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BA Religious Education

Religious Education program objectives:

  • To prepare the student for state and church certification (in cooperation with the School of Education and Psychology) on the elementary or secondary levels.
  • To support candidates in meeting the requirements of the School of Education and Psychology and its certifying officer by offering a course in Curriculum and Content Methods/Bible and by supervising student teaching.
  • To qualify students to pursue graduate work in biblical and religious studies. 

Admission to the Religious Education Program

The religious education program is coordinated with the university's School of Education and Psychology. Planning for certification by the state and/or endorsement by the Seventh-day Adventist Church for Bible teaching is made with the certifying officer of the School of Education and Psychology, both for admission to the religious education program in the sophomore year and to the professional semester before the senior year.

The student must apply for initial admission to the teacher education program (usually by the end of the sophomore year) by enrolling in EDUC 201, to complete all requirements as outlined under “TRANSITION TWO: TEACHER EDUCATION CANDIDACY (Initial Admission)" in the School of Education and Psychology section of the Catalog. Initial admission is required before the student can enroll in upper-division education courses.

The student must also complete an application and all other requirements for admission to student teaching. Prior to the professional semester, the student must take and pass the PRAXIS II licensure exam— the appropriate section of the Principles of Learning and Teaching test.

Teacher Certification and Endorsement for the State of Tennessee

The following courses are required for secondary teaching certification. In order to be eligible for certification, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major, professional education, and cumulative areas. 

EDUC 138 Intro to & Foundations of Secondary Education, 3 hrs
PSYC 128 Developmental Psychology, 3 hrs
EDUC 201 Teacher Education Candidacy, 0 hrs
EDUC 317 Teaching with Technology, 2 hrs
EDUC 338 Foundations of Inclusive Education (SERV-2), 3 hrs
EDUC 342 Curriculum and Content Methods - Secondary, 2 hrs
EDUC 344 Secondary Methodology & Assessment, 2 hrs
EDUC 345 Secondary Learning Theory & Classroom Management, 2 hrs
EDUC 346 Field Experience in Secondary Education, 2 hrs
EDUC 419 Philosophy and Leadership in Christian Education, 3 hrs
EDUC 434 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas, 3 hrs
EDUC 464 Teaching Seminar, 2 hrs
EDUC 472 Enhanced Student Teaching 7-12
EDUC 473* Enhanced Student Teaching K-12, 10 hrs

*Art, music, and physical education majors must enroll in EDUC 473.

NOTE: Art, music, and physical education majors should consult the Catalog sections corresponding to their major for professional education requirements. 

Required Courses

RELB 125 Life and Teachings of Jesus
RELB 245 Old Testament Studies I
RELB 246 Old Testament Studies II
RELB 425 Studies in Daniel (writing class)
RELB 426 Studies in Revelation
RELB 435 New Testament Studies I
RELB 436 New Testament Studies II
RELT 138 Adventist Heritage
RELT 177 Christian Spirituality 
RELT 439 Prophetic Ministry of EG White
RELT 484 Christian Theology I
RELT 485 Christian Theology II (writing class) 

Must include 35 hours in education and 16 hours of cognate requirements as follows:

Professional Education Requirements

EDUC 138 Intro to & Foundations of Secondary Education
EDUC 201 Teacher Education Candidacy 
EDUC 317 Teaching with Technology
EDUC 338 Foundations of Inclusive Education
EDUC 342 Curriculum Content Methods 7-12
EDUC 344 Secondary Methods & Assessment
EDUC 345 Secondary Learning Theory
EDUC 346 Field Experience In Secondary Education
EDUC 419 Philosophy and Leadership in Christian Education 
EDUC 434 Reading & Writing Content Area
EDUC 464 Teaching Seminar
EDUC 472 Enhanced Student Teaching 7-12 or
PSYC 128 Developmental Psychology

Required Cognate Courses

HLED 173 Health for Life
RELL 181, 182 Biblical Hebrew I, II OR RELL 191, 192 New Testament Greek, I, II
RELL 221 Introduction to Biblical Exegesis
RELP 150 Introduction to Ministry
RELP 321 Introduction to Biblical Preaching
RELP 322 Intermediate Biblical Preaching

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