Academic Catalog 2009-2010 
    
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Academic Catalog 2009-2010 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education


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Within the context of a Christian worldview, the BA for Elementary Education 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 and private schools. The educator program is designed for adults seeking personal transformational change and are taught in an accelerated seminar format. The program is tailored to the working professional, and can be completed by attending courses on week nights and weekends. 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 master teacher emphasis 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 experiences contributes to the student’s development as a master teacher.

Leadership training and development is yet another emphasis of the program: By utilizing essential and exciting training from the fields of education, students can become proficient in those skills essential to success in the schools.

Students may pursue one of two Bachelor of Arts degrees for Elementary Education:

  • BA Liberal Arts with Elementary Education Licensure (kindergarten through sixth grade)
  • BA Elementary Education Theory (no licensure)

General Education Core Requirements for all Education Bachelor’s Degrees (51 credit hours)


Adult Studies Seminar - (3 credit hours)


Communications - (9 credit hours)


Must include 6 credits of written and 3 credits of oral communication.

Biblical Studies - (3 credit hours)


Other equivalent Biblical Studies choices may be used

History, Behavioral, Social Science - (12 credit hours)


Must include 3 credits each of American History, World/Western Civiliation, Psychology and Sociology.

Mathematics - (3 credit hours)


MAT 110 or higher level mathematics.

Computer Science - (3 credit hours)


Only courses completed within the past 5 years will be accepted for General Education requirement.

Natural/Physical Science - (6 credits w/lab)


Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Liberal Arts with Elementary Education Licensure


In addition to satisfactory completion of required coursework, Colorado State elementary teaching licensure requires a passing score on PLACE or PRAXIS II exams. Students who satisfactorily complete all requirements of the Elementary Education licensure are qualified to teach in kindergarten through sixth grade in Colorado.

Students in the Bachelor’s degree and teaching licensure in elementary education program may earn a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI). Five graduate level courses included in the BA professional core can be applied to the MACI degree.

Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education Licensure (120 credits):
General Education (51 credits) 
Electives (13 credits)
Elementary Education Professional Core (56 credits)

Graduation Requirements


The faculty recommends students in the BA in Liberal Arts with Elementary Education Licensure program to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of a total of 120 credits, including all general education, electives, and major coursework. 
  2. Passing score on the PLACE or PRAXIS exam.
  3. A cumulative CCU grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 scale.
  4. Recommendation by the CCU faculty for Elementary licensure.
  5. Compliance with CAGS residency requirements .
  6. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  7. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Liberal Arts with Elementary Education Theory


Students pursuing this degree are not eligible for Colorado State teaching licensure. No student teaching is required though students are required to complete two Field Experience courses. In addition to the bachelor’s degree in elementary education theory, students may earn a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI). Five graduate level courses included in the BA professional core can be applied to the MACI degree.

Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education Theory (120 credits):
General Education (51 credits) 
Electives (27 credits)
Elementary Education Professional Core (42 credits)

Graduation Requirements


The faculty recommends students in the BA in Liberal Arts with Elementary Education Theory program to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of a total of 120 credits, including all general education, elective, and major coursework.
  2. A cumulative CCU grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 scale.
  3. Compliance with CAGS residency requirements .
  4. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  5. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

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