Within the context of a Christian worldview, the B.A. in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (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 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.
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.
The emphasis on becoming a licensed teacher enhances the student’s instructional skills through the study of curriculum development, program assessment, psychological foundations, teaching methods, group dynamics, student assessment, and critical thinking. These principles are then put into practical application through field-based experiences in real special education classrooms, culminating in a semester-long student teaching experience.
In addition to satisfactory completion of required coursework, candidates must pass the Colorado Department of Education required teacher license exam for special educators. Students who satisfactorily complete all requirements of the Special Education Generalist Licensing program are qualified to teach K-12 special education in Colorado public schools and are also eligible to apply for elementary education licensing through the Colorado Department of Education. Additionally, program graduates meet requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International.
Students residing outside of Colorado may reciprocate the Colorado teaching license(s) to their state per that state’s reciprocation requirements.
Graduates of this program may apply to the CCU Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program. 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 Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Licensure) requires completion of the following 120 hours:
General Education Core (48 credits)
Electives (24 credits)
Special Education Professional Core (48 credits)