AS A SCHOOL OF EDUCATION GRADUATE, YOU CAN: • Apply for Colorado teaching licensure or licensure in other states • Teach in public, private, charter, Christian, or international schools • Become an elementary teacher or a middle or high school English, social studies, math, or science teacher • Become a K-12 music teacher, conductor, or private studio instructor • Go to graduate school or pursue other professional opportunities in areas like school administration, counseling, technology, or special education.
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EDUCATION “Principals and teachers from our more than 30 partner schools have told my colleagues and me that there is a different quality to CCU students, not only in their knowledge of content but also their leadership abilities that embody service, fairness, willingness to work hard, consideration for others, and passion to help students succeed.” – Dr. Priscilla Wright, CCU Professor of Education
Teaching is incredibly rewarding. You have the opportunity to have a transformational role in the development of children and teens—who they are, what they know and can do, and where they will go in life. The School of Education at Colorado Christian University blends knowledge and faith with educational philosophies and current technologies to help you influence tomorrow’s leaders. Our professors have teaching experience in public and private education, special education, counseling, educational diagnostics, and in writing curriculum materials. They also have strong connections to the local education community, which could provide you with excellent student teaching opportunities.
Major: Elementary Education Licensure, Liberal Arts CCU Experiences: • Student Government Association • Cross country team • Three mission trips to Ecuador • Member of a student events planning committee
ABOUT THE DEAN SARA DALLMAN
• Ph.D. – The Ohio State University • M.A. – The Ohio State University • B.A. – Saint Olaf College • CCU professor and director of secondary education • Educational consultant for churches, nonprofits, and private businesses • Licensed middle and high school history and English teacher • Licensed high school counselor and career counselor • Researched, wrote, and tested curriculum materials produced for use in middle and high schools
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Charity served as a student teacher for a fourth-grade class at South Lakewood Elementary School, which is part of Jefferson County Public Schools, a highly regarded district in Colorado. One week after she Charity explains the Listening Center finished, the principal offered her a teaching position. Charity loves to her first-graders. children and has been with the school ever since, teaching half- and full-day kindergarten and now first grade. She was recently honored with the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award—one of the largest teacher recognition efforts in the nation—in honor of her positive influence in the lives of students. What advice do you have for someone considering a teaching career? You will quickly discover whether teaching is for you because CCU’s program places you into an elementary, middle, or high school classroom in the Denver area to gain valuable field experience—maybe even during your first semester. With 800 hours of field experience to log before you graduate, start as soon as possible. Your professors are there to help you, so ask many questions, participate in class, and have fun learning. Do you feel like CCU prepared you for your job? Yes, I had wonderful professors who were knowledgeable and up-to-date in teaching strategies. We did a lot of hands-on learning that prepared us for the classroom in realistic ways—going through lesson plans, sharing ideas, preparing evaluation rubrics, and much more. My student teaching helped me apply all that I had learned, and it even led to a great job! What did your typical academic semester look like? I usually took between 16 and 18 hours of courses including English, math, Bible, several education classes, and field experience hours. One of my favorite courses was a communication one. I was nervous in the beginning to get up in front of the class and deliver speeches, but in the end I grew so much and it helped me become a stronger communicator with my students, their parents, and my colleagues.
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Your extensive field experiences will place you alongside master teachers who will coach you in teaching techniques, leading groups, managing the classroom, tutoring diverse learners, working with English Language Learners, and using current teaching technologies to measure student progress. We want you to graduate with tons of real-world experience.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (and emphases): • Elementary Education Licensure o Liberal Arts • Secondary Education Licensure o English o General Science o History o Mathematics The CCU School of Education •Music Education Licensure, K-12 has been recognized as a “gold o Choral standard” by the Colorado o Instrumental Department of Education. o General Music
OPPORTUNITIES: • Student teaching • Extensive field experience and mentoring • Inner-city tutoring programs and ministries • Partnerships with Denver Street School and Front Range Christian School • Association of Christian Schools International certification
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION These programs include regular courses plus 800 field experience hours that begin during your freshman or sophomore year at CCU. Graduates of the elementary program receive a degree in liberal arts (to provide the broad background expected of elementary teachers) and are ready to pursue teaching licensure for grades K-6. Graduates of the secondary program receive a degree in their specific field of emphasis and are ready to pursue licensure for grades 7-12. MUSIC EDUCATION To offer the K-12 music licensure program, the School of Education partners with the School of Music, which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the top accrediting body in the nation. The program balances core teaching theories and field experiences with studies in music education and your particular choral or instrumental emphases. Graduates of this program receive a degree in music education and are ready to pursue music education licensure for grades K-12. “...The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Ward, Christian author
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www.ccu.edu/catalog MINORS AVAILABLE TO ALL STUDENTS: □ Accounting □ Biblical Studies □ Biology □ Business □ Chemistry □ Communication □ Education □ English □ Finance
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□ Global Studies □ History □ Leadership Studies □ Mathematics □ Music □ Outdoor Leadership □ Psychology □ Theology □ Young Life Leadership □ Youth Ministry
PRE-PROFESSIONAL STUDIES: □ Pre-Law □ Pre-Medicine
Minoring outside of your major gives you more résumé power. TRY: Business Administration with a Leadership Studies minor. Education Licensure with a Psychology minor. Theology with a History minor. Communication with a Global Studies minor.