“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
The Bible and Teacher Education major is a four-year program that is designed for students who have a heart for God and a desire to learn how to use the tools of education to impact the next generation for Christ. Teaching is a ministry that must be used for the glory of God. It must go beyond the mere transmission of knowledge: it must touch and transform lives! Classroom instruction, local church connections, consistent practical ministry and skill development, and a 12-week capstone of student teaching combine to give you the experiences, tools, and skills you need to serve well as a teacher. Invest in the future with us!
In the teaching core of the Teacher Education program, you'll take courses that address foundational education topics such as the history and philosophy of education; child development and theories of learning; the learning environment and classroom management; developmentally appropriate instructional design and delivery; assessing, monitoring, and reporting progress; and teaching students with exceptionalities.
You’ll have two emphasis options within in the Bible and Teacher Education program, Elementary Education and Secondary Education. Both emphases include practicum opportunities where you can be directly involved observing and participating in an elementary or secondary classroom, seminars that dive deeper into current issues in education today, and the development of a teaching portfolio.
Program Learning Outcomes
Through the Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Teacher Education, IBCS seeks to:
- Instill knowledge, discernment, and wisdom so that you may be able to critically read, write, and reason within a culturally and philosophically diverse society.
- Cultivate a genuine love for God and mankind through a dependent relationship with the Holy Spirit that demonstrates itself by living and ministering like Christ daily.
- Prepare disciples to be theologically committed and culturally conversant while engaging, evangelizing, and educating others.
- Train theologically and socially aware educators who possess a Christo-centric worldview, demonstrable skills in curriculum and methods, an understanding of diverse learning environments, adaptable classroom expertise, and recognized credentials to train others.
Co-curricular Ministry Opportunities
You don’t have to wait to graduate to get involved in church ministry and begin honing your teaching skills. At IBCS a variety of ministries constantly engage college students and give you a breadth of experience outside of the classroom, both in the church and throughout academic breaks.
- Children’s ministries
- Youth ministry
- Christian school ministries
- Media ministry
- Summer camp ministries
- Pastoral internships
- Chandler outreach ministries
- International missions trips