BACHELORS 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, as a Sunday School teacher, in adult education, or in 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. The education degree provides students with an opportunity to create an emphasis (minimum 25 hours) in a number of areas including Christian Education, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Missions and Evangelism, and Church/Nonprofit Administration. The program is for the following:
- Christian workers in positions where an undergraduate degree will allow entrance into a Christian vocation or lay ministry which would not otherwise be possible;
- Those who wish to gain further knowledge in the areas of biblical, theological, and general education studies; and
- 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 degree program is a high school diploma or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must sign that they have read and are in agreement with the Doctrinal Statement and will uphold it, and 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 in the Academic Catalog on page 55.
- Acquire basic liberal arts knowledge through selected general education courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences;
- 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, as well as evaluate and assess current educational practice in light of these understandings;
- 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;
- Acquire an understanding of how to teach in a multicultural educational environment integrating various perspectives and utilizing creative teaching methodologies;
- Acquire an understanding of the importance and value that technology brings to education; and
- Acquire an understanding of the importance of educational policy creation and how it affects educational administration and governance.
NOTE: This program is not intended to lead to educator certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.