Elementary Education Programs

Elementary Education Program Degree Options

The elementary education degree programs offered through CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies will provide you with the skills to make a meaningful impact on the world’s next generation of learners. As a teacher candidate, you will study education theory and participate in field-based learning experiences that put you in the classroom. This unique combination of theory and practice will help you develop the competencies necessary to become an effective elementary teacher in K-6 classrooms.

Taught from a Christian worldview, our elementary education degree and licensure program courses are offered in convenient, fully online formats. Each course will help you address the diverse needs of today's learners through servant-leadership in classrooms, schools, and society as a whole. Small class sizes encourage individualized learning and networking and give you direct access to instructors who are also professionals in the field.

B.A. in Elementary Education (Licensure)

CCU's B.A. in Elementary Education degree (licensure) is designed for adult students nationwide and abroad (see exclusions below) who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree and a teaching license that allows them to teach kindergarten through sixth grade in public, international, private, and public charter schools. Upon successful completion of this education program and meeting state requirements including content testing and background checks, 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.

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 including content testing and background checks. Out-of-state students are responsible for researching their home state's teacher licensure reciprocation process and requirements.

B.A. with Licensure* Quick Facts

  • 120 credit hours (48 in professional core)
  • Courses are taken one at a time and are typically completed in five-week blocks
  • CCU's generous transfer credit policies help you accelerate your degree
  • Teaching Focus: K-6 in public, international, private, and public charter schools
  • Eligible for Colorado Licensure
  • Must pass Colorado Department of Education teacher licensure exam
  • Student teaching is required
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and Association of Christian Schools International

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B.A. in Elementary Education (Non-Licensure)

Our B.A. in Elementary Education degree (non-licensure) is designed for adult students nationwide and abroad (see exclusions below) who wish to become early childhood teachers and obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree without licensure. Graduates may teach Kindergarten to sixth grade in schools that do not require licensure. These include some public charter schools, private schools, and international schools. Student teaching is not required, although teacher candidates are required to complete field experiences during the fall and spring semesters. Graduates of this education program may later choose to pursue Colorado licensure through the CCU’s Alternative Licensing Program or through CCU’s Master of Arts in Special Education Licensure program.

B.A. Non-Licensure Quick Facts

  • 120 credit hours (37 in professional core)
  • Courses are taken one at a time and are typically completed in five-week blocks
  • CCU's generous transfer credit policies help you accelerate your degree
  • Teaching Focus: K-6 in some private, international, and public charter schools
  • Not eligible for Colorado Licensure
  • Student teaching is not required, but some field experience is required
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and Association of Christian Schools International

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The dual degree option allows you to earn your Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education while completing some of the coursework toward your Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, saving you time and money when you enroll in a graduate program. You can even complete both degrees 100% online. Learn more about CCU's dual degree programs.

Two graduate-level courses are incorporated into the Elementary Education bachelor's degree, and upon acceptance into the master's program, students can apply those credits toward the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction (non-emphasis option).


Professional Licensure Disclosure

Colorado Christian University offers several academic programs which lead to professional licensure in the state of Colorado and, in some programs, prepare students for a national exam. All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession. Some states require specific educational requirements, clinical requirements, accreditation requirements, or exam requirements. See professional licensure disclosures for details.

State Exclusions for Online Students

The School of Education Professions 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 Licensure or Non-Licensure courses (undergraduate or graduate) to online students who reside in Hawaii.

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