The Education concentration exists to prepare students to be excellent teachers who are inspired and equipped to teach in a God-glorifying manner in whatever setting they are called.
Why Study Education at Providence?
The Education concentration at Providence Christian College is designed to equip students to teach from a distinctly Christian perspective in a manner that exalts the person and lordship of Jesus Christ. Throughout the program, students will be given opportunities to observe and serve in local schools under the mentoring guidance of master Christian teachers. The goal is to prepare students to teach in Christian, private, and state schools, church education programs, in overseas missions, and homeschool settings. Students will be trained to teach in a biblically faithful, kingdom-advancing, and God-glorifying manner.
The EDU concentration begins in the first year by laying the essential groundwork for critical thinking with a core focused upon economics, mathematics, philosophy, political theory, religion, and Western Civilization. Additional courses on composition and presentation require students to not only learn material but communicate information cogently and persuasively—essential foundational skills in education. Students are encouraged to take Philosophy and Foundations of Education (EDU 101) during the second semester of their freshman year in order to develop a distinctly Christian view of education and to explore the field in a way that allows them to answer the question: “Am I called to be a teacher?”
Second-year students complete additional studies in the liberal arts core while enrolling in Curriculum and Instruction and Current Issues in Education in the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as having the option to begin an internship in a classroom in a local school. Students may also begin classes in instructional methods.
Upper-class EDU students enroll in classes on Exceptional Learners, Student Diversity, Reading, Language, and Math Methods, while completing their internship requirements. Other core course requirements round out a student’s academic preparation, before their program culminates in their participation in the EDU Capstone.
The fourth-year students at Providence have the unique opportunity to do their Capstone in tandem with a 14 week student teaching opportunity or to do a traditional education capstone research project. Students who choose to student teach will also take additional methods classes in science, bible and social studies and will be eligible to apply for ACSI teaching certification, enabling them to teach in Christian schools in North America and all over the world. Any student wishing to be credentialed 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. The goal of the education concentration is to prepare students to carry out their calling to teach in any setting.
Concentration Learning Outcomes
After active participation and completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Articulate a Christian and Reformed, biblical perspective on education.
- Communicate a strong understanding of the history, philosophy, and psychology of education.
- Identify professional and Christian solutions to current issues in education.
- Think Christianly about student diversity and needs of individual learners in order to teach compassionately and effectively.
- Integrate current education practice into instructional planning and delivery to create effective student learning outcomes.
Concentration Course Requirements
|EDU Courses within the Liberal Studies Degree Core||Units|
|PSY 201||Lifespan Development||3|
|Course #||Education Required Course Titles||Units|
|EDU 101||Philosophy and Foundations of Education||3|
|EDU 199||Internship in Education I (50 hours)||1|
|EDU 299||Internship in Education II (50 hours)||1|
|EDU 399||Internship in Education III (50 hours)||1|
|EDU 300||Exceptional Learners||3|
|EDU 301||Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|EDU 303||Student Diversity||3|
|EDU 310||Teaching of Reading||3|
|EDU 324||Language Arts Methods||2|
|EDU 325||Mathematics Methods||1|
|EDU 330||Current Issues in Education||3|
|Education Elective Course Titles|
|EDU 450||Student Teaching (14 weeks, full-time)||12|
|EDU 322||Bible Methods||1|
|EDU 326||Science Methods||1|
|EDU 327||Social Studies Methods||1|
|Education Capstone Course Titles|
|LBS 499||Capstone: Career Development and E-Portfolio||3|
|EDU 499||Capstone: Paper/Project and Presentation||3|
Concentration Course Map
|Year One - Fall||Year One - Spring|
|New Testament I||New Testament II|
|Composition I||Composition II|
|Philosophical, Political & Economic Thought||Classical and Medieval Civilization and Culture|
|The Christian Mind||Lifespan Development|
|Intro to Public Communication||HPE|
|Philosophy and Foundations of Education|
|Year Two - Fall||Year Two - Spring|
|Old Testament I||Old Testament II|
|World Literature||Introduction to Fine Art|
|Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and Culture||American Civilization and Culture|
|Math||Principles & Practice of Innovation|
|Curriculum and Instruction||Teaching of Reading|
|Internship (fall or spring) or HPE||Internship (fall or spring) or HPE|
|Year Three - Fall||Year Three - Spring|
|Christ, Culture, and Contextualization||Principles of Management, Organization, and Communication|
|Exceptional Learners||Student Diversity|
|Language Arts Methods & Math Methods||Bible, Social Studies, and Science Methods|
|Internship (1 credit)||Internship (1 credit)|
|Elective (Children’s Literature recommended)||Elective|
|Year Four - Fall||Year Four - Spring|
|Capstone: Career Development and e-Portfolio||Capstone: Paper/Project & Presentation|
|Spanish I*||Spanish II*|
|Current Issues in Education||Lab Science|
|Student Teaching (optional, fall or spring) or Elective||Student Teaching (optional, fall or spring) or Elective|
|Elective (if not student teaching)||Elective (if not student teaching)|