Professional Ed Courses

Connie Z. Mitchell, Ed.D.

Abstract: A STUDY OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES FOR ELEMENTARY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL TEACHERS AT BIBLE COLLEGES (1982)

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to gather and compile descriptive information concerning professional education courses for elementary Christian school teachers at Bible colleges. The researcher completed the following tasks:

  1. Compared and contrasted elementary teacher certification standards and teacher education accreditation standards.
  2. Summarized elementary professional education courses offered.
  3. Designed and administered a questionnaire that would aid in developing courses.
  4. Analyzed questionnaire data from Christian school educators.
  5. Synthesized distinctive topics to be included in ten courses.

Procedures

The researcher developed and mailed a six-page questionnaire to 31 chairmen of teacher education programs in Bible colleges accredited by the American Association of Bible Colleges, and to 200 administrators and 200 teachers randomly sampled from the American Association of Christian Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International. Of those surveyed, 243 (56%) responded to the 41-item questionnaire, including 31 (100%) of the Bible college professors.

The data from the questionnaires were analyzed in four areas: (a) background information; (b) similarities and differences in the content and approach of secular and Christian education courses; (c) topics to be included in a course “Teaching in a Christian School”; and (d) distinctive topics to be included in ten professional education courses for elementary Christian school teachers in Bible colleges.

Findings

Elementary teachers are generally unprepared to teacher specifically in Christian schools, and a college curriculum is needed that is “specifically designed” to prepare elementary Christian school teachers. Bible colleges should offer education courses that (a) provide the required distinctive content and approach; (b) allow for student teaching experiences at Christian schools; and (c) furnish information on topics deemed essential, such as Biblical integration procedures, personal commitment, classroom discipline, and purposes of Christian schools.

For Dr. Mitchell's complete dissertation, click here to order (UMI Publication Number 8229207).

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