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Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, History Concentration

Inspire Students to Love History

A student’s view of history will determine his outlook on the future. Teaching history to junior high and high school students is an incredible opportunity to share wisdom and insight based on God’s Word: presenting history, government, economics, geography, and political science through a biblical worldview.

You’ll start by developing a strong Christian philosophy of education and learning traditional teaching strategies that will make you an effective history teacher. You’ll build your own history knowledge base, practice teaching in five education labs with the latest classroom technology, and prepare for your career by observing and teaching in Pensacola Christian Academy (PCA) classes.

As a senior, you’ll complete your teacher education with an internship at PCA, refining your skills under the guidance of PCA’s master teachers.

To give you many opportunities for ministry and employment, you will choose a second teaching field in addition to your major concentration. The leadership, classroom management, and communication skills cultivated in the education program—as well as proficiency in your chosen teaching fields—will open doors for countless possibilities after graduation.


Faith-Based History Education

Since history is a record of man’s relationship with God, PCC’s history classes train educators to teach from a true—rather than a revisionist—perspective. You’ll gain practical insight by studying social, economic, and governmental threads throughout history, comparing and contrasting them with civilization today. As you demonstrate a biblical worldview of the past, you’ll empower students to understand the world-changing events of the present.

Dr. Reese at history seminar

Secondary Education Learning Outcomes

As a secondary education graduate, you will be equipped to

  • apply a Christian-traditional philosophy of education to purposes, content, and methods of teaching;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of subject content unique to your 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;
  • integrate biblical Christian values in teaching; and
  • exhibit the professional qualities required of successful teachers.

Program Highlight

Secondary Teaching Internship

Throughout your time in the secondary education program at Pensacola Christian College, you will study proven teaching methods, observe master teachers, practice teaching your peers, and teach lessons at Pensacola Christian Academy. In your senior year, you’ll take the final step toward preparing for a successful teaching career: leading your very own classes during your Secondary Teaching Internship (SE 420).

Mentored by an experienced PCA teacher, you’ll gain experience as you participate in every aspect of teaching—eventually becoming fully responsible for your own class. Teaching in both your primary concentration and your second teaching field, you’ll refine the skills you need to become an excellent teacher and be ready to lead your first class with confidence.

Your History Education Future

What can you do with a secondary education degree, history concentration?

When you complete your bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a history concentration from PCC, you’ll be fully equipped to teach in a Christian junior high or high school history program—or you may continue your education by pursuing a graduate degree. Although the education degree programs do not lead to state licensure, graduates are qualified to receive teacher certification through the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Here are a few of the countless career opportunities available to you.

  • Christian School Education
  • Church Ministry
  • Homeschooling
  • Law
  • Missions
  • Politics
  • Public Speaking
  • Research
  • School Administration
  • Social Sciences

Here are a few of the grad schools our history concentration alumni have attended.

  • California Baptist University
  • Liberty University
  • Northwestern California University School of Law
  • West Alabama University
  • West Coast Bible College and Seminary

Here are a few of the many places that our history concentration alumni have worked.

  • Bay Area Christian School
  • Classical Christian Academy
  • Colegio Cristiano Pionero
  • Eastland Christian School
  • Front Range Baptist Academy
  • Kingdom Christian Academy
  • Lake Center Christian School
  • Mifflin County Christian Academy
  • Wilmington Christian Academy
  • Wilson Christian Academy

Faculty Highlight

Doug Zila

Dr. Doug Zila

B.S., M.S., Pensacola Christian College
M.A., University of West Florida
M.A., D.A., Harrison Middleton University


“The most important goal I have for my students is to lead their students to Christ. Another goal is to make them aware of other worldviews and teach them to be careful about accidentally incorporating fallacious ideas into their lessons. At PCC, everything we do builds up from the foundation of God’s Word. Much of the world’s secular educational philosophy is permeated with secular humanism, pragmatism, and postmodernism. We teach our students to be wary of these philosophies and keep their lessons focused on what God says about man’s actions in history.”

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Alumni Spotlight

Megan Delaney
Megan Delaney, ’19

Teacher, Bill Rice Christian Academy

B.S., Pensacola Christian College
M.S., Pensacola Christian College


“The aspects I appreciated most about the history education undergrad degree were the opportunities for practical experience and the faculty’s encouragement. Each education class gave me multiple opportunities to teach either my peers or actual students. Once senior year’s internship at PCA arrived, I felt prepared to step into the role of a teacher! Yes, I was still incredibly nervous and made many mistakes, but I was also happy to be doing what I was called to do.

The relationships I built with faculty are what I appreciate most from my time at PCC. The faculty members encouraged me at every step of my degree. Without their encouragement, I wouldn’t have had the confidence in my abilities that I now have.

The secondary education degree simultaneously gives you deeper knowledge of your subjects’ content and the experience necessary to teach your subjects. When you graduate, you can be confident that you have the skills necessary to handle whatever position God puts you in.”

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History Concentration Course Schedule


Second Teaching Fields

Music

Second teaching field requirements: Students with a Music second teaching field must demonstrate sufficient ability in one area of applied music and will take instruction in this area for six semesters. Students in their fourth semester of private music lessons must pass a platform to be approved for a music second teaching field. After passing the platform, students are required to enroll in Music Repertoire each semester they are enrolled in private lessons. Students with a vocal or instrumental emphasis must participate in a performing ensemble two semesters sometime during sophomore, junior, or senior years. Performing ensembles that meet requirements for each emphasis are as follows: Instrumental: Orchestra, Symphonic Band; Vocal: Chamber Ensemble, Symphonic Choir.
Teaching Elementary Music
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Choral Methods
Proficiency Materials and Methods
Private Lessons
Ensemble/Hymnplaying

Physical Education

Fitness Test: Students in this second teaching field must pass the Physical Fitness Test or take PE 283/273 Physical Fitness or PE 160/170 Swimming/Physical Fitness (minimum grade of “C-” required).
Extracurricular Activity Requirement: Students in this second teaching field must participate in several semesters of intercollegiate or intramural sports or an approved alternative.
Fall Team Sports
Spring Team Sports
Sport Physiology
Introduction to Coaching
First Aid
Organization and Administration of Physical Education
Kinesiology
Care of Athletic Injuries
Coaching Electives
Teaching Physical Education

Speech

Second teaching field requirements: Second-semester sophomores must pass a speech platform evaluation to be approved for a second teaching field in speech. Students are required to enroll in SP 999 Speech Repertoire each semester they register for a private speech lesson. All students with a second teaching field in speech must perform at least one role in a college play while a student at PCC. A speaking role in a dramatic production play will satisfy this requirement.
Teaching Speech
Fundamentals of Speech
Voice and Diction
Oral Interpretation of Poetry
Oral Interpretation of Dramatic and Narrative Literature
Stagecraft
Stage Movement
Introduction to Dramatic Production
Assemblies and Productions Practicum
Private Speech Lessons

student teaching history

About the History Concentration

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.

Financial aid is available to secondary education students by way of scholarships.

Teacher Education Scholarship ($2,500–$4,000):

  • Available to a qualified applicant who has declared an education major.
  • Must have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  • Recipients must maintain a 2.00 GPA each year (not cumulative) at Pensacola Christian College in order to receive the benefit of the scholarship. Students who forfeit the scholarship because of grade point average will forfeit the benefit for future years.
  • A tuition benefit ranging from $2,500 to $4,000 over the first eight consecutive semesters of attendance as a full-time student after approval. If the student is enrolled in the Fourth Year Tuition-Free program, scholarship payments will not be applied during semesters the student is receiving the Fourth Year Tuition-Free benefit.

Dr. Barbara Bradley Memorial Scholarship (Secondary): Scholarships of $1,000 each awarded to continuing juniors or seniors majoring in secondary education, to be applied over one semester.

Kathleen Irwin Scholarship: Two $1,000 scholarships awarded to education majors, to be applied over one semester.

Rosann Petermeyer Memorial Scholarship (Secondary): A $500 scholarship awarded to continuing sophomore or junior majoring in secondary education, to be applied over one semester.

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Secondary Education Career Support

With Career Services and Career Link, students can start making connections with employers while on campus during Career Fair events. These services provide tools and resources designed to empower you for your secondary education calling.

Every year, an average of 96 schools attend Educator Recruitment, seeking to hire PCC graduates.

Need help? Career Services staff are ready to assist you in researching employment opportunities, exploring job qualifications, and providing mock interviews and résumé support.