If you love to spend time with children and have always dreamed of becoming a teacher, a career in Elementary Education could be your calling! At ABC, you'll have the unique opportunity to earn an accredited bachelor's degree with a double major in Elementary Education and Bible / Theology.

By studying Elementary Education at a Christian college, you will learn spiritual, emotional, and social stability and maturity. These skills will enable you to teach children effectively and responsibly in Christian schools, public schools, or homeschool settings—in the United States or abroad.

The ABC Advantage

Our Program

At Appalachian Bible College, prospective teachers are equipped to become excellent educators through a carefully balanced and integrated sequence of courses and classes.

At ABC, you will have:

  • personalized attention in small class settings
  • instruction from highly-qualified and experienced faculty
  • valuable feedback on your teaching abilities (from faculty, peer, and self-evaluations)
  • opportunities to observe, assist, and teach in multiple classroom settings, including Christian schools and public schools
  • a 12-week student teaching experience in a Christian school

Appalachian Bible College has earned national accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

ABC's Elementary Education major also has approved program status and accreditation with:

  • West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE)
  • American Association of Christian Schools (AACS)
  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)

Our Faculty

Dr. Cora Burch - Chair of the Elementary Education Major

Dr. Cora Burch - Elementary Education Chair

Teachers are the primary "tools" parents trust in the upbringing of their precious children.

As we strive to nurture a biblical worldview, it is essential that God be given His rightful place in every area, including academics. Every aspect of education, from the discipline system to the honing of talents, works together for this purpose.

To its very core, the development of a child is a spiritual task. By the time the tassel is turned, Elementary Education students realize that teaching is a sacred calling from God.

Certification

You can choose between two different certification tracks. Admission to and requirements of both tracks includes the following:
  • Praxis® Core passed
  • C grade or above in courses: English Composition I & II, Speech, Foundations of Education, Testing & Curriculum
  • Completion of Classroom Field Studies I & II, Spiritual Inventories, Interview with Elementary Education Advisor
  • ePortfolio up to date
  • Successful completion of student teaching, including the WV Teacher Performance Assessment
Based on the track you choose, you will have additional requirements:
  1. Single Track Certification: American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
    • Cumulative GPA: 2.5 for acceptance into the Elementary Education program and 2.0 at graduation
  2. Dual Track Certification: Both AACS/ACSI and West Virginia state certification
    • Cumulative GPA: 3.0 for acceptance into the Elementary Education program and 2.5 at graduation
    • ACT/SAT 50th percentile
    • WV Student Teaching Permit; state background check
    • Praxis® II Content Knowledge & Teaching Reading passed
    • Verification of 200+ public school field hours

Why Elementary Education?

Overview

On average, elementary school teachers spend 1,000 hours per school year with their students, which means that your job and career will give you the opportunity to have a profound impact on children's lives. A bachelor's degree in Elementary Education can serve as the foundation for a lifelong ministry in education.

Career Ministry Opportunities

A bachelor's degree in Elementary Education gives you the opportunity to:

  • teach in Christian and public schools
  • teach abroad
  • teach through homeschooling
  • teach in cross-cultural missions

Objectives & Outcomes

You will be trained in… Leading to…
Child development and learning theory the ability to design instruction that is both age-appropriate and strategy-appropriate.
Content in core and supplemental elementary school subjects a knowledge base that allows for confident teaching.
The practical skills integral to the art of teaching creative planning and presentation, as well as effective remediation and enrichment.
Bible and Theology as a basis for a comprehensive Biblical worldview giving God His rightful place in every academic area.
Christ-likeness as a role model for children the power to impact students spiritually, emotionally, and socially.

Elementary Education Courses

Elementary Education Resources

What's Next?