Education (BA)

Secondary English

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Secondary Education

The major in Secondary English education is designed to prepare Christian teachers qualified to teach English subjects to teenagers in grades 7 through 12. Emphasis is placed on a broad exposure to the great masterpieces of English and American literature. A thorough review of grammar and development of composition skills are expected in this program. Professional preparation in educational skills prepares the Christian teacher to teach English subjects. This major can also serve as excellent preparation for careers in journalism, communications and writing. (Students who do not have adequate high school background or who do not demonstrate adequate verbal and reading skills can elect to take preliminary courses that do not count toward their major.)

Because all of the concentration courses required for these fields may not be offered at Hobe Sound Bible College, courses can be taken at another accredited institution or through our long distance department and transferred to HSBC to be applied toward this degree.

General Requirements

Students will have immediate and continuing contact with adolescents and their learning environment. In the sophomore year, each student is required to spend one hour per week observing in the following areas: classroom, high school chapel, class meetings, and other special activities approved by the chairperson. The majority of this time will be spent in classroom observation. In the junior year two hours per week will be spent helping a classroom teacher in the following areas: attendance, audio-visual aids, tutoring, evaluating, and teaching. Supervised student teaching (6 credit hours) is accomplished during the fourth year. The High School Department of Hobe Sound Christian Academy will be the demonstration-learning laboratory for the future secondary teacher. Education majors must earn at least a C in all courses in “professional education” and in their “major” in order for the credit to be counted toward a degree.


1. The student will demonstrate, in their spiritual, intellectual, and social growth, lives filled with the Holy Spirit.
2. The student will be able to explain the biblical and philosophical basis for Christian education.
3. The student will portray a true Christian worldview while seeking to integrate all truth with the Word of God.
4. The student will acquire teaching skills through methods courses, practicum experiences and student teaching.
5. The student will possess a framework of professional attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to serve in the ministry of Christian teaching.
6. The student will teach English subjects to grades 7 through 12 with emphasis in using oral and written communication skills to communicate God’s truth.

Complete Course List

 Bible Core (30 hrs)

Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Foundations of Faith
Theology of Holiness
Contemp Issues/Holy Living
Bible Elective

General Education Core (45 hrs)

Christian Service Class
English Composition
Rhetoric and Research
History of Civilization I or II
Lifespan Development
Philosophical Studies
General Psychology
Public Speaking
Fine Arts Elective
Foreign Language
Historical Perspective Elective
Information Technology Elective
Literature Elective
Math Elective
Science Elective

Professional Ed Core (25 hrs)

Teaching Bible
Teaching English in Secondary Schools
Educating Exceptional Learners
Supervised Student Teaching
Materials and Methods
Foundations of Education
Fundamentals of Education
Educational Psychology

English Major (30 hrs)

English Literature
American Literature
Creative Writing
Adolescent Literature
World Literature I
World Literature II
Advanced Grammar and Composition
Literature Elective

Admission Requirements

Education: Graduation from high school is the basic requirement for entrance. It is recommended that high school graduates have successfully completed at least four units in English, three units in Science, three units in Mathematics and three units in Social Studies. Students graduating from A.C.E. and other nontraditional schools should have completed the requirements for a college entrance diploma.

Students, who have an equivalent of a high school education, may be admitted if they have successfully passed the General Educational Development (G.E.D.) test. Anyone presenting a G.E.D. must be at least 18 years of age and must have a minimum score of 410 on each of the five tests and an average standard score of 450 on all five tests. (Total standard points required to pass = 2250)

Homeschooled students seeking admission to HSBC are required to submit official transcripts from reputable home school organizations documenting the completion of all academic work necessary for a high school diploma. If this is not possible, the student may be required to take the G.E.D. test.

Tests: All applicants are required to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT)with writingprior to being admitted to school. HSBC prefers the ACT. These tests are used for counseling and advising purposes.

Hobe Sound Bible College has been assigned the following test code numbers: The American College Test (ACT)5471. The CLEP5306 and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)5306.

Course Schedule

Year #1 (Fall Semester)

Orientation (NC)
Old Testament Survey (3)
Christian Service Class (3)
English Composition (3)
History of Civilization I (3)
Foundations of Education (3)


Year #1 (Spring Semester)

New Testament Survey (3)
Fundamentals of Ed (3)
Rhetoric and Research (3)
General Psychology (3)
Public Speaking (3)
Elective (3)

Year #2 (Fall Semester)

Pentateuch (3)
Foundations of Faith (3)
Lifespan Development (3)
Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)
World Literature I (3)
Elective (3)

Year #2 (Spring Semester)

Gospels (3)
Teaching Bible (2)
World Literature II (3)
Educating Exceptional Learners (2)
Theology of Holiness (3)
Elective (3)

Year #3 (Fall Semester)

Acts (3)
English Major Course (3)
English Major Course (3)
Educational Psychology (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Year #3 (Spring Semester)

Romans (3)
English Major Course (3)
English Major Course (3)
Contemporary Issues in Holy Living (1)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Year #4 (Fall Semester)

Philosophical Studies (3)
Teaching English in Secondary Schools (3)
Materials & Methods (3)
English Major Course (3)
English Major Course (3)
Elective (3)

Year #4 (Spring Semester)

Student Teaching (6)
English Major Course (3)
Elective (3)

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