BA/BS in Core Subjects Early Childhood-Grade 6 Certification/MA in Children’s Ministry

The accelerated BA/BS in Early Childhood-Grade 6 Certification and the Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry provides Christ-centered undergraduate and graduate-level education to prepare servant leaders for careers in both education and ministry. The program is designed for those seeking initial teacher certification and ministry training specific to children’s ministry. Graduates will be able to serve as educators and/or ministers in the school or the church setting.

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

credit hours (bS)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

3

English

12

9

(BA)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

(BS)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met

14*

0

Foundations for Excellence

1

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

6

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

Kinesiology

2

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

3

MATH 1303 - College Algebra or equivalent
[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.]

Natural Science

4

12

(BA)

BIOL 1401 - Principles of Biology
(BS)

BIOL 1401 - Principles of Biology

GEOL 1401 - Meteorology and Space Science

PHSC 1401 - Physical Science I

Religion

9

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and one additional religion course

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

3

3

POLS 2301 - American National Government

and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

57

48

Core Subjects Early Childhood-Grade 6 Certification 

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

12

12

EDUC 1017 - Introduction to Teacher Certification*

EDUC 3313 - Foundations of Teaching*

EDUC 3320 - Instructional Assessment*

EDUC 4010 - Elementary Core Subjects EC-6 Seminar

EDUC 4021 - EC-12 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Seminar

EDUC 4608 - Clinical Teaching*

INTERDISCIPLINARY ACADEMIC MAJOR  

65

57

EDUC 3302 - Development of Infants, Children, and Adolescents* (S-L)

EDUC 4312 - Teaching Special Populations* (S-L)

EDUC 4313 - Discipline and Classroom Management in Culturally Diverse Settings* (S-L)

EDUC 4320 - Instructional Technology*

EDUC 4334 - Pedagogy of Fine Arts and Movement in the Elementary Classroom*

GEOL 1401 - Meteorology and Space Science (BA only)

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I or HIST 2302

HIST 4309 - Texas History

MATH 3303 - Math Content I

MATH 3304 - Math Content II

PHSC 1401 - Physical Science I (BA only)

Pedagogy

EDUC 4318 - Pedagogy of Math*

GSCI 4320 - Pedagogy of Science*

READ 4013 - Science of Teaching Reading Seminar

READ 4302 - Scaffolding Literacy Instruction*

READ 4313 - Science of Teaching Reading

READ 4330 - Recognizing and Instructing Struggling Readers*

READ 4333 - Clinical for Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties* (S-L)

READ 4335 - Pedagogy of Reading I (Phonics)*

READ 4336 - Pedagogy of Reading II (Comprehension)*

READ 4338 - Pedagogy of Language Arts*

SOST 4340 - Pedagogy of Social Studies*

Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses 

6

6

ECHE 5360 - Foundations of Early Childhood Education

EDUC 5314 - Best Practices

Additional Upper-Level Electives Required*

Additional Lower or Upper-Level Electives Required*

0

0

0

0

TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE WITH SHARED HOURS REQUIRED

140

123

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required. Students must complete all Undergraduate hours and shared undergraduate/graduate hours prior to enrolling for remaining Graduate hours.

Elective Requirements*

  • In order to satisfy the “Undergraduate only” portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.

  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 6 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate credit hours required for all bachelor’s degrees.

REMAINING GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ma)

Core Courses 

18

18

DISC 5302 - Biblical Servant Leadership

GSOM 6310 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)

THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics

THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage

THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology

WORS 6303 - Spiritual Formation and Worship

MA in Children’s Ministry Courses

12

12

MACH 6312 - Ministry with Children

MACH 6351 - Children and the Christian Faith

Choose two of the following courses:

MACH 6311 - Early Childhood Ministry

MACH 6315 - Ministry to Children with Special Needs

MACH 6350 - Ministry in Church Weekday Education Ministries

MACH 6352 - Advanced Childhood Ministry** (S-L)

MAFM 6353 - Ministry to Families

TOTAL ADDITIONAL GRADUATE HOURS REQUIRED

30

30

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR ACCELERATED DEGREE

170

153

**Prerequisites: MACH 6311 and MACH 6312

*Indicates Signature Course requiring download of Signature Assessment in TaskStream Reminder.

Note:  Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.

Reminder: Degree plan subject to adjustment as state policy changes.

Students will complete state requirements for initial teacher certification in the areas of Core Subjects EC-6. Students completing this program will learn and demonstrate how to serve as an effective literacy teacher and leader through synthesis and application of knowledge regarding the interrelated components of reading, writing, speaking, and listening across developmental stages of oral and written language. Degree candidates will also learn and demonstrate sufficient theoretical and experiential knowledge for serving as an ethical and effective teacher, advocate, and leader for culturally and linguistically diverse students. 

Students completing this Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program will take the following courses at the graduate level as substitutes for their undergraduate cross-listed course requirements, thereby requiring 30 hours instead of the regular 36 graduate hours for the program beyond the regular undergraduate degree requirements.

  • ECHE 5360 – Foundations of Early Childhood Education

  • EDUC 5314 – Best Practices

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to course descriptions for course prerequisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Find course descriptions by category under the Undergraduate Course Descriptions OR Graduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.

Retention in and Graduation from the Program:

Students must fulfill the following conditions to enroll and continue enrollment in this Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program:

  • Students must be accepted to the Educator Preparation Program at the completion of 45 semester hours.

  • Students must file a Statement of Commitment at the completion of 90 semester hours (including current enrollment).

  • Students must maintain and graduate with an overall institutional GPA of 3.0 and must maintain and graduate with an institutional GPA of 3.0 in their teaching fields/academic concentrations.

  • Students must apply to and be accepted into the MA in Children’s Ministry program before the start of the junior spring semester (before 5000 level courses) in order to progress in graduate coursework and complete the MA in Children’s Ministry degree.

  • Science and Math courses must be taken prior to Field-Based semesters.