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Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Science Concentration

Inspire a Love for Science

Share the wonders of creation in and out of the classroom. With the secondary education science concentration from Pensacola Christian College, you’ll be equipped as an innovative and effective science teacher. Deepen your own knowledge in a variety of scientific disciplines like biology, chemistry, geology, and astronomy—all from a biblical worldview.

Start by developing a strong Christian philosophy of education and learning traditional teaching strategies that will make you an effective science teacher. You’ll build your own science 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 Science Education

The physical world is governed by absolute laws instituted by God at creation, and the study of science should always center on the Creator. As a teacher, you’ll have the opportunity to shape your students’ understanding of the world around them while developing a thirst for knowledge and appreciation for God’s beautiful, orderly design. Learn to lead a classroom through the study of creation from a biblical perspective and inspire the next generation of Christian scientists who will lead in their field.

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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

While you study in the secondary education program at PCC, you will explore proven teaching methods, observe master teachers, practice teaching your peers, and teach lessons at PCA. 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 students. 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 Science Education Future

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

When you complete your studies, you’ll be fully equipped to teach in a Christian middle school or high school science 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 Teacher
  • Missionary
  • Museum Education
  • Public Speaker
  • Researcher
  • Tutor

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

  • Bob Jones University
  • Crown College
  • Liberty University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • University of West Florida

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

  • First Baptist Christian School, Coventry, RI
  • Heritage Preparatory School, Orlando, FL
  • Maranatha Christian Academy, Oakwood, GA
  • Newnan Christian School, Newnan, GA
  • Temple Baptist Church, Herndon, VA
  • Tianjin International School
  • Veritas Baptist College
  • VIP Kid
  • Washington College
  • West Georgia Technical College
  • Wilmington Christian Academy, Wilmington, NC

Faculty Highlight

Katrina Swafford

Katrina Swafford

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

“My goal is that my students will enthusiastically teach their future students about God’s creation. No matter what science we teach, we ultimately get to point every detail back to God and His love for us. My heart is that my students see how important it is to teach science first from a Christian perspective and second that we do it with excellence because we are teaching about God’s creation.

Students who have a science education concentration have been prepared in both the knowledge base through the core classes like chemistry and biology and the practical ‘how-to’ in their education classes, where students get the opportunity to teach several peer teachings to practice what they have learned in class. There are very few programs that get the ability to work closely with a grade school like PCA (Pensacola Christian Academy). The ability for the seniors to both see how a school year begins and then teach for several weeks in a classroom fully prepares the student to step into their own classroom the following year.”

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Alumni Spotlight

Tim Sisson
Tim Sisson ’21

Science Faculty at Pensacola Christian Academy

“What I enjoyed most was getting to practice what teaching would be like before actually entering the field. It helped prepare me for what I was about to enter after graduation. PCC prepared me for my career by having faculty that had previous experience in my desired field and by giving me hands-on experience in both my teaching classes and internship.

Well-qualified faculty will give you all the tools to set yourself up for success as you begin your teaching career. You will learn so much more when you enter your teaching career, but studying secondary education at PCC will allow you to have a smoother transition from college to your teaching career.”

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Secondary Education, Science Concentration Course Schedule

Second Teaching Fields


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

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
Care of Athletic Injuries
Coaching Electives
Teaching Physical Education


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
Introduction to Interpretive Speech
Voice and Diction
Oral Interpretation of Poetry
Oral Interpretation of Dramatic and Narrative Literature
Stage Movement
Introduction to Dramatic Production
Assemblies and Productions Practicum
Private Speech Lessons

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About the Science 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.

Secondary education students can apply for scholarships to receive financial aid.

Teacher Education Scholarship (up to $12,000)

  • 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 up to $12,000 (approximately $3,000 annually; 20% of total tuition) 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
$1,000 scholarships each awarded to continuing juniors or seniors with a secondary education major who have a financial need, to be applied over one semester.

Kathy Irwin Scholarship
$1,000 scholarships awarded to students with secondary, elementary, and music education majors, to be applied over one semester.

Rosann Petermeyer Memorial Scholarship
$500 scholarship awarded to a continuing sophomore or junior with a secondary education major who has a financial need, to be applied over one semester.

Eleanor Robson Scholarship
Up to $3,000 scholarship awarded in $1,000 increments to a continuing sophomore with a criminal justice major, secondary education major with a science or biology concentration, or music ministries concentration who has a financial need, to be applied in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th semesters of consecutive attendance.

Melvin and Mabel Teuscher Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 scholarships each awarded to continuing sophomores, juniors, or seniors who have a financial need, to be applied over one semester. Priority will be given to education majors.

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Career Fair

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.