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2017-2018 │COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
BIBLE TEACHING MAJOR
Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of the Bible Teaching program is to develop the ministry skill of teaching Bible in Christian and public schools
in North America, international government missionary and international schools, and other areas of Christian work where
Bible teaching ministry is exercised. CIU Education Programs are endorsed by the Higher Education Approval Program
(HEAP) of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). CIU Education Programs are endorsed by the Higher
Education Approval Program (HEAP) of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Program graduates who
meet specific requirements are eligible to apply for appropriate ACSI teacher or administrator certificates. ACSI waives the
certification fee when applying at the time of CIU graduation.
In addition to the mission statement, general objectives, and requirements of the undergraduate program, the objectives of
the Bible Teaching program are to develop the following teacher competencies:
Cultivate the skill of preparing hermeneutically-sound Bible lessons and curriculum that are developmentally
appropriate and consistent with the pattern of biblical revelation
Implement the sociological, philosophical, and psychological principles of the teaching-learning process into the
preparation and delivery of Bible lessons
Establish positive, professional behavior and relationships with supervisors, co-workers, parents, and students
Admission to the Bible Teaching Program
Submit a preliminary application for admission to the program to the director of the Bible Teaching program during
the Spring semester of the sophomore year and have a personal interview with the director.
Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Receive an acceptable recommendation from the CSL supervisor and Student Life.
Demonstrate evidence of emotional and physical health and stamina.
Submit an application for student teaching during the Spring semester of the junior year to the director of the Bible
Pass a tuberculin test and background check before student teaching placement.
Demonstrate an aptitude for Bible teaching through a field experience assignment that has been approved by the
director of the program. Continuation in the program is dependent on the meeting of this requirement. Note that
four core courses are taught at the graduate level. In order to complete the program, students must demonstrate
to the program director the capacity for academic engagement and achievement proportionate to the advanced
knowledge and skills required for a “first professional” degree.
Admission into Student Teaching
The application for student teaching must be submitted to the director of the Bible Teaching program during the Spring
semester of the junior year. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA during this period. Students must have met all the criteria
for participation in the program prior to the student teaching semester, including a Bible teaching assignment (approved by
the program director) in Ministry Skills during the student’s junior year.
See Appendix A for graduation requirements.
Course of Study
Bible and Theology
Old Testament Survey: Torah and History
Old Testament Survey: Poetry and Prophecy
New Testament Survey
Principles of Bible Interpretation
Old Testament Exegetical Book Study
New Testament Exegetical Book Study
Progress of Redemption
Theology I: God, Christ, Spirit
Theology II: Sin and Salvation
Composition and Research
Literature and Research
Introduction to World History