Elementary Education Major | West Coast Baptist College

Elementary Education Major

Total Credit Hours: 
133

Average Completion Time: 
4 years

Specific Concentration Requirements for Elementary Education:

  1. Six hours of science electives in addition to AP 301 Science and Faith and SC 401 Teaching Elementary Science
  2. Six hours of history in addition to six hours of U.S. History electives and HI 401 Teaching Elementary History
  3. Three hours of math in addition to MA 401 Teaching Elementary Math
  4. Three hours of literature in addition to EN 404 Children’s Literature
  5. ED 403 Classroom Technology and ED 251 Methods and Materials
  6. 50 hours of documented classroom observation prior to Student Teaching

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Interesting Courses

Genesis

BI 250

Credit Hours: 3


This course is designed to familiarize students with the storyline and fundamental truths found in the first book of the Bible. From the creation account of Genesis 1 through the death of Joseph in Genesis 50, the book of Genesis provides foundational theological insights and biblical principles from which students will glean applications and understanding for their personal spiritual journey with Christ. This study primarily focuses on observations of creation, the fall of man, Noah's flood, the foundation of God's covenant with Israel and the lives of the patriarchs.

Methods and Materials

ED 251

Credit Hours: 3


This course explains the materials and methods used in teaching. It includes the use of computers in education. It emphasizes the practical techniques and skills needed by the effective teacher.

Education Seminar

ED 430

Credit Hours: 3


This is a senior-level course designed for elementary and secondary education majors. This course meets for half a semester. Teacher preparation in and out of the classroom is a major component of this course, both philosophically and practically. Topics will include teaching skill, student interaction, classroom and lesson preparation, mentoring students, creating a desire to learn, healthy expectations of student achievement, application of material, use of visuals and modalities, and training students for the future. The instruction will come from selected professors having at least twenty-five years of experience each. PREREQUISITE: College standing as a senior in the BRE Education Program.

Course ID Credit Hours Course
AP 101 3

Apologetics

This course is designed to give the student a system of principles to defend his faith, as well as present evidences that support the authenticity of the Christian faith.

AP 301 2

Science and Faith

The purpose of this course is to give the student a greater appreciation of both the Bible and science. Furthermore, this course will demonstrate that there is no need for compromise in order to make the Bible fit modern "scientific" discoveries. The student will be taught that true science will always validate God's word.

AP 402 2

Biblical Ethics

This course looks at what the Bible says regarding ethical issues in society and ministry today, as well as proper manners and etiquette. The student will be required to evaluate the teachings of Scripture with a look at various methods of ministry. Special emphasis will be placed on the character and ethical responsibilities toward church leadership, members, politics, society, and other churches.

BI 101 3

Old Testament Survey

This course surveys the entire Old Testament. Special emphasis is placed on authorship, purpose, and major characters of each book. The student will develop a broad outline of each book. Passages of particular doctrinal significance will be examined and discussed.

BI 102 3

New Testament Survey

This course surveys the entire New Testament. Special emphasis is placed on authorship, date, and purpose of each book. The student will develop a broad outline for each book. The course will examine the background and content of each book.

BI 110 3

Survey of Bible Doctrines

This course is a survey of the ten major doctrines of systematic theology.

BI 201 3

Life of Christ

This course is an in-depth look at the harmonizing of the Gospels. It looks at the major chronological periods in the life of our Lord. The Lord's life and teachings will be examined with special emphasis on the crucifixion week.

BI 211 2

Acts

This course covers a history of the early church and the spread of the Gospel. The book will be outlined as the Great Commission is fulfilled in the first century. The course will look at the development of Christianity and its doctrines.

BI 212 2

Romans

This course will be an expository study of both the book as well as its applications to the doctrines of the Christian life. Students will be given a general outline of the important doctrinal passages that will be discussed.

BI 231 2

Intro. to Dispensationalism

Dispensationalism is a theological system borne out of the literal, historical-grammatical interpretation. At its core, Dispensationalism understands that there is a distinction between Israel and the Church and understands the purpose of God in this earth to be doxological. This class will investigate the theological framework of this system, explaining its origins, and its developments. Additionally, it will present a case for declaring this system the most consistent hermeneutical tool in studying the Scriptures.

BI 250 3

Genesis

This course is designed to familiarize students with the storyline and fundamental truths found in the first book of the Bible. From the creation account of Genesis 1 through the death of Joseph in Genesis 50, the book of Genesis provides foundational theological insights and biblical principles from which students will glean applications and understanding for their personal spiritual journey with Christ. This study primarily focuses on observations of creation, the fall of man, Noah's flood, the foundation of God's covenant with Israel and the lives of the patriarchs.

BI 291 2

Methodical Bible Studies

This course will help the student develop sound Bible study methods. It will operate on the premise that the interpretation of Scripture is best understood by other Scripture. The student will learn a method to follow in the process of Bible study. The student will also be involved with hands-on projects applying each step in the process of Bible study.

BI 361 3

Theology 1

This course is an in-depth study of Bibliology and Theology.

BI 362 3

Theology 2

This course is an in-depth study of Christology and Pneumatology.

BI 363 3

Theology 3

This course is an in-depth study of Hamartiology, Anthropology, and Soteriology.

BI 364 3

Theology 4

This course is an in-depth study of Ecclesiology, Angelology, and Eschatology.

BI 401 3

Baptist History and Distinctives

This course will survey the history of Baptist churches throughout the past two thousand years. Special emphasis will be placed on the historical distinctives of Baptists.

CS 101 2

Computer Applications

This course is required for all students in the undergraduate program and will teach them some of the basic concepts and tools of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

ED 226 2

Philosophy of Christian Education

What makes us different from secular education? What is the basis of our teaching and our methodology? How does Christian education fit with the home and church? These and many other areas of philosophy will be studied in this course.

ED 251 3

Methods and Materials

This course explains the materials and methods used in teaching. It includes the use of computers in education. It emphasizes the practical techniques and skills needed by the effective teacher.

ED 301 2

Child Development

This course will study the special characteristics and needs of children from birth to age 18 from a Christian perspective. Special emphasis is given to effective methods used in training children at various stages of educational development.

ED 304 3

Teaching Reading

This course is designed to show the future elementary school teacher how to use phonics and will include practical hands-on training in a classroom setting. This course gives prospective teachers the ability to develop students’ reading skills and a healthy desire to read. It will give teachers the necessary tools to help their students acquire the foundational skills in reading, spelling, grammar, and penmanship.

ED 306 2

Teaching Language Arts

Students will understand the inter-relationship of the language arts and tools to help elementary students acquire skills in spelling, grammar, syntax, penmanship, and composition. PREREQUISITE: none

ED 337 3

Elementary Classroom Management

This course is designed for students pursuing a degree in elementary education. The purpose of this course is to develop future teachers to be confidently prepared for the first year of teaching. Effective principles of teaching and classroom management will be covered. After a time of instruction and training, students will be mentored, observed, and evaluated in the classroom to assist in their professional development as future Christian educators. PREREQUISITES: ED 304, ED 306

ED 411 8

Student Teaching

During the final semester of the senior year, the student will be required to participate in student teaching at an approved Christian school. This course includes observation, participation, and teaching in the classroom under the direction and supervision of the regular classroom teacher and faculty supervisor.

ED 430 3

Education Seminar

This is a senior-level course designed for elementary and secondary education majors. This course meets for half a semester. Teacher preparation in and out of the classroom is a major component of this course, both philosophically and practically. Topics will include teaching skill, student interaction, classroom and lesson preparation, mentoring students, creating a desire to learn, healthy expectations of student achievement, application of material, use of visuals and modalities, and training students for the future. The instruction will come from selected professors having at least twenty-five years of experience each. PREREQUISITE: College standing as a senior in the BRE Education Program.

ED 441 2

Education Evaluation

This course is designed for seniors with a concentration in education. The systematic process of evaluation in the classroom is the emphasis of this class. This includes a thorough knowledge, understanding, and application of instructional objectives, activities, and testing in the classroom.

ED 450 1

Integrating the Bible for All Subjects

This class is a "block" class designed for education majors in their senior year only. This class runs for eight weeks as a place for teachers to focus on inculcating God's word into every subject. Students are reminded that "Bible" is not to be a separate class in the curriculum of a Christian school, but that it should be included in every class.

ED 451 1

Practical Teaching Methods

This is a senior-level course designed for elementary and secondary education majors. Junior students may take the course as well at the discretion of the instructor. This course meets for half a semester. The primary emphases are: 1) examining and testing modalities of students; 2) examining the various methods of teaching that may be utilized in the classroom; 3) studying the areas of the brain and how they relate to modes of learning and memory; and 4) developing lessons to make learning “stick” better, meaning the knowledge and skills taught are more readily remembered by the student. Assignments include reading the course text, comparing various passages to Scripture, writing a paper explaining learning modalities, and writing detailed lesson plans that exhibit a “sticky” learning paradigm. PREREQUISITE: College standing as a junior or senior in the BRE Education Program.

EN 101 3

Grammar and Composition 1

This course teaches English grammar and foundational writing concepts on a college level. Because clear writing is developed through good English basics, this class aids the student in development of clear writing and grammar skills that will be further developed in EN 102.

EN 102 3

Grammar and Composition 2

This course is designed to develop and enhance the student's writing skills. Concentration will be placed on clear, logical, and persuasive writing. (EN 101 is required)

EN 404 2

Children's Literature

Students will learn the skill of evaluating children’s literature by studying popular children’s nursery rhymes, fairytales, poetry, short stories, and novels. PREREQUISITE: none

HI 283 3

U.S. History 1

This course examines the development of the United States from the colonial period through the Civil War. It gives special emphasis to Christianity’s influence on the development of the United States. It will also look at how Christian men and women have made a significant impact on the development of our nation.

HI 284 3

U.S. History 2

This course is a continuation of HI 283, and it examines the development of the United States from the aftermath of the Civil War to modern America. It gives special emphasis to Christianity’s influence on the development of the United States. It will also look at how Christian men and women have made a significant impact on the development of our nation. PREREQUISITE: None

HI 401 2

Teaching Elementary History

A systematic approach to teaching history in the Christian elementary school will be implemented in this course. Students will learn how to prepare operative lesson plans, present effective history lessons, successfully communicate with their students, and incorporate Biblical principles into their daily lessons. PREREQUISITE: six hours history

MA 401 2

Teaching Elementary Math

A systematic approach to teaching math in the Christian elementary school will be implemented in this course. Students will learn how to prepare operative lesson plans, present effective math lessons, successfully communicate math concepts, and incorporate Biblical principles into their daily lessons.

MI 101 2

Introduction to Missions

This course is an introduction to missions, to its biblical basis, and to the current challenges and needs on the mission field. The purpose is to give the student a sense of the great need for missions today. The lives of great missionaries will be reviewed.

OR 101 2

Principles of Christian Living

This course is a class required for all freshmen as they enter school. It teaches students skills regarding study habits, character, library and reading skills, personal devotions, Bible memorization, and prayer. It is designed to help the student adjust from high school to college life here at West Coast.

PT 100 1

Practical Theology

This course is taught by Dr. Paul Chappell to equip young men for the work of the ministry. Students will gain practical insights on church planting, servant leadership, staff training, and administration of local church work.

PT 106 2

Intro. to Biblical Counseling

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of basic biblical counseling, emphasizing Scriptural prescriptions for man's physical, mental, and spiritual needs.

PT 111 2

Personal Evangelism

This course is designed to help the individual student be an effective witness for the Lord. Instruction will be given on how to reach the lost with the Gospel. Students will be required to memorize key verses for bringing sinners to Christ and giving them biblical assurance of salvation. Every student must participate in the TEAM soulwinning program of Lancaster Baptist Church.

PT 311 2

Christian Marriage and Home

This course provides the student with the biblical ingredients to a godly marriage and family. It will attempt to provide the student with the discernment needed to be able to provide a biblical balance in his family life and ministry.

SC 202 3

Physical Science

Physical Science is a foundation science class, along with Biology 1, for students seeking credits toward a secondary concentration or students taking it as a general elective. All basic physical and earth sciences are addressed in course lectures. These topics include geology and plate tectonics, meteorology, oceanography, motion, atomic theory, chemistry, and astronomy. Prerequisite: None

SC 410 2

Teaching Elementary Science

This course will give the student an opportunity to prepare and teach elementary science material for the Christian School.

SPCH 101 2

Freshman Speech

This course is designed to give the student the skills needed to properly prepare and deliver an effective speech.

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Key Faculty

Dr. Jerry Goddard

Dean of Administrative Affairs

Kathy Houk

Instructor—Elementary Ed

Dr. Mark Rasmussen

Vice President