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)