Within the context of a Christian worldview, the B.A. in Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure) degree provides a challenging, theory-based and application-oriented approach to education. 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 skills and dispositions of the professional educator will be developed through the study of curriculum development, program assessment, psychological foundations, teaching methods, group dynamics, and critical thinking. These principles are then put into practical application through field-based experiences in real K-6 classrooms. This combination of conceptual knowledge applied in real-world classroom experiences contributes to the student’s development as a professional elementary educator.
Upon successful program completion, graduates meet requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International. Students pursuing this degree are not eligible for Colorado State teaching licensure. However, this degree may meet educational requirements for teaching in private elementary schools, some charter schools, international schools, or other agencies. No student teaching is required, though students are required to complete two field experience courses and the field hours required in methods courses.
Students graduating from the B.A. in Elementary Education (Non-Licensure) program may apply to the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program at CCU. Upon acceptance, two graduate level courses included in the B.A. professional core can be applied to the MACI “Non-Emphasis” degree.
The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Non-Licensure) requires completion of the following 120 hours:
General Education Core (48 credits)
Electives (35 credits)
Elementary Education Professional Core (37 credits)