Secondary Education

Major & Minor
The Secondary Education program is designed to prepare you to be an effective mentor who can train effective mentors.

Program Overview

One of the greatest opportunities in the world is to be a teacher, helping to shape the lives of the next generation. The courses in the Secondary Education program equip you for leadership in educational ministry and discipleship ministry in the church, school, and home setting. This program provides a solid foundation in biblical educational philosophy, while developing the particular pedagogical skills necessary for teaching at the middle school and high school levels. This training includes a wide range of practical, hands-on experience in the classroom and other settings.

Key Degree Classes

for the secondary education program

ED 206 - Child Growth and Development

A systematic examination of human development from infancy to adolescence, with attention to a child's growth physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Consideration is given to individual differences, representative styles of learning, and the development of personality, with emphasis on how a teacher can apply an understanding of child development in daily classroom management and instruction.

ED 453 - Philosophy of Education

A general introduction to the problems, methods, scope, and history of formal and informal education, with attention given to the relationship between philosophy and education. Representative educational systems and theories are analyzed, with emphasis on the role of world-view thinking as it relates to instruction in the classroom.

ED 411 - Teaching Methods and Materials

An overview of the basic principles, techniques, and materials of effective instruction common to the various disciplines of school curriculum. Consideration is given to setting up the physical classroom, establishing an effective working relationship with parents, and developing a philosophy of methodology, with emphasis on techniques that enhance the teaching-learning process.

ED 303 - Classroom Assessment

This course solidifies the teacher mindset in the student. The student will continue to examine the philosophy of teaching, and will study and complete projects focused on classroom assessment, participate in and critique micro-teaching sessions, while continuing classroom observation and hands-on assistance.

Areas of Subject Emphasis


Focused on. . .
American Literature
British Literature
Advanced English Grammar
Teaching English


Focused on. . .
Philosophy of Government
Survey of American History
Teaching History


Focused on. . .
Voice and Diction
Advanced Public Speaking
Speech Platform Performance
Teaching Speech
Through the reading, projects, tutoring, and classroom observations, one truth stands out to me: every day of my life I am teaching others, whether it is in a formal setting or not. Inside or outside of the classroom I impact not only my students and colleagues, but also their families.
Ashley Grimes, '16

Typical Course Sequence

for the Secondary Education Program
* denotes classes offered every other year.

**All students required to take either Music Lessons or Skills Class during their Freshman Year.

Year 1 - Freshman

Fall Semester
BI131 Methods of Bible Study 2 credits
CM142 Ministry of Prayer 1 credit
BI207 Personal Evangelism 2 credits
MU221 Written Theory & Skills I 3 credits
BI121 New Testament Survey 3 credits
EN101 Composition & Rhetoric 3 credits
CM201 Philosophy of Church Ministry 2 credits
ED103 Education Philosophy & Preparation I 1 credit
OR101 Orientation 0 credits
ML Music Lessons** 1 credit
Spring Semester
MI201 Introduction to Missions 2 credits
BI228 Life of Christ 3 credits
BI111 Old Testament Survey 3 credits
EN102 Composition & Analysis 3 credits
SP101 Introduction to Public Speaking 3 credits
MU102 Introduction To Music Listening 2 credits
ED104 Education Philosophy & Preparation II 1 credit
OR101 Orientation 0 credits
ML Music Lessons** 1 credit

Experienced Faculty

for the secondary education program

Yvonne Sheppard


Terry Swanson


Summer Rains


Timothy Anger