Overview+

Bachelor of Arts in
Education in Missions

Help children thrive while you bring the gospel to the lost.

250 million children of primary school age lack basic reading, writing and math skills and even more have no access to a church, Bible, or Christians to hear the gospel. You can be the answer to both of these problems. Bethany Global University's BA in Education in Missions will equip you to be a world-class educator and missionary.

This program is a compilation of Bible, theology, intercultural studies, educational methods, and early childhood development. Like all of BGU's BA degree's, this major blends learning in a classroom with hands-on experience in one of our 16-month Global Internship locations overseas.

Double Major with a Single Minor

This degree is a double major in:

Bible & Theology:  The first two years of the program focus on biblical and theological studies to deepen your understanding of God’s Word, provide a foundation for godly character, and provide the substance for spiritual growth.

Education in Missions: The core focus of the degree is education through the Montessori method. Montessori is an internationally recognized education philosophy that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. To learn more about the Montessori method, watch this video from Michelle Thompson (founder of Hand in Hand Christian Montessori and a BGU adjunct faculty member) on the difference between the three major educational philosophies.

A mandatory single minor will also be earned in:

Intercultural Ministry Studies: Learning how to understand cross-cultural and language barriers is critical to any missions effort. This is especially true of those who wish to start businesses in new cultures that impact society.

Hand In Hand Christian Montessori Partnership

On BGU's campus, we have a live Christian Montessori classroom that is run by our partner Hand In Hand Christian Montessori. That way Education in Missions Majors can observe and train in a working Montessori environment.

Utilizing the Constructivist Education Philosophy

Our education faculty and Hand In Hand Christian Montessori founder, Michelle Thompson, outlines how constructivism in in the Montessori method enables the best kind of learning.

Learning Outcomes:

The proposed program learning outcomes for this program are:

  • Exemplify a life of true intimacy with God, showing evidence in their lives of being transformed through the work of Christ on the cross and being empowered by the Holy Spirit.
  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the Word of God and its centrality to all Christian life and ministry along with an ability to accurately and perceptively apply the Word to ministry realities and personal life.
  • Demonstrate the development of key competency skills necessary for mission-oriented ministry service including skills in communications, cultural awareness, interpersonal relations, prayer, critical thinking, and collaboration. Exemplify attitudes and values that promote strong interpersonal relationships and the building of community between fellow workers, and to create engaging relationships with unbelievers.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of cultural values and worldviews on communication and the importance of adaptability and flexibility in responding to differing cultural values and worldviews while also showing an understanding of the dangers of compromise and syncretism.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the Montessori method of education, it’s philosophy, principles and methodology.
  • Demonstrate the development of key competency skills necessary to provide a Christian learning environment for children in diverse environments.
  • Apply the Montessori method of learning to intercultural contexts within the framework of Christian missions.

Christian Montessori Training Center

The Bethany Global University campus also hosts courses from the Christian Montessori Training Center to provide students with Montessori training credentials. Earning the full credentials enable students to become a lead teacher in any Montessori school.

Courses+

Bachelor of Arts Course Overview

All courses for the BA in Education In Missions and Bible & Theology are taken in a semester class structure. All students take the same classes in the sequence below.

The classes and sequence below can change a little from year to year, so be sure to look through our BGU catalog on the forms and documents page to get the most up to date course list.

Freshman Year

Semester 1

BTH112 Red Thread of Redemption I: Genesis to Ruth (3 credits)

This course will study the historical background and general themes of the Old Testament books Genesis through Ruth.  This course will cover the Creation, the Fall, the Flood, the Patriarchs, Moses, the Exodus, the Tabernacle, The Law, The Wanderings, The Promised Land, The Tribes of Israel, The Judges and the story of Ruth. Red Thread I is a survey course which helps students to recognize God’s redemptive plan throughout scripture: His Red Thread of Redemption. The course also includes a strong practical element of how to teach these truths to children internationally with a weekly, required art response.

BTH141 Hermeneutics (3 credits)

This course is a study of the principles, methods, and rules necessary for correctly understanding the meaning of Scripture and applying that meaning to our lives today. The course will examine the rules and approaches necessary for the different literary genre of scripture.

ENG 111 English Composition (2 credits)

In this course, students will focus on the process of writing comprehensible, correct, and effective essays. They will learn how to express thoughts logically, clearly, and coherently in a variety of rhetorical modes. The course will teach students how to critically revise and edit their own compositions while avoiding mechanical, grammatical, and orthographical errors.

HUM112 Critical Thinking, Logic, and Research Methods (2 credits)

This course focuses on loving God with your mind by developing foundational skills in critical thinking, analytical reading, rhetoric, and scholarly research. Students will use these foundational skills throughout all their subsequent courses during their BGU program.

MIS111 Intro to Missions (3 credits)

A broad overview of God’s mission in the world as revealed through His activity in the Old and New Testaments. The course also introduces the historical, cultural, strategic, and practical dimensions of the world’s mission mandate.

PRT111 Practical Training (0 credits)

SPD111 Foundations of Soul Care (1 credit)

This course will explore the impact and application of the transformative work of Christ and how that work specifically applies to Christian maturity and care for the soul (mind, will and emotions). Starting from the foundation of being created in God’s image, students will learn how to pursue a deeper walk with Christ as they learn more about their identity as a child of God. Students will learn how to let go of fear, anxiety, unforgiveness and ungodly coping mechanisms as they discover what it means for believers to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. This course will include interactive lectures as well as personal testimonies and lessons from Student Life and other BGU Staff.

BGU111 Student Success: The BGU Way (1 credit)

This course is designed to help students be successful both academically and personally as they integrate into the Bethany community. They will be exposed to a variety of topics such as research methods, time management, communication skills, and interpersonal relationships. Students will also become familiar with a variety of services which are made available to them on campus through the Student Resource Center, the IT department and Prayer Ministry.

Semester 2

BTH122 The Gospel of the Kingdom and Work of the Holy Spirit (3 credits)

The study of Luke and Acts will demonstrate how Jesus’ teachings, prayer, miracles, parables, death, resurrection, ascension, and sending of the Spirit advance the great story of the Bible, fulfilling the promises of God. Students will develop an integrated understanding of the New Testament culminating in a final oral exam in which they will tell the story of the gospel and how it spread into all the world. Students will use their New Testament timeline to tell this story including key events, missionary journeys, churches planted, persecutions, and letters written.

The course will also include practical components of learning to pray, being filled with the Spirit, leading Discovery Bible Studies, praying for and having gospel conversations with unbelievers, and other missionary activities so that students can take their place in God’s continuing story.

BTH131 Fundamentals of Christian Theology (3 credits)

This course, as an introduction to essential Christian doctrine, seeks to equip the student with the fundamentals of Christian belief common to the worshiping community, the body of Christ around the world.  Structured around the Apostle’s Creed, and drawing on classic ecumenical consensus, Missional Theology seeks to answer the question, “What have all Christians, everywhere, always believed?”

The course is called “Missional Theology” because mission is at the heart of the Biblical narratives concerning God’s work in human history, culminating with the life and work of Jesus Christ. For the purposes of this course, the topics of theology are characterized by mission and are related to God’s heart, initiative, and purposes in regard to “taking the church to where it is not.”  The course also applies to the whole life of every disciple, since every believer is to be an ambassador, carrying the mission of God – His Kingdom – into every sphere of life.

ECE111 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (2 credits)

This course will explore foundational theories and traditions in education.  Students will discover how to build on practices of excellence in education by studying ten principles of the pioneers in a modern context.  Each student will understand and apply the principles.  Students will explore three different views of the child, Empiricism, Nativism and Interactionalism which is foundational to the Montessori approach.  Each student will understand and learn how to apply current practices in education including; environments, schemas, communication, and diversity.  Students will also be introduced to specific observation modes that with ongoing development will be the critical base for ongoing in-class assessment guiding of children.

SSC112 Health and Wellness (1 credit)

This course is designed to help students understand the need and assume personal responsibility for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As Christians, we believe that God took on bodily human form (John 1:14; Phil. 2:5-11); one implication of the incarnation and the bodily resurrection of Jesus is that God is very invested in human matters and in the physical world. This should impact how we care for ourselves, for those we serve, and for the world we live in. Students will explore the relationship between individual health and cultural, behavioral, environmental and biological factors as well as to develop a sustainable plan to improve personal health.

MIS112 Evangelism, Discipleship and Community (3 credits)

This course is designed to establish a biblical framework for missions with a focus on the crucial activities of the church: evangelism, discipleship and the creation of community. The course will examine how these activities integrate for the purpose of seeing God’s Kingdom come and His will done on the earth.

SSC131 Contemporary Issues: Sanctity of Life (2 credits)

This course focuses on teaching students to honor God with their mind by teaching them to utilize previously learned critical thinking skills. Students will utilize these skills as they examine various texts and sources that inform the contemporary ethical and political debates about the sanctity of life (including, but not limited to, abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research, contraceptives, and “right to die” issues).

PRT112 Practical Training (0 credits)

Electives (3 credits) [optional]

Sophomore Year

Semester 1

BTH214 Red Thread of Redemption II: Samuel to Malachi (3 credits)

This course will study the historical background and general themes of the Old Testament books of 1 Samuel through Malachi. This course will cover the biblical genres of history, poetry and prayers, major and minor prophets through the lens of the profound stories of Samuel, David, Solomon and Kingdoms, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job and Jonah. Red Thread II is a survey course which helps students to recognize God’s redemptive plan throughout scripture: His Red Thread of Redemption. The course also includes a strong practical element of how to teach these truths to children internationally with a weekly, required art and worship response.

BTH221 The Book of Romans: Message of the Cross (2 credits)

This course is considered a foundational piece of the curriculum at Bethany. It is an in-depth, exegetical study of Paul’s epistle to the Church of Rome. A strong emphasis is given to Romans 6-8 to examine the role of the Cross as righteousness, providing freedom from the power of Sin and the Law, and victorious living through the empowerment by the Holy Spirit.

ECE211 Child Development in Early Childhood Education (2 credits)

This course will study the biological and psychosocial development of the human lifespan with particular focus on early childhood.

ECE221 Practical Life, Language and Culture for Montessori Education (2 credits)

In this course, students are introduced to the materials and theories of the Early Childhood or Elementary Montessori subjects. Students will understand the hands-on Montessori materials related to practical life, language and culture for early childhood or elementary education. Each week, students will experience an “Atrium” devotional time with a group of children and their parents. Students will compile their own portfolios of completed Montessori work to more fully grasp the uniqueness of the Montessori Method as an individualized, invitational education system. The students will engage in the class as Montessori learners themselves and observers of the children and trained staff.

HUM211 Worldviews and World Religions (3 credits)

This course presents a broad overview of the nature and function of a worldview (especially as relates to religion) and a critical evaluation of dominant non-biblical worldviews by way of an introductory survey of the historical emergence, key doctrines, and various underlying assumptions of the different major world religions. Special attention will be given to practical engagement, effective evangelism and best practices for ministry within the contexts of non-Christian religious systems.

SPD211 Life in the Spirit: Training in Godliness (3 credit)

To be determined.

SSC231 Contemporary Issues: Gender & Sexuality (2 credits)

This course focuses on teaching students to honor God with their mind. Course content is crafted to reiterate and expand previously learned critical thinking skills (learned in HUM112). All previously learned skills will be leveraged, strengthened, and enhanced as students examine and interact with scholarly material related to various views on gender and sexuality.

PRT211 Practical Training (0 credits)

Semester 2

BTH223 Red Thread of Redemption III: Matthew to Revelation (3 credits)

This course will study the historical background and general themes of the New Testament books.  This course will cover the Gospels, Acts, Letters, and Revelation of the Father’s plan through Jesus, His Son and the Gift of the Holy Spirit.  The highlighted stories include Jesus’ birth, death, resurrection, ascension, parables, miracles and contemplative ministry.  Also included are Peter’s and Paul’s Missions and Letters and the foretold Revelation of the coming again of Christ and forever reign. Red Thread III is a survey course which helps students to recognize God’s redemptive plan throughout scripture: His Red Thread of Redemption. The course also includes a strong practical element of how to teach these truths to children internationally with a weekly, required art, worship and fellowship response.

CHM211 Intercultural Ministry Preparation (3 credits)

This course is designed to enable practical preparation for students as they plan for ministry in another culture. Students enrolled in this course will be preparing for participation in Bethany Global University’s Global Internship. The course will focus on practical issues of missionary life and the personal and interpersonal skills needed for effective ministry service. A heavy emphasis will be placed on partnership development.

ECE212 Health and Wellness in a Childcare Setting (2 credits)

In this course we will explore the unique dynamic that exists between mind, body and soul – and how this unique balance affects the developing child as they learn and grow. To best meet the needs of the young learner, the educator must be aware of the spiritual, social, physical, emotional, intellectual, and linguistic capacities and how to facilitate wellness. This course also explores the need and strategies for an educator to have self-care and demonstrate health and wellness as an example. We will learn to teach children with the brain in mind and be intentional about understanding the neuroscience of learning.

ECE222 Sensorial, Mathematics and Faith Formation for Montessori Education (2 credits)

In this course students are introduced to the materials and theories of the Early Childhood Montessori subjects. Students will understand the hands-on Montessori materials related to sensorial, mathematics, and faith formation for early childhood or elementary education. Each week, students will experience an “Atrium” devotional time with a group of children and their parents. Students will compile their own portfolios of completed Montessori work to more fully grasp the uniqueness of the Montessori Method as an individualized, invitational education system. The students will engage in the class as Montessori learners themselves and observers of the children and trained staff.

ICS212 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)

The lack of an adequate understanding of the huge differences in the ways the many peoples of the world live, think and relate to each other in daily life has often been a major flashpoint of frustration for field missionaries. This course reviews what Cultural Anthropologists have learned about these differences. To understand the principles behind the differences is critical to discovering ways to overcome them. It is our desire to minimize the damage caused and the potential flashpoints of frustration posed by crossing cultural boundaries as missionaries of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This course will include a significant lab component consisting of case study analysis in small groups.

MAT211 Personal Finance (3 credits)

This course is designed to help the student understand and apply personal finance management at a basic level with specific attention to practical day-to-day applications. The course is structured as an online class and it utilizes Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance: College Edition. The student will learn how to establish a savings plan, how to develop a personal budget, calculate interest, evaluate bargains and sales, understand mortgage and interest calculations, understand insurance policies, and develop an investment plan.

SSC232 Contemporary Issues: Race and Culture (2 credits)

This course focuses on teaching students to honor God with their mind by teaching them to utilize previously learned critical thinking skills. Students will utilize these skills as they examine various texts and sources that inform the contemporary moral, theological, and political debates about critical race theory, intersectionality, and the causes of racial tensions in North America.

PRT212 Practical Training (0 credits)

Electives (3 credits) [optional]

In this course, students will explore the unique dynamic that exists between mind, body and soul – and how this unique balance affects the developing child as they learn and grow. Neuroscience, the study of one’s brain, is key to understanding the basic needs of the developing human and knowing how to apply this understanding in a child care/educational setting.

Junior Year

The entire junior year of courses are taken online while on your global internship overseas. Much of the content will be customized to fit the internship location. For example, if you go to Thailand, you will study the Thai language, learn Thai culture, and study the history of the Thai people.

You will take 3 semesters of courses over your junior year in the fall, spring, and summer.

Semester 1

COM311 Intercultural Communications (3 credits)

Missionaries and ministers of the gospel must be effective as communicators both to individuals as well as small and large groups of people. This course explores communication theory, cross-cultural social interaction and communication media; and introduces the dynamics of inter-cultural communication.

CHM321 Missionary Life and Language Practicum I (6 credits)

This course consists of three main components: immersion in the local culture, the experience of missionary life, and the process of language learning. During the first months of life in a cross-cultural setting, the goal of the student is to engage in the local community as much as possible. Immersion in the culture will provide an integral foundation for future ministry as students invest in relationships, language building and cultural learning activities in their new environment.  As students enter a new culture, many things challenge faith and spirituality. This course also encompasses the daily life lessons of the individual and the team during the first term of the Global Internship program. Attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk.  In language learning the focus will be on acquiring the basic building blocks of the target language to be able to function in real life communication situations.  Students will hold themselves accountable to a language tutor as they navigate their language learning journey.

LNG311 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)

This course covers the best strategies and methods for learning a foreign language.  It will provide the student with the tools and information they need to discover what may be the best methods and strategies for them.  Students will discover that there is no panacea or best way to learn a language.  In fact, to be successful language learners they will learn the need to take control of their language learning, set goals and experiment with different strategies and methods.  They will experiment, test and practice, until they find a combination of methods to help them accomplish their language learning goals.  They will realize they do not need to depend on their teachers or tutors to become fluent in their new language, but they must go beyond the classroom and learn what interests them and helps them secure what they need.

SSC311 Intro to Ethnographic Research: Exploring Material Culture (4 credits)

Learning to learn from the context is considered a key adaptation skill for cross-cultural missionaries. The ethnographic research that students do on a daily basis forms a foundation for understanding the culture they are living in and for their future role in understanding whatever culture they find themselves in. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations. The observations and discussions for this term will focus on material culture and language practices.

Semester 2

BTH321 Prison Epistles (3 credits)

This course will focus on the prison epistles, primarily on Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, along with a reading of Philemon, which has already been covered in-depth in the Hermeneutics course. In this course students will: 1) continue to hone skills of inductive Bible study (survey reading, identification of book structure and purpose, understanding of historical and literary context, textual observation, interpretation, and application); 2) identify and trace major themes found through the prison epistles, 3) gain an understanding of what these books teach about spiritual warfare and joy in suffering, and practically apply this to their lives on Global Internship.

CHM322 Missionary Life and Language Practicum II (6 credits)

As a continuation of CHM321, students will continue their journey in cultural immersion, missionary life and ministry, and language learning.  Continued attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk. Students will also participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities to innovate, create impact and value available for future consideration. With the goal of interacting socially within their new communities, students will also continue to hold themselves accountable to a language tutor.

SSC313 Social and Political Structures (3 credits)

This course continues application of ethnographic research with a specific focus on exploring the social and political structures of a particular culture. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations.

Semester 3

BTH322 Pastoral Epistles (3 credits)

This course will focus on the pastoral epistles, Titus, 1 & 2 Timothy. In this course students will: 1) continue to hone inductive Bible study skills (survey reading, identification of book structure and purpose, understanding of historical and literary context, textual observation, interpretation, and application); 2) identify and trace major themes found through the pastoral epistles, 3) gain an understanding of what these books teach about being a good steward, discipleship, sound doctrine, & training in godliness for a lifestyle of faith and practically apply this to their lives on Global Internship.

CHM323 Missionary Life and Language Practicum III (6 credits)

As a continuation of CHM322, students will continue their journey in cultural immersion, missionary life and ministry, and language learning.  Continued attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk. Students will also participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities to innovate, create impact and value available for future consideration. With the goal of interacting socially within their communities, students will also continue to hold themselves accountable to a language tutor.

CHM331 Strategic Plan Development (3 credits) [optional]

This course focuses on developing a strategic plan for discovering effective ways students can address a strategic felt need in their identified context of work, so as to align with Bethany Global University’s vision, and coordinating with local leadership and ministries.  The course is built on a case study of Nehemiah, discussion posts, projects, and the final project of a strategic plan for their targeted audience and context.

ECE321 Classroom Management (3 credits)

During this course the importance of the Prepared Environment will be discussed. The students will receive guidance in classroom leadership and learn to manage a peaceful classroom. The students also will be introduced to applying Montessori education principles in a mission field. The other aspect of the course stresses the importance of observation of children and record keeping in the development of “individual lesson plans” for each child.

SSC312 Religious Systems and Structures (4 credits)

This course continues application of ethnographic research with a specific focus on exploring the religious systems and structures of a particular culture with a view toward effective ministry within the context. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations.

Senior Year

The first semester of your senior year is the last semester of your 16 month global internship, leaving the last semester as a time for re-entry.

Semester 1

BTH422 Hebrews (3 credits)

A missionary needs to know and understand the Word of God, not only for their own life, but also as they minister to and teach others. Knowledge of the Word includes understanding how to understand it, read it, learn from it, share insights with others and apply it to one’s own life. This course is designed to dig deeply into the New Testament book of Hebrews. The course will be based on a group Bible study approach.

CHM422 Missionary Life and Language Practicum IV (6 credits)

As a continuation of CHM323, students will continue their journey in cultural immersion, missionary life and ministry, and language learning.  Continued attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk. Students will also participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities to innovate, create impact and value available for future consideration. With the goal of interacting socially within their new communities, students will also continue to hold themselves accountable to a language tutor.

CHM431 Local Ministry Study (3 credits) [optional]

In the 4th term of Global Internship, students will do an independent study lab to research a local ministry or opportunity which they believe relates to their future involvement in missions. Students will visit the ministry, conduct interviews, explore options and describe opportunities available to them. Some regional travel may be involved as time and budget allow.

ECE431 Parent Educator Partnership (3 credits)

During this course the importance of communication with parents and parent education will be discussed. The students will receive guidance on how to conduct parent seminars as well as how to apply Montessori principles at home, model Christian values and suggest helpful parenting techniques. The students will also become familiar with important milestones of child development. Another aspect of the course stresses recognition of special needs of children and understanding when to refer children to specialists.

ICS422 Contextualization (4 credits)

Contextualization has to do with the knowledge of God, a God who is unchanging yet reveals himself uniquely within specific contexts.  Authentic knowledge of God is assured because of God’s action in Missio Dei.  God’s people are guided by the Holy Spirit to be his missionary people in an ever-changing world.  This course examines both the theoretical and practical aspects of contextualization as related to biblical interpretation, theology, missiology and leadership development.  Contextualization is reviewed and evaluated in terms of its bearing on the communication of the Gospel, the expression of the Christian faith and its spread in various cultural settings.

Semester 2

BTH412 Telling God's Story: Genesis through Revelation (2 credits)

This course introduces students to the ways oral learners process information and methods for communicating truth through storying.  Students learn the dynamics of strategic storying, assess collections of story sets and how they can be used to open hearts to the Gospel, and how to use chronological storying to teach biblical truth, especially how to help people who have no historical understanding of God’s dealings with mankind, to His purposes, love, and provision of salvation.  Students learn the skills of designing stories to focus on specific theological truths, telling stories, making sure that people comprehend the truths to be taught, and how to weave these together to make the Gospel absolutely clear.  Storying for follow-up of believers and for church-planting are included.  Finally, each student should have a firm grasp on the timeline and major events of salvation history as it is revealed to us in the Old and New Testaments as a foundation for telling God’s story.

BTH431 Practical Theology (2 credits)

Practical Theology focuses upon the synthesis of ministry philosophy with ministry practice.  Yet in the course of ministry, some preconceived philosophies become incongruent with ministry practice, thus leaving the Christian leader confronted with a ministry crisis. When ministry crises occur, the tendency for the Christian leader is to look externally rather than internally to resolve this crisis of incongruence. Meanwhile, our Lord is urging us to look internally, to live more humbly and surrender more fully to the Lord in order to persevere in ministry. This class will provide a proactive approach towards the inevitable incongruence of ministry philosophy and practice, by helping the student lay a foundation of personal insight, while providing practical skills for ministry effectiveness. Also, the student will come away with a basic proficiency in practical ministry skills in counseling and conducting various ceremonies such as: a funeral, a wedding, a baptism and a sermon.

CHM412 Missionary Member Care (2 credits)

The topic of Missionary Member Care addresses different areas of health and challenge in a missionary’s life. Member Care is integral to all aspects of mission. In the Missionary Member Care class, students will gain an overview understanding of the areas of a missionary’s life that are addressed in Member Care through reading articles and learning about tools used in member care around the world today. Students will also attend the Midwest Conference on Member Care (MC2) during the course where they will gain a greater understanding of member care, and the current realities and needs of overseas workers in the fields today.

ECE432 Capstone Integrative Project (2 credits)

The Integrative Project is a final capstone course designed for students in the Education in Missions major. As students prepare to launch from the preparedness setting of the university into action, this course is intended to provide an opportunity to reflect on what each has learned. Students will articulate their philosophy of ministry and education, recognized unique gifts and callings from the Lord, create a strategic plan of their direction post-graduation, and practice what they have learned in a volunteer capacity. The course will center on three aspects of past (where I have come from), present (who am I) and future (where am I going). Centering on a biblical reflection, students will have a personal, professional and prophetic look into their own story in light of God’s grand narrative.

ECE433 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education (2 credits)

In this course we will contemplate environmental, emerging issues and aspects that impact the development of children and their educational success.  After discussing a wide range of features in the environment and all necessary elements to a successful Montessori classroom, we will explore different types of learners and issues that may impact their learning capacity such as trauma, special needs and exceptions; family socio-economic influences and poverty; culture, race and gender discrepancies; and diverse learning aptitudes. We will discuss constructive, Christian Montessori, education environments that can aide children in becoming peaceful.  “Desired Learning Outcomes” will also be addressed and explored.

LDR431 Leadership (2 credits)

This course offers an overview of the biblical basis and dynamic principles of effective leadership with a view toward personal application of these principles in life and work. Students will examine their own leadership experiences and make application to future leadership opportunities.

MIS421 Transitions (3 credits)

The transition from one’s new adopted host culture back into the home culture can raise many crosscultural stress issues. Returning missionaries often experience internal  conflicts with regard to identity, status, role, relationships, and changed perspective. This in turn can lead to misunderstandings and conflicts with friends, families, work, school, and other areas. A successful reentry transition allows the missionary to reflect on the relationship between the host culture they are leaving and the primary culture they are returning to. This course is designed to help the student effectively process their transition from internship back to the US.

PRT411 Practical Training (0 credits)

Electives (3 credits) [optional]

Practical Training+

Practical Training

Bethany Global University (BGU) is an organization that has been built on the idea that enterprise can be used to help advance the gospel. Over the past 60 years, students at BGU have offset the cost of their education by serving in various roles through the organization, and you will have the opportunity to do the same. One way this has been done in the past is through the Practical Training (PT) Scholarship. Not only will the PT Scholarship save you money, but it will also serve as a valuable educational experience. Thus, it has become an important part of the educational program at BGU.

The Practical Training program will give you the chance to be a part of the inner workings of Bethany Global University. You will invest roughly 15 hours a week serving in certain parts of the ministry, which helps all of us continue to advance the gospel.

Work College

Bethany Global University is an official work college and a member of the work college consortium.

  • Work College: A federally designated institution that has "comprehensive work-learning-service" programs as an essential and core component of their educational programs. All resident students are required to work including one-half of all students who are enrolled on a full-time basis regardless of their academic program or their financial need.
  • Work College Consortium: Bethany Global University is part of a group of eight distinctive student-centered liberal arts colleges promoting the purposeful integration of Work-Learning-Service while helping to reduce the cost of education.

From practical training you will gain:

  1. A practical training scholarship. Each semester you are awarded a  scholarship for your participation in the Practical Training program. This is part of how Bethany Global University is Tuition-Paid. This increases the potential for you to walk away from college debt free. Imagine what you can do with the extra money you save!
  2. Grow in professionalism. Your ability to influence people is based on how you’re able to interact with them in different social settings. We will teach you how to grow in professionalism whether you’re serving in an office setting, or working in other areas of the ministry.
  3. Develop a strong work ethic. At BGU we pray hard, play hard, and work hard. When you work hard you build trust with those around you. It also shows your supervisor that the best people to have on the team are Christians!
  4. Learn directly from the staff. Learning new skills is essential for effective cross-cultural work in the future. By serving in various areas of the ministry you will develop a new and diverse set of skills. The staff at BGU will work with you in training and developing you as a person.

Practical Training Assignments

Your practical training program work assignment is based on personal interviews, past experience, preference, and the needs of the organization. Departments  students have served in the past include:

  • I.T.
  • Media
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Global Internship

Learn how to comfortably move between two different cultures quickly through a combination of formal training, experience, interaction, and practical ministry application. Through the Global Internship, you will observe and engage in missionary life firsthand to apply the knowledge you gained in the classroom.

What do the Interns do?

During Global Internship, students will:

  • Live overseas as a team for 16 months at one of our Global Internship sites
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Partner with missionaries and local ministries to bring the Gospel to a people group
  • Study social structures, religion, and worldview
  • Become interculturally minded Christians

The Global Internship is split into four terms (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall) and each term has a distinct focus to help you get the most out of your experience overseas. While each location operates a little differently you can get a general idea about each term by looking through the list below.

  • Gain foundational language learning
  • Build relationships within the community
  • Be established in process of culture learning
  • Online courses: Philippians, Second Language Acquisition, History in Context, and Intro to Ethnographic Research
  • Build ministry skills through participation
  • Informal language learning
  • Gain foundation understanding of predominant religions in your region
  • Online courses: James, Local Area Religions, Language Competency I, and Religious Systems and Structures

Mid Internship Break (2 weeks towards the end of April)

  • The only scheduled vacation during the 16 months
  • Travel regionally in small groups
  • Family may visit
  • May return to the US

Global Internship Retreat

To give the interns a one week break and "checkup" in the middle of their Global Internship to focus on identity, community and team, interpersonal skills, conflict resolution skills, and academic learning.

  • Gain understanding of Evangelism, Discipleship and Church Planting as it occurs in context.
  • Gain ethnographic understanding of social, political and community structures
  • Deepen interview and ministry skills.
  • Online courses: Galatians, Language Competency II, Social and Political Structures, and Evangelism, Discipleship, and Church Planting in Context.
  • Gain understanding of theological and practical contextualization
  • Integrate ethnographic observations with ministry realities
  • Learn how to leave well
  • Online courses: Ephesians, Language Competency III, and Contextualization

Where are the Global Internship sites?

Global Interns are sent in teams. Student teams live together in one of several different locations around the world. The Global Internship sites each provide their own unique environments, languages, cultural and religious contexts and ministry challenges, and opportunities. Global Interns over the past several years have lived in France, the Caucasus region, West Africa, Slovenia, Thailand, Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Hungary and Kenya.

New sites are continually being identified and developed to receive Global Internship teams.


Updated GI Location Map

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