Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
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Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Theory (CAGS)

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Within the context of a Christian worldview, the B.A. in Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Theory 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.

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 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; however, this degree may meet educational requirements for teaching in private schools, international schools, or other agencies. No student teaching is required although 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, two graduate level courses included in the B.A. professional core can be applied to the MACI degree. 

Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Theory (120 credits):
General Education (22 credits)
Liberal Arts Major Core (26 credits)
Special Education Professional Core (37 credits)
Electives (35 credits)

General Education Core Requirements (22 credit hours)

Integrative Studies (3 credit hours)

Behavioral, Social Science (3 credit hours)

Communication (9 credit hours)

Written Communication

Additional Written Communication (choose one)

Oral/Interpersonal Communication (choose one)

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Natural/Physical Science (4 credits w/lab)

Liberal Arts Major Core Requirements (26 credit hours)

Elective Requirements (35 credit hours)

Complete 35 hours of additional electives.

Requirements for Entrance into the Professional Core:

  1. Completed background check.  (Required for program admission in order to be placed in a field experience.)
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 for courses completed at CCU.  A minimum of 9 credit hours 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. Writing sample completed at time of interview.
  5. Education theory applicants are not required to take and pass the state approved content exam in Elementary Education prior to enrolling in any education theory core courses. However, applicants who do not pass the test may NOT be admitted to any education licensure program without submission of a passing score on the state approved content exam.
  6. 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.
  7. One non-family letter of recommendation.

Graduation Requirements

The Faculty recommends students in the B.A. in Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Theory to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of a total of 120 credits of courses, including all general education, elective, and major coursework.
  2. A grade of D or higher in all CCU non-education coursework, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher in all CCU coursework.
  3. Students must earn a C- or higher in all education core courses, and must consistently demonstrate professional disposition qualities, knowledge and skills in all core courses and field studies.
  4. Compliance with CAGS 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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