Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    Mar 26, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Licensure)

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Within the context of a Christian worldview, the B.A. in Elementary 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.  These principles are then put into practical application through field-based experiences in real K-6 classrooms, culminating in a semester-long student teaching experience.

Students who satisfactorily complete all requirements of this program and the requirements for Colorado state licensure are qualified to teach kindergarten through 6th grade in public, charter, and private schools in Colorado, and in international schools.  Graduates of this program 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 state’s reciprocation requirements.

Students in the bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (Licensure) program may apply to the  Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction  (MACI) program at CCU. Upon acceptance, two graduate level courses included in the B.A. professional core can be applied to the MACI “Non-Emphasis” degree.

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Licensure) requires completion of the following 120 hours:
General Education Core (48 credits)
Electives (24 credits) 
Elementary Education Professional Core (48 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 elective credit hours.

Requirements for Entrance into the Professional Core:

  • CCU-specified background check. Required for 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 the SEP program.
  • Interview with SEP program director or other SEP staff designee.
  • Writing sample to be 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 courses. Applicants may be admitted by the program director for conditional admission with a maximum of 9 credits outstanding in any of the pre-professional core areas.

Graduation Requirements

The faculty recommends students in the B.A. in Elementary 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, electives, and professional core requirements.  
  • Passing score on the Colorado Department of Education required teacher license exam.
  • A grade of D or higher in all non-education CCU 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.
  • Recommendation by the CAGS School of Education Professions Dean for Elementary Education Licensing by the Colorado Department of Education. 
  • 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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