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Educating the next generation is a daunting task, and our world is in desperate need of godly teachers who will take on the challenge.

Our Elementary Education program is well-respected within the educational community for its ability to produce graduates who are equipped to teach with excellence in any classroom setting. You’ll receive both practical teaching skills and biblical knowledge, effectively preparing you to be a light for Christ in the lives of young students.

Core courses
We give you a strong foundation to understand and apply biblical truth through 42 hours of Bible and theology courses. A required set of General Studies courses supplements that foundation and enables you to consider the world in which you will minister.

You will then build on this foundation with over 40 credit hours studying the specific disciplines of your field and determining how you can best apply your unique strengths, gifts, and abilities. The core courses of this program include the following:

Educating Exceptional Children
Field Experience in Elementary Schools
Reading in the Content Areas
Teaching Children’s Literature in Elementary Schools
Teaching Language Arts in Elementary Schools
Teaching Math in Elementary Schools
Teaching Music and Art in Elementary Schools
Teaching Physical Education in Elementary Schools
Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools
Teaching Science in Elementary Schools
Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools

Making the program your own
Experts in the field will guide you through the process of learning content, applying knowledge, and gaining experience. You’ll gain important practical experience through classroom aiding and observing as well. Your senior year will include two periods of observation and teaching, one in a public school and one in a Christian school. This student teaching will occur under the supervision of qualified teachers. You will also be visited, counseled, and evaluated by a college supervisor. Our Student Teaching Seminar will prepare you for this important part of your education.

Many options after graduation
You will graduate having completed coursework equivalent to a double major in Bible and Elementary Education, and will be awarded a B.S. in Bible. You will be qualified to teach grades K-6 and to work in various other positions in daycare centers, preschools, and elementary schools.

You will receive certification from the Association of Christian Schools International. You will also be eligible to apply for Pennsylvania state certification, which will allow you to teach in public schools. The state of Pennsylvania shares certification reciprocity with many other states, most likely enabling you to teach in the state of your choice.

You will also be prepared to pursue your master’s and doctorate degrees upon graduation. Some graduates have chosen to pursue their studies in one of the seven programs offered in Christian School Education at Baptist Bible Graduate School . Other graduates have attended various graduate schools, studying a wide range of programs including curriculum and instruction, counseling, and administration.

What they say
“The professors are extremely personal and always willing to go above and beyond to help us. I also love the hands-on aspect of the program. We receive plenty of experience with children in the classroom before we student teach.”
- Becki Price, BBC student
 
"The Elementary Education program prepared me for my current job by teaching me to relate effectively to children. I was given the chance to experience teaching in a classroom setting so that I could know for sure that teaching children was something I really wanted to do.”
- Jonathon Miller, BBC graduate, Early Childhood Specialist at Friendship House, Clarks Summit, PA

Learn more
For details about the Elementary Education program, contact Tammy Holbrook.