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Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (B.A.)

Licensure with Endorsement in Elementary Education

Graduates of the elementary licensure program earn four CCU areas of emphasis: Biblical Studies, Reading, English Language Arts, and Social Studies.

There is nothing as exciting and rewarding as seeing a young child grow and learn. If you are interested in becoming an elementary school teacher and impacting children's lives forever, CCU's Elementary Education licensure program can prepare you for that critical role. Offered through CCU's School of Education, this rigorous program will provide you with both the required academic coursework and student teaching experience.

The Elementary Education Licensure Program graduates earn a B.A. in Liberal Arts. The Liberal Arts Major is required because of its interdisciplinary character and comprehensive coverage of academic knowledge and skills required for elementary teacher candidates. In addition to a strong liberal arts foundation, CCU's Elementary Education program exposes you to the latest teaching theories and education technology, both in the university classroom and during 800 hours of field experience that you'll begin during your first year at CCU. The program includes a cutting-edge reading core emphasis that has been recognized for excellence throughout the state of Colorado.

Upon graduation, you will receive a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and will be ready to pursue Elementary Education Licensure in the state of Colorado, as well as an an endorsement in K-12 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. If you wish to teach in another state or country, you may pursue a second license for this purpose.

Elementary Education at CCU

In every course, students in CCU's Elementary Education program are encouraged to explore their role as Christians in teaching and influencing young children. The early years of a child's education shapes their capacity for future learning and development. CCU will prepare you to be part of that development process, equipping you with the knowledge and skills you need to become an effective educator and leader in the classroom. Graduates from this program also automatically earn emphases in reading, language arts, and social studies, in addition to their education degree.

Research Opportunities in Education

Students who are interested in research opportunities should have sophomore or junior standing in the School of Education. Students will complete an application process and meet with a faculty advisor to determine the area of focus and responsibilities within the research project. With supervision from a faculty member, students will develop a research proposal and plan for data collection. Students who enroll in the research seminar will be expected to present their research at a local conference. Learn more about Education research opportunities.

What can you do with a degree in elementary education?
  • Apply for Colorado State Licensure in grades K-6
  • Teach in public, private charter, Christian, or international schools
  • Education specialization (principal, reading specialist, technology specialist)
  • School counseling
Interesting Classes You Might Take
  • Assessment and Action Research
  • Effective Teaching in the Elementary Classroom
  • Elementary Classroom and Behavior Management
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.

About the School of Education

At CCU, we're training the next generation of teachers, for both public schools and private Christian schools. The Christ-centered educational model in our School of Education is unique among education schools in Colorado, training graduates who are not only outstanding educators, but also respected members of the community.

The School of Education offers a variety of academic programs ranging from Elementary and Secondary Education to Classical Education and Special Education. You will be taught and mentored by exceptional faculty who have all been licensed as teachers or administrators in Colorado. They know what it's like to be in classrooms and are committed to helping you succeed. You will get your first field experience during your freshman year, working with students in local elementary, middle, and high schools under the supervision of exemplary teachers to gain expert experience.

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The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has ranked both the elementary and secondary education programs in CCU's School of Education as the top education programs in the State of Colorado, and in the 98th percentile of all education programs, nationwide.

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