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  Jan 23, 2018
Academic Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Arts with Early Childhood Education Licensing (CAGS)

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Within the context of a Christian worldview, the BA in Liberal Arts with Early Childhood Education Licensing provides a challenging, theory-based and application-oriented approach to education. Students acquire knowledge, develop skills and demonstrate competencies necessary to teach effectively in public and private schools. 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. This combination of conceptual knowledge applied in real-world classroom experiences contributes to the student’s development as a master teacher.

Students who satisfactorily complete all requirements of the early childhood education licensing program are qualified to teach preschool through third grade in Colorado. 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 Early Childhood Education 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 Early Childhood Education Licensing (120 credits)
General Education (22 credits)
Liberal Arts Major Core (29 credits)
Prerequisites (9 credits)
Early Childhood Professional Core (48 credits)
Electives (12 credits)

General Education Core Requirements (22 credit hours)

Adult Studies Seminar - (3 credit hours)

Communications - (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)

Natural/Physical Science - (4 credits w/lab)

Liberal Arts Major Core Requirements (29 credit hours)

Elective Requirements (12 credit hours)

Choose 12 hours of elective credits.

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, Program Director or other education staff designee.
  4. All applicants must take and pass the PLACE test in Early Childhood 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.
  6. In addition, applicants to an early childhood education program must submit official transcripts of completion of the following prerequisite courses at a Colorado community college or another accredited institution of higher education:
  • ECE 205 Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • ECE 240 Administration of ECE (CCU course number: ECE 226A)
  • ECE 241 Human Relations for ECE (CCU course number ECE 216A)

*Prerequisite requirements may not be part of the 9 outstanding credits.

Graduation Requirements

The faculty recommends students in the BA in Liberal Arts with Early Childhood Education Licensing program to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of a total of 120 credits, including all general education, liberal arts, electives, and professional core requirements.  
  2. Passing score on the PLACE exam.
  3. A letter grade of D or better and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in all CCU coursework.
  4. Recommendation by the CAGS Division of Curriculum and Instruction Dean for Early Childhood Education Licensing by the Colorado Department of Education. 
  5. Compliance with CAGS residency requirements .
  6. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  7. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.


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