Christian Education & Missions

Program Summary

The State Department-approved elementary education program with the Christian education and missions concentration opens up teacher education to those who want flexibility, the opportunity to integrate service and teaching and to teach in an educational mission setting (abroad, non-profit organization, missions organization, private Christian school) versus a traditional educational setting (K-12 public school). Students are able to explore aspects of Christian education, laying the foundation for excellence in Christian educational leadership. The program also provides the opportunity for teachers to integrate their faith and vocation.

Objectives & Goals

This program is designed to give students a broad, multidisciplinary approach to Christian education within the context of a local church or mission field. The program provides students with the academic rigor and practical experience necessary to successfully minister to children and youth, as well assist them in their spiritual formation.

Students will gain a deep understanding of biblical principles, as well as pedagogical strategies, to effectively communicate the Gospel to children of all ages. In addition, students will also develop an awareness of how to engage families as partners in the spiritual development of children.

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Is This Program for Me?

Our students need choices and options; they want more variety in clinical placements – placements that could be in a global or local mission setting. These course additions will have practical aspects; they have been designed to support the work of teachers in a mission setting as well as K-12 public/private education. These are not students who  necessarily feel called to formal ministry; however, they are called to work with children in a mission/alternative setting.

Career Preparation

Students pursuing this degree would be prepared for any aspect of Christian education including missions outreach and children’s and youth ministries.

Career Opportunities

  • Certified teacher grade 1-6
  • Missionary
  • Children’s ministries
  • Teacher in Christian schools

Internships

International placements as well as field placements in local Christian schools.