lab)

Liberal Arts Major Core Requirements (32 credit hours)

Elective Requirements (19 credit hours)

 Complete 19 hours of additional electives.

Requirements for entrance into the Professional Core:

  1. Completed background check by submitting fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for acceptance by the Colorado Department of Education. (Required for program admission in order to be placed in a field experience in a public school.)
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for courses completed at CCU. A minimum of 9 hours of credits must be completed at CCU prior to admission into the education programs.
  3. Interview with Dean of Curriculum and Instruction Education, Program Director or other education staff designee.
  4. All applicants must take and pass the PLACE or PRAXIS II test in Elementary Education and submit test results to CCU prior to enrolling in any education core courses. Applicants that do not pass the test may be admitted by the Program Director under conditional admission, retake the test, and submit a passing score by the end of the first semester.
  5. Applicants must complete all general education, liberal arts, and elective requirements prior to enrolling in any education courses. Applicants may be admitted by the Program Director for conditional admission with a maximum of 9 credits outstanding in any of the above areas.

Graduation Requirements

The faculty recommends students in the BA in Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Licensing to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a total of 120 credits of courses, including all general education, elective, and major coursework. 
  2. A passing score on the PLACE Special Education Generalist exam.
  3. A letter grade of D or higher in all CCU non-education coursework, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all CCU coursework.
  4. Teacher candidates must earn a C- or better in all education cohort core courses, and must consistently demonstrate professional disposition qualities, knowledge and skills in all core courses and field studies. In Student Teaching the teacher candidates must earn a grade of C or better, be assessed as proficient in all Teacher Performance Standards, which includes the Teacher Work Sample and Teaching Evidence Log. Teacher candidates who do not maintain these standards may be dismissed from the program and/ or not be recommended for teacher licensure.
  5. Recommendation by the CAGS Division of Curriculum and Instruction Education Dean for Special Education Generalist Licensing by the Colorado Department of Education. 
  6. Compliance with CAGS residency requirements .
  7. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar. 
  8. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.


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