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)