Elementary Education

Major & Minor
The Elementary Education program is designed to prepare students to be effective mentors who can train effective mentors.

Program Overview

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 Classes

for the Elementary Education program

ED 206 - Child Growth and Development

A 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 Education

A 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 Materials

An 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 Pyschology

Students 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!
Jessica Graf, '05

Typical Course Sequence

for the Elementary Education Program

Year 1 - Freshman

Fall Semester
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
OR101 Orientation 0 credits
ML Music Lessons** 1 credits
Spring Semester
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
OR102 Orientation 0 credits
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.

Experienced Faculty

for the Elementary Education Program
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Elizabeth Zempel

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Jessica Hohl

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Katie Graham

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Mary Faith Williams