Bachelor of Arts in Education

Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE) curriculum provides the basic skills and theoretical foundation for a student to function as a Christian educator, be it at the primary level of education, Sunday School, Bible Study, adult education, or other church related educational activities. The degree is intended to increase the potential for students to meet a wider range of vocational needs in an increasingly broad variety of educational environments. This program is not intended to lead to educator certification. Educators are advised to contacct their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. The education degree provides students with an opportunity to specialize in a number of areas including Christian Education, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Missions and Evangelism, Church and Non-profit Administration, and Life Coaching. The program is for the following:

  1. Christian workers in positions where an undergraduate degree will allow entrance into a Christian vocation or lay ministry which would not otherwise be possible;
  2. Those who wish to gain further knowledge in the areas of biblical, theological, and education studies; and
  3. Those who desire to apply for future admission to a graduate program in an area of education.
The degree calls for students who demonstrate a potential for ministry, a faithful commitment to the Word of God, a heart for Christian service, and the personal discipline necessary to complete degree requirements. The academic prerequisite for this program is a high school diploma or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must have read and signed that they are in agreement with and will uphold the Doctrinal Statement, that they will abide by the Biblical Code of Conduct, Academic Code of Honor, Drug and Alcohol Policy, Payment Policy, and all other academic and financial policies. Additional requirements can be found on the Application for Admission.
  1. Acquire basic liberal arts knowledge through selected general education courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences;
  2. Acquire a general understanding of and appreciation for the history of American education and the theological and philosophical underpinnings that have influenced its theory and practice, and evaluate and assess current educational practice in light of these understandings.
  3. Acquire the ability to develop, implement, and assess curricula for sound educational practice, supported by educational psychology and relevant teaching/learning theories and models, while committed to Christian ethical principles and personal spiritual development.
  4. Acquire an understanding of how to teach in a multicultural educational environment integrating multiple perspectives and utilizing creative teaching methodologies.
  5. Acquire an understanding of the importance and value that technology brings to education.
  6. Acquire an understanding of the importance of educational policy creation and how it affects educational administration and governance.
Orientation (5 Hours)
CLO 101 College Life Overview 5
General Education (70 Hours)
Humanities (25 hours)
ENG 100 Introduction to Academic Writing 5
ENG 102 English Composition 5
COM 101 Speech Communication 5
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking 5
Choose one from the followng: 5
HST 101 Introduction to World Civilizations
HST 104 Survey of Greco-Roman History
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy
Social Sciences (25 Hours)
PSY 101 General Psychology 5
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
PSY 200 Life-span Psychology and Development 5
PSY 201 Psychology of Personal Growth 5
Choose one from the following: 5
GOV 101 U.S. Government
GOV 240 U.S. Constitution
Natural Sciences (20 Hours)
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 1 5
CIS 102 Introduction to Computer Science 2 5
HEA 101 Introduction to Health Science 5
Choose one from the following: 5
ESC 101 Introduction to Earth Science 1
ESC 102 Introduction to Earth Science 2
PSC 101 Introduction to Physical Science
MAT 100 Principles of Mathematics
Bible and Theology (35 Hours)
CSO 103 Christian Studies Overview 1 5
CSO 104 Christian Studies Overview 2 5
OT 231 Old Testament Overview 1 5
NT 231 New Testament Overview 1 5
BT 201 Foundations of Biblical Theology 1 5
BT 202 Foundations of Biblical Theology 2 5
BT 220 Essential Christian Doctrines 5
Education (45 Hours)
EDU 310 History and Philosophy of Education 5
EDU 320 Learning Theories and Models 5
EDU 330 Introduction to Classical Education 5
EDU 340 Curriculum Development and Assessment 5
EDU 350 Creative Teaching Methods 5
EDU 410 Education and Technology 5
EDU 420 Education in a Multicultural Environment 5
EDU 440 Education Policy and Administration 5
EDU 490 Education Integration/Analysis (Capstone course) 5
Interdisciplinary/Specialty Electives (25 Hours) 25
Total Hours = 180

Note: This degree is not intended to lead to educator certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts to determine the applicability of this degree to meet their goals. Students wishing to use this degree as the foundation for eventual graduate studies or for vocational opportunities or advancement should check beforehand with their graduate school of choice or current or potential employer to determine the applicability of this degree to meet those goals.

 

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