At PCC, studying education isn’t just training for a career; it’s preparing for a ministry. Dedicating their lives to both learning and service, teachers train up the next generations of leaders. In order for you to be a good teacher for them, you need quality education and training for yourself.
“We approach teaching as a ministry to reach students for Christ and not just as a job,” explains Marie Thompson, who teaches English education on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. “Teaching is a high calling and demands excellence. We teach our students how to teach.”
“Our future teachers get sound academics with traditional, practical methods, not the latest fads or humanistic theories,” asserts Dr. Phyllis Rand, Education Department Chair. “They are taught by instructors who love to teach and are passionate about the importance and privilege of teaching.”
Students learn from master teachers who first demonstrate how to teach and then coach the students in peer teachings.
“I demonstrate how to teach English by teaching a lesson myself so that students can make connections with why we teach and how we teach,“ Thompson says. “Students practice teaching for me in a lab setting in which, as soon as they finish teaching, I explain what they did correctly and how they can improve.“
In their senior year, education majors have an internship at Pensacola Christian Academy, where they receive real classroom experience under the mentorship of skilled Academy teachers.
Dinah Satterfield (’99 grad), a teacher at Calvary Christian School in King, NC, uses her degree to teach courses in keyboarding, health, and English. She believes her internship senior year made her first year teaching a smooth transition from college to her own classroom.
“Student teaching was like having my own class. I had to plan everything, grade everything, and be the teacher,“ she says. “I had a great first year teaching because I was confident and comfortable in my training. After 15 years, I still absolutely love what I do!“
To provide graduates with many opportunities for ministry and employment, every secondary education student chooses a major concentration and a second teaching field. With a strong background in more than one teaching field, graduates are better prepared to most effectively help their school.
“Education is one of PCC’s largest majors,“ says Dr. Rand, “and our education graduates are in high demand. PCC has a reputation worldwide for producing excellent, committed teachers with a heart for service.“
To high school graduates interested in teaching, Dr. Rand invites, “Come be part of an education department distinct in philosophy and practicality. Become part of the major that is known around the world as the training ground for quality Christian education.“