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 emphasis on becoming a master teacher 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 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 meet requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International and may also 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, two 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 (22 credits)
Liberal Arts Major Core (26 credits)
Special Education Professional Core (48 credits)
Electives (24 credits)