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 programs 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 instructors 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 classrooms in all Colorado public, private and charter schools as well as international schools
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View Locations (hybrid format with a combination of in-seat and online classes)
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B.A. without Licensure (Theory)
K-12 classrooms in private, charter, and international schools not requiring licensure
No, but some field experience required
Licensure* only (Post-baccalaureate)
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 Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Licensing degree is designed for adult students who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Colorado teaching license that allows them to teach Kindergarten through 12th grade special education in all Colorado public, private and charter schools. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates apply to the Colorado Department of Education for a teaching license.
The Liberal Arts with Special Education Generalist Theory degree is designed for the adult student who wishes to become a K-12 special education teacher and obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree without Colorado state licensure. Graduates may teach in a Kindergarten through 12th grade special education classroom in charter schools, private schools and international schools that do not require Colorado 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.
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.
If you're interested in special education, contact one of our College of Adult and Graduate Studies Centers to learn more about our programs.
Successful completion of 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.
Another program option for students holding a bachelor’s degree is our master's degree in Special Education with licensure.