Bachelor of Arts

GENERAL EDUCATION - 43 Credits

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 credits

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

Offered every spring.

LA211 Children’s Literature 3 credits

This course focuses on identification of materials suitable for children’s reading. A thorough study of Genre is an important component of this class, as well as the study of quality authors and illustrators of children’s literature.

Offered every fall.

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 credits

The principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery are discussed. There is practice in preparing and presenting short informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speeches.

Offered every semester.

TE147 Educational Technology 2 credits

This course is a study of the various technologies available for classroom use and their adaptation to the promotion of learning. Students will learn both the potential and the limitations of computers as tools for teachers.

Offered every semester.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

Elective History Elective 3 credits

PH302 Ethics 3 credits

An introduction to Logic and Ethics with special attention given to methodologies whereby those disciplines may be applied in Christian ministry. Attention is given to induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. The moral theories of various philosophical schools are examined and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic is considered.

Offered every spring.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

PS213 Child Development 3 credits

Child development is viewed as a dynamic, challenging, complex and multifaceted area of inquiry. Understanding of the early years of psychological development supports and guides professional practice in numerous fields relating to children. Examination is made of developmental theory and research from pre-birth to the end of childhood, as well as the topics of emotional, language and cognitive development, family and environmental influences, relationships and gender roles and more. Learners will have opportunity to consider application of course content to current and future professional roles.

Prerequisite:
PS102 General Psychology

Offered spring, odd years.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

RELIGION - 18 Credits

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

Class instruction in scriptural principles and methods in personal witnessing coupled with field experiences in soul winning is employed to equip the student to proclaim Christ on a person-to-person basis.

Offered annually.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite:
NT102 New Testament Survey
GB100 Bible Study Methods

Offered annually.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite:
GB100 Bible Study Methods
OT101 Old Testament Survey

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

Prerequisite:
SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

MAJOR - 59 Credits

TE100 Integrated Studies for Teachers 1 credit

This course provides opportunities for deductive thinking in the areas of reading, writing and math. The course will aid in understanding the Praxis I test format. Appropriate ACT scores may be substituted. (Lab fee)

Offered every semester.

TE218 Teaching Art in Early Childhood 3 credits

This course introduces teacher education students to contemporary philosophies of art education and basic art concepts as they relate to early childhood learners. The course is also designed to provide experience for the pre-service teacher in use of materials, processes, and curricula appropriate for early childhood. Field projects may be used to demonstrate integration of these concepts into the elementary curriculum.

Offered fall, even years.

TE311 Teaching Music in Early Childhood 3 credits

The basics of music learning theory are explored, while emphasis is placed on current methodology and techniques. Field projects may be used to demonstrate integration of these concepts into the elementary curriculum.

Offered fall, odd years.

TE333 Foundations of Literacy for Early Childhood 3 credits

This course is a study of young children’s written language and written language acquisition from its earliest appearance. Course focus is assessment of learners’ knowledge, diagnosis, prescription and delivery of developmentally appropriate instruction to the individual child. A field experience component of two hours twice per week is required.

Prerequisite:
TE221 Math Methods for Early Childhood with Field Experience

Offered every fall.

TE244 Teaching Health & Physical Education in Early Childhood 3 credits

This course will survey curriculum material and methods for teaching health and physical education in the elementary school. Field projects may be used to demonstrate integration of these concepts into the elementary curriculum.

Offered every spring.

TE423 Teaching the Exceptional Child 3 credits

The study of students with exceptional attributes from giftedness to those with behavioral difficulties, and/or developmental delays; the study of English language learners is also included.

Prerequisite:
TE203 Study in the Foundations of Teaching

Offered every fall.

TE322 Reading/Language Arts Methods for Early Childhood 3 credits

This course is designed for teachers of K-3 learners. It is a study of young children’s written language acquisition and the implications for instruction. A field experience component of 2 hours twice per week for ten weeks is required.

Prerequisite:
TE333 Foundations of Literacy for Early Childhood

Offered every spring.

TE313 Educational Psychology 3 credits

This course explores the psychological perspectives of education and applies them to classroom procedures. It provides critical help and preparation for Ohio Assessments for Educators dealing with principles of learning and teaching. (Lab fee).

Prerequisite:
TE203 Study in the Foundations of Teaching
and Junior Standing

Offered every spring.

TE303 Developmental Writing 3 credits

This class will extensively explore the research data on written language acquisition for the purpose of promoting and teaching composing in Pre-K through 3rd grade students. Teacher candidates will use their knowledge and understanding in field experience with young students.

Prerequisite:
TE203 Study in the Foundations of Teaching

Offered every spring.

TE324-EC Cultures of Children - EC 3 credits

This course follows TE333 Foundations of Literacy for Early Childhood and provides both theory and practice for teacher candidates in the teaching of reading to students of diverse cultures.

Prerequisite:
TE333 Foundations of Literacy for Early Childhood

Offered every spring.

TE426 Integrated Social Studies & Science Methods for Early Childhood 3 credits

This class is an integrated early childhood study of the methods of teaching social studies and science with an emphasis on curriculum, assessment, and development of instructional materials. A field experience component of two hours twice per week for ten weeks is required.

Prerequisite:
TE203 Study in the Foundations of Teaching
TE322 Reading/Language Arts Methods for Early Childhood

Offered every fall.

TE498 Education Capstone 1 credit

A one hour per week seminar which accompanies TE 499 Student Teaching and which must be taken the same semester. 
 
During this seminar student teachers 1) will be provided with materials to support their upcoming Ohio Assessments for Educators licensure requirements, and 2) will have opportunity to discuss and ask questions regarding the ongoing progress of their student teaching experience.

TE499 Clinical Experience 12 credits

This culminating field experience provides teacher candidates a full semester (75 days minimum) of classroom experience with a gradual assumption of responsibility across the semester. Teacher candidates must apply to student teach and successfully complete a reflective essay to participate in this last gateway to the profession. Students may take no other courses during this experience with the exception of the traditional exit course, Theology Capstone.

Prerequisite:
Completion of TE program requirements.

Offered on demand.