Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
    Oct 01, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Bachelor of Arts: Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Non-Licensure)

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Within the context of a Christian worldview, the Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Non-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 special education teacher enhances the student’s instructional skills through the study of curriculum development, learning assessment, psychological foundations, classroom management, group dynamics, and critical thinking. These principles are applied in practice through 160 hours of field-based experiences throughout the first two semesters.

Students pursuing this degree are not eligible for a state teaching license. However, this degree meets the requirements for teaching in many private K-12 schools, charter schools, international schools, and other agencies. Additionally, graduates of this program meet the requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) to teach in schools around the world.

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 program credits as follows: For the MACI degree, EDU 505  is eligible for transfer. For the M.Ed. Special Education degree, SED 548  is eligible for transfer.

The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Non-Licensure) program requires completion of the following 120 hours:
General Education Core (45 credits)
Special 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)

Communication (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 Professions (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, liberal arts, 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 hours of electives.

Graduation Requirements

The faculty recommends students in the Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (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 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 2.5 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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