The Mission of the Department of Education and Professional Studies
The Department of Education and Professional Studies is primarily concerned that its graduates have a clear understanding of Scripture and are prepared to communicate truth, creatively and effectively, to individuals of all ages. The arts and sciences are integrated into the curriculum so that graduates, who have meditated upon God’s Word, are able to respond to the needs of the world in culturally relevant and meaningful ways. This guiding purpose of the Department of Education and Professional Studies is further clarified below as goals associated with three areas of student growth—spiritual, intellectual, and professional—are outlined.
Spiritual: Essential to each program within the Department of Education and Professional Studies is a focus on the combination of biblical instruction and practical application. A biblical worldview is strengthened as students are required to apply Scripture and scriptural truths across a wide range of academic subject areas. Spiritual growth is further developed and reinforced within the context of Christian devotion and unity through academic instruction and interaction with the Body of Christ, in and out of the classroom setting.
Intellectual: Critical thinking skills (including knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation) are emphasized throughout the academic and practical experience components within each departmental program. A wide variety of teaching methodologies, paired with an understanding of the developmental stages of growth, are utilized within each program of the Department of Education and Professional Studies. Students are required to process information obtained from coursework and personal research at a variety of cognitive levels, thus encouraging them to draw and expand upon a diversified knowledge base with regard to their particular area of study.
Professional: Following Jesus as the perfect model of love and servanthood, the faculty and staff are responsible for providing learning environments where diversity is respected, ethical conduct is exhibited, and moral principles are upheld. Likewise, students are expected to display these professional qualities as they interact with the SEBC family, the community, and those in other educational and practicum settings. The professional development of faculty and students is encouraged as opportunities to attend academic conferences, to go on field trips, and to participate in small mentoring groups arise.