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Education Concentration

Education is the avenue through which children and young people are nurtured toward and equipped for their callings from God in His world. Biblical nurture involves both instruction and correction in the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Knowledge, skills, and values are taught that enable the next generation to assume its proper role and responsibility in advancing the kingdom of God in each particular time and place (Psalm 78:1-8; Matthew 6:33). The talents and gifts of individual students, functioning as members of Christ’s body, are discovered and developed for service.

The education concentration at Providence Christian College is specially designed to equip students to be able to teach from a distinctly Christian perspective in a manner that exalts the person and lordship of Jesus Christ and is central to all thought and practice. Throughout the program students will be given opportunities to observe and serve in local schools under the mentoring guidance of master teachers. The goal of the program is to prepare students to move on to a fifth year teaching credential program from which they can go on to teach in Christian, private, and state schools, church education programs, and home school settings. Students will be trained to teach in a biblically faithful, kingdom-advancing, and God-glorifying manner in such a way that “teaching Christianly” will have become second nature to them.

Students interested in a fifth year program should plan on taking and passing both the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) and CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers) or Praxis. Early research into fifth year programs is recommended, as each fifth year program will have additional admissions requirements specific to their institution.

Any student wishing to be certified through the state of California should, upon graduation from Providence, enroll in a fifth year credential program at a college or university approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Credential programs vary from state to state but nearly all require a fifth year in which students complete additional coursework preparing them for teaching in their subject matter and student teaching.

Mission Statement

The Education concentration exists to prepare students to be excellent teachers who are inspired and equipped to teach Christianly in whatever setting they are called.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Articulate a Christian and Reformed, biblical perspective on education.
  2. Communicate a strong understanding of the history, philosophy, and psychology of education.
  3. Identify professional and Christian solutions to current issues in education.

Concentration Course Requirements

Education Foundation (12)

  • EDU 101 Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDU 201 or 202 Lifespan Development or Educational Psychology (3)
  • EDU 330 Current Issues in Education (3)
  • EDU 451 Field Experience – Internship (3)

Education Electives (9)

  • EDU 201 or 202 In addition to required course (3)
  • EDU 300 Exceptional Learners (3)
  • EDU 301 Curriculum and Instruction (3)
  • EDU 303 Student Diversity (3)
  • EDU 305 Technology for Educators (2)
  • EDU 310 Teaching of Reading (2)
  • EDU/ENG 312 Children and Adolescent Literature (3)
  • EDU 361 Home School Education (2)
  • EDU/HIS 375 History of Schooling (3)
  • EDU 451 Field Experience – Internship (1)

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Class of 2015
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