Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
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Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Non-Licensure)

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Within the context of a Christian worldview, the B.A. in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Non-Licensure) 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.

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 skills and dispositions of the professional educator will be developed through the study of curriculum development, student assessment, psychological foundations, teaching methods, group dynamics, and critical thinking. These principles are then put into practical application through field-based experiences in real special education classrooms. This combination of conceptual knowledge applied in real-world classroom experiences contributes to the student’s development as a professional special education teacher.

Upon successful program completion, graduates meet requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International. Students pursuing this degree are not eligible for a Colorado State teaching licensure.  However, this degree may meet educational requirements for teaching in private K-12 schools, some charter schools, international schools, or other agencies. No student teaching is required, though students are required to complete two field experience courses and the field hours required in methods courses.

Upon completion of this program, students may apply to CCU’s Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction  (MACI) or Master of Special Education programs.  Upon acceptance, up to two of the garduate level couarses included in the B.A. professional core can be applied to these programs.

The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Non-Licensure) requires completion of the following 120 hours:
General Education Core (48 credits)
Electives (35 credits)
Special Education Professional Core (37 credits)                                        

General Education Core Requirements (48 credit hours)

Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)

Biblical Studies (9 credit hours)

Communication (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 (35 credit hours)

  • Complete 35 hours of electives.

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 2.50 for courses completed at CCU. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at CCU prior to admission into the 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, liberal arts, 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 Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Non-Licensure) 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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