Education in Missions Minor

The minor in Education in Missions allows students to focus on the specific needs of younger children. Students gain a foundational understanding of theories of how children develop and learn and examine the planning and implementation of learning activities for young children. This minor prepares a student to work in partnership with others in Christian ministry within intercultural environments to minister directly to the needs of pre-school age children. The focus of the curriculum is the use of the Montessori
Method of education from a distinctly Christian perspective.

Minor Objectives

  1. Define the Montessori Method of education, its philosophy, principles, and methodology.
  2. Describe key competencies necessary to provide a Christian learning environment for children of diverse environments.
  3. Understand how to apply the Montessori Method of learning to intercultural contexts within the framework of Christian missions.

How the Montessori Method Works

The Montessori educational approach emphasizes independent, student-initiated work, problem solving, mixed-aged groupings, flexible pacing, freedom of movement, and is on the cutting edge of child education.

There are 4,500 private Montessori schools in the USA and 50,000 International Montessori schools, with 1,000 in Japan alone.

At BGU students can obtain a minor in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Montessori Instruction. Through a partnership with a partner institution, the Christian Montessori Training Center (CMTC), credits earned toward the minor in Early Childhood Education are accepted by CMTC toward their Certificate in Montessori Instruction. Completion of that certificate requires additional study through the CMTC that does not apply to the 4-year BA program. Contact CMTC for additional information rebecca.dirks@bethfel.org.

Minor Courses

In order to earn the minor in Education in Missions, the student must complete 14 credits from the following courses.

Required core courses for the minor:

  • ECE111 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (2 cr.)
  • ECE211 Child Development in Early Childhood Education (2 cr.)
  • ECE212 Health and Wellness in a Child Care Setting (2 cr.)
  • ECE433 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education (2 cr.)

An additional 6 credits from the following:

  • ECE321 Classroom Management (3 cr.)
  • ECE431 Parent Educator Partnership (3 cr.)
  • CHM331 Strategic Plan Development (ECE emphasis) (3 cr.)
  • CHM431 Local Ministry Study Lab (ECE emphasis) (3 cr.)

Learn More On Your Global Internship

  • Ministry in drop-in centers and after-school programs for street children
  • Ministry to orphans
  • Ministry to children at risk
  • Ministry through Christian preschool programs

See The Early Childhood Education Minor In Action