Whether you desire to teach in a public or private school, in the United States or overseas, the elementary education program at Bob Jones University will prepare you to be an effective, innovative and Christ-centered educator.
The program is accredited by the South Carolina Department of Education, leading to initial South Carolina state licensure (licensed to teach grades 2-6 in a public school setting). Graduates from BJU’s elementary education program have been accepted into leading graduate schools and are teaching in the United States and overseas.
From Theories of Teaching and Learning to Technology in the Classroom, from Teaching Mathematics to Children’s Literature, the classes you take will give you a solid foundation in multiple content areas and diverse instructional methods. You’ll study science, math, language arts, social studies, health and physical education, preparing you to teach the full range of elementary subjects.
You’ll also receive training in the most up-to-date educational technology such as Promethean boards and iPads, providing even more exciting tools to help your students learn. Most important, you’ll gain plenty of hands-on experience teaching both small groups and larger classes.
You’ll also benefit from the BJU Core, a unique combination of Bible and liberal arts courses taken by every BJU student. Bible courses, as well as daily chapel services and godly professors, will nurture your growth in Christlikeness. Liberal arts courses will broaden your horizons and equip you with skills essential both for teaching and for all of life—skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving, effective communication, ethical decision making, adaptability and much more.
Because the elementary education program is comprehensive, there are no electives included. However, you can take online courses during the summer to free up your class schedule during the semester.
You would then be able to take early childhood or middle school education classes that count toward add-on licensure (state licensure to teach grades outside of the 2nd-6th grades included in the elementary education license), or courses in Teaching English as a Second Language in order to receive a TESL certificate from BJU. Or you may choose to fit in extra classes according to your personal interests.
Susie Zane, ’13
3rd grade teacher in Greenville, S.C.
Once I began teaching, I realized that the overall knowledge, training and preparation I received were top-notch. I would not be the teacher I am today if it were not for BJU’s elementary education program.
I am so thankful for my years spent in the elementary education program at BJU. Upon graduation, I was hired to teach at the same public school where I had student taught.
The elementary education program helped prepare me for teaching in several ways. BJU’s elementary education program maintains high standards and a rigorous curriculum. They ensure that their graduates have a thorough understanding of content and teaching strategies. In addition to these skills, they also ensure that their graduates have a biblical worldview.
BJU does a great job keeping up with current education standards and practices. The elementary education program also focuses upon training and equipping their teachers with the ability to incorporate technology in the classroom. I would not be able to be an effective teacher without knowledge of how to use and incorporate educational technology into my classroom.
In addition to the good content, proven teaching strategies, and focus on technology, BJU also stresses professionalism. This professionalism has proven to be valuable in attaining a job, managing a classroom, dealing with peers and administrators, and interacting with parents.
During practicum and student teaching, I had the opportunity to work alongside veteran supervisors and mentor teachers. My supervisors from BJU also ensured that I was using effective teaching strategies and practices. They were supportive and encouraging, and were always providing detailed feedback that showed me ways I could better improve my teaching.
The mentor teachers I worked with further prepared me by challenging me to use different teaching strategies and activities to accommodate a diverse group of learners. BJU’s elementary education program is very thorough and the methods classes and technology classes prepare you for teaching. I am very thankful for the training I have received at BJU and pray that the Lord will continue to use this program to reach children all around the world.
Holly Daniel, ’10
3rd grade teacher in Greensboro, N.C.
All of the methods courses prepared me with a solid background in each content area and gave me the skills I would need to teach my students to master those subjects.
My training at Bob Jones University in the elementary education program opened doors for me in many ways. I was blessed to receive a teaching job straight out of college, even if it was only three days before the school year started. I quickly saw how each class I took in college played a role in the job of a teacher. All of the methods courses prepared me with a solid background in each content area and gave me the skills I would need to teach my students to master those subjects. The practical aspects of my training, including the creation of learning center activities, bulletin board ideas and other projects, were a wonderful asset upon entering the classroom.
The practicum and student teaching endeavors helped provide hands-on experiences for applying strategies and concepts taught throughout education courses. Through these wonderful experiences, true learning took place since skills learned throughout coursework could be fully applied. Being exposed to the reality of teaching through practicum experiences allows for a true taste of what is to come in your own classroom.
The professors at Bob Jones University were a true delight to work with, and I still keep up with a good number of them even years after graduation. It was obvious that the professors cared about my academics, but they also cared about me as an individual person outside of the classroom. They truly took an interest in their students and encouraged me from day to day.
Through practicum experiences and student teaching, working closely with a professor and a cooperating teacher proved beneficial in getting my teaching career started. Both individuals possessed a wealth of knowledge in the teaching field. Learning from such professionals helped me build a foundation of how my classroom would operate. All professors and mentor teachers I worked with provided me with a challenging and exciting learning experience.
Ruth Hernandez, ’10
Graduate student at North Carolina Central University
The elementary education program at BJU also instilled a hard work ethic and prepared me for the necessary study hours needed in graduate school.
I graduated from BJU with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 2010 and went on to receive a master of arts degree in reading education from East Tennessee State University in 2012. The elementary education program at BJU provided the foundation and background knowledge I needed to continue my learning. The core education classes at BJU gave me practical hands-on experiences to practice implementing a wide variety of instructional strategies. I am so thankful that I was able to receive my education from BJU.
The core courses and everyday activities at BJU changed my life. I know it sounds cliché, but it is true. Before I attended BJU, I was a shallow Christian and was only concerned with outward appearances. The Bible classes, chapel and room devotions changed the way I viewed the Christian life. Bible classes enriched my knowledge of God’s Word and gave me a foundation for living my Christian walk.
The liberal arts courses at BJU gave me the solid, general foundation that helped improve my analytical, communication and critical-thinking skills. Each class I took at BJU contributed toward my personal growth, including the ability to think for myself, and equipped me with the necessary skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. I would highly recommend BJU to a potential student seeking a strong, Christian education that will prepare him for the ministry and/or graduate school.
The following is a sample of careers our graduates have pursued.
- Teacher in public, private or Christian elementary school
- Teacher in public, private or Christian middle school
- Missionary teacher
- Homeschool teacher
- Daycare or preschool worker/administrator
- Instructional coordinator
- Released-time Bible teacher
- Early interventionist
- Worker/director of community development program
- Worker/director of camp program
Our elementary education graduates have been accepted into graduate schools such as:
- Clemson University
- Furman University
- Liberty University
- University of Kentucky
- East Tennessee State University
- North Carolina Central University
- Converse College
Our graduates have held various positions including:
- Teacher at/in:
- Taylors Elementary School in Taylors, S.C.
- Mauldin Middle School in Mauldin, S.C.
- Crosswell Elementary School, Easley, S.C.
- Hunter Elementary School in Greensboro, N.C.
- Ironwood Christian Camp in California
- Baker College in Michigan
- Wells Elementary School in Wilson, N.C. (voted Teacher of the Year for Wilson County Schools)
- Missionary in Turkey
- Missionary in Albania
- Dean of women at Harvest Christian Academy in Guam
- Supervisor for K-Elementary at Centre County Christian Academy in Pennsylvania
- Released-time Bible teacher and youth pastor in Greenville, S.C.
Career Support Assistance
BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on CareerCentral, our online placement service.
At the annual Christian School Recruitment Conference, representatives from approximately 60 Christian schools—across the United States and overseas—visit campus to present their ministries, network with students and conduct interviews with prospective graduates. The Career Services office also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.
Your teaching preparation moves gently from classroom observations to after-school tutoring to practicum two mornings a week. Meanwhile, your methods classes will give you plenty of practice in lesson planning. By the time you begin your clinical practice your senior year, you will be well prepared with numerous lesson plans under your belt and at least 100 hours of classroom experience. Clinical practice, the capstone experience of your teaching preparation, gives you the opportunity to work with a mentor teacher in a local public school and receive timely feedback in weekly meetings with a BJU professor. This semester of clinical practice, along with completion of required classes, passing scores in the PRAXIS II exam and a favorable recommendation, leads to South Carolina state teacher licensure for grades 2-6.
Washington Center Challenge Day
Every fall Bob Jones University hosts the Special Olympics Developmental Games for students from Washington Center, a school for children and young people with severe mental disabilities. Education students from BJU assist the student athletes in activities and games as the athletes’ families and teachers cheer them on.
University Educators Association
The University Educators Association provides programs and activities that complement BJU’s teacher preparation program. Each semester an elementary education forum provides additional opportunities for elementary education students to hear from educators on topics appropriate for elementary school teachers.
Community Service Council
Through the Community Service Council, education students at BJU are able to assist with many community events for children, including Enchanted Tracks and field days at various elementary schools in town.
Our elementary education faculty average 12 years of K-12 teaching experience plus 17 years teaching college students. All hold advanced degrees, and two thirds have earned a doctorate. They’re experienced in a variety of fields, including textbook writing, curriculum development, library services and educational technology, and they regularly present workshops at Christian school conventions.
Courses & Objectives
Sample Course Outline
- BJU Core
Each student will:
- Apply pedagogical skills to subject content areas.
- Create lesson plans that include content, strategies and assessments for diverse learners.
- Teach a lesson plan in an effective and professional manner.