The Christian Education program at Weimar Institute was designed to prepare students interested in a life of service-based leadership ministry who can understand and creatively implement a Biblical educational paradigm in roles such as elementary school teachers, youth ministry pastors, missionaries, and educational administrators within the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
What kind of program is the B.A. in Christian Education?
While this program, like most others, uses a significant amount of classroom instruction, the program also includes a substantial amount of practical, hands-on experience, even in their first year. This major will first help them solidify their interest in teaching (or clarify their disinterest) and then continue to develop a broader base of experience on which to develop their study in ideas and theories about Christian education. Our mode of instruction is primarily a face-to-face, residential program with robust field experience related to the student’s educational focus, either elementary or secondary. Students taking the B.A. in Christian Education will meet their objectives through a combination of in-class lectures, internships and mentorship alongside teachers, faculty, parents and educators with opportunities for preaching, teaching, and sharing the things they have learned in the classroom.
What type of employment occupation is this program designed to prepare students for?
This program will prepare students to competently teach in an elementary school, high school, or homeschool environment. It will also prepare students who plan to attend graduate school for state teacher certification or for further graduate study in curriculum, instruction and/or assessment, or for future, teachers, professors, and educational administrators. This degree will provide opportunities as teachers in a conference or Christian school setting, as Youth Ministry Directors, as well as educational administrators within the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Students intending to use the BA in Christian education degree to teach in a public school should plan to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching at an accredited college or university to obtain state approved teacher credentialing.
What are the expected outcomes for graduates after they successfully complete the program?
Students graduating with the BA in Christian Education will:
• Sense a clear calling for their involvement in Adventist education
• Have experience leading others to Christ
• Be trained to educate others
• Recognize the power that education has as a ministry to change lives
• Help students to see that eduction is far more than merely academics
• Be functionally equipped to lead a small school and home school environment
• Gain the practical, educational, and leadership experience that is indispensable to developing a small school.
• Obtain the necessary skills for research, writing, and analysis.
• Understand and know how to share the fundamental 28 beliefs and philosophy of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
• Develop appropriate ways to integrate technology into the educational experience
Students intending to complete a BA in Christian Education are required to meet the following criteria as it is noted in the general admissions policy of Weimar Institute (see section on General Education). Admissions requirements, including minimum levels of prior education, preparation, or training.
B.A. in Christian Education Admission Requirements
As the molder of the mind and character educators must have developed a reputable character and a deep commitment to ministry and service. Additionally, a dedication to spirituality, healthy lifestyle, and ethical conduct is expected. These components are assessed in the initial application process as well as throughout the program. Application for formal admission to the BA in Christian Education degree program is generally open to students during the middle of their second year (see updated requirement checklist at the Education Department office). Students will submit an application requesting admittance into the program. If denied, students may submit more than one letter. The Education Department faculty will determine whether or not the student qualifies for the program. Criterion for successful candidacy includes but is not limited to the following:
• Spiritual commitment • Ethical and social standing
• Academic ability (expected at 3.0 GPA or higher)
• Emotional balance • Dedication to service & ministry
• Social and professional competence
• Love for young people
B.A. in Christian Education Graduation Requirements
A minimum of 128 semester credits is required for the degree, with expected completion in 4 years. The student pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education will need to fulfill General Education requirements, including the practical, work education, and ministry-related components (see General Education section) and take the Professional Education and Cognate required courses listed below. A GPA of 3.0 or above for Professional Education courses is require for graduation.
Overall Degree Cost
For Course Requirements, please see the Weimar Academic Bulletin by clicking here.