Frequently Asked Questions
Why have a biblical studies component for Christian home and day school teachers?
To have a God-centered day or home school, teachers must first have a firm knowledge of the Bible and the God of the Bible. For this reason, the biblically grounded education courses for teachers, parents, and church leaders are accompanied by an overview of the Old Testament and the New Testament, as well as an introduction to biblical theology.
Are there any fees associated with PS78-TEP?
PS78-TEP does not charge a fee for any course; however, local Teacher Education Study Centers may stipulate a minimal per credit hour fee to cover Study Center expenses (e.g. room rental, electricity, copy cost, etc.). All PS78 Teacher Education Study Centers must operate as a non-profit organization. For more information on establishing a local Teacher Education Study Center, go here.
What is the purpose of PS78-TEP?*
The purpose of PS78 Teacher Education Program (PS78-TEP) is to prepare competent teachers who practice their craft according to Biblical precepts in any and every educational setting. To do this, students examine carefully, in the light of God’s Word, various principles and practices proposed by both secular and Christian educators. Students then apply their biblically informed convictions. Candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become teachers who model life-long learning and faithful service to God as change-agents in society.
Who can apply?
Non-U.S. residents may take courses in the PS78-TEP curriculum for academic credit and will, upon satisfactory completion of all required courses, earn a Certificate in Christian Teacher Education or a Master of Theological Studies, Education Major from Miami International Seminary (MINTS). The specific requirements for each course are set forth in the syllabus for that course. Apply to PS78-TEP here. For the expected Program Outcomes, go here. For PS78-TEP Course of Study (course descriptions), go here.
U.S. residents may not take these courses for academic credit or earn a Certificate or Master's degree from Miami International Seminary (MINTS). However, U.S. residents may and are encouraged to view the courses, download the readings and take the quizzes and exams for their own edification.
Is regular access to a classroom required?
Yes, access to a classroom is required; however, upon request, alternative assignments are available to participants who have no regular access to a classroom. In this program each course has a section in which participants will be asked to apply what has been learned to their own teaching situation, whether it be a home school or day school setting.
What is a Local Teacher Education Study Center?
A local Teacher Education Study Center is a place where participants in the PS78-TEP can join together to:
Complete Study Team discussions,
Encourage and pray for one another, and
Hold each other accountable.
It also provides a forum for local Christian teachers to gather and plan for change in their school and community. For requirements to establish a local Teacher Education Study Center, go here.
What is a Local Study Team?
A Study Team is a group of Christian learners at a local Teacher Education Study Center committed to completing either the PS78 Teacher Education Program (PS78-TEP) Master’s or Certificate level course of study.
Study Team learners agree to meet at least eight times per each three credit-hour course (one time for each of the eight lessons) to:
Complete the Study Team Discussion for each lesson.
Share and critique the Application Projects of fellow Study Team members.
Submit written assignments to a local Study Team Facilitator (or, in the absence of a Facilitator, a PS78-TEP professor via email.)
What is a PS78-TEP Study Team Facilitator?
An unpaid volunteer who agrees to facilitate a Study Team that meets at a local Teacher Education Study Center to complete the PS78-TEP course of study.
A professing Christian who is a member in good standing of a local evangelical church that has a Statement of Faith consistent with that of PS78-TEP
What are the responsibilities of a Study Team Facilitator?
Recruit and register a group of students (at least two students per Study Center).
Ensure that a complete Application Form has been submitted to PS78Teachers for each student, including local references and transcripts. Copies of all application documents to be kept on file locally.
Communicate with students to arrange dates, times, and places for Study Team meetings. There are no time requirements for the PS78-TEP courses; Study TeamS may move as quickly or as slowly through the courses as they desire.
Review the PS78-TEP Student Handbook and provide a copy of the Handbook to all students. Students and Study Team Facilitators are asked to sign the “Terms of Agreement” statement found in the Handbook. The Handbook includes policies regarding Christian lifestyle, dispute resolution, statement of faith, and student privacy concerns.
Collect and grade (using rubrics provided) all written assignments and projects and submit grades to PS78-TEP.
Supervise final exams for each course (online or pen-and-paper) at the local Study Center.
Arrange for an appropriate graduation ceremony to honor students who successfully complete all PS78-TEP requirements. Upon submission of a Certification of Completion Form, a diploma will be issued by MINTS and PS78-TEP administrator.
What are the expected PROGRAM OUTCOMES for PS78-TEP?*
Framework. Develop, articulate, and apply a Christian worldview to: the mission of the school, the nature of the learner, the role of the teacher, the nature of the subject matter, and the dynamics of the teaching/learning process.
Professional Growth. Be an ethical, reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others and who actively pursues opportunities to grow professionally.
Community. Foster relationships with colleagues, parents and agencies in the larger community, to support student learning and well being.
Nature and Needs of Learners
- Student Development. Utilize knowledge of human learning and development to provide learning opportunities that support students’ physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual growth.
Diversity. Create instructional opportunities that are adapted to the needs of diverse learners, including learning differences related to culture, language, and ability.
Content and Professional Knowledge
- Content. Demonstrate understanding of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he/she teaches and create learning experiences that make these aspects of the subject matter meaningful for students.
Technology. Use appropriate technology in the teaching and learning process.
Planning. Plan instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, curriculum goals and standards, student differences, and the social and cultural characteristics of the community.
Management. Create and maintain a learning environment that encourages responsible care for others, collaborative inquiry, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
Instructional Strategies. Use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
Assessment. Understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, emotional, and social development of the student.
Communication. Use effective communication to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
* Adapted with permission from the Master of Education program at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA., USA.
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