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Special Education Generalist Undergraduate Programs
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Special Education Generalist Undergraduate Programs

Generalist Degrees in Special Education

As schools of the 21st century strive to increase performance of all students, they are increasingly challenged to meet a wider variety of student needs. The special education generalist plays a critical role in providing instruction and support for students with special learning needs across multiple tiers of instruction. Generalists are good problem solvers who ask questions, continually reflect on and adjust their practice, are committed to individualization, and believe all students can learn.

TEACH Grant

Since special education is considered a high-need area, students in CCU's special education programs may be eligible for the TEACH grant. See our Scholarships website for details.

Taught from a Christian worldview, CCU’s special education degree programs are offered online, on site, and in hybrid formats. Each course will help develop dedicated educators as they pursue a special education career. Small class sizes encourage individualized learning and networking, and allow students direct access to instructors who are also professionals in the field.

B.A. Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Licensing

The Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Licensing degree is designed for adult students nationwide (see state exclusions below) who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree and a teaching license that allows them to teach K-12 special education in public, international, private, and public charter schools. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates apply to the Colorado Department of Education for a Colorado teaching license. Out-of-state students will use their Colorado license to apply for licensure in their home state through their department of education’s teacher licensure reciprocation process.

B.A. with Licensure* Quick Facts

  • 120 credit hours (48 in Special Education professional core, 26 in Liberal Arts major core, 22 in general education, and 24 in electives)
  • Teaching Focus: K-12 special education classrooms in public, international, private, and public charter schools
  • Eligible for Colorado Licensure
  • Student teaching is required
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

B.A. Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Theory

The Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Theory degree is designed for adult students nationwide (see state exclusions below) who wish to become special education teachers and obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree without licensure. Graduates may teach in a K-12 special education classroom in public charter schools, private schools, and international schools that do not require licensure. Student teaching is not required, although teacher candidates are required to complete field experiences during the fall and spring semesters. Graduates of this program may later choose to pursue Colorado licensure through the CDE’s Alternative Licensing Program or through CCU’s Master of Arts in Special Education Licensure program.

B.A. without Licensure (Theory) Quick Facts

  • 120 credit hours (37 in Special Education professional core, 26 in Liberal Arts major core, 22 in general education, and 35 in electives)
  • Teaching Focus: K-12 special education classrooms in some private, international, and public charter schools
  • Not eligible for Colorado Licensure
  • Student teaching is not required
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Post-baccalaureate Special Education Generalist Licensing

The post-baccalaureate licensing program for Special Education Generalist is designed for adult students nationwide (see state exclusion list below) who have already completed a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain a teaching license that allows them to teach K-12 special education in public, international, private, and public charter schools. Upon successful completion of this education program, graduates apply to the Colorado Department of Education for a Colorado teaching license. Out-of-state students will use their Colorado license to apply for licensure in their home state through their department of education’s teacher licensure reciprocation process.

Licensure* only (Post-baccalaureate) Quick Facts

  • 69 credit hours (48 in Professional Core, 12 in General Education and Liberal Arts Prerequisites, and 9 in CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies Core)
  • Teaching Focus: K-12 special education classrooms in public, international, private, and public charter schools
  • Eligible for Colorado Licensure
  • Student teaching is required
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

* Licensure programs

Successful completion of CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies education licensure programs will result in a university recommendation for licensure to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). It is the student's responsibility to ensure he/she meets all additional CDE licensure requirements. Out-of-state students are responsible for researching their home state's teacher licensure reciprocation process and requirements.


State Exclusions for Online Students

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with the exception of the following program-specific state exclusions:

  • CAGS does not offer Educator Licensing or Education Theory courses (Undergraduate, Graduate or Post Baccalaureate) to online students who reside in Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer RN-BSN Nursing courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Arts in Counseling courses to online students who reside in Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, Wisconsin or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.

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  • CCU Online

    The College of Adult and Graduate Studies offers adult students the opportunity to earn their degree online from anywhere in the world.

  • CCU Colorado

    Adult students living in Colorado can take courses at any one of our six center locations throughout the Colorado region.