Education Concentration

Mission Statement

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:

  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.
  4. Think Christianly about student diversity and needs of individual learners in order to teach compassionately and effectively.
  5. Integrate current education practice into instructional planning and delivery to create effective student learning outcomes.
Concentration Course Requirements
The prescribed 24 units must be completed to receive and Educations concentration. Students may do an additional 15 units of student teaching and additional methods courses to also receive an ACSI certificate. Students wishing to teach at the secondary level must pass the CSET for their chosen field of instruction.
EDU Courses within the Liberal Studies Degree CoreUnits
PSY 201Lifespan Development3
Course #Education Required Course TitlesUnits
EDU 101Philosophy and Foundations of Education 3
EDU 199Internship in Education I (50 hours)1
EDU 299Internship in Education II (50 hours)1
EDU 399Internship in Education III (50 hours)1
EDU 300Exceptional Learners3
EDU 301Curriculum and Instruction3
EDU 303Student Diversity3
EDU 310Teaching of Reading3
EDU 324Language Arts Methods2
EDU 325Mathematics Methods1
EDU 330Current Issues in Education3
Education Elective Course Titles
EDU 450Student Teaching (14 weeks, full-time)12
EDU 322Bible Methods1
EDU 326Science Methods1
EDU 327Social Studies Methods1
Education Capstone Course Titles
LBS 499Capstone: Career Development and E-Portfolio 3
EDU 499Capstone: Paper/Project and Presentation3
Concentration Course Map
Year One - FallYear One - Spring
New Testament INew Testament II
Composition IComposition II
Philosophical, Political & Economic ThoughtClassical and Medieval Civilization and Culture
The Christian MindLifespan Development
Intro to Public CommunicationHPE
Philosophy and Foundations of Education
Year Two - FallYear Two - Spring
Old Testament IOld Testament II
World LiteratureIntroduction to Fine Art
Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and CultureAmerican Civilization and Culture
MathPrinciples & Practice of Innovation
Curriculum and InstructionTeaching of Reading
Internship (fall or spring) or HPEInternship (fall or spring) or HPE
Year Three - FallYear Three - Spring
Christ, Culture, and ContextualizationPrinciples of Management, Organization, and Communication
Exceptional LearnersStudent Diversity
Language Arts Methods & Math MethodsBible, Social Studies, and Science Methods
Internship (1 credit)Internship (1 credit)
Elective (Children’s Literature recommended)Elective
Year Four - FallYear Four - Spring
Capstone: Career Development and e-PortfolioCapstone: Paper/Project & Presentation
Spanish I*Spanish II*
Current Issues in EducationLab Science
Student Teaching (optional, fall or spring) or ElectiveStudent Teaching (optional, fall or spring) or Elective
Elective (if not student teaching)Elective (if not student teaching)
*Needed only if the Foreign Language requirement in the Core has not been met. If met, replace with an elective course.

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