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BA in Special Education: K-12 Generalist (Licensure)

Colorado Christian University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist program specially designed for those who would also like to earn a license to teach special education in Colorado. Read on to learn more about this bachelor's degree program.

Official Program Name:

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

School Offering Program:

Colorado Christian University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of the BA in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Licensure) degree program should enjoy working with children and be interested in preparing for a teaching career in special education. They might also be inquisitive with excellent problem-solving skills and a firm belief that all students have the capability to learn. All applicants to Colorado Christian University should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; additional requirements may apply for some programs.

Program Description:

Colorado Christian University's Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Licensure) degree is designed to provide the pedagogical knowledge and practical experience required for students to begin a career as a licensed special education teacher. The coursework in this program is intended to expose students to many different facets of the profession, allowing them to build upon a foundation of skills they may use to address the general special education needs of today's schools. Core course topics may detail subjects like literacy and language development, differentiated instruction, emotional and behavioral needs, curriculum planning, and assessment. The licensure track is designed to prepare students for Colorado licensure in both Elementary and K-12 Special Education Generalist.

Learning Format:

Online and on campus

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Colorado Christian University's financial aid office for more information.

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Coursework for the Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Licensure):

This Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist program consists of 48 credit hours of general education courses, 48 credit hours of special education core courses, and 24 credit hours of electives. Contact Colorado Christian University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Requirements (48 credits)

  • World Views
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Art Appreciation
    • Creative Arts
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Classic Christmas Films & Literature
    • C.S. Lewis in Film & Literature
  • Adult Studies Seminar I
  • Adult Studies Seminar II
  • Old Testament Introduction
  • New Testament Introduction
  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Investigative Writing
    • Information Literacy
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Oral Communication
    • Interactive Communication
  • Math Concepts (or a higher level math course)
  • Biological Diversity (or equivalent science course)
  • Biological Diversity Lab (Or equivalent lab course)
  • General Psychology (or psychology equivalent)
  • Environmental Geography (or world geography equivalent)
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • America since 1877 (or equivalent U.S. history course)
    • Western Civilization I (or equivalent world history course)

Professional Core Requirements (48 credits)

  • Math and Science Methods
  • Literacy Methods
  • Psychological Foundations of Education
  • Teaching the Developing Reader
  • Field I: Standards-Based Planning
  • Math Strategies for Remediation and Intervention
  • Introduction to Special Education Generalist
  • Field II: Strategic Instruction
  • Differentiated Instruction for Mild and Moderate Needs
  • Language Development and Reading Disabilities
  • Intervention for Emotional/Behavioral Needs
  • Secondary and Transitional Issues in Special Education
  • Student Teaching
  • Student Teaching Seminar
  • Diagnostic Assessment/Evaluation of Students with Mild/Moderate Needs

Elective Requirements (24 credits)

  • Students must complete 24 credit hours of elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Successful graduates of CCU's Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Licensure) may wish to continue their studies at the graduate level and pursue a master's degree in education or a related subject. CCU's Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction may be of particular interest to graduates of this degree program, as students may be eligible to apply one course in their bachelor's degree's professional core towards this degree (non-emphasis only). Students may also be interested in programs such as:

  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Education Administration
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

Career Paths:

Those who complete the required coursework for the Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Licensure) degree may then take the next step and pass the special educator's licensing exam issued by the Colorado Department of Education. After becoming licensed, graduates may be able to pursue a career as a special education professional and work with students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Note that while this degree program is intended to prepare its graduates for work in Colorado, successful licensees may reciprocate their Colorado license to another state, as per that state's regulations. Students may look for career opportunities in:

  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Charter or international schools
  • Christian schools

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