Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    Dec 02, 2022  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Licensure)

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Within the context of a Christian worldview, the B.A. in Early Childhood Education (Licensure) 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 emphasis on becoming a licensed teacher enhances the student’s instructional skills 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 through field-based experiences in real early childhood classrooms, culminating in a semester-long student teaching experience.

Students who satisfactorily complete all requirements of the program and the requirements for Colorado state licensure are qualified to teach birth through eight years in public and private schools in Colorado. Upon successful program completion, graduates also meet requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International. Students residing outside of Colorado may reciprocate the Colorado teaching license to their state per that states’s reciprocation requirments.

Students graduating from the B.A. in Early Childhood Education (Licensure) program may apply to the  Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction  (MACI) program at CCU. Upon acceptance, one graduate level course included in the B.A. professional core can be applied to the MACI “Non-Emphasis” degree.

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Licensure) requires completion of the following 120 hours:
General Education Core (48 credits)
Electives (24 credits)
Prerequisite Professional Core (6 credits)
Early Childhood Professional Core (42 credits)

General Education Core Requirements (48 credit hours)

Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)

Biblical Studies (9 credit hours)

Communications (9 credit hours)

Integrative Studies (3 credit hours)

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Natural/Physical Science (6 credit hours)

Must include 1 credit hour science lab.

Social Science (9 credit hours)

Elective Requirements (24 credit hours)

  • Complete 24 hours of elective 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 college or 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, not to include field work or practicum experiences.

Requirements for Entrance into the ECE Professional Core:

  • CCU-specified background check.  Required for program admission into School of Education Professions (SEP) programs in order to participate in field experience requirements.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 for courses completed at CCU. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at CCU prior to admission into SEP programs.
  • Interview with SEP program director or other SEP staff designee.
  • Writing sample completed at time of interview.
  • One non-family letter of recommendation. 
  • Applicants must complete all general education, and elective requirements prior to enrolling in any SEP core program 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. Prerequisite requirements may not be part of the 9 outstanding credits.

Graduation Requirements

The faculty recommends students in the B.A. in  Early Childhood Education (Licensure) to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements:

  • Completion of a total of 120 credits, including all general education, prerequisite, professional core, and elective requirements.  
  • Passing score on the Colorado Department of Education required teacher licensing exam.
  • Recommendation by the CAGS School of Education Professions Dean for Early Childhood Education Licensing by the Colorado Department of Education.
  • A grade of D or higher in all CCU non-education coursework, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher in all CCU coursework.
  • 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.
  • Teacher candidates must earn a grade of C or higher in the student teaching practicum.
  • 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.

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