Bachelor of Science in Education


There has never been a greater opportunity for teachers trained with a Christian worldview to impact the lives and families of children.

This rigorous training includes both a biblical foundation and state certification, which will enable graduates to enter the classroom ready to engage minds and transform culture.

The Bachelor of Science in Education trains individuals who desire to teach Early Childhood (EC) through 6th grade in a public, private, or Christian school. Students are required to complete a biblical core, a general education core, and the professional program. Upon successful completion of this Educator Preparation Program for Core Subjects EC-6th and fulfillment of Texas Education Agency (TEA) requirements, students are prepared to sit for the TExES examinations that lead to Texas State Teacher Certification.

Students pursuing this degree must meet the requirements listed below in order to be accepted into the program.

  • Complete and pass a minimum of 60 credit hours or college coursework
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • May be asked to submit passing scores for all three sections of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exam.
  • Submit the Criswell College Application for Education Program Admission
  • Successfully complete the admission interview with the Criswell College Education Committee

For students in the Educator Preparation Program who are interested in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), EDU 317-ESL Instructional Methods is offered as an elective course which qualifies students to sit for the TExES ESL Supplemental Endorsement Examination. For more information see the EDU 317 course description in the College Catalog.

For more information please contact our Education Program Director.

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Minimum degree requirements (129 hours)


General Education Core Studies (30 Hours)

BIB 110          Biblical Languages and Tools
ENG 101        Composition I
ENG 201        Composition II
HIS 103          American History I
HIS 104          American History II
MTH 101       College Algebra
POL 201        Government of the United States
POL 301        State and Local Government
SCI 205          Physical Science
SCI 206          Biology


Bible and Theology Core Studies (30 Hours)

BIB 105         Hermeneutics
NTS 101        New Testament Survey I
NTS 201        New Testament Survey II
OTS 101        Old Testament Survey I
OTS 201        Old Testament Survey II
THS 101        Spiritual Foundations
THS 201        Church History
THS 202        Baptist History and Distinctives
THS 203        Systematic Theology I
THS 301        Systematic Theology II


Ministry Core Studies (9 Hours)

EMS 101        Personal Evangelism
MIN 201        Introduction to Biblical Exposition

EMS 427        Domestic Service Practicum

Or both:
EMS 428        Global Service Practicum and
EMS 429        Global Service Practicum Lab (non-credit)


Applied Core Curriculum

AMP 100        Applied Ministry Project (non-credit, required each semester)


Professional Curriculum (60 Hours)

EDU 200        Introduction to Education
EDU 205        Educational Research & Psychology
EDU 213        Assessment Methods
EDU 301        Principles of Education
EDU 303        Child Growth and Development
EDU 308        Early Childhood Education
EDU 312        Discipline & Classroom Management
EDU 313        Special Populations
EDU 315        EC-6 Math Instructional Methods
EDU 406        EC-6 Science Instructional Methods
EDU 409        EC-6 Social Studies Instructional Methods
EDU 410        Clinical Teaching Practicum (6 hours)
EDU 412        Art/Music Integration Methods
EDU 413        Physical Education Methods
EDU 420        Educational Technology
REA 302        Children’s Literature
REA 312        Foundations of Reading Instruction
REA 314        Content Area Reading Instruction
REA 401        EC-6 Language Arts Methods



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