Elementary Teacher Education

Equipping future leaders

Where can you instill young minds with a love for learning, for life, and for truth? In the classroom, you not only teach the "three Rs'," but also have the opportunity to model integrity, practice fairness, recognize each child’s strengths, and reward good effort.

Consider the profound influence you can have on the life of a child as a Christian teacher who is committed to excellence. Whether your classroom is in a Christian school, a public school, at home, or on a mission field, Maranatha’s Baptist Christian Elementary Education degree will equip you to fulfill your calling as an effective teacher.

“I love helping my students acquire the tools they will need to be successful in the classroom.” – Dr. Christine Lincoln, Faculty

Education in real life

Eddie Washetas (’07) chose to go into elementary education because he sees the present as a vital time to have a positive influence on students. An analogy that stuck with him for years is that children are like wet concrete: the longer they are left to develop, the harder they will be to shape. His advice for someone who hopes to have an effective ministry while teaching in a public school? “Be genuine. One thing I have learned working in the public school setting is that the stress of the job shows who you really are. Kids, parents, and, most importantly, your co-workers are watching. If you call yourself a Christian, you had better be ready to live it.”

Our faculty knows education

“I love helping my students acquire the tools they will need to be successful in the classroom,” Dr. Christine Lincoln said. “My desire is to train quality Christian teachers.”

Dr. Lincoln brings both academic and practical skills to her classes. She taught in an elementary school for 20 years, but also earned a master’s degree and a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Read more about our Teacher Education faculty.

Teacher licensure program

Teacher education graduates at Maranatha can apply for licensure through both the American Association of Christian Schools and the State of Wisconsin.

Our teacher education programs are approved for teacher certification through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Click here for more information on teacher licensing.

Your potential career

  • Preschool teacher
  • Early childhood teacher
  • Early childhood program director
  • Educational consultant
  • Curriculum developer
  • After-school program worker
  • Mission field teacher

Your potential schedule

Fall Spring Summer 
Freshman Fieldwork0Foundations of Education2Course in Minor Field3
Introduction to Sociology3Math for the Elementary Teacher 23Geography Course3
Math for the Elementary Teacher 13New Testament Survey3
Course in Minor Field3English Composition 23
Old Testament Survey3The Modern World3
English Composition 13General Psychology3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking23
Fall Spring Summer 
Sophomore Fieldwork0The Exceptional Child3Course in Minor Field3
Secondary & Middle School Teaching Methods2Instructional Media & Technology3Literature Elective3
Human Relations3Biology, Ecology, and Environmental for ELED Teacher4
Curriculum & Methods in Music1Course in Minor Field3
Curriculum & Methods in Art1Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism3
Children's Literature3Music Elective2
Course in Minor Field4
Baptist Heritage3
Fall Spring Summer 
Junior Practicum0C&M in Physical Education and Health2United States History 23
Developmental Psychology3Diagnosis & Treatment of Reading Disabilities3Bible Elective3
Curriculum & Methods in Reading3Curriculum & Methods in Math3
Curriculum & Methods in Social Studies3Astronomy, Geology, & Meteorology for the Elementary Teacher4
United States History 13Course in Minor Field3
Course in Minor Field3Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Fall Spring 
Education Seminar0Student Teaching12
Pre-ST Portfolio Review0
Educational Psychology3
Educational Assessment2
Teaching Language Arts3
Classroom Management2
Chemistry & Physics for the Elementary Teacher4
Bible Elective3