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Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts for Education (B.A.)

Special Education: Generalist Licensure

The Special Education Generalist K-12 in Liberal Arts for Education major provides you with instruction on how to facilitate individualized instruction, develop accurate student assessments, integrate learning strategies, and offer educational support. You'll learn how to provide instruction for students with learning and/or physical disabilities, focusing specifically on how to individualize classroom management and structure for these students.

Graduates of the Special Education: Generalist Licensure program earn a Bachelor of Arts in two majors: Liberal Arts for Education and K-12 Special Education. The program is 120 credit hours and offers supervised clinical practice experiences in elementary, middle, and high school settings for students aged 5-21. Upon program completion, the candidate has met all requirements for an institutional recommendation for an Initial Colorado Teacher License with an Endorsement in the area of K-12 Special Education Generalist.


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The dual degree option allows you to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts for Education with Special Education Generalist K-12 while completing some of the coursework toward CCU's Master of Education in Special Education, saving you time and money when you enroll in a graduate program. Learn more about CCU's dual degree programs.


Special Education at CCU

CCU's Special Education program prepares you to address the special challenges associated with students who have learning or physical disabilities. The School of Education integrates faith and learning, training you how to excel as a teacher, as well as a believer who shares God's love with students every day. Taught from a Christian worldview, CCU's Special Education program helps develop you as an educator who is dedicated to addressing diverse learner needs with excellence, through servant-leadership in your field and in society.

Small class sizes encourage individualized learning and networking, and allow you direct access to professors. Highly qualified faculty members equip you for teaching careers in all subjects, educating you so you can educate the leaders of the future. 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.

TEACH Grant

Since science education is considered a high-need area, students in CCU's secondary education licensure program with a bachelor's degree in Science may be eligible for the TEACH grant. Learn more on our Financial Aid website.

What can you do with a degree in Special Education?
  • Apply for state licensure in special education
  • Teach in public, private charter, Christian, or international schools
  • Education specialization (principal, reading specialist, technology specialist)
  • School counseling for special needs students
Interesting Classes You Might Take
  • Assessment for Students with Disabilities
  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Intervention for Emotional/Behavioral Needs
  • Teaching Content Literacy and Writing

Course Catalog

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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