Academic Catalog 2008-2009 
    
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Academic Catalog 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts: Elementary or Early Childhood Education


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Within the context of a Christian worldview, the BA for Elementary and Early Childhood Education programs provide 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. The educator programs are designed for adults seeking personal transformational change and are taught in an accelerated seminar format. The programs are tailored to the working professional, and can be completed by attending courses on week nights and weekends. 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: Educator programs enhance the student’s teaching abilities through the study of curriculum development, program assessment, psychological foundations of teaching methods, group dynamics, and teaching thinking skills. These principles are then put into practical application with the student gaining hands-on experience in the classroom. This unique combination of textbook knowledge and training contributes to the student’s development as a master teacher.

Leadership (training and development) is yet another emphasis of the program: By utilizing essential and exciting training from the fields of education, students can become proficient in those skills essential to success in the schools.

Students may pursue one of four Bachelor of Arts degrees for educators:

  • BA Liberal Arts with Elementary Education Licensure (kindergarten through sixth grade)
  • BA Elementary Education Theory (no licensure)
  • BA Early Childhood Education Licensure (preschool-third grade)
  • BA Early Childhood Education Theory (no licensure)

Required Courses for BA Liberal Arts with Elementary Education Licensure


In addition to satisfactory completion of required coursework, Colorado State elementary teaching licensure requires a passing score on PLACE or PRAXIS II exams. Students who satisfactorily complete all requirements of the Elementary Education licensure are qualified to teach in kindergarten through sixth grade in Colorado.

Students in the Bachelor’s degree and teaching licensure in elementary education program may earn a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI). Five graduate level courses included in the BA professional core can be applied to the MACI degree.

BA Liberal Arts with Elementary Education Licensure (120 credits):
General Education (22 credits)
Liberal Arts (29 credits)
Electives (13 credits)
Elementary professional core credits (56)

Graduation Requirements


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

  1. Completion of a total of 120 credit hours of courses, including all general education, elective, foundation and major coursework.
  2. Completion of 56 credit hours from the Professional Educator Core Courses (either at CCU or through a combination of CCU and acceptable transfer courses).
  3. Passing score on the PLACE or PRAXIS exam.
  4. A cumulative CCU grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 scale.
  5. Recommendation by the CCU faculty for Elementary licensure.
  6. Compliance with the CCU 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.

Required Courses for BA Elementary Education Theory


Students pursuing this degree are not eligible for Colorado State teaching licensure. No student teaching is required though students are required to complete two Field Experience courses. In addition to the bachelor’s degree in elementary education theory, students may earn a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI). Five graduate level courses included in the BA professional core can be applied to the MACI degree.

Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education Theory (120 credits):
General Education (22 credits)
Liberal Arts (29 credits)
Electives (13 credits)
Elementary professional core credits (56)

Graduation Requirements


The faculty recommends students in the BA in Elementary Education Theory program to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of a total of 120 credit hours of courses, including all general education, elective, foundation and major coursework.
  2. Completion of 56 credit hours from the Professional Educator Core Courses (either at CCU or through a combination of CCU and acceptable transfer courses).
  3. A cumulative CCU grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 scale.
  4. Recommendation by the CCU faculty for Elementary Education Theory.
  5. Compliance with the CCU 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.

Required Courses for BA Early Childhood Education Licensure


In addition to satisfactory completion of required coursework, Colorado State teaching for Early Childhood Education licensure requires a passing score on the PLACE exam. Students who satisfactorily complete all requirements of the Early Childhood Education licensure program are qualified to teach preschool through third grade in Colorado.

Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education with Licensure
General Education (22 credits)
Liberal Arts (29 credits)
Electives (13 credits)
Early Childhood professional core credits (56)

Graduation Requirements


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

  1. Completion of a total of 120 credit hours, including all general education, elective, foundation and major coursework.
  2. A passing score on PLACE exam for Early Childhood.
  3. Completion of 56 credit hours from the Professional Educator Core Courses (either at CCU or through a combination of CCU and acceptable transfer courses).
  4. A cumulative CCU grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 scale.
  5. Compliance with the CCU Residency requirements .
  6. Recommendation by the CCU faculty for Early Childhood licensure.
  7. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  8. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

Required Courses for BA Early Childhood Education Theory


Students pursuing this degree are not eligible for Colorado State teaching licensure; however, this degree may meet educational requirements for teaching in private preschools, Head Start, or other agencies. No student teaching is required though students are required to complete two Field Experience courses.

Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education Theory (120 credits):
General Education (22 credits)
Liberal Arts (29 credits)
Electives (13 credits)
Early Childhood Professional Core (56)

Graduation Requirements


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

  1. Completion of a total of 120 credit hours of courses, including all general education, elective, foundation and major coursework.
  2. Completion of 56 credit hours from the Professional Educator Core Courses (either at CCU or through a combination of CCU and acceptable transfer courses).
  3. A cumulative CCU grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 scale.
  4. Compliance with the CCU Residency requirements .
  5. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  6. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

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