Colorado Christian University
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.

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.

TEACH Grant

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

B.A. in Special Education (Licensure)

The B.A. in Special 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 K-12 special education in public, international, private, and public charter schools. This degree also meets requirements for an elementary teaching license in Colorado. Upon successful completion of the program and meeting state requirements including content testing and background checks, graduates apply to the Colorado Department of Education for a Colorado teaching licenses. 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-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 and Association of Christian Schools International

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

The B.A. in Special Education degree (non-licensure) is designed for adult students nationwide and abroad (see exclusions below) who wish to become special education teachers and obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree without licensure. Graduates may teach K-12 special education in schools that do not require licensure including 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 program may later choose to pursue Colorado licensure through CCU’s Alternative Licensing Program or through CCU’s Master of Arts in Special Education Licensure program.

B.A. without 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-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 and Association of Christian Schools International

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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  • Classes start August 23, so submit your application to CCU Online today. Use promo code POSSIBLE when applying to waive the $50 application fee.