Within the context of a Christian worldview, the B.A. in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (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.
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.
The skills and dispositions of the professional educator will be developed through the study of curriculum development, student assessment, psychological foundations, teaching methods, group dynamics, and critical thinking. These principles are then put into practical application through field-based experiences in real special education classrooms. This combination of conceptual knowledge applied in real-world classroom experiences contributes to the student’s development as a professional special education teacher.
Upon successful program completion, graduates meet requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International. Students pursuing this degree are not eligible for a Colorado State teaching licensure. However, this degree may meet educational requirements for teaching in private K-12 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.
Upon completion of this program, students may apply to CCU’s Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) or Master of Special Education programs. Upon acceptance, up to two of the garduate level couarses included in the B.A. professional core can be applied to these programs.
The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Non-Licensure) requires completion of the following 120 hours:
General Education Core (48 credits)
Electives (35 credits)
Special Education Professional Core (37 credits)