Students who complete the Special Education Generalist program graduate with the skills, experience, and credentials necessary to teach children with special needs in grades K-12 in Colorado.
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.
Taught from a Christian worldview, CCU’s special education training program helps develop dedicated educators as they pursue a special education career. Small class sizes encourage individualized learning and networking, and allow students direct access to professors who are also professionals in the field.
Eligible for Colorado Licensure
Student Teaching Required
Location and Format
B.A. with Licensure
K-12 special education in Colorado
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View Locations (hybrid format with a combination of in-seat and online classes)
See Tuition details.
B.A. without Licensure (Theory)
Some private preschools, charter schools, Head Start
No, but some field experience required
Licensure only (Post-baccalaureate)
Students graduate with the skills, experience, and credentials necessary to teach K-12 special education in Colorado. Only those who earn licensure will be able to teach in public schools.
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.
The Special Education Generalist licensing program is designed for adult students who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree and a license that allows them to teach special education in a kindergarten through twelfth-grade setting in the State of Colorado. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates apply to the Colorado Department of Education for a teaching license. (Colorado State teaching for special education generalist licensure requires a passing score on the PLACE Special Education Generalist exam.)
The Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Theory degree is designed for adult students who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree without a license since they do not plan to teach immediately. Student teaching is not required for this degree although students are required to complete field experiences. Graduates of the program may opt to obtain a license in the future, or choose to teach in a kindergarten through twelfth-grade setting that does not require licensure from the State of Colorado.
The post-baccalaureate licensing program for Special Education Generalist is designed for adult students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain a license that allows them to teach special education in a kindergarten through twelfth-grade setting in the State of Colorado.
Students in CCU's Special Education programs may apply to the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program. Upon acceptance, three graduate-level courses included in their program's professional core may be applied to the MACI degree.
Admission to a licensure program in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies does not guarantee licensure at the completion of the program. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they meet all licensure requirements. A background check, an interview, and a passing score on the PLACE or PRAXIS II test are required for acceptance into the Special Education program options that involve licensure.