Within the context of a Christian worldview, the B.A. in Early Childhood Education with Licensure degree provides a challenging, theory-based and application-oriented approach to the education of children from birth to age 8. 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, learning assessment, psychological foundations of teaching methods, classroom management, and critical thinking skills. These principles are then put into practical application through 130 clock hours of field-based experiences throughout the first two semesters, culminating in a semester-long, full-time (640 clock hours) student teaching practicum.
Students who satisfactorily complete all requirements of the program and the requirements for Colorado state licensure are qualified to teach birth through eight years in public and private schools in Colorado. Graduates also meet requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) to teach in ACSI authorized schools around the world. Students residing outside of Colorado may reciprocate the Colorado teaching license to their state per that state’s reciprocation requirements.
Students graduating from the B.A. in Early Childhood Education with Licensure program may apply to the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program at CCU. 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 Early Childhood Education with Licensure requires completion of the following 120 hours:
General Education Core (48 credits)
Prerequisite Professional Core (6 credits)
Early Childhood Professional Core (44 credits)
Electives (22 credits)