The Elementary Education program is designed to prepare students to be effective mentors who can train effective mentors.
One of the greatest opportunities in the world is to be a teacher, helping to shape the lives of the next generation. The courses in the Elementary Education program will equip you for discipleship ministry in the church, school, and home settings. The program provides you with a solid foundation in biblical educational philosophy and methodology, while developing the particular pedagogical skills necessary for teaching at the elementary and middle-school levels. This training includes a wide range of practical, hands-on experience in the classroom and other settings.
Key Degree Classesfor the Elementary Education program
ED 206 - Child Growth and DevelopmentA systematic examination of human development from infancy to adolescence, with attention to a child's growth physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Consideration is given to individual differences, representative styles of learning, and the development of personality, with emphasis on how a teacher can apply an understanding of child development in daily classroom management and instruction.
ED 453 - Philosophy of EducationA general introduction to the problems, methods, scope, and history of formal and informal education, with attention given to the relationship between philosophy and education. Representative educational systems and theories are analyzed, with emphasis on the role of world-view thinking as it relates to instruction in the classroom.
ED 411 - Teaching Methods and MaterialsAn overview of the basic principles, techniques, and materials of effective instruction common to the various disciplines of school curriculum. Consideration is given to setting up the physical classroom, establishing an effective working relationship with parents, and developing a philosophy of methodology, with emphasis on techniques that enhance the teaching-learning process.
ED 403 - Education PyschologyStudents in this course will solidify their teaching philosophy and skills through leading underclassmen through philosophy projects, reading provocative articles on education, spending consistent time helping teachers in their classrooms, and micro-teaching specific aspects of prepared lesson plans. At this level, mentorship of other education students stands as a major responsibility for the student.
At BCM I was taught that faith-filled teachers are needed to reach the young hearts of this generation. Only God can get to the heart, but God can use surrendered teachers. One year, God did a great work through my students. As a result of my third and fourth graders' burden for souls, 11 people were led to the Lord!
Typical Course Sequencefor the Elementary Education Program
Year 1 - Freshman
|BI131||Methods of Bible Study||2 credits|
|BI207||Ministry of Prayer||2 credits|
|CM142||Personal Evangelism||1 credit|
|MU221||Written Theory and Skills I||3 credits||BI121||New Testament Survey||3 credits|
|EN101||Composition and Rhetoric||3 credits|
|CM201||Philosophy of Church Ministry||2 credits|
|ED103||Education Philosophy and Preparation I||1 credit|
|ML||Music Lessons**||1 credits|
|MI201||Introduction to Missions||2 credits|
|BI228||Life of Christ||3 credits|
|BI111||Old Testament Survey||3 credits|
|EN102||Composition and Analysis||3 credits|
|SP101||Introduction to Public Speaking||3 credits|
|MU102||Introduction to Music Listening||2 credits|
|ED104||Education Philosophy and Preparation II||1 credit|
|ML||Music Lessons**||1 credits|
* denotes classes offered every other year.
**All students required to take either Music Lessons or Skills Class during their Freshman Year.