Elementary Education

The Department of Christian Education accepts as its mission the preparation of young people for useful service to God in educational lines on the elementary level. Within this ultimate purpose, the department seeks to train men and women as effective Christian teachers, not only to be competent in the theory and skills of education, but also in the integration of faith, learning, and practice.

The major in Christian Elementary Education endeavors to prepare competent teachers for Christian elementary schools. The course of studies is Christ-centered and Bible-based. Principles of child development, curricular content, instructional methodology, and educational leadership are explored and evaluated within the context of a Scripture-centered Christian philosophy. Opportunities are provided throughout the program for synthesis and direct application of educational strategies within varied classroom settings.

Individuals completing a program in Christian Elementary Education will have been trained to teach in single and multi-grade settings, to implement work-study and witnessing programs, to initiate and conduct home schools, to utilize multi-grade elementary school units, and to model Christian philosophy and conduct.

Individuals desiring to major in this area are required to make formal application to the Education Department after completing their freshman year. In order to be admitted to the Christian Education department, the student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, proficiency in both written and spoken English, completed reading requirements, and adequate competency in mathematical skills. The student must also show evidence of emotional stability, physical health, responsible time management, spiritual maturity, and a commitment to God and to the teaching profession.

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Requirements

Core Curriculum:
 
Section/No. Class Title
EDUC 121 Philosophy of Christian Education
EDUC 143 Introduction to Teaching
ENGL 100 English Mechanics
ENGL 102 English Composition
ENGL 103 Research Writing
HLMN 111 Principles of Medical Ministry
HLMN 112 Human Body
MATH 111 College Math
MSSN 203 Principles of Self-Supporting Work
PSYC 222 Principles of Christian Mental Health
RELB 121 Conversion & Righteousness By Faith
RELB 131 Biblical Hermeneutics I
RELB 142 Fundamentals of Christian Faith
RELB 152 Biblical Hermeneutics II
RELB 163 Speech and Homiletics
RELB 211 Daniel
RELB 212 Revelation I
RELB 213 Revelation II
RELB 241 SDA History & Prophetic Guidance
RELB 242 Life and Teachings I
RELB 243 Life and Teachings of Jesus II
SOCI 212 Christian Marriage and Family

 

Other Requirements:

  •  Completed reading of the following books: The Holy Scriptures and the nine volumes of Testimonies for the Church; Counsels on Education; Counsels to Parents, Teachers and Students; Education; and Fundamentals of Christian Education.
  •  One credit of evangelistic ministries per term of attendance.
  •  Four credits of vocational training per term of attendance.
  •  Literature evangelism experience for a minimum of 160 hours, conducted by Hartland College or an acceptable alternative.
  •  All students must spend ten weeks during a summer participating in a full-time vocational training program.
  •  A minimum of 194 credits in the total program of studies. (See summary of hours.)
  •  All education majors are required to participate in the children’s divisions during convocations.
  •  Two research papers must be submitted to the English Department.

Major Curriculum:

Section/No. Class Title
EDUC 311 Multi-grade Organization
EDUC 313 Developmental and Educational Psychology
EDUC 323 Teaching the Exceptional Child
EDUC 331 Integrating Technology in the Classroom
EDUC 332 Methods: Math & Science
EDUC 333 Methods: Bible, Outreach, & Social Studies
EDUC 341 Introduction to Teaching ESL
EDUC 343 Methods: Reading & Language
EDUC 362 Methods: Music & Art
EDUC 361 Educational Assessment & Evaluation
EDUC 382 Methods: Health & PE

Note: In addition to the above classes, practical teaching experiences in the Hartland Elementary School for one school year, or its equivalent, are required within vocational training as follows:

            Two credits as a teacher’s assistant (VOTR 148, 248)

            Six credits of directed teaching (VOTR 149, 249, 349)

 

Courses Offered

EDUC 121  PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

(3 credits) Explores the major issues relevant to Christian education, thus providing a basis for the development of a personal philosophy of education within the Christian context. An endeavor is made to discover the dynamic relationship between education and redemption, while illustrating means by which Christian principles may pervade every educational facet. Particular emphasis is given to implications for the student’s own life and for the educational and youth ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

EDUC 143  INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING

(3 credits) Provides the prospective teacher a basic understanding of the principles and procedures of Christian teaching. Instruction will be given in planning lessons, methods of teaching, making fair evaluations, handling discipline matters, and other areas vital to successful teaching.

EDUC 311  MULTI-GRADE ORGANIZATION

(3 credits) Examines the organization and management of the multi-grade Christian classroom, including curricular grouping for instruction, the individualization of instruction, and maintenance of records.

EDUC 313  DEVELOPMENTAL AND EDUCATIONAL PSYC.

(3 credits) This course focuses on the normal physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of a child from prenatal months to late adolescence. Christ-centered approaches to common problems are sought, and application is made to the school setting. Evaluation of a student’s academic progress will be emphasized as well. This course seeks to enable students to write instructional objectives and prepare classroom tests. Concepts and data from standardized tests will also be reviewed. In addition, practical knowledge in grading and reporting student achievement will be emphasized. 

EDUC 323  TEACHING THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD

(3 credits) Surveys the characteristics of exceptional children and the psychological/educational problems faced by such children in the home, school, and society. Procedures for incorporating the exceptional child and adapting to his needs in the Christian classroom is featured. 

EDUC 332 METHODS: MATH & SCIENCE

(4 credits) This course is designed to prepare teachers to teach science and related subjects effectively at the elementary school level. An overview of proven instructional methods, cognitive and developmental models lays the foundation for successful learning and discovery in the elementary school classroom. Discovery learning through constructivist techniques is emphasized. Using a balanced blend of instructional techniques, lesson planning, and exploration of actual science content, the teacher is prepared to succeed in a variety of settings. Special attention is given to concerns such as gender and cultural biases, exceptional learners, and the interplay of science and religion. Students are presented with a wealth of ready-to-use content, strategies, and lesson plans based on the Full-Spectrum Science Instruction (FSSI) model.

EDUC 333  METHODS: BIBLE, OUTREACH & SOCIAL STUDIES

(4 credits) Emphasizes methods and materials suitable for the elementary classroom in each study area. Focus is directed toward the unique aspects of the Seventh-day Adventist faith and the ministry our students can have in evangelism. Practical application will be incorporated where appropriate. Instruction is given in methods, lesson planning, materials, and curriculum for grades K through 8 on these subjects: Bible, Outreach and Social Studies.

EDUC 341  INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING ESL

(4 credits) This course will address theoretical and practical aspects of ESL instruction and testing.   Participants will build a foundation in English pronunciation, lexicon and grammar so that they understand the particular challenges English language learners face. They will learn how to design lessons for children and youth that use a communicative, interactive approach and will micro teach those lessons in class. They will investigate, critique and use a variety of ESL materials

EDUC 343  METHODS: READING AND LANGUAGE

(4 credits) Instruction is given in reading assessment, including reading readiness and word recognition skills such as phonetic and contextual analysis and sight vocabulary. Also emphasized are building comprehension and evaluating types of reading programs available. Curriculum and methods for teaching English, spelling, and handwriting will also be reviewed and evaluated.

EDUC 362  METHODS: MUSIC & ART

(2 credits) A course designed to prepare teachers to direct the music activities of children, and explore methods of Discipline-Based Art Education for children. The contents for music include fundamentals, appreciation, singing and instrumental activities.  The contents for arts and crafts include exploratory activities in a variety of two- and three- dimensional arts and crafts media.  Students will have opportunities to develop creative teaching lesson plans and instruct local area Hartland Day Academy students.

EDUC 361  EDUCATION ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION

(2 credits) This class prepares prospective teachers to have a better understanding of classroom learning and assessment. Attention will be given to test construction and evaluation of test results. Topics include the implications educational research findings bring to classroom practice, especially assessment of student learning.

EDUC 382  METHODS: HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

(2 credits) The course provides the teacher with an extensive repertoire of teaching techniques in the elementary physical education program. Emphasis is placed on health-related fitness, skill development, special events, and non-competitive game development.  Students will have opportunities to develop creative teaching lesson plans and instruct local area Hartland Day Academy students.  It may be so conducted that it will tend to the strengthening and upbuilding of character.

EDUC 501, 502, 503  PRACTICAL TRAINING I, II, III

A 12-credit practical training course is offered as an elective. The course, which counts toward the total credit hours for graduation, offers students an opportunity to apply the theories they have learned in the Christian Education Department. The instructor is appointed by the department chair, and grading is on a pass/fail basis. The instructor and the department chair will choose an appropriate site and work closely with the fieldwork supervisor, who will submit an evaluation at the end of the assignment. This course is open to all students who have completed three terms at Hartland College.

Note: For information on required vocational training as a teacher’s assistant and as directed teaching, see the Vocational Training section of this catalog.

 

 

Education Department – Starting Fall 2016

Fall 2016

EDUC 121 – Philosophy of Christian Education (3 credits)

ENGL 100 – English Mechanics (3 credits)

HLMN 111 – Principles of Medical Ministry + Lab (4 credits)

RELB 121 – Conversion & Righteousness by Faith (3 credits)

RELB 131 – Biblical Hermeneutics I (1 credit)

AGRI 121 – Gardening I (0.5 credit) –or–

MUSC 101 – Principles of Christian Music I (1 credit)

Winter 2017

ENGL 102 – English Composition (3 credits)

HLMN112 – Human Body + Lab (4 credit)

RELB 142 – Fundamentals of the Christian Faith (3 credits)

RELB 152 – Biblical Hermeneutics II (1 credit)

AGRI 122 – Gardening II (0.5 credit) –or–

MUSC 102 – Principles of Christian Music II (1 credit)

Spring 2017

EDUC 143 – Introduction to Teaching (3 credits)

ENGL 103 – Research Writing (3 credits)

RELB 163 – Speech & Homiletics (4 credits)

AGRI 123 – Gardening III (1.5 credits) –or–

MUSC 103 – Principles of Christian Music III (1 credit)


Summer 2017

AGRI 124 – Gardening IV (1.5 credits)

 

Fall 2017

MATH 111 – College Math (4 credits)

EDUC 311 – Multi-Grade Organization (2 credits)

EDUC 331 – Integrating Technology into the Classroom (2 credits)

RELB 211 – Daniel (3 credits)

AGRI 121 – Gardening I (0.5 credit) –or–

MUSC 101 – Principles of Christian Music I (1 credit)

Winter 2018

EDUC 332 – Methods: Science & Math (4 credits)

RELB 212 – Revelation I (3 credits)

SOCI 212 – Christian Marriage & Family (3 credits)

AGRI 122 – Gardening II (0.5 credit) –or–

MUSC 102 – Principles of Christian Music II (1 credit)

Spring 2018

EDUC 333 – Methods: Bible, Outreach, & Social Studies (4 credits)

EDUC 313 – Developmental and Educational Psychology (4 credits)

RELB 213 – Revelation II (3 credits)

AGRI 123 – Gardening III (1.5 credit) –or–

MUSC 103 – Principles of Christian Music III (1 credit)

 

Summer 2018

 

Fall 2018

EDUC 323 – Teaching the Exceptional Child (2 credits)

EDUC 341 – Introduction to Teaching ESL (3 credits)

EDUC 363 – Educational Assessment & Evaluation (2 credits)

RELB 241 – SDA Church History and Prophetic Guidance (3 credits)

Winter 2019

EDUC 382 – Methods: Health & PE (2 credits)

EDUC 362 – Methods: Music & Art (2 credits)

PRAC 112 – Practical Arts: Cooking (3 credits)

PSYC 222 – Principles of Christian Mental Health (3 credits)

RELB 242 – Life & Teachings of Jesus I (3 credits)

Spring 2019

EDUC 343 – Methods: Reading & Language (4 credits)

MSSN 203 – Principles of Self-Supporting Work (4 credits)

PRAC 113 – Practical Arts: Auto Mechanics (men only) (3 credits)

RELB 243 – Life & Teachings of Jesus II (3 credits)

 

Summer 2019

 

Fall 2019

EDUC 491 – Internship I: Elementary Directed Teaching

Winter 2020

EDUC 492 – Internship II: Elementary Field Service I

Spring 2020

EDUC 493 – Internship III: Elementary Field Service II

 

Additional Graduation Requirements

Read the Holy Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation

Read Testimonies for the Church, volumes 1 – 9

Read Counsels on Education; Counsels to Parents, Teachers and Students; Education; Fundamentals of Christian Education

160 hours (four weeks) of canvassing experience

Participation in the children’s divisions during convocations

One year teaching commitment at Hartland’s elementary/academy school

EVMS 101 – Bible Outreach I

EVMS 111 – Health Outreach I