The Elementary Education Program

The Christian school classroom is an ideal place for nurturing children and for reinforcing parental values. The Elementary Education program at Faith will enable you to guide children through their formative years by integrating Biblical truth into all subjects. Faith elementary education graduates are in high demand and typically multiple teaching opportunties after graduation. This program is also highly valuable for those who choose to homeschool.

Core Courses in the Education Program

• Education Seminar
• Educational Technology
• Foundations of Education
• Human Growth and Development
• Clinical Practice Seminar I, II, III, IV

• The Exceptional Learner
• Student Teaching Seminar
• Praxis: Theory to Practice
• Student Teaching


Specialized Courses in the Elementary Education Program

• Elementary Methods and Materials
• Child Growth and Development                       
• Children's Literature
• Teaching Reading I and II
• Teaching Science

• Teaching Art

• Teaching Social Studies
• Teaching Mathematics
• Teaching Language Arts
• Teaching Physical Education
• Integrating Music in the Elementary Class


At Faith you can also earn endorsements that expand your qualifications for teaching in different subject areas and levels. You will need to complete addditional course work to earn these endorsements.

 K-8 Reading Endorsement
This endorsement prepares teachers to specialize in the teaching of reading in grades K-8. In addition to the regular course of study in elementary education, you will need to take the following courses:

• Adolescent Literature

• Reading Instructional Strategies

• Children's Literature

• Reading Practicum

• Language Acquisition and Development  

• Content Area Reading in the Elementary  

• Content Area Reading in the Secondary

 

English/Language Arts Endorsement
This endorsement prepares teachers to specialize in the teaching of English/language arts in grades K-8. In addition to the regular course of study in elementary education, you will need to take the following courses:

• Adolescent Literature    
• American Masterpieces

• Content Area Reading in the Secondary

5-8 Middle School Endorsement
This endorsement prepares teachers to specialize in the teaching of English/language arts and social studies in grades 5-8. In addition to the regular course of study in elementary education, you will need to take the following courses:

• The Middle School Student
• Middle School Curriculum and Instruction

• Adolescent Literature    
• World Literature

K-12 Coaching Endorsement
For the K-12 Coaching Endorsement, students must take the following four courses in addition to the course of study for the elementary education major or any of the secondary education majors. These courses are offered during regular semesters at times convenient for both students and instructor.

• Foundations of Coaching                              
• Sports Physiology   

• Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries    
• Human Growth and Development


Christian School Program Admission
Official admission into the Christian School program is required at the end of your sophomore year. Your faculty advisor will help you through the process and inform you of the criteria required for admission.

State Licensing
The Christian School Program at Faith is approved by the Iowa Department of Education so that the graduates are eligible to receive the state's initial license for teaching in public or Christian schools. This program requires a 14-week student teaching experience in the student's last semester.


Check the Courses page for a list of all the courses you will take in the Elementary Education program.

Events

Fall Semester Orientation

August 20–22

Get full information about all the orientation activities.

Presidental Installation Service

September 17

Join us as we install Jim Tillotson as the new president of Faith.

FaithFest

October 3

Make plans now to bring your teens to the premier youth event this fall.

Refresh Conference

February 9–12

A specialized conference for pastors and wives to refresh you in your ministry