Within the context of a Christian worldview, the BA in Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist 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 the special education field. 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 emphasis on becoming a master teacher 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. The application of conceptual knowledge in real-world classroom experiences contributes to the student’s development as a special education generalist.
As schools of the 21st century strive to increase performance of all students, they provide multiple tiers of research-based instruction, and strive 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.
Upon successful program completion, graduates meet requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International. Students pursing 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 and the field hours required for curriculum courses. In addition to the bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Theory program, students 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.
This academic program has been updated from the 2015-2016 Academic Catalog, effective November 30, 2015. Students who began their academic program before November 30, 2015 will adhere to the requirements listed in the 2015-2016 Catalog as long as there is no break in enrollment. Students who began their academic program on November 30, 2015 through the end of the spring 2016 term are under the requirements of the 2015-2016 Addended Catalog, listed below.
Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Theory (120 credits):
General Education (25 credits)
Liberal Arts Major Core (26 credits)
Special Education Professional Core (40 credits)
Electives (29 credits)