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BA in Special Education (Non-Licensure)

Aspiring special education teachers could prepare for a career teach in some types of institutions that don't require licensure, such as international or charter schools, by completing Colorado Christian University's Bachelor of Arts in Special Education (Non-Licensure) program. Get more details about this BA program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Special Education (Non-Licensure)

School Offering Program:

Colorado Christian University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Those who wish to enter this BA in Special Education (Non-Licensure) program must complete a background check and hold a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in Colorado Christian University courses. All general education, elective, and liberal arts courses must be completed before students can pursue the special education curriculum. Applicants to Colorado Christian University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From instructional strategies to intervention methods, the Bachelor of Arts in Special Education (Non-Licensure) program gives students the chance to increase their understanding of teaching and assessment practices for various types of mild and moderate learning and other disabilities. Classes might address strategies used for students with language and reading disabilities as well as those with emotional and behavioral needs. Transition planning, adult service systems, assessment information analysis, and teaching methods for math, science, and language arts could also be discussed. While no student teaching experiences are is included in this non-licensure program, two field experiences via webinar must be completed; these experiences offer classroom observation, lesson planning strategies, and instructional methods.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education (Non-Licensure):

Successful completion of this program requires that students take 37 credits in the major area of study in addition to 48 general education and 35 electives credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Colorado Christian University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (48 credits)

  • World Views
  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • Art Appreciation
    • Creative Arts
  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • 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
  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • Investigative Writing
    • Information Literacy
  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • Oral Communication
    • Interactive Communication
  • Math Concepts
  • Biological Diversity
  • Biological Diversity Lab (or any equivalent science lab)
  • General Psychology
  • Environmental Geography
  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • America Since 1877
    • Western Civilization I

Professional Core Requirements (37 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
  • Diagnostic Assessment/Evaluation of Students with Mild/Moderate Needs

Elective Courses (35 credits)

  • Students must complete 35 credits of elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the BA in Special Education (Non-Licensure) program who wish to seek more advanced or administrative positions in the field might need to obtain a graduate degree. A master's degree in education could prepare them to assume roles in areas of special education program development, evaluation, or student assessment. Relevant master's degrees that graduates could consider include:

  • Master of Education
  • Master of Arts in Special Education
  • Master of Education in Special Education

Career Paths:

The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education (Non-Licensure) program at Colorado Christian University is designed to prepare students to become special education teachers in institutions that do not require licensure. These types of institutions could include private or charter schools. Graduates are typically prepared to teach at the K-12 levels. Licensure in the state of Colorado can be pursued later through an alternative or master's degree licensing program.

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