Elementary Education


Drew Bryan, Elementary Education, Class of 2020

“I have learned so much about the Bible, God, the church, community and myself through classes, chapels and living on campus.

Katie Jack, Class of 2017

Have you felt a calling to become a teacher in a Christian school setting?

The purpose of KMBC’s Elementary Education program is to equip men and women to serve Christ in Christian school ministry. This program will provide the student with a philosophy of Christian Education, a knowledge of Biblical content, Biblical principles, and the educational skills to meet the demands for trained teachers in Christian elementary schools, grades K through 8. Those who complete the Elementary Education program are eligible for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) which will open the doors to teach in Christian schools in the US as well as many options abroad.

If you have a calling to spread the Word of God through a classroom setting, KMBC’s Elementary Education program is for you!

Want to learn more about ACSI?

What happens after graduation?

After you have completed KMBC’s four year elementary education program, you have several options. Many of our graduates choose to step right into teaching in Christian schools around the country while others are available to substitute teach and still others go on to receive their Master’s degree so as to be able to teach in public school settings.

In order to teach in ACSI accredited schools, graduates may need to apply for ACSI certification. This excerpt from acsi.org gives a summary:

“The K–12 certification process begins with an initial application, copies of all official college/university transcripts, and a fee of $75. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university is required to receive an initial certification. All coursework is evaluated and, depending on what courses have been taken, an individual will be granted the highest level of certification their coursework qualifies them to receive. (EE certification process)”


Tara Parson, Elementary Education, Class of 2009

Youth and Children's Director at Sherrodsville Wesleyan Church. Tara has used her Elementary Education degree from KMBC to create and direct Vacation Bible School and Children's Ministry programs around her area.

Elementary Education Program Overview

Credit Hours

130 Credit Hours

What classes will I study?

As a student in the elementary education program, you will be focusing on classes to prepare you as a teacher. In addition to the general education core, you will be studying a variety methods of teaching as well as specific subjects with hands-on experience. For a complete list, skim through the list below.

Elementary Education Core

  • Principles and Methods of Teaching (3 Credit Hours)

    This course focuses on basic teaching principles and basic instructional methods with the
    aim of creating an effective lesson plan, and explores and incorporates the teaching
    methods of Jesus.  This course is a prerequisite for the Elementary Teacher Education
    program and must be completed before beginning the program.

  • Christian Education of Children (2 Credit Hours)

    An introduction to some of the basic principles of child psychology as it relates to their
    education and the means and methods of evangelizing and discipling children.  This
    course is cross referenced to PS 251.

  • Classroom Management (2 Credit Hours)

    This course presents effective techniques in social and academic behaviors and different
    models of classroom management which enhance learning.

  • Media Methods (2 Credit Hours)

    This course examines the application of various media in ministry contexts in a web-
    centered world. Media examined include video, audio, desktop publishing, graphics,
    computer presentations, and websites. Emphasis is given to integrating these media with
    web technologies. The course assumes the student possesses a working knowledge of
    typing, word processing, internet navigation, and Windows.  This class is cross-
    referenced with CO 322 and CE 322.  Prerequisites: CS 201.

  • Teaching the Exceptional Child (2 Credit Hours)

    A course that examines the educational needs of children who require adaptive education
    and/or related services which enable them to reach their full potential.

  • Philosophy of Christian School Education (2 Credit Hours)

    This course seeks to define and evaluate several philosophical perspectives from a
    Christian viewpoint. Students form their own philosophy of Christian education based on
    God’s Word.

  • Christian Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

    Focuses upon the basic concepts and techniques of Christian counseling.  The student
    will develop broader understanding and a working knowledge of counseling skills in
    order to help people who have spiritual and life adjustment problems.  This course is
    cross referenced with MT 452. Prerequisite:  PS 171.

  • Student Teaching (6 Credit Hours)

    This course provides the potential teacher with practical experience in the classroom.
    Student teachers must be involved in carefully planned experiences in teaching,
    classroom activities, and socialization of children.  Student teaching will include
    observation, teacher/parent evaluation, total class instruction and individualized
    involvement with the pupils.

  • Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools (3 Credit Hours)

    Students study the basic theories, approaches, and methods of teaching elementary reading.  They learn the language, cognitive, sensory, perceptual, and socio-economic
    aspects of reading. Emphasis is placed on phonetic training.

  • Teaching Literature in Elementary Schools (3 Credit Hours)

    This course is designed to familiarize potential teachers with methods of teaching
    literature to children.  The various categories of children’s literature, as well as how to
    incorporate literature into the overall curriculum will be covered, including an emphasis
    on the formative influence of literature on children’s character.

  • Teaching Math in Elementary Schools (3 Credit Hours)

    A survey of mathematics in early childhood with emphasis in curriculum, method of
    instruction, and techniques presenting basic mathematic skills–addition, subtraction,
    multiplication, division, decimals, fractions and percentage.  Methods of evaluation and
    learning experiences will be considered.

  • Teaching Language Arts in Elementary Schools (3 Credit Hours)

    This course will introduce an overview of the language arts program in listening,
    speaking, spelling, handwriting, composition, and grammar in the elementary school,
    integrated into effective classroom communication.

  • Teaching Fine Arts in Elementary Schools (2 Credit Hours)

    An introduction to the teaching methods of fine arts through experiences with painting,
    chalk, and music including the use basic notation, sight reading, and composition for the
    elementary student.

  • Teaching Science in Elementary Schoosl (3 Credit Hours)

    Presents a survey of science materials with a Christian perspective and includes
    experiences for teaching science to elementary students.

  • Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools (3 Credit Hours)

    Students learn disciplinary foundations, the value of descriptive and procedural teaching.
    Includes instructional thought drawn from cultural history, economics, and political
    science and geography with emphasis upon citizenship and cultural appreciation.

General Education Core

  • Spiritual-Academic and Worldview Formation

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the spiritual and academic disciplines necessary to begin college life and to become a lifelong learner and Christian disciple. It provides an introduction to prominent contemporary worldviews and lays a foundation for developing a biblical worldview.

  • English Grammar

    A study of the fundamentals of English grammar with a view to proper construction. Emphasis is placed upon conciseness and correct diction.

  • English Composition

    Practice is given in various kinds of writing, including the formal research paper and the informal/formal essay to enable students to write clearly, concisely, logically and creatively.

  • Physical Education

    Promotes practices of good health and the development of Christian character through team play in competitive sports, both in class and through the program of intramural athletics. Students may be exempted from this course upon presentation of a doctor’s certificate requesting exemption from such activities.

  • Introduction to Communications

    The course introduces the process of communication as a critical element in human relationship and society, and examines various aspects of communication: information processing, interpersonal communication in dyadic relationships and small groups, organizational communication, and mass communication.

  • Introduction to Sociology

    The course introduces the basic concepts of the discipline and major theories of social behavior. Factors underlying the formation and function of society, group life, social institution and processes are studied. Additionally, various current social problems are analyzed from a biblical world view.

  • Marriage and the Family

    This course considers the dynamics of marriage and family relationships. The emphasis will be upon the development of relationships from dating through courtship and marriage, with a special consideration for enrichment skills such as communication, conflict solving, budgeting, and role concepts.

  • Basic Public Speaking

    This course provides an introduction to the various types and components of public speeches. Class assignments and activities are designed to develop skills in preparing, refining and delivering public addresses.

  • U.S. History I & II

    A survey of the history of the United States, from the discovery of the New World to the present day, which gives careful attention to the effect that Christianity has had within the history of the United States.

  • General Psychology

    Provides an introduction to psychology focusing on its major topics, methods, theories, and applications from a Christian perspective.

  • Basic Computer Literacy

    This course will acquaint the student with basic computer terminology, the history of computer science, and software and hardware components, including an introduction to networks and communication programs. Laboratory experience with keyboarding, tutorial programs, word processing, spreadsheets, and Bible concordance is given. The impact of computers on society is addressed. Prerequisite: EN 102

  • Music Appreciation

    A course which integrates basic music elements and appreciation for sacred and secular masterworks.

  • College Mathematics

    This course is designed to give the essentials of college algebra. Reasoning ability is developed by stressing application to physical problems. A grasp of algebraic principals and problem solving techniques will enable the student to think analytically, which has widespread application.

  • English Literature

    A critical study of certain chosen literary works from the Middle Ages to the present including some attention to the lives of the authors. Interpretations are sought in the light of historical and social backgrounds.

  • Educational Psychology

    This course will introduce the major learning theories relevant to educational processes,
    to enable a better understanding of learners, and to provide a foundation for their
    application in the classroom. Prerequisite: PS 171.

  • Earth Science

    Taking information and operating principles from the study of various science disciplines, this course is a multi-disciplinary introduction to the earth’s processes and environment. The biblical account of creation is held to be accurate, and a six literal day creation period lays the foundation for this study of the earth.

  • Introduction to Philosophy

    Focuses on the terminology and methodology of philosophy including an emphasis on the classic concepts and thinkers of Western philosophical thought. Students are enabled to think critically and analytically about current philosophical trends from a Christian world view.

Bible Study Core

  • English Bible Survey

    This course is an introduction to the content, theology and history of the Bible with a special emphasis upon the major people, places and events. The various literary genres are studied in order to discover their basic teachings and place in divine revelation. The course is a prerequisite to all other courses in biblical studies.
  • Gospels

    A comprehensive study of the life and ministry of Jesus presented by the four gospel writers.
  • Pentateuch

    An historical and theological study of the first five books of the Old Testament which emphasizes the characters and the covenant. The Pentateuch is examined as the foundation for the remainder of the history of God’s revelation to humanity.
  • Acts

    The history of the origin, rise, and expansion of universal Christianity as presented in the Acts of the Apostles.
  • Prison Epistles

    The four Epistles of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon were written by Paul during his Roman imprisonment. This class will consider the theological truths and practical applications contained in these letters.

  • General Epistles

    An inductive study of the epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude with emphasis on important doctrines and principles relating to Christian living. Attention is given to learning the use of different resource materials and the inductive process.
  • Romans

    A study of the Epistles of Romans which focuses on the theological truths and their application to the Christian life.
  • Hebrews

    A study of the Book of Hebrews which views the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament and informs Christology and Soteriology especially as they pertain to Entire Sanctification and Christian perseverance.
  • Isaiah-Jeremiah

    A study of the books with emphasis on the historical, social, moral and religious background of the prophet and their times. Major elements of the class include historical, eschatalogical, and New Covenant significance along with present-day application.
  • Biblical Studies Electives

    This is where you may customize part of your learning experience here at KMBC. What books are you interested in studying? Perhaps the Minor Prophets, Historical Books, Psalms and Wisdom Literature, the Apocalyptic Books, Galatians and Thessalonians, Romans, Corinthians, or a perhaps an advanced inductive study on a topic that interests you!

Theology Study Core

  • Foundations of Faith

    A foundational course in theology designed to give the student a basic understanding of the doctrines of God, man, and sin, and emphasizes the saving relationship into which God calls all human beings.
  • Doctrines of Holiness

    An intensive study of the doctrine of Christian perfection and entire sanctification as a second work of grace as it comes to expression within Scripture and Wesleyan theology which are integrated with experiential material for the purpose of instructing, clarifying, and establishing students in their personal experience of entire sanctification.
Have more questions?

Dr. Richard Englehardt

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Richard Englehardt, will be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding the Elementary Education program. Otherwise, request more information to get in touch with our admissions team.

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