K-12 and Secondary Licensure (6-12)

Our professors equip students to serve in any educational setting while strengthening their faith as the firm foundation for their careers.

We know that teaching is hands-on, and we believe that allowing you to practice your craft in real classrooms through local teaching opportunities and student teaching is the best way to prepare you to manage, teach and assess learners of different ages and learning styles.

To go along with your real-life training, you will gain a strong foundation in a variety teaching methods and theories from professors with decades of experience in the classroom. Our faculty is committed not only to equipping you with best practices of being a teacher, but also to helping you navigate today’s schools as a Christian professional.

Programs offered for K-12 and Secondary Licensure
Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in Theological Studies
Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in Biology Education
Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in English
Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in History
Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in Music Education
Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in Physical Education

Each of the above programs will incorporate the Major area of study core and the Arts and Sciences Core along with the Professional Education Core to prepare students to teach skillfully in Christian, private, or public junior and senior high schools. Each of these programs lead to licensure in Tennessee which provides for students to be able to teach in grades 6-12 in public schools. Licensure requires the successful completion of the PRAXIS II Assessments including the Specialty Areas test, according to minimum scores determined by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Program Details

Bachelor of Science Degree:  Major in Theological Studies
124 Hours
(48 – Theological Studies, 41 – Arts and Sciences, 35 – Education)

Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in Biology Education
141 Hours
(30 – Theological Studies, 37 – Arts and Sciences, 41 – Science Major, 33  – Education)

Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in English
140 Hours
(30 – Theological Studies, 41 – Arts and Sciences, 36 – English, 33 – Education)

Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in History
138 Hours
(30 – Theological Studies, 41 – Arts and Sciences, 34 – History, 33 – Education)

Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in Music Education
139 Hours
(30 – Theological Studies, 38 – Arts and Sciences, 44-47 Music, 27 – Education)

Bachelor of Science Degree: Major in Physical Education
130 Hours
(30 – Theological Studies, 38 – Arts and Sciences, 27 – Exercise Science, 35 – Physical and Professional Education) 

Sample Core Courses

EDU 2001. INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION – An introduction to teaching as a life work and profession, and guidance in determining the personal qualifications and professional training necessary in elementary and secondary schools.

PSY/EDU 2102. EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY – Gives consideration to the learning experience in light of psychological findings, examining individual differences, hereditary and environmental factors, social characteristics, intelligence and testing. Emphasizes relationships between development and learning style, accommodating teaching strategies, and the use of technology in the learning environment. Includes a review of educational psychology in view of Biblical principles. 

EDU 2312/3312. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT – This course introduces various methods related to methods of guiding the behavior of young children and includes “best practice” techniques in classroom management. 

EDU 4800. ENHANCED STUDENT TEACHING – Involves the prospective teacher in the full operation of a classroom within the grade levels of their program. After a period of observing and assisting, the Student Teacher will assume full responsibility for the classroom under the guidance of the cooperating teacher. A full semester of student teaching in approved  in Christian, public, or private schools so that it includes two diverse assignments.

EDU 4847. ADVANCED RESEARCH IN EDUCATION – An advanced guided research study in education for the post-baccalaureate student, as approved by the faculty of the Teacher Education Department.  Supervised by an appropriate faculty member.  Requires a substantial research paper or application project. Involves regular meetings with the teacher-of-record, and where applicable, with other students engaged in like studies for sharing and exchanging ideas.  Students are encouraged to research or develop a research-based project related to their intended area of educational involvement.