Jul 12, 2020
Within the context of a Christian worldview, the BA in Liberal Arts with Early Childhood Education Theory 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 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 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 and the field hours required in curriculum courses.
Students in the bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with Early Childhood Education Theory program may apply to the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) degree. 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 Early Childhood Education Theory (120 credits):
General Education (19 credits)
Liberal Arts Major Core (32 credits)
Prerequisite Professional Core (6 credit hours)
Early Childhood Professional Core (34 credits)
Electives (29 credits)
General Education Core Requirements (19 credit hours)
Communication (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 (32 credit hours)
Elective Requirements (29 credit hours)
Choose 29 hours of elective credits.
Requirements for entrance into the Professional Core:
- 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.)
- 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.
- Interview with Dean of Curriculum and Instruction Education, Program Director or other education staff designee.
- 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.
- 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.
- In addition, applicants to an early childhood education program must submit official transcripts of completion of two prerequisite courses at a Colorado community college or another accredited institution of higher education (prerequisites listed below). *Prerequisite requirements may not be part of the 9 outstanding credits.
Prerequisite Professional Core Requirements (6 credit hours)
Students must demonstrate a foundational background in early childhood education prior to beginning this degree by transferring 6 credits of early childhood education coursework from an accredited university. All students must transfer ECE 205 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition for ECE (3) and the additional 3 credits may be from any 100 level or higher ECE course, except field work or practicum experiences.
Professional Core Requirements ( 34 credit hours)
The faculty recommends students in the BA in Liberal Arts with Early Childhood Education Theory to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements:
- Completion of a total of 120 credits of courses, including all general education, liberal arts, elective, and professional core requirements.
- A letter grade of D or higher in all CCU non-education coursework, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all CCU coursework.
- Students must earn a C- or better in all education cohort core courses, and must consistently demonstrate professional disposition qualities, knowledge and skills in all core courses and field studies.
- Compliance with CAGS residency requirements .
- Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
- No outstanding financial obligations to the University.