The biology concentration requires students to take 12 credits of elective coursework in biological science, with studies ranging from nutrition to ecology to vertebrate biology.
The early childhood concentration requires 12 credits of coursework in early childhood curriculum, child development, classroom management and assessment of young children. Note: Early childhood courses are subject to change.
The English concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in grammar, composition, creative writing and literature.
The human development concentration requires 12 credits of elective psychology courses in such areas as sexuality, marriage, religion and cross-cultural issues.
The intercultural studies concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such areas as intercultural communication, anthropology and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).
The mathematics concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such areas as calculus, linear algebra, probability, statistics and number theory.
The physical education concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such areas as kinesiology, sports management, psychology in physical education, and coaching techniques.
The Spanish concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in Spanish conversation and composition, Spanish literature and Spanish American culture.
The special education concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such topics as teaching students with mild disabilities, introduction to autism spectrum disorders and classroom management for students with special needs.
The U.S. history concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in American government and history from the colonial period to the present day.
The visual arts concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such artistic disciplines as drawing, design, sculpture, ceramics, painting and photography.
General admissions requirements apply to the liberal studies, elementary education major. However, those who also wish to obtain a California Teaching Credential must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA by the time they take their Introduction to Teaching course (usually taken in the sophomore year).
Teachers can make a tremendous impact in the lives of their students. That’s why as a liberal studies, elementary education major, you’ll be equipped with the academic foundation and practical techniques you need to be an effective elementary school teacher. You can also earn your teaching credential either during your senior year or in a master’s program in teaching, available at the Biola University School of Education.
In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s liberal studies, elementary education program offers several key advantages:
Whether you have an interest in a teaching credential or a broad liberal arts education, the Christ-centered liberal studies, elementary education major prepares you to teach a broad range of subjects in PreK-12. Coursework focuses on methods of instruction that promote human development and learning. Highlights include:
With proper credentials and permits, many career opportunities in education and child development, business and government await future graduates of Biola's liberal studies elementary education program. As a well-equipped professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in rewarding professions such as:
Many graduates of the Biola department of education have pursued graduate studies, while others move directly into rewarding careers. Professional highlights include:
I really love the aspect of fieldwork hours in the elementary education major. During these hours you get to observe a classroom and see all of the things you have learned about put into action.”