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Overview | Elementary Teacher Education

Where can you instill in young minds a love for learning, for life, and for truth? Consider majoring in Elementary Education at Maranatha, where you not only learn to teach the three Rs, but you also model integrity, practice fairness, recognize each child’s strengths, and reward good effort.

Whether your future classroom is in a Christian school, in a public school, at home, or on a mission field, this program equips you to fulfill your calling as an effective teacher, committed to excellence.


Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify a variety of differences among elementary-aged children and individualize instruction accordingly.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively plan for instruction, incorporating a wide variety of strategies for instruction and classroom management.
  • Students will demonstrate thorough knowledge and application to the teaching of their content in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct and interpret a wide variety of assessments.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in education.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to teach content according to a biblical worldview.


Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

  • Freshman Fieldwork (0)
  • Foundations of Education (2)
  • Math for the Elementary Teacher 1 (3)
  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
  • United States History 1 (3)

Total Credits: 16


Semester 2

  • Math for the Elementary Teacher 2 (3)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • The Modern World (3)
  • Music Elective (2)

Total Credits: 17

    Semester 1

    • Secondary & Middle School Teaching Methods (3)
    • Instructional Media & Technology (3)
    • The Exceptional Child (3)
    • Curriculum & Methods in Music (1)
    • Curriculum & Methods in Art (1)
    • Children’s Literature (2)
    • Baptist Heritage (3)

    Total Credits: 16


    Semester 2

    • Sophomore Fieldwork (1)
    • Upper Level Status (0)
    • Human Relations (3)
    • Biology, Ecology, & Environmental Science for the Elementary Teacher (4)
    • Curriculum & Methods in Social Studies (3)
    • Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
    • Bible Elective (3)

    Total Credits: 17

      Semester 1

      • Classroom Management and Positive Behavior (3)
      • Developmental Psychology (3)
      • Curriculum & Methods in Reading (3)
      • Curriculum & Methods in Physical Education and Health (2)
      • Literature Elective (3)
      • Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)

      Total Credits: 17


      Semester 2

      • Junior Practicum (2)
      • Educational Assessment (2)
      • Diagnosis & Treatment of Reading Disabilities (3)
      • Curriculum & Methods in Math (3)
      • Astronomy, Geology, & Meteorology for the Elementary Teacher (4)
      • Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)

      Total Credits: 17

      Semester 1

      • Education Seminar (2)
      • Educational Psychology (3)
      • Teaching Language Arts (3)
      • Introduction to Geography for Educators (3)
      • Chemistry & Physics for the Elementary Teacher (4)
      • Bible Elective (3)

      Total Credits: 18


      Semester 2

      • Student Teaching (12)

      Total Credits: 12

      Alumni Spotlight

      Tiffany Jeremiah (’19) lives in the Cayman Islands. She graduated with a BS in Elementary Education. Tiffany should finish her MEd through MBU in December 2022. She is the acting principal at Calvary Baptist Christian Academy. In addition to teaching, Tiffany also provides social and digital media support for the school. She explains, “The variety of skills I acquired through studying at MBU helped prepare me for my teaching position; however, it was the connections made with the faculty beyond the classroom that was most influential. The teachers were professional yet compassionate and provided exceptional examples to model my developing teaching style. I was also able to be involved in many extracurricular leadership opportunities. These opportunities provided training to develop me into a servant leader.” She is also in the process of becoming a foster parent. 

      Autumn (Peotter) Stevens (’13)
      Autumn (Peotter) Stevens (’13) first learned about the Academy of Excellence in Milwaukee during her studies at MBU. After graduating with a degree in Elementary Education, she taught fourth grade at the Academy for four years and now teaches at Cross Trainers Academy—part of the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. “My education at MBU definitely prepared me for teaching,” Autumn says. “I feel well equipped—to give my students a good education and connect with them through the gospel and personal relationships.”

      Related Majors

      Early Childhood Education
      Special Education
      Math Education
      Science Education
      Social Studies Education

      Related Minors

      Early Childhood Education
      Cross-Categorical Special Education
      Social Studies

      Potential Career Fields

      Elementary and middle school teacher
      Educational consultant
      Curriculum developer
      Mission field developer

      *Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees,
      specialized training, or addtional certification and licenses.

      MBU Program Faculty

      Christine Lincoln

      School of Education | Professor


      EdD Curriculum and Instruction, Bob Jones University
      MEd Elementary Education, Bob Jones University
      BS Elementary Education, Maranatha Baptist Unviersity 

      Janelle Coleman

      School of Education | Assistant Professor


      MEd Teaching and Learning, Liberty University
      MS Pupil Personnel Services, Bob Jones University
      BS Elementary Education, Bob Jones University

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