Bachelor of Arts

Elementary Education

Department Chair: Dawn Scilex, M.Ed

The Elementary Education major is designed for students who sense their teaching gift and desire to express it in academic settings to include Christian, public, and charter schools.

Student Learning Outcome Goals:

  1. A basic academic knowledge of the histories and philosophies of education of both Christian and public schools, including an ability to compare and contrast these respective philosophies
  2. Skill in the various techniques, methods, and strategies necessary for being an effective teacher
  3. An understanding of, and proficiency in professional terminology, pedagogy, and ethics necessary to effectively teach in Christian, public, and charter schools

Major Requirements (Total Required Credits: 123)

Class Structure (4-year Degree)


General Studies – 36 Credits
Bible – 36 Credits
Major – 51 Credits
Total Required Credits – 123 Credits

General Studies - 36 Credits

I. General Studies 36 Credits

College and Career Success (3 Credits)
Freshman Composition I (3 Credits)
Freshman Composition II (3 Credits)
Introduction to Public Speaking (3 Credits)
Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credits)
Interpersonal Communication (3 Credits)
General Psychology (3 Credits)
Literature Elective (3 Credits)
Fine Arts Elective (3 Credits)
History Elective (3 Credits)
Math Elective (3 Credits)
Science Elective (3 Credits)

Bible - 36 Credits

II. Bible 36 Credits

Old Testament Law and History (3 credits)
Old Testament Poetry and Prophecy (3 credits)
Life and Revelation of Christ (3 credits)
New Testament History and Letters (3 credits)
Hermeneutics (3 credits)
Systematic Theology I (3 credits)
Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
Systematic Theology III (3 credits)
Systematic Theology IV (3 credits)
Apologetics (3 credits)
Evangelism and Discipleship (3 credits)
World Missions and Religions (3 credits)

III. Major - 51 Credits

III. Major 51 Credits

Developmental Psychology (3 Credits)
Introduction to Elementary Education (3 Credits)
Philosophy of Education (3 Credits)
Educational Psychology (3 Credits)
Teaching Methods Courses (18 Credits)
Teaching Children’s Literature (3 Credits)
Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Instruction (3 Credits)
Field Experience Internships (3 Credits)
Student Teaching (12 credits)

Suggested Four-Year Schedule:

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National Accreditation

Trinity College of Florida is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation (5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130, Orlando, FL 32822, 407.207.0808) to grant certificates and degrees at the Associate and Baccalaureate levels.

Occupational Outlook


Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers Job Growth

Elementary Education Video Course Descriptions

FAQ About the Elementary Education Major

Public or Charter School Teaching

Students will take the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) including the General Knowledge Test and the Elementary Education (K-6) Subject Area Examination as a graduation requirement.  This will allow Trinity College graduates holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Elementary Education to apply for their Teaching Certificate. (See for complete details on certification. Students desiring to teach in public schools will complete their Teaching Internships in a public or charter school setting.

Christian, Private, Missions, or International School Teaching

All Trinity College Elementary Education majors will complete the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certification process.  Students desiring to teach in Christian, Private, Missions, or International schools will complete their Teaching Internships in Christian or Private schools. These students are also strongly encouraged to participate in short term missions opportunities or other intercultural ministry experiences and to choose electives from Intercultural Studies courses.

Church or Children’s Ministry

In addition to the practical application of teaching methods and philosophies that are learned as an Elementary Education Major, it is important to remember that every student graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College also double majors in Bible and Theology. Trinity is first and foremost a Bible College with a mission that every student will be immersed in the teachings of Scripture and how it applies to each student’s program of study.

Unique Value

Having a double major in Elementary Education and Bible and Theology uniquely equips individuals to effectively teach children the Word of God in Church and Ministry settings. Most students desiring to teach in Church and Children’s ministry settings will complete their Field Internships and Senior Year Student Teaching Internships in Christian schools.

For specific information regarding Florida certification

For specific information regarding Florida certification, students may contact the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Certification, Suite 201, Turlington Building, 325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400.

Is financial aid available?

Yes! Although many people think they can’t afford to go to college, a large percentage of students receive some type of financial assistance, including our degree completion students. Our financial aid representatives are ready to help you sort through the different types of financial aid and show you how to get the assistance available to you.

What Is Trinity College of Florida's Accreditation?

Trinity College of Florida is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (U.S. Department of Education database)


– Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888) 224-6684.

– Trinity College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students, and

– United States Department of Education for Federal Pell Grants and other Federal financial aid programs, and

– Approved to enable the certified veteran to gain financial supplement for education.


– American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

– Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC)

– Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)

– Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

– Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)

– Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS)

– Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA)

– National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU)

– National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)

– Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC)

Where Will My Trinity College Credits Transfer?

Every college and university has the right to decide what credits they will transfer in their programs. Trinity College uses the (SCNS) Numbering System. This numbering system is used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and by participating non-public institutions. The major purpose of this system is to facilitate the transfer of courses between participating institutions. Students and administrators can use the online SCNS to obtain course descriptions and specific information about course transfer between participating Florida institutions. This information is at the SCNS website, go there and download the SCNS Handbook to see the list of schools and courses at Florida Department of Education.

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