Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
    Sep 29, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education (Non-Licensure)

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Within the context of a Christian worldview, the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Non-Licensure) degree provides a challenging, theory-based and application-oriented approach to educating children from kindergarten to grade 6. 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 skills and dispositions of the professional educator will be developed through the study of curriculum development, learning assessment, psychological foundations, teaching methods, classroom management, and critical thinking. These principles are then put into practical application through field-based experiences in real K-6 classrooms. This combination of conceptual knowledge applied in real-world classroom experiences contributes to the student’s development as an elementary educator.

Upon successful program completion, graduates meet requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) to teach in schools around the world. Students pursuing this degree are not eligible for a Colorado state teaching license.  However, this degree will meet educational requirements for teaching in many private elementary schools, charter schools, international schools, and other agencies. Although a full-time student teaching practicum is not required, students are required to complete approximately 160 clock-hours of field-based experiences over the course of two semesters.

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Non-Licensure) program may apply to the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction  (MACI) program at CCU. Upon acceptance, six credits of graduate-level coursework included in the B.A. professional core can be applied to the MACI “Non-Emphasis” degree.

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Non-Licensure) requires completion of the following 120 hours:
General Education Core (45 credits)
Elementary Education Professional Core (39 credits)
Electives (36 credits)

General Education Core Requirements (45 credit hours)

Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)

Biblical Studies (9 credit hours)

Communications (9 credit hours)

Integrative Studies (3 credit hours)

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Natural/Physical Science (6 credit hours)

Complete 6 hours of physical, earth, or biological science courses.

Social Science (6 credit hours)

Requirements for Entrance into the Professional Core:

  • School of Education (SEP) - specified background check
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.50 for courses completed at CCU
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at CCU prior to admission into SEP programs
  • Asynchronous interview with an SEP staff designee
  • Writing sample
  • Participation in a 90-minute synchronous program kickoff webinar in June
  • 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 (36 credit hours)

  •  Complete 36 elective credit hours.

Graduation Requirements

The faculty recommends students in the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Non-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, including all general education, elective, and professional core requirements
  • A grade of D or higher in all CCU non-education coursework, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher in all CCU coursework
  • Students 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
  • Compliance with the CAGS residency requirements  
  • Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar
  • No outstanding financial obligations to the University

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