The School of Education provides a Reading Education Minor, an Education Minor, a Special Education Minor, and a Reading/Literacy Area of Emphasis.
The Reading Education Minor, which does not lead to Colorado teacher licensure, is available to screened elementary and special education students who do not plan to pursue teacher licensure and have selected a new major outside of the School of Education.
The Education Minor and the Special Education Minor, which do not lead to Colorado teacher licensure, are available to a wide range of majors on campus, including, but not limited to: youth ministry, business, psychology, and music students. These options are beneficial for CCU students who are enrolled in a major outside of the School of Education, and plan to work in settings where they will interact, counsel, lead, coach, or work on behalf of children and youth.
The Reading Literacy Emphasis is awarded to all Elementary Education and Special Education: Generalist program completers, and represents a strong and important focus for teachers in these fields. In 2016, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) awarded only 13 out of 820 elementary teacher preparation program providers with an A+ in the curricular area of Reading Instruction. CCU’s School of Education was part of this group of 13, representing the top 2%. The courses within the Reading/Literacy Area of Emphasis make up the majority of the courses recognized by NCTQ.
Elementary Education graduates earn the English emphasis, and Elementary Education and Special Education: Generalist graduates also earn the Biblical Studies and Social Studies emphases as part of their bachelor degree programs.
Students may earn a Minor or Area of Emphasis by completing the following courses. All students are required to work directly with the Life Directions Center to ensure they are meeting all requirements for completion of a CCU Minor or Area of Emphasis.