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Courses that do not have a term notation are not offered on a set rotation.

The number of semester credit hours which a course carries is listed in parentheses following the course title.

General Education

ED 101 Philosophy of Christian Education (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Students will learn the history, principles, and philosophy of education in general and the distinctives of a Christian philosophy of education in particular. Guidance in identifying the personal and educational qualifications for teaching on preschool, elementary, and secondary levels is given in order to help students determine their individual interests and aptitudes. Observation is an integral part of this course.

ED 102 Personal and Community Health (2) Offered Fall, Spring. This course is designed to equip future teachers with basic knowledge in proper health practices and habits. Students will also discuss basic first-aid topics and common diseases or illnesses a teacher might encounter.

ED 210, 310, 410 Early Childhood Education Practicum (1 each) Offered Interterm. Prereq.: At least “C-” in EE 201; early childhood concentration or education minor; and approval from chair of education. This course has been designed to expose the elementary education major with an early childhood concentration or education minor to practical experience in an approved local Christian kindergarten under the supervision of a classroom teacher. The course requires spending a minimum of 45 hours working at the school in actual kindergarten teaching responsibilities along with a variety of other projects. This course is offered during Interterm and normally can be taken in the vicinity of the student’s home.

ED 211, 311, 411 Education Field Experience (1 each) Offered Summer. Prereq.: At least “C-” in EE 201 or SE 201. This course is required of all education majors and can be elected by education minors. The student participates in a teaching experience in his hometown on a grade level appropriate to his major (early childhood—preschool–kindergarten; elementary—grades 1–6; secondary—grades 7–12) during one summer of his enrollment as an education major. Various teaching responsibilities such as Sunday school classes, children’s church, youth groups, sports teams, etc., may be acceptable in meeting the requirements of this course.

ED 219 Teaching the Reluctant Learner (2) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in ED 101. Students learn effective instructional strategies to increase academic achievement in unmotivated and reluctant students who potentially “fall through the cracks.”

ED 301 Tests and Measurements (1) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Elementary education major, education minor or emphasis, or concurrent enrollment in SE 420. After students study the nature, principles, and use of testing as an appraisal of learning, they will be able to develop formal and informal measurement tools for classroom use on the elementary and secondary levels.

ED 306 Computer Applications in Education (1) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in CS 101 [or pass Computer Applications proficiency exam]. Future teachers will learn how to enhance personal productivity and classroom instruction with computer applications specific to educational use. Each student will produce a final project based on the applications taught in class. Meets 2 hours a week.

ED 322 Educational Psychology (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Junior or senior. Taught from a Christian perspective, educational psychology addresses the topic of learning by studying three aspects of learning. The learner is studied through an investigation of his development mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially. Students will analyze historical and progressive theories of learning and contrast them with a traditional philosophy of education. They will also examine factors that enhance learning, classroom management, and methodology. This course may be taken as a social science elective.

ED 413 Child Growth and Development (3) Offered Fall, Spring. This course presents an overview of mental, spiritual, physical, and social aspects of childhood development from beginners to juniors (ages 6–12). Students apply this knowledge to the classroom by also learning effective techniques for teaching the developing learner and for training godly character in relation to current social and cultural influences. This course may be taken as a social science elective.

ED 415 Adolescent Growth and Development (3) Offered Fall, Spring. This course limits itself to the study of the adolescent period of development. The student will learn the psychological challenges and changes experienced by adolescents. Topics studied include friends, dating, discipline, authority, responsibility for decision making, communication, home, church, and society. This course may be taken as a social science elective.

ED 419 Teaching Internship Orientation (1) Offered Pre-term. Prereq.: Approval from chair of education; must be taken the same academic year as teaching internship. This course is required of all education majors and is prerequisite to EE 420, EE 450, MU 420, and SE 420 Teaching Internships. Through classroom observations and participation in beginning-of-the-year meetings and activities at Pensacola Christian Academy, the senior education major is prepared for the teaching internship as well as the first year of teaching.

ED 430 Instructional Methods (2) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Senior non-education major. Students receive training and experience in classroom teaching methods and materials for non-education majors.

ED 448 Early Childhood Administration (3) Offered Spring. This course equips the student to administer a traditional early childhood program with emphasis on the practical aspects of the daily operation, organization, and supervision. Students learn how to make policies based on regulations and sound finances as well as to recognize well-designed facilities, create promotional materials, and plan special events.

Elementary Education

EE 201 Materials and Methods (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in ED 101 and sophomore or above; elementary education major or broad field, education minor or emphasis, or teaching English broad field. This course is an introduction to the materials and general methods employed in teaching elementary school. The student learns practical techniques and skills used in lesson planning, classroom management, parent/teacher conferences, and the effective use of instructional technology in the elementary school. Multi-level classroom observation and peer teaching are included. This course is a prerequisite to all 300- and 400-level elementary education courses.

EE 205 Intensive Phonics Instruction (2) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: ED 101; sophomore or above; elementary education major or broad field, education minor or emphasis, or teaching English broad field. This course is an introduction to the content and techniques used in intensive phonics instruction. Students master the phonics sounds and practice teaching in preparation for teaching reading.

EE 207 Early Childhood Development (2) Offered Spring. This course is a study of the development of the preschool child including physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects. Students will learn techniques for promoting maturation in each of these areas. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics of infants through five-year-olds and guiding the preschool child’s development to his fullest capacity.

EE 210, 310, 410 Elementary Education Practicum (1 each) Offered Interterm. Prereq.: At least “C-” in EE 201; elementary education major or education minor or emphasis; and approval from chair of education. This course has been designed to expose the elementary education major, education minor, or emphasis to practical experience in an approved local Christian elementary school under the supervision of a classroom teacher. The course requires spending a minimum of 45 hours working at the school in actual teaching responsibilities along with a variety of other projects. These courses are offered during Interterm and normally can be taken in the vicinity of the student’s home.

EE 215 Arithmetic Skills for the Elementary School (2) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Elementary education major or broad field. This course is a review of the arithmetic concepts taught in kindergarten and elementary grades. Students will master arithmetic skills needed to teach these topics.

EE 301–325 Teaching methods courses are open to elementary education majors who have at least “C-” in EE 201. Additional prereqs. listed beside courses below. Important components of each methods course are the observation of experienced teachers and the peer teaching experiences. Each course includes a weekly practice lab experience.

EE 301 Teaching Arithmetic (2) Offered Fall, Spring. Additional prereq.: At least “C-” in EE 215 and junior or senior. This course explains the concepts, materials, and methods needed to teach arithmetic on the elementary level. Students will learn innovative techniques and use the latest materials.

EE 306 Teaching Art and Music (1) Offered Fall, Spring. This course acquaints the student with the content, principles, procedures, and basic materials necessary for the teaching of elementary classroom art and music. Through lab experiences, students will demonstrate how to make an art project, conduct a directed drawing, teach a music lesson, and conduct songs.

EE 308 PE in Elementary Schools (2) Offered Fall, Spring. Additional prereq.: PE 195 and junior or senior. Students will learn how to plan, schedule, and administrate a physical education program at the elementary school level. Students gain experience in elementary physical education classes. Topics include fitness, legal liability, and discipline as applied to physical education.

EE 311 Teaching Penmanship (1) Offered Fall, Spring. This course prepares students to teach and evaluate penmanship and provides instruction and practice time to perfect their own handwriting.

EE 317 Teaching Reading (2) Offered Fall, Spring. Additional prereq.: EE 205 and junior or senior. This course educates students in current trends in reading instruction, the nature of the reading process, and instructional strategies. Students practice the skills and methods needed to teach the phonics-first approach to beginning reading as well as reading comprehension.

EE 321 Teaching Science and History (2) Offered Fall, Spring. Additional prereq.: Junior or senior. This course examines the content, organization, objectives, materials, trends, and practices in teaching science and history at the elementary school level. The student reviews basic concepts in physical science, biology, astronomy, geology, meteorology, world history, and geography.

EE 325 Teaching Language Arts (2) Offered Fall, Spring. Additional prereq.: Junior or senior. The basic language arts concepts of composition, traditional grammar, and spelling are reviewed and practiced, along with the most effective methods of teaching them. Students create teaching materials and collect teaching ideas.

EE 330 Teaching Bible (2) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Sophomore or above; or junior or senior elementary education major and at least “C-” in EE 201. Students learn to teach Bible in a variety of settings using Bible songs, Bible verses, and Bible stories. The course emphasizes practical helps, actual practice, and teaching experiences with children.

EE 343 Teaching Preschoolers (2) Offered Fall. Prereq.: EE 201. This course develops in students a knowledge of curriculum, materials, and methods used in teaching the preschool child. Students will develop teaching techniques through observation of preschool classes and practice teaching opportunities.

EE 344 Preschool Teaching Experience (3) Offered Both sem., Interterm, and Post-term. Prereq.: EE 201, 343, early childhood concentration, and approval from chair of education. This course gives students experience in dealing with children in a preschool setting. The program includes selected teaching opportunities as well as assisting the teacher in learning activities and play.

EE 412 Children’s Literature (2) Offered Fall, Spring. This course affords students the opportunity to read widely from the best in children’s literature and become acquainted with well-known authors and illustrators. Emphasis is placed on the important role of literature in the life of the child. Students will use evaluation skills and principles for selecting quality literature and develop a resource journal of appropriate children’s literature.

EE 420 Elementary Teaching Internship (12) Prereq.: ED 211, 419, EE 210, 301, 306, 308, 311, 317, 321, 325, 330, senior, and approval from chair of education. In this capstone course, elementary education majors spend one semester in supervised classroom teaching at Pensacola Christian Academy. A weekly support seminar is coordinated with the internship experience. This course begins Pre-term in the fall.

EE 450 Early Childhood Teaching Internship (12) Prereq.: ED 210, 211, 419, EE 301, 306, 311, 317, 325, 330, 344, senior early childhood concentration, and approval from chair of education. In this capstone course, elementary education majors with an early childhood concentration spend one semester in supervised classroom teaching at Pensacola Christian Academy. A weekly support seminar is coordinated with the internship experience. This course begins Pre-term in the fall.

Secondary Education

SE 201 General Teaching Methods (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in ED 101 and sophomore or above with a major in secondary education or education minor or emphasis. This course is designed as a foundational teaching skills course and involves the student in current reading, various methods of instruction, and the operation and use of classroom visuals and equipment. Observation and peer teaching are important elements of this course. This course is a prerequisite to all 300- and 400-level secondary education courses.

SE 210, 310, 410 Secondary Education Practicum (1 each) Offered Interterm. Prereq.: At least “C-” in SE 201; secondary education major or education minor or emphasis; and approval from chair of education. This course has been designed to expose the secondary education major to practical experience in an approved local Christian junior high or high school under the supervision of a classroom teacher. The course requires spending a minimum of 45 hours working in actual grades 7–12 teaching responsibilities along with a variety of other projects in the student’s two teaching fields. These courses are offered during Interterm and normally can be taken in the vicinity of the student’s home.

SE 304–317 Prereq. for all SE 300-level courses: Junior or senior secondary education major, and at least “C-” in completed teaching field courses and SE 201. Additional prereqs. listed beside courses below. Secondary education majors observe, learn, practice, and perform the traditional methodology pertaining to each field. Included are philosophy, teaching tools, and techniques for each field as well as classroom management techniques, test and visual construction, and lesson planning. Important components of each methods course are the observation of experienced teachers and the peer teaching experiences. The goal is a thorough preparation for the teaching internship and ultimately the Christian school secondary classroom.

SE 304 Teaching English (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Additional prereq.: EN 202, 204, 301, and 360.

SE 305 Teaching Spanish (3) Offered Spring. Additional prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in ML 322.

SE 306 Teaching History (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Additional prereq.: HI 201, 202, 211, and PL 304.

SE 307 Teaching Mathematics (3) Offered Fall. Additional prereq.: MA 212, 221, and credit for or concurrent enrollment in MA 302.

SE 308 Teaching Science (3) Offered Spring. Additional prereq.: Biology concentration: BY 112, 201, 202, and CH 111. Science concentration: BY 111, 112, CH 111, SC 211, and PY 211 or SC 112.

SE 309 Teaching Speech (3) Offered Spring. Additional prereq.: SP 201 and 204.

SE 313 Teaching Technology (3) Offered Fall. Additional prereq.: CS 202, 313, and OA 201.

SE 316 Teaching Art (3) Offered Spring. Additional prereq.: AR 204.

SE 317 Teaching Physical Education (3) Offered Fall. Additional prereq.: PE 184/194, 187/197, coaching elective, and credit for or concurrent enrollment in PE 321 and a second coaching elective.

SE 321 Teaching Reading Skills for the Secondary Student (2) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Junior or senior. Students will learn how to improve oral reading and comprehension skills in older students. The course includes an overview of phonics, language-acquisition helps, reading-remediation techniques, and comprehension studies. Students in the course will be provided opportunities to teach and to work with student readers.

SE 420 Secondary Teaching Internship (7) Prereq.: ED 211, 419, SE 210, a methods course in each teaching field, senior, concurrent enrollment in BI 318, ED 301, 415, and approval from chair of education. Additional prereq. for PE teaching field: PE 225. A minimum of one-half semester during either semester of a student’s senior year will be spent in supervised classroom teaching at Pensacola Christian Academy. A weekly support seminar is coordinated with the internship experience. Begins Pre-term in the fall.

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