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Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Grades K-6) prepares students to pursue careers as educators of young children. Using a faith-based foundation, students will study about God and what it means to see a vocation as a ministry. Students will study the various skills and methods used in teaching children many different subjects. Besides the educational needs, the program will emphasize the spiritual and emotional needs of children which can affect their learning potential. Because of the hands-on experience involved, students will gain teaching practice in a local classroom as a part of the requirements.
The general education courses are taken from the major disciplines and center around Christian values and ideas. Students will begin their journey to understanding their place as God’s stewards and see how their faith can play out in all aspects of life besides their vocation. Major core courses will educate on child development and various methods for teaching children at different ages. Students should also learn about assessing learners, the use of instructional technology, and classroom management. There are courses on teaching specific topics such as social studies, mathematics, and language arts. Other topics of study include creative expression in children, exceptional learners, and linguistics.
The program consists of three field studies where students can have some teaching practice in a school setting. Field studies will have certain tasks such as teaching or preparing lessons. The final semester consists of a student teacher position where students will teach full-time in a K-12 setting. There will also be seminars offer students additional support and insight into the issues that occur during their teaching experience.
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