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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN 

EDUCATIONAL STUDIES

The Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies is a program designed to prepare students for careers in education and related fields. This program focuses on the study of educational theories, practices, and policies, and provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the field of education.


The curriculum covers a range of topics, including child and adolescent development, educational psychology, curriculum and instruction, public speaking, and the history and philosophy of education. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the factors that influence student learning, as well as an appreciation for the role that education plays in shaping individuals, communities, and churches. The program encourages students to be creative and innovative in their approach to solving educational problems and improving educational outcomes.

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LOWER DIVISION

EDU100 - Child & Educational Psychology - 3 credits Child & Educational Psychology is a course that examines the psychological and developmental processes that occur in children from birth to adolescence. The course covers topics such as child development, learning theories, motivation, emotion, personality, and socialization. Throughout the course, students will learn about the various stages of child development and the factors that influence development, including nature and nurture, cultural and environmental factors, and individual differences. Upon completion of the course, students will have a strong foundation in child development and educational psychology and an understanding of the implications of these fields for education, parenting, and other settings that serve children. EDU110 - Classroom Management - 3 credits Classroom Management is a course that focuses on the strategies and techniques that teachers can use to create a positive and productive learning environment in the classroom. The course covers topics such as behavior management, motivation, classroom organization, discipline, and diversity. Throughout the course, students will learn about the various approaches to classroom management, including proactive and reactive strategies, and will have the opportunity to practice and apply these techniques in simulated and real-world classroom settings. Emphasis is placed on the importance of creating a positive, supportive, and inclusive classroom environment, and students will engage in group discussions and hands-on learning experiences, including role-plays and case studies. EDU120 - Learning Theories & Styles - 3 credits Learning Theories & Styles is a course that examines the various theories and models of learning and the different ways in which people learn. The course covers topics such as cognitive, behavioral, constructivist, and humanistic learning theories, and will explore the individual differences in learning styles, such as visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Throughout the course, students will learn about the different learning theories and models, including the strengths and limitations of each, and will have the opportunity to reflect on their own learning style and understand how to adapt to different learning environments. Emphasis is placed on the importance of considering individual differences in learning and the role of the learner in the learning process. EDU130 - Lesson Planning & Curriculum Theory - 3 credits Lesson Planning & Curriculum Theory is a course that focuses on the principles and practices of effective lesson planning and curriculum design. Topics like curriculum development, lesson planning, instructional tactics, assessment, and technology integration are covered in the course. Students will learn about several approaches to lesson planning and curriculum design, such as backwards design and standards-based approached, and will have the chance to put these methods into practice in both simulated and real-world contexts. The significance of taking the learner's needs into account and coordinating instruction with local, state, and federal standards is emphasized. CHM200 – Leading Student Ministries - 3 credits Leading Student Ministries is a comprehensive course designed to prepare future leaders for success in student ministry contexts. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics that are critical for effective student ministry leadership, including the history, theology, and philosophy of student ministry and its role within the larger church community. The course also covers best practices for planning and implementing student ministry programs and events, as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills for working with students, parents, and volunteers. In addition, students will learn about the role of worship, discipleship, and evangelism in student ministry, and will be introduced to innovative approaches to engage students in these activities. GLD210 – Cross Cultural Communication & Anthropology - 3 credits Cross Cultural Communication & Anthropology is a course that explores the challenges and opportunities that arise when people from different cultural backgrounds interact with each other in a business setting. Students will learn about cultural differences in communication styles, values, beliefs, norms, and behaviors, and how they impact cross-cultural interactions. The course will draw upon theories and concepts from anthropology, sociology, psychology, and communication studies to help students develop a deeper understanding of cross-cultural communication. Topics covered will include cultural self-awareness, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination, cultural adaptation, intercultural communication competence, and cross-cultural conflict resolution. JUS210 - Children & Youth in Crisis - 3 credits Children & Youth in Crisis is a course that examines the complex issues faced by children and young people during times of crisis. Topics covered in this course include the impact of trauma, abuse, and neglect on child development, the effects of war, natural disasters, and other forms of violence on children and families, and the interventions that are available to support children and youth in crisis. The course will also address issues of resilience, coping, and recovery, and will examine the role of community-based organizations, government agencies, and other stakeholders in addressing the needs of children and youth in crisis. Students will engage in a range of activities, including readings, lectures, discussions, and case studies, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by children and youth in crisis and the strategies that can be used to support their recovery and well-being. EDU200 - Early Literacy Instruction - 3 credits Early Literacy Instruction is a course that focuses on the principles and practices of effective literacy instruction for young children, from birth to age 8. The course covers topics such as phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, comprehension, and writing. Throughout the course, students will learn about the various components of literacy development, including the role of play, oral language, and family involvement. The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of effective early literacy instruction and to foster the development of the skills and knowledge needed to support young children's literacy development.

UPPER DIVISION

EDU300 - Technology in Education - 3 credits Technology in Education is a course that explores the use of technology in promoting learning and academic success. The course covers topics such as educational technology, online learning, multimedia design, and digital citizenship. Throughout the course, students will learn about the different types of educational technology, including software, hardware, and online resources. Upon completion of the course, students will have a strong foundation in the use of technology in education and an understanding of how technology can be used to support student engagement, motivation, and academic success. They will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively use technology in their future teaching practices, including online and blended learning environments. EDU310 - Teaching Grammar & Creative Writing - 3 credits Teaching Grammar & Creative Writing is a course that focuses on teaching the fundamental principles of grammar and the art of creative writing. This course will help students understand the basics of grammatical structures and usage and will explore various approaches to teaching grammar effectively. Students will study the basic elements of grammar, including syntax, morphology, and semantics, and will learn how to analyze and evaluate written language. The course will also explore the creative writing process, including the development of characters, settings, and plot, and will examine the elements of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to practice their own writing skills and to receive feedback from their peers and instructors. This course will include lectures, discussions, writing assignments, and opportunities for peer review and revision. EDU320 - Education Administration - 3 credits Education Administration is a course that focuses on the principles and practices of educational administration. This course will help students understand the role of school administrators, the legal and ethical considerations involved in school administration, and the skills and knowledge necessary for effective school leadership. Students will study the organization and administration of schools, including the roles and responsibilities of school boards, superintendents, principals, and other school administrators. The course will also examine the political and economic context of education, including the impact of legislation and funding on school administration and differences between public, private, and charter education. EDU330 - Mathematics in The Elementary School - 3 credits Mathematics in the Elementary School is a course that focuses on the development and teaching of mathematics in the elementary school years. This course will help students understand the mathematical concepts and skills that are typically taught in the elementary grades and will explore various approaches to teaching mathematics in a way that is engaging and meaningful for young students. Students will study the mathematical content standards for the elementary school grades and will learn about effective teaching strategies for mathematics, including hands-on activities, problem-solving, and technology-enhanced instruction. The course will also explore the use of manipulatives and other materials to help students visualize and understand mathematical concepts. EDU400 - Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) - 3 credits Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is a course that focuses on the principles and practices of teaching English to students who are non-native speakers. This course will help students understand the linguistic, cultural, and social factors that impact language learning and will explore various approaches to teaching English as a second language. Students will study the linguistic structures of English, including grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, and will learn about the developmental stages of language acquisition. The course will also examine the cultural and social factors that impact language learning, including motivation, attitudes, and cultural differences. The course will also explore assessment and evaluation in ESL, including the use of standardized tests and alternative assessments to monitor student progress and guide instruction. EDU410 - Theological Foundation of Christian Education - 3 credits The Theological Foundation of Christian Education is a course that explores the theological basis for Christian education. This course will help students understand the biblical, historical, and philosophical foundations of Christian education and will examine the role of the church in education. Students will study the biblical concepts of creation, sin, redemption, and restoration and will explore their implications for education. The course will also examine the history of Christian education, including the development of Christian schools and universities, and will consider the role of the church in education through the ages. Additionally, students will delve into the philosophical foundations of Christian education, studying the foundational principles of truth, goodness, and beauty, and exploring the ways in which a Christian worldview can enhance a learner's academic and spiritual growth. EDU420 - Non-Formal Education - 3 credits Non-Formal Education is a course that focuses on the theories and practices of education outside of formal school settings. This course will help students understand the various forms of non-formal education, including community-based education, youth programs, and work-based training, and will explore the role of non-formal education in supporting personal and community development. Students will study the theories and models of non-formal education, including the differences between formal and non-formal education and the benefits and challenges of non-formal education. The course will also examine the role of non-formal education in promoting social and economic development, including the ways in which non-formal education can support the development of critical thinking, leadership, and problem-solving skills. The objective of this course is to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to design and execute impactful non-formal education programs that foster personal and community growth. Moreover, this course aims to guide students in discovering their passion within the realm of teaching and steer them towards the area that aligns with their interests and strengths.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

PSY100 – Psychology of Personal Development - 3 credits Psychology of Personal Development is a course that explores the psychological principles and theories that underlie personal growth and development. Students will learn about the key factors such as living a healthy and effective lifestyle, human behavior, and how to integrate faith into Psychology. Key topics will include self-awareness, listening, goal setting, and interpersonal communication. Students will also examine the ways in which individual differences and cultural factors influence personal development and will have the opportunity to reflect on their own life experiences and growth. PHL100 – Introduction to Philosophy - 3 credits Introduction to Philosophy is a course that provides students with an overview of the major branches and themes of philosophy. The nature of reality, knowledge, ethics, religious philosophy, and the nature of human existence will all be topics covered by students as they examine both traditional and modern philosophers' perspectives. Students will get the chance to participate in philosophical debates, examine and assess arguments, and hone their own critical thinking abilities. The course will provide a historical perspective on the development of philosophy and will encourage students to think deeply about fundamental questions and to reflect on their own beliefs and values. WRI100 – College Composition - 3 credits College Composition is a foundational course that prepares students to write clear, effective, and well-organized essays in a variety of academic and professional contexts. This course will introduce students to the writing process, from prewriting and drafting to revision and editing. Students will learn to write effective thesis statements, develop arguments, and use evidence to support their ideas. The course will also focus on the use of MLA & APA writing styles and how to cite sources. Students will have the opportunity to practice their writing skills through a variety of assignments, including in-class writing, essays, and research papers. WRI110 – Creative Writing - 3 credits Creative Writing is a course designed for students who are interested in exploring their own voice and imagination through writing. This course will introduce students to the various elements of creative writing, including fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students will learn about the craft of writing, including characterization, point of view, setting, dialogue, and other elements of style. The course will also emphasize the importance of revision, both in workshop settings and in independent work. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to read widely, to experiment with different forms and styles, and to develop their own unique voice as writers. ENG200 – World Literature - 3 credits World Literature is a course that introduces students to the rich and diverse canon of literature from across the globe. Students will read and analyze works from a variety of cultures, including European, African, Asian, and Latin American, and from a range of historical periods, from ancient Greece to contemporary times. The course will focus on the development of literary genres, including epic poetry, drama, the novel, and short fiction, and will examine the cultural, historical, and social contexts in which these works were written. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in critical analysis of the texts, examining themes, symbols, and techniques used by the authors. Discussions, written assignments, and group projects will allow students to explore the connections between literature and the world around us. COM100 – Introduction to Communications - 3 credits Introduction to Communications is a foundational course that explores the theories, principles, and practices of human communication in various contexts. Students will learn about the various modes of communication, including interpersonal, small group, public, and mass communication. By examining the factors that influence communication, such as culture, identity, power, and technology, students will also learn how to build community with others and help answer spiritual needs. The course will cover the basics of communication theory, including models of communication, perception, and nonverbal behavior, and will also introduce students to the skills necessary for effective communication, such as listening, presenting, and negotiating. MTH100 – College Algebra - 3 credits College Algebra is a course designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and techniques of algebra. The course covers topics such as linear equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and their graphs, radical and rational expressions, and introduction to matrices. Students will learn how to use algebraic techniques to model and solve real-world problems. PED100 – Health & Wellness - 2 credits Health & Wellness teaches and explores the influence of physical activity and dietary choices on a person’s mental, psychical, and emotional well-being. This course covers topics such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition, stress management, physical activity, and health promotion. This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge about athletic training, topics include running, cycling, stretching, and strength training. Students will not only learn about the benefits of living a healthy life, but they will also be required to complete aerobic workouts on their own time. HIS100 – World Civilization - 3 credits World Civilization is a survey course that examines the history, culture, and political systems of major civilizations from ancient times to the present day. The course covers topics such as the rise and fall of empires, the development of religions, the influence of colonialism and imperialism, and the impact of revolution and modernization. HIS110 – History of Christianity - 3 credits History of Christianity is a course that examines the development and evolution of Christianity from its origins to the present day. The course covers topics such as the life and teachings of Jesus, the spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire, the emergence of different Christian denominations, the Reformation, and the impact of Christianity on modern society. The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key events, people, and movements that have shaped the history of Christianity, and to foster a deeper appreciation for the religious and cultural diversity of the Christian tradition. ART100 – Introduction to Art - 3 credits Introduction to Art introduces the understanding, history, and enjoyment of art through the study of painting, sculpture, design, photography, and the decorative arts. Students gain an awareness of meaning, functions, and significance of art, while learning an art-related vocabulary and a set of analytical tools for discussing and understanding art from around the world. Students will spend time in the classroom as well as engaging in hands-on learning in our art studio. MUH100 – Introduction to Music - 3 credits Introduction to Music is a course that explores the fundamentals of music history, theory, styles, the music business, and music in film and media. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to listen to a variety of musical styles and genres, including classical, jazz, rock, and pop. Students will also learn about the evolution of music genres and styles throughout the world and its subsequent impact on culture and society, and how this impact can lead to social justice movements. SPA101 – Spanish I - 4 credits Spanish I is an introductory course designed to develop basic communicative skills in the Spanish language. The course focuses on the four key language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and aims to develop a solid foundation in grammar and vocabulary. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, greetings, introductions, basic conversation, simple verb conjugation, common expressions and common verb tenses such as the present, preterite and the future tense. Additionally, students will learn about Spanish-speaking cultures, customs and traditions. Emphasis is placed on practical usage and everyday scenarios to encourage interaction and build confidence in using the language. SPA102 – Spanish II - 4 credits Spanish II is a continuation of Spanish I, designed to build upon the foundation of the language skills developed in the previous course. This course is designed to help students achieve a more advanced level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish. In Spanish II, students will continue to expand their vocabulary and grammar knowledge, with a focus on more complex sentence structures and verb tenses, including the present perfect, imperfect, conditional and subjunctive. Students will also continue to develop their listening and speaking skills through class discussions, debates, and oral presentations, as well as reading and writing skills through comprehension activities and composition exercises. BIB100 – Old Testament Survey - 3 credits Old Testament Survey is an introductory course to the study of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament. This course provides an overview of the literary, historical, and theological content of the Old Testament, including its books, themes, and major figures. Students will learn about the historical context and cultural background of the Old Testament, as well as God’s covenants, and the role of the successive divine covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David. BIB110 – New Testament Survey - 3 credits New Testament Survey is an introductory course to the study of the New Testament, which is the second part of the Christian Bible. This course provides an overview of the literary, historical, and theological content of the New Testament, including its books, themes, and major figures. The course will explore the overarching themes and messages of the New Testament, including the life and work of Jesus Christ, the nature of the Church, and the role of the Holy Spirit. Students will also study key figures such as Paul, Peter, and John, and will examine their teachings and impact on the New Testament and the early Christian Church. SPF100 – Spiritual Formation & Soul Care - 3 credits Spiritual Formation & Soul Care is a course designed to help students cultivate a deeper understanding of the spiritual life and develop habits for spiritual growth and well-being. This course will explore the biblical foundations of spiritual formation and provide practical tools for students to care for their soul and nurture their relationship with God Students will learn about various spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, worship, fasting, and Bible study, and will be encouraged to practice these habits in their own lives. The course will also examine the role of community in spiritual formation, including the importance of relationships, accountability, and support. GLD100 – Global Community Development - 3 credits Global Community Development is a course that explores the social, economic, and political factors that impact communities globally. The course covers topics such as community development theories, globalization and its impact on communities, cultural diversity, social justice, and sustainable development. Students will also learn how Christ’s message to the world was based on global development and justice. JUS100 – Theology of Compassion & Justice - 3 credits Theology of Compassion & Justice is a course that explores the biblical and theological foundations of compassion and justice. This course will help students understand the biblical basis for compassion and justice and the importance of these values for Christian faith and practice. Students will examine the biblical teachings on compassion and justice, including the role of the Church in addressing social issues and promoting the common good. The course will also explore the relationship between compassion and justice and will examine the ways in which these values are expressed in the lives of individual believers and the Church as a whole.

Total Lower and Upper Division Credits: 45 Credits

Total General Education Requirements: 58 Credits

Total Electives: 17 Credits
(Any college level courses will fulfill elective requirements)

Total Credits for Educational Studies: 120 Credits

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