The BA Education program of FFCU is designed to equip those who are called to the ministry of education in Christian Schools around the world. This program is helpful to those who are called to teach children or youth, to administrate Christian schools, to begin and/or work in orphanages, or to focus on children or youth ministry. The FFCU campus, shared with Family of Faith church and Christian School, is an ideal learning environment for our education majors. Freshman students complete 45 hours of classroom observations through their Education Practicum. Through methods courses, upper-level students are involved in creating and teaching lesson plans while they receive constructive feedback from experienced instructors. The degree is completed with a ten-credit hour Teaching Internship which requires 450 hours of observation, teaching, evaluation, and reflection.
The BA Education requires completion of three main cores:
- The Biblical/Theological studies core provides the teacher a solid biblical foundation for life and ministry. This core includes survey courses for Old and New Testament studies and Basic Theology as well as emphasizing intercession, Christian character, and biblical leadership. The course Introduction to Christian Education will lead students to formulate a biblical philosophy of education and to examine Christ’s example in teaching.
- The General Studies core assures each student has the necessary skills in subjects such as grammar, speech, history, science, and math. Because of the emphasis on education in the nations as a ministry, there is also a “Missions Emphasis” requirement.
- The Professional Studies core includes education courses on Child Development, Exceptional learners, Educational Technology and Classroom Management, Assessment, and methods courses focusing on specific subjects such as Mathematics, History, Science, Reading, and more.