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Overview | Special Education

Where can you instill young minds with 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

Intro. to Sociology (3)
Math for the Elementary Teacher 1 (3)
Old Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 1 (3)
The Modern World (3)
Geography Course (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

Freshman Fieldwork (0)
Foundations of Education (2)
Math for the Elementary Teacher 2 (3)
New Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 2 (3)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
Minor (3)

Total Credits: 16


Minor (3)

Semester 1

Sophomore Fieldwork (0)
Secondary & Middle School Teaching Methods (2)
Human Relations (3)
Curriculum & Methods in Music (1)
Curriculum & Methods in Art (1)
Children’s Literature (3)
Baptist Heritage (3)
Minor (4)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

Upper Level Status (0)
The Exceptional Child (3)
Instructional Media & Technology (3)
Biology, Ecology & Environmental Science for the Elem. Teacher (4)
Curriculum & Methods in Physical Education and Health (2)
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
Minor (3)

Total Credits: 16


Minor (3)
Literature Elective (3)

Total Credits: 6

Semester 1

Junior Practicum (0)
Developmental Psychology (3)
Curriculum & Methods in Reading (3)
Curriculum & Methods in Social Studies (3)
United States History 1 (3)
Minor (3)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

Diagnosis & Treatment of Reading Disabilities (3)
Curriculum & Methods in Math (3)
Astronomy, Geology, Meteorology for the Elem. Teacher (4)
Minor (3)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
Music Elective (2)

Total Credits: 16


United States History 2 (3)
Bible Elective (3)

Total Credits: 6

Semester 1

Education Seminar (0)
Pre-ST Portfolio Review (0)
Educational Psychology (3)
Educational Assessment (2)
Teaching Language Arts (3)
Classroom Management (3)
Chemistry & Physic for the Elem. Teacher (4)
Bible Elective (3)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 2

Student Teaching (12)

Total Credits: 12

Related Majors

English Education
Math Education
Science Education

Related Minors

Early Childhood Education
Learning Disabilities
Social Studies Education

Potential Career Fields

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

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

Alumni Testimonial

Name: Laura
Laura Stevens (’14) graduated with her Elementary Education degree and currently teaches 4th grade at Harvest Christian Academy on the island of Guam. “MBU’s education gave me a great foundation for instruction in any school,” shares Stevens. “One of the greatest aspects that I have been able to use is being able to modify instruction. I have many ESL students or transfer students, and they are all at different levels. In all of my education courses at MBU, we looked up RTI [Response to Intervention] procedures and how to implement different changes into the classroom. That is very practical for me. I use it everyday!” Stevens teaches reading to three different 4th grade classrooms and all subjects to her homeroom.

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 University

Christina Miller

School of Education | Instructor
MS Special Education, University of North Dakota

Michael Zwolanek

School of Humanities | Associate Professor
MA History, Clemson University
BS Social Studies Education, Bob Jones University

Janelle Coleman

School of Education | Associate Professor
MEd Teaching and Learning, Liberty University
MS Pupil Personnel Services, Bob Jones University
BS Elementary Education, Bob Jones University

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