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

Post Baccalaureate Special Education Generalist Licensing (CAGS)

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Adult students who have already earned a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree may qualify for admission to the Post Baccalaureate Special Education Generalist Licensing.  This program provides a path for a licensure recommendation to the Colorado Department of Education, but does not result in a degree.   Within the context of a Christian worldview, the Post Baccalaureate Special Education Generalist Licensing Program 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, private, and international 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 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.  This combination of conceptual knowledge applied in real-world classroom experience contributes to the student’s  development as a master teacher.

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.

In addition to satisfactory completion of required coursework, candidates must pass the Colorado Department of Education required special education teacher license exam. Students who satisfactorily complete all requirements of the Special Education Generalist Licensing program are qualified to teach K-12 special education. Upon successful program completion, graduates meet requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International and may also apply to the Colorado Department of Education for a teaching license in both Elementary Education and Special Education Generalist.

Students in the Post Baccalaureate Special Education Generalist Licensing Program may apply to the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) .  Upon acceptance, two graduate level courses included in the professional core can be applied to the MACI degree.

The Post Baccalaureate Special Education Generalist Licensing program requires completion of a minimum of 69 semester hours as follows: 
General Education and Liberal Arts Prerequisites (12 credits)
Colorado Christian University (CAGS) Core (9 credits)
Professional Core (48 credits)

General Education and Liberal Arts Prerequisites (12 credit hours)

Colorado Christian University (CAGS) Core (9 credit hours)

Requirements for entrance into the Professional Core:

  1. Completed background check.  (Required for program admission in order to be placed in a field experience in a public school.)
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.75. Nine credit hours must be completed at CCU prior to enrolling in education courses.
  3. Interview with Dean of Curriculum and Instruction Education, Program Director or other education staff designee.
  4. Writing sample completed at time of interview.
  5. Applicants must provide official transcript of having completed a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited university.  The transcript must include at least one course in each of these four areas:  English Composition, college math, science and a social science.
  6. One non-family letter of recommendation.

Program Completion Requirements

  1. Passing score on the Colorado Department of Education required Special Education Generalist teacher license exam.
  2. Completion of a total of 69 credit hours including: general education and liberal arts prerequisites, CCU CAGS courses, and professional core requirements.  
  3. A minimum cumulative CCU grade point average of 2.75 or higher on the University’s 4.0 scale.
  4. Teacher candidates 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.
  5. In Student Teaching the teacher candidates must earn a grade of C or higher.
  6. Completion of a License Completion Application.
  7. Compliance with CAGS residency requirements .
  8. Recommendation by the CAGS School of Education Professions Dean for Special Education Generalist Licensing by the Colorado Department of Education.
  9. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

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