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Education Department

Division of Professional
Studies

Dr. Raylene Cochran,
Dean of Professional Studies

THE PURPOSE OF THIS DIVISION is to prepare Christian leaders in business, criminal justice, and education by providing a Christian-traditional liberal arts education and specialized training in service-oriented professions.

This division comprises the business and education departments of Pensacola Christian College, which both offer undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Dr. Phyllis Rand, Chair
Dr. Gaylen Waters, Co-chair for PE

At the center of the education department at Pensacola Christian College is the knowledge that all truth and wisdom come from God. Students are taught truths from God’s everlasting revelation in the Scriptures and in God’s creation; they are made aware of the humanistic philosophy and techniques used in “progressive” education today. The College retains a traditional approach to educational methods.

The faculty are successfully experienced in the techniques of classroom teaching and management methods. Our purpose is to prepare students to teach in Christian schools, equipped with a traditional Christian philosophy of subject content and teaching methods, practical teaching skills, and a servant’s heart. The programs are not designed to prepare students to teach in public schools.

The founder of Pensacola Christian College has been a leading pioneer in the Christian day-school movement. The College conducts training clinics for teachers and administrators. A Beka Book, an affiliate of Pensacola Christian College, publishes Christian textbooks. PCC is also the home of A Beka Academy. Education majors at PCC reap the benefits of this experience and expertise and come to understand the heartbeat of Christian education.

Students majoring in education must realize that continuation as an education major is dependent upon an ongoing evaluation of the student’s teaching and/or academic progress. A degree in education is subject to successful teaching experiences. A student may be removed at any time from the education major and/or teaching experiences if in the opinion of the faculty/administration the student fails to perform satisfactorily or improve sufficiently in the appropriate teaching skills, regardless of the student’s academic average in the program or particular course. Students receiving a “D” or “F” in the classroom teaching experience of any 300- or 400-level teaching course will not receive a satisfactory grade for that course. Education majors cannot repeat EE/SE 201 or any 300- or 400-level teaching course, including teaching internship, more than one time, nor may they repeat more than one 300- or 400-level teaching course. Upon failure of a second teaching course, the Academic Committee reviews the student’s status to determine if he can continue in the education major. These policies apply to elementary education and teaching English broad field requirements of the missions concentration. Students approved to retake the teaching internship may be required to take remedial work first. Students who are removed from one education major cannot declare any other education major or broad field.

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Science Degree

Elementary Education Major

The purpose of the elementary education major is to prepare students to teach in a Christian elementary or early childhood program, by equipping them with a Christian-traditional philosophy of subject content and teaching methods, practical teaching skills, and a servant’s heart.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the elementary education program will be able to

  • apply a Christian-traditional philosophy of education to content and methods of teaching in elementary or early childhood classes;
  • demonstrate competency in elementary-level or early childhood subject content;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of methods and materials appropriate for the Christian-traditional elementary or early childhood classroom;
  • organize, establish, and manage an effective learning environment;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the learner with ability to teach him;
  • teach effectively in a Christian elementary or early childhood program; and
  • integrate biblical Christian values in personal life and teaching.

The program uses the best curriculum, methods, and equipment to prepare students to teach. Pensacola Christian Academy classrooms become the students’ laboratory for learning how to teach. Students gain experience before beginning their elementary teaching internship—freshmen observe videotaped elementary classes; sophomores and juniors teach peers and some elementary classes for additional preparation.

Secondary Education Major

The purpose of the secondary education major is to prepare students to teach in a Christian school, by equipping them with a Christian-traditional philosophy of subject content and teaching methods, practical teaching skills, and a servant’s heart.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the secondary education program will be able to

  • apply a Christian-traditional philosophy of education to purposes, content, and management of teaching;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of subject content unique to their selected concentration and second teaching field;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of methods and materials appropriate for the traditional secondary classroom;
  • organize, establish, and manage an effective learning environment;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the learner with ability to teach him;
  • teach effectively in a Christian junior high or high school; and
  • integrate biblical Christian values in personal life and teaching.

Concentrations

Minors

Education, Physical Education

Missions Broad Fields

Elementary Education, Teaching English

Youth Ministries Emphasis

Education, Physical Education

Second Teaching Fields

Graduate Degrees

Master of Science Degree

  • Educational Leadership
  • Curriculum and Instruction Specializations
    • Elementary, English, Science, History, Mathematics, Secondary (General), Speech, Music with Choral Conducting, Instrumental, Keyboard, and Vocal Emphases

Education Specialist Degree

  • Educational Leadership
  • Curriculum and Instruction Specializations
    • Elementary, English, History, Science, Secondary (General)

Doctor of Education Degree

  • Educational Leadership
  • Curriculum and Instruction Specializations
    • Elementary, English, History, Science, Secondary (General)