Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    Jan 22, 2022  
Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist with Licensure

Within the context of a Christian worldview, the B.A. in Special Education, K-12 Generalist with Licensure degree provides a challenging, theory-based and application-oriented approach to special 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 collaboration, 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, learning assessment, psychological foundations, teaching methods, and critical thinking. 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 Special Education Generalist with Licensure program and satisfy additional state-managed licensure requirements 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 (ACSI) to teach in ACSI authorized schools around the world.

Students residing outside of Colorado may reciprocate the Colorado teaching license(s) to their state per that state’s reciprocation requirements.

Upon completion of this program, students may apply to CCU’s Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction  (MACI) or Master of Education in Special Education  (M.Ed. Special Education) programs and transfer undergraduate program credits as follows: For the MACI degree, EDU 505  will be considered for transfer. For the M.Ed. Special Education degree, SED 548  will be considered for transfer.

The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist with Licensure program requires completion of the following 120 hours:
General Education Core (48 credits)
Special Education Professional Core (50 credits)
Electives (22 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)

Requirements for Entrance into the Professional Core:

  • School of Education Professions (SEP) - specified background check
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 for courses completed at CCU
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at CCU prior to admission into the School of Education Professions (SEP) programs
  • Interview with an SEP staff designee
  • Writing sample completed at time of interview
  • One non-family letter of recommendation
  • Applicants must complete all general education 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

Elective Requirements (22 credit hours)

  •  Complete 22 hours of electives.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Colorado Christian University offers several academic programs which lead to professional licensure in the state of Colorado and, in some programs, prepare students for a national exam. All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession. Some states require specific educational requirements, clinical requirements, accreditation requirements, or exam requirements. See professional licensure disclosures for details.

Graduation Requirements

The faculty recommends students in the B.A. in Special Education, K-12 Generalist with Licensure program to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements:

  • Completion of a total of 120 credits of courses, including all general education, elective, and major coursework
  • A grade of D or higher in all CCU non-education coursework, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher in all CCU coursework
  • Teacher candidates 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
  • Teacher candidates must earn a grade of C or higher in the student teaching practicum
  • Compliance with CAGS residency requirements 
  • Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar
  • No outstanding financial obligations to the University