If you love to spend time with children and have always dreamed of becoming a teacher, a career in Elementary Education could be your calling! At ABC, an accredited Bible college in West Virginia, you'll have the unique opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree with a double major in Elementary Education and Bible / Theology.

By studying Elementary Education at a Christian college, you’ll learn spiritual, emotional, and social stability and maturity. These skills will enable you to teach children effectively and responsibly in Christian schools, public schools, or homeschool settings—in the United States or abroad.

The ABC Advantage

Our Program

At Appalachian Bible College, prospective teachers are educated and equipped to become excellent educators, through a carefully balanced and integrated sequence of courses and classes.

At ABC, you will have:

  • personalized attention in small class settings
  • instruction from highly-qualified and experienced faculty
  • valuable feedback on your teaching abilities (from faculty, peer, and self-evaluations)
  • opportunities to observe, assist, and teach in multiple classroom settings, including Christian schools and public schools
  • a 12-week student teaching experience in a Christian school

Appalachian Bible College has earned national accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

ABC's Elementary Education major also has approved program status and accreditation with:

  • West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE)
  • American Association of Christian Schools (AACS)
  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)

Our Faculty

Dr. Cora Burch - Chair of the Elementary Education Major

Dr. Cora Burch - Elementary Education Chair

Teachers are the primary "tools" parents trust in the upbringing of their precious children.

As we strive to nurture a biblical worldview, it is essential that God be given His rightful place in every area, including academics. Every aspect of education, from the discipline system to the honing of talents, works together for this purpose.

To its very core, the development of a child is a spiritual task. By the time the tassel is turned, Elementary Education students realize that teaching is a sacred calling from God.

Why Elementary Education?


On average, elementary school teachers spend 1,000 hours per school year with their students, which means that your job and career will give you the opportunity to have a profound impact on children's lives. A bachelor's degree in Elementary Education can serve as the foundation for a lifelong ministry in education.

Career Ministry Opportunities

A bachelor's degree in Elementary Education gives you the opportunity to:

  • teach in Christian and public schools
  • teach abroad
  • teach through homeschooling
  • teach in cross-cultural missions

Objectives & Outcomes

You will be trained in… Leading to…
Child development and learning theory the ability to design instruction that is both age-appropriate and strategy-appropriate.
Content in core and supplemental elementary school subjects a knowledge base that allows for confident teaching.
The practical skills integral to the art of teaching creative planning and presentation, as well as effective remediation and enrichment.
Bible and Theology as a basis for a comprehensive biblical worldview giving God His rightful place in every academic area.
Christ-likeness as a role model for children the power to impact students spiritually, emotionally, and socially.

Elementary Education Courses

Elementary Education Courses Elementary Education Course Guide

Elementary Education Resources

What's Next?