Liberal Studies, Elementary Education, B.A.

Mission

The mission of the Liberal Studies, Elementary Education major at Biola University is to equip Christian educators with depth and breadth of subject matter taught in PreK–12, preparing them with content knowledge in a broad range of subjects, including literacy, math, science, history, Bible, theology, visual and performing arts, physical education, and health.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, Elementary Education is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements.

Liberal Studies, Elementary Education Program Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Elementary Education, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge and comprehension of subject matter content (ULO 1).
  2. Integrate personal faith with intellectual learning through incorporating subject matter knowledge with Christian beliefs (ULO 1, 2).
  3. Develop effective communication skills (ULO 2, 3).
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by synthesizing information from multiple sources (ULO 1).
  5. Integrate breadth and/or depth of knowledge in concentration-specific content into philosophy of education (ULO 1).
  6. Identify and/or adapt evidence-based and promising practices that are culturally and linguistically competent (ULO 3).
  7. Demonstrate social and personal traits that reflect biblically-based character (ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Professional Teacher Preparation Program Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the Multiple Subject or Single Subject credential(s), students will be able to:

  1. Identify and articulate God's calling as Christian educators by reflecting on their spiritual journey and their educational preparation in a Biblically integrated essay, and demonstrate Christian attitudes and actions conducive to professional excellence and witness by maintaining high professional disposition marks in coursework and fieldwork (ULO 1, 2, and 3).
  2. Examine and analyze their students' cognitive, social, and physical growth through the gathering of student profile data, monitoring their progress, and providing constructive feedback to maximize students' optimum development (ULO 1).
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity in cross-cultural and special population educational settings in order to promote equity and justice as exhibited in differentiated learning plans, response to profile data, and high marks in professional dispositions throughout coursework and fieldwork experiences (ULO 1, 2, and 3).
  4. Design and implement appropriate adaptations to ensure the attainment of a productive learning environment for each student enrolled in candidates' classes by focused evaluation and reflection of each student's strengths and needs. Candidates will also utilize developmental and learning theories, as a foundation for professional decision-making and reflection by identifying student learning needs and making appropriate adaptations to ensure student learning (ULO 1 and 3).
  5. Design and implement developmentally appropriate lessons, by using the California state-adopted academic content and Common Core standards as a foundation for lessons that integrate aspects of God's natural revelation (ULO 1 and 3).
  6. Design and implement appropriate and effective learning strategies by designing grade and subject-specific lesson and unit plans (ULO 1 and 3).
  7. Design and practice strategies that foster a safe and equitable learning environment that encourages students to take intellectual risks by demonstrating their knowledge of a comprehensive classroom management plan (ULO 1 and 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.


Writing Competency

Every Biola student must fulfill the Writing Competency Requirement (WCR). Students fulfill the WCR by passing ENGL 313 with a C+ or better. If they fail to meet this requirement, they must consult with their major advisor for an alternative WCR pathway. For more information, see the section titled "Writing Competency Requirement" under the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section.  

GPA Requirement

A Liberal Studies, Elementary Education major must achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75. Students who do not meet the required 2.75 cumulative GPA but meet the university's minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA will graduate as a Liberal Studies major only. 

Integration Seminar Requirement

Liberal Studies, Elementary Education majors must take the following course to meet their Bible Integration requirement: BBST 465 as "Christian Philosophy of Education."

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
English:
Writing in the Disciplines
Liberal Studies, Elementary Education majors must take the major specific section of ENGL 313 to meet their English requirement.
Science/Math:
Biological Principles: Lecture
Observational Biology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
U.S. History:
World Civilizations I
United States History To 1865
Behavioral Science:
Introduction to Psychology
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:
Art Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Music Appreciation
Philosophy:
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Physical Education:
Lifetime Wellness
Elementary Physical Education Methods and Activities
Program Courses
ARTS 306Elementary Art Workshop3
HIST 101World Civilizations II3
HIST 201United States History Since 18653
HIST 403California History3
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 309Elementary Math/Science Methods2
LEDU 324Performing Arts in Education1
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 335Child Development: Birth through Adolescence3
LEDU 336Elementary Health Curriculum and Methods1
LEDU 337Elementary History-Social Science Curriculum and Methods1
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
LEDU 380Children's Literature3
LEDU 420Elementary Reading/Language Arts3
LEDU 434Elementary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment3
MATH 118Fundamentals of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II3
MUSC 310Elementary Music Workshop2
PHSC 101Physical Science Survey: Lecture4
PHSC 102Physical Science Survey Laboratory1
Concentrations
In addition to the program courses, each student must complete a concentration, which consists of approved coursework in one of the following subject areas: Biology, Early Childhood, English, Health and Physical Education, Human Development, Intercultural Studies, Mathematics, Spanish, Special Education, U.S. History or Visual Arts. Please see requirements listed below.12
In addition to the program and concentration courses, students must complete the Professional Teacher Preparation Program for a Multiple Subject Credential as detailed after Concentrations.
Total Credits60

Concentrations

Biology

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Introduction to Environmental Science
Current Topics in Biology
Nutrition
Botany
Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology
Vertebrate Biology
Ecological Agriculture
Global Development and Ecological Sustainability
Invertebrate Biology
Marine Biology
Conservation Biology
General Ecology
Seminar in Advanced Biology
Total Credits12

Early Childhood

Prerequisite Courses
Child Development: Birth through Adolescence
Concentration Courses
LEDU 356Early Childhood Curriculum3
LEDU 357School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings3
LEDU 358Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings3
LEDU 359Observation and Assessment of Young Children3
Total Credits12

English

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Studies in Grammar and Language
Advanced Composition
Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing: Fiction
Studies in American Literature
Studies in British Literature
Studies in Shakespeare
Total Credits12

Health and Physical Education

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Psychology of Exercise and Health
Health Concepts
Motor Learning
Leadership in Sport and Human Movement
Health Behavior
Total Credits12

Human Development

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Psychology and Christian Thought
Statistics with Computer Applications
and Statistics with Computer Applications Lab
Human Sexuality
Psychological Testing and Assessment
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Marriage
Cross-Cultural/Ethnic Issues in Psychology
Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
Psychology of Family
Seminar in Therapeutic Techniques
Total Credits12

Intercultural Studies

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Intercultural Adjustment
Peoples of the World
World Religions
Grammar for English Teachers
Introduction to TESOL: Adult
Materials Evaluation and Preparation
Ethics, Values, and Intercultural Communication for TESOL Professionals
Teaching English to Young Learners
Practicum in TESOL I
International Education Fieldwork
Total Credits12

Mathematics

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following, 3 of which must be upper-division:12
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus for Management Sciences
Calculus I
Discrete Structures
Introduction to Abstract Math
Linear Algebra
Biostatistics
Classical Geometry
Number Theory and the History of Mathematics
Total Credits12

Spanish

Concentration Courses
Select one of the following tracks:12
Second Language Learners
Spanish Language and Culture IV
Advanced Spanish Communication I
Advanced Spanish Communication II
Select one of the following courses:
Hispanic Civilization and Culture
Hispanic Studies: Culture, Language, or Literature
Topics in Hispanic Culture
Spanish Applied Linguistics and Teaching Pedagogy
Heritage Learners
Basic Spanish for the Heritage Learner
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners I
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners II
Select one of the following courses:
Hispanic Civilization and Culture
Hispanic Studies: Culture, Language, or Literature
Topics in Hispanic Culture
Spanish Applied Linguistics and Teaching Pedagogy
Total Credits12

Special Education

Prerequisite Courses
Introduction to Teaching
Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Issues in Special Education
Assessment and Evaluation of Exceptional Learners
Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
Behavior and Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Total Credits12

U.S. History

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
The Colonial Period, American Revolution, 1607–1800
American Democracy, Civil War and Reconstruction, 1800–1877
The American Presidency
The Rise of Modern America, 1877–1920
The United States Since 1920
Survey of American Government
Total Credits12

Visual Arts

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following, 3 of which must be upper-division:12
Drawing I
2-D Design
3-D Design
Sculpture I
Ceramics I
Painting I
Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes
Ceramics II
Sculpture II
Painting II
Photography II-Studies in Color
Photography III-Advanced Black and White Photography
Contemporary Photographic Practices
Total Credits12

Professional Teacher Preparation Program

Preliminary Credentials

The SB2042 Professional Teacher Preparation Programs are available for Multiple Subject and Single Subject Credentials and are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Multiple Subject Credentials

The SB2042 Multiple Subject Credential authorizes instruction in any self-contained classroom for grades K–12, preschool, and classes organized primarily for adults, but is especially appropriate for grades K–6. This credential also includes authorization to teach English Language Learners in English within the subject area and grade level authorization of the Multiple Subject teaching credential.

Students interested in teaching English Language Learners at the adult level should consult with the Cook School of Intercultural Studies.

Single Subject Credentials

The SB2042 Single Subject Credential authorizes instruction in the subjects listed on the credential in departmentalized classes at any grade level including preschool, grades K–12 and classes organized primarily for adults, but is especially appropriate for middle school and high school. This credential also includes authorization to teach English Language Learners English within the subject area and grade level authorization of the Single Subject teaching credential. All students should regularly see advisors in their major as well as the School of Education.

Students interested in teaching English Language Learners at the adult level should consult with the Cook School of Intercultural Studies.

RICA Exam

Passage of the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) exam is required for candidates earning a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. This requirement must be met prior to applying for a Preliminary Teaching Credential.

CalTPA

Candidates must meet or exceed the minimum standards for passing the two state-mandated California Teaching Performance Assessments (CalTPAs). Cycle 1 of CalTPAs must be passed prior to applying for student teaching. Cycle 2 of CalTPAs must be passed prior to applying for a Preliminary Teaching Credential.

Teacher Preparation Requirements

Admission Application

Students who wish to complete the undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program must formally apply for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program during LEDU 301.

The student applicant must demonstrate a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 grade scale). Students for whom English is not a primary language must have a TOEFL score of 100 iBT.

Teacher Preparation Courses

All candidates for the Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential must complete the following undergraduate teacher preparation courses in sequence. Courses must be passed with a grade of "B-" or higher and the overall GPA in the teacher preparation courses must be a 3.0 or higher:

LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
LEDU 420Elementary Reading/Language Arts3
or LEDU 425 Secondary Content Area Reading
LEDU 434Elementary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment3
or LEDU 438 Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment
Elementary/Secondary Student Teaching I and II (12 credits) may be taken as a graduate student, and is not required for undergraduate graduation.
Elementary Student Teaching I
and Elementary Student Teaching II
or
Secondary Student Teaching I
and Secondary Student Teaching II
Total Credits15

Pedagogy Courses

In addition to the teacher preparation coursework, subject-specific pedagogy classes are required of each candidate. Pedagogy courses must be passed with a grade of "B-" or higher and the overall GPA in the pedagogy courses must be 3.0 or higher.

Secondary Candidates:
LEDU 433Single Subject Pedagogy2
Elementary Candidates:
LEDU 309Elementary Math/Science Methods2
LEDU 336Elementary Health Curriculum and Methods1
LEDU 337Elementary History-Social Science Curriculum and Methods1
LEDU 380Children's Literature3
ARTS 306Elementary Art Workshop3
KNES 201Elementary Physical Education Methods and Activities2
MUSC 310Elementary Music Workshop2
Total Credits16

Taskstream Subscription

Candidates must have a paid subscription to Taskstream while taking teacher preparation courses, pedagogy courses, and student teaching.

Certificate of Clearance and Tuberculosis (TB) Test

Candidates must obtain a Certificate of Clearance prior to taking LEDU 301 course in order to participate in the required fieldwork sequence. Fees required.

Candidates must also submit valid TB tests results prior to taking LEDU 301 course and annually in order to participate in the required fieldwork sequence in the Teacher Preparation Program. Fees required.

Minimum Grades and GPA Requirements

All teaching credential candidates must maintain an overall cumulative 2.75 grade point average (GPA) in their major. A 3.0 cumulative GPA must be achieved in the teacher preparation course sequence and pedagogy courses. Students must receive a grade of "B-" or higher in all teacher preparation and pedagogy courses and score an 83% or higher in all key assignments in order to be formally recommended for a Preliminary Teaching Credential.

Basic Skills Requirement

Candidates must take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or satisfy the basic skills requirement prior to acceptance to the program. Passage of CBEST or equivalent is required prior to applying for student teaching.

Subject Matter Competency Requirement

Candidates must prove subject matter competency by completing an approved subject matter program or passing equivalent subject matter exams (CSET). These exams must be passed prior to applying for student teaching.

Recommendation

Candidates must be recommended by the faculty of the School of Education as having all requisite professional qualities to be successful as a teacher.

Professional Dispositions and Competencies Evaluations

Candidates must demonstrate high performance in each Professional Dispositions and Competencies Evaluation for teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework in order to remain in the Teacher Preparation Program. Evidence of unaddressed concerns (scores of 1 or 2), or failing to meet a professional disposition may lead to dismissal.

Fieldwork Evaluation

Candidates must obtain good to excellent scores in each fieldwork evaluation for teacher preparation coursework, including student teaching.

U.S. Constitution Requirement

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires that a teaching credential candidate must have completed a minimum 2-credit course that covers the U.S. Constitution or fulfill this requirement by examination.

Biola University students may complete this requirement by taking either HIST 200 or POSC 225 with a grade of "C" or better. Students receiving AP college credit for either HIST 200 or POSC 225 will also meet this requirement. Transfer coursework must be reviewed by a credential analyst in the School of Education. If an exam is required, a U.S. Constitution exam and study packet is available in Biola's School of Education. See advisor for details.

CPR

Candidates must show verification of current training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) — infant, child and adult — that meets the standards of either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross CPR course when applying for the Preliminary Teaching Credential.

Advisor Contact

Candidates are required to meet regularly with an advisor in their major to ensure that all requirements are met.

Applying for a Credential

Credential candidates complete their student teaching the second semester of their senior year or the semester after they graduate with their bachelor's degree. After successfully completing student teaching and the associated requirements, candidates make an appointment with a credential analyst in the School of Education at Biola University and apply for the Preliminary Teaching Credential from the State of California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The Professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation and for accreditation/reporting purposes. Please see a credential analyst for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential.

Teaching, ACSI

Application information may be obtained from the ACSI liaison in the School of Education Office. The credential program at Biola University meets the requirements for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Certificate. Requirements are identical to the California Preliminary Credential Program as well as:

Select 6 credits of Bible courses6
Select one of the following:3
Integration Seminar (taken as "Christian Philosophy of Education")
Selected Readings and Topics (taken as "Philosophy of Education")
Philosophy and Values in Schools and Society
Total Credits9

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Liberal Studies, Elementary Education, B.A.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
ARTS 100, MUSC 101, or THTR 160 (choose one for Fine Arts Core Curr)3Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4HIST 200 (required)3
PSYC 200 (required)3PHIL 210, 214, or 215 (choose one for Phil Core Curr)3
KNES 1071 
GNST 1021 
 18 16
Total Credits 34
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
BIOS 100 (required)3BBST 2513
BIOS 110 (required)2LEDU 3241
LEDU 30123LEDU 33013
LEDU 3353MATH 1183
MATH 117 (required)3PHSC 1014
 PHSC 1021
 17 18
Total Credits 35
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
BBST 306, 316, or 3263LEDU 33721
Concentration13LEDU 42023
LEDU 34123MUSC 3102
Literature (see Core Curriculum)3HIST 100 (required)3
KNES 201 (required)2Concentration13
 ENGL 3133
 Writing Competency Requirement
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 17 18
Total Credits 35
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 465 (Christian Phil of Educ - required)3BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3
LEDU 3803Concentration13
ARTS 30623LEDU 30922
HIST 4033LEDU 3361
Concentration13LEDU 43423
HIST 1013HIST 2013
 LEDU 440
LEDU 442 (Students who wish to complete Student Teaching as an undergraduate must meet with an advisor in the School of Education. May be taken at the graduate level.)
0
 18 15
Total Credits 33

A Liberal Studies, Elementary Education major must achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75. Students who do not meet the required 2.75 cumulative GPA but meet the University's minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA will graduate as a Liberal Studies major only.