The Department of Education

The purpose of the Department of Education is to provide courses that lead to California State Multiple and Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credentials and Association of Christian Schools International Teaching Certificates.

The overriding goal of the department is to nurture and develop highly qualified Christian teachers who have an appropriate subject-matter foundation, upon which has been built an understanding of student behavior, competence in teaching abilities, the ability to develop and encourage critical judgment and creativity, and a commitment to high ethical standards and Christian service.

In addition, the Department of Education is responsible for and advises students in the Liberal Studies major.

Mission Statement

To equip committed men and women to become competent educators who model Christ-like character.

Department of Education Objectives

By the end of the Teacher Credential Program the student will:

  1. Achieve academic competence as measured by passing the required subject matter examinations CSET as well as the CBEST and RICA (RICA for Multiple Subject only).
  2. Achieve professional competence as a new teacher as measured by (1) a B- or higher in the professional courses; (2) passing the California state mandated Teaching Performance Assessments: Subject-Specific Pedagogy Task, Designing Instruction Task, Assessing Learning Task, and the Culminating Teaching Experience Task, and (3) earning an A or a B grade in student teaching.
  3. Exhibit exemplary Christian character traits as observed by the cooperating teachers and college supervisors.

Program Outcomes for Liberal Studies

The Liberal Studies major will enable prospective teachers to:

  • Establish a strong foundational knowledge of subject matter in multiple disciplines—humanities, sciences, math, and social sciences.
  • Identify the significant ideas, structures, and values in the disciplines which underlie the K-8 curriculum.
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage in scholarly inquiry, research, and professional development.
  • Integrate, synthesize, and apply subject matter content from multiple sources.
  • Show an awareness and appreciation for diversity and multicultural perspectives.
  • Develop and then articulate an integrated personal philosophy of education that reflects a strong Christian worldview integrated with a sound theoretical background and exemplary methods.