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Christian Education

Teacher Education program helps future teachers model Christian ethics through positive relationships and effective pedagogy in today’s classrooms. The program prepares students for teaching in parochial elementary, middle, or high schools. JMU offers a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education with two areas of emphasis from which to choose: Elementary Education and Physical Education (Non-Teaching)  Christian Education gives students valuable insights into the diverse beliefs and opinions held by people today. JMU Christian Education improves spiritual growth while encouraging our students to value themselves and the communities within which they live.

JMU Christian Education Degree Core Course Requirements
36 hours - General Education Courses (Click here to view required Gen. Ed. Requirements)
42 hours - Religious Education Courses (Click here to view required R.E. Requirements)
42 hours - Major Core Courses ( See Core Requirements Below)

  • EDUC 100 - Intro to Education

    • An overview of the field of education based on historical and current philosophical, psychological and sociological foundations of American education from the perspective of the learner, the teacher, and the parents. Includes a field experience in a classroom. ​

  • EDUC 201 - Literacy Foundations

    • This course serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of linguistics - phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. A major purpose of the course is to build foundational knowledge regarding English language sounds and sound patterns (phonetics and phonology), word and sentence structure (morphology and syntax), and linguistic meaning (semantics and pragmatics) that will help the student develop proficiency in using and teaching the language arts and Standard Written English (SWE). In addition, there is a significant emphasis on speaking in a formal or professional setting. Students will practice and implement research-based handwriting (manuscript and cursive) instruction and appropriate interventions for students with dysgraphia or motoric deficits critical for handwriting.​

  • EDUC 230 - Educational Psychology & Human Relations

    • ​Provides an understanding of how learning occurs and the implications for instruction. Topics include the psychosocial developmental characteristics of the child; student variability and diversity; issues of prejudice and discrimination; multicultural education; group dynamics and positive social interaction. This course contains a field experience component.

  • EDUC 315 - Teaching Health and Human Performance

    • This course addresses the philosophy, objectives, curriculum, lesson planning, instructional methods, and evaluation for establishing and maintaining an effective school health and human performance program that promotes lifelong health and physical activity. Students will also learn how to teach the exceptional child. This course includes a field experience component.​

  • EDUC 400 - Teaching the Christian Faith

    • This course addresses the spiritual needs of the child, focusing on the objectives, curriculum, lesson plans, and methodology for teaching Bible history, catechism, and hymnology. Emphasis is placed on the proper understanding, use, and application of Law and Gospel.​

  • EDUC 430 - Classroom Management

    • This course explores the school and classroom environment and the relationships among individuals that foster learning. Focus is on the practical aspects of classroom organization and management for establishing and maintaining a safe and productive classroom. ​

  • EDUC 440 - Reflection and Professional Growth

    • This course focused on reflection using a SWOT analysis approach to professional growth. ​

  • EDUC 456 - Curriculum Planning and Assessments

    • This course provides the theoretical and practical foundation for curriculum design and management of instruction and for the use of formal and informal assessment strategies appropriate for evaluation and research.​

  • ITED 320 - Technology in the Classroom

    • This course develops knowledge of both simple and complex media formats in the classroom. The course focuses on computer technology for lesson design and presentation, portfolio development, and classroom administration. Issues related to educational technology are addressed.​​

  • PSYC 311 - Child Psychology​​​

    • Consideration of factors that influence the growth and development of the child from birth to age twelve years.​

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