Follow Christ, Lead the Way

The BSEd in Adolescence to Young Adult Education provides a strong academic, using constructivist learning to prepare quality educators, committed to professional excellence, who positively impact seventh-twelfth grade student learning.

This degree program is available in the following format:

Explore the full enrichment of the traditional collegiate experience and make new friends on our lively campus in Circleville Ohio. Serves 17-24 year-old undergraduate students.

MAJOR89-100 Hours

*These courses (6 hours) may be applied to GenEd requirements as noted.

    Technologies available for classroom use and their adaptations to the promotion of learning, including the potential and the limitations of computers as tools for teachers.
    Fee: $139 (Professional Assessment Fee)
    This course is a prerequisite for entry into an education degree program. Introduction to principles and philosophy of education in public and Christian schools.
    Prerequisites: Composite ACT 21 or higher, or pass Praxis Core; Successful completion of 15 semester hours of college work; FBI & BCI background checks; Corequisite: EDU2031
    60 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU2030
    Theory and practice for teaching students of diverse cultures.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030
    Methods for teaching students with exceptional attributes, including giftedness, behavioral difficulties, developmental delays, and English language learners.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030
    Psychological perspectives of education as applied to classroom procedures. Essential preparation for Ohio Assessments for Educators dealing with principles of learning and teaching.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030; Junior standing Fee: $105
    Development of personal and ethical views of education, consideration of the evolving realm of teaching, and expertise to plan, implement, assess, and reflect on the practices of secondary school teaching and learning. Emphasis on efficient design, cooperative learning, direct instruction, differentiation of content instruction, effective classroom interaction and student-centered instruction. Designed to address Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession and Ohio Assessments for Educators.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030
    Understanding, positions, and abilities required by Praxis Core and Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession. Opportunities to recognize the part that assessment plays in curriculum, cultivate numerous assessment tools, evaluate assessment data to drive instruction and confirm knowledge and learning. Tactics and models of classroom management that create an encouraging learning atmosphere.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030
    Skills for teaching exceptional students and managing inclusive adolescent to young adult classrooms. Course modifications, range, and suitable uses of reading resources, instructional and reading variations, classroom management alterations, applicable collaboration approaches, and accessing support services.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030; EDU2500 Corequisite: EDU3311
    40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU3310.
    Seminar corequisite for EDU499 Clinical Experience
    Corequisite: EDU4990 Fee: $300
    This culminating field experience provides teacher candidates a semester (13 weeks minimum) of classroom experience with a gradual assumption of responsibility across the semester. Teacher candidates must apply to student teach and successfully complete a reflective essay to participate in this gateway to the profession. Students may take no other courses during this experience except the traditional exit course, Theology Capstone.
    Prerequisite: Completion of other program requirements Course Fee for study outside the U.S.: $2000
    Pre-calculus algebra, including equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, sequences, series, and probability.
    Prerequisite: MAT1310 or ACT math score of 22 or higher
    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Developmental theory regarding physical changes, cognitive development, identity, and gender and sexual concepts and cultural influence and moral development.

Candidates choose one concentration.

Also Available:

See course requirements for this endorsement.



  • The English phonological cueing system and its use in a balanced literacy program. Emphasis on helping young students develop word analysis strategies for reading, spelling, and syllabication.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030 Course Fee: $139
  • Resources, approaches, and techniques of language and composition instruction for secondary school situations.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030, EDU3290, EDU3300 Corequisite: EDU4601
  • 40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU4600
  • Resources, approaches, and techniques for literature instruction in secondary school situations.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030, EDU3290, EDU3300 Corequisite: EDU4611 Course Fee: $109
  • 40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU4610
  • An introductory survey of literature, including fiction, poetry, and drama. Development of the student’s ability to read critically and analytically and write in response to the literature.
  • American literature from the beginnings through 1865, introducing writers such as Benjamin Franklin, Catharine Sedgwick, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Emily Dickinson, and considering how literature and culture changed from the colonial period through the early national period and the antebellum. Includes exploration of forms popular in these periods, from sermons and autobiographies to short stories, poems, and novels.
    Prerequisites: ENG1000 or ENG1020
  • Foundational works of the period, focusing on the American literary consciousness and shifting literary strategies against their historical and cultural backgrounds, with attention to canonical works and works that expand that canon, from 1865 to the present.
    Prerequisites: ENG1000 or ENG1200
  • A survey of multicultural literature, including literature by or about minorities, and literature from nonwestern countries. Literature is examined according to its general literary value and the cultural perspective of the writer.
  • Critical and historical approaches to the writers of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, including the Beowulf poet, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, and Milton.
    Prerequisites: ENG1000 or ENG1020
  • Critical and historical approaches to the writers of the long Eighteenth Century, the Romantic period, and the Victorian Age, including Pope, Swift, Johnson, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, and Hopkins.
    Prerequisites: ENG1000 or ENG1200
  • Editing written texts for correctness (grammar, mechanics, spelling and punctuation), precision (unity, order, coherence, emphasis), and style (syntax, level of detail, tone, diction, voice), with close analysis of surface features in students’ own writing and professional writing.
    Prerequisites: ENG1000 and ENG1020
  • Examination of quality adolescent literature in the context of current issues, including censorship, multiculturalism, approaches to reading, the relation of adolescent literature to classic literature, and the integration of adolescent literature into thematic units.
  • Selected poems and plays by Shakespeare with attention to canonical works by genre (comedy, tragedy, history, or romance).
    Prerequisites: ENG1000 or ENG1020
  • Effective writing for careers in business, law, government, and ministry, including strategies for research and writing of correspondence and reports, with emphasis on understanding and responding to a variety of communication tasks. Attention to the rhetorical concerns of author, audience, text, and purpose, and to clear organization and a professional style.
    Prerequisites: ENG1000, ENG1020, and ENG2100
  • Analysis, interpretation, and critical response to literature. Students will analyze how the formal elements of literature contribute to meaning within a Christian worldview. Emphasis on the development of critical skills through the writing of interpretive and analytical essays. Students will learn to differentiate between various genres of literature and how literature has changed over time. This course will provide students with strategies and skills to thrive in higher-level literature courses.
    Prerequisites: ENG1000, ENG1020, and ENG2100
  • Origins and development of the novel as a literary form through the eighteenth century. English majors will read and consider works by canonical authors and innovators of the novel over the course of the eighteenth century. Students will become familiar with the main novel genres produced, and examine criminal, realist, sentimental, and Gothic novels.
    Prerequisites: ENG1000 or ENG1020
  • The origin and nature of language, semantics, intercultural communication, the history of English, and current issues and trends in grammar and linguistics, with application to life, literature, and the mass media. The course examines the structure and vocabulary of English through its major periods: Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English, and focuses on changes in sounds (phonology), forms of words and their endings (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), in spelling (orthography), meanings of words (semantics), and vocabulary (lexicon), with some attention to social and political factors affecting the language.
    Prerequisites: ENG1000 and ENG1020
  • An introduction to the theory and practice of communication in our own times as informed by a tradition that goes back to the ancient Greeks and Romans but has been reinterpreted to account for the shifting contexts of modern life. This course focuses on the study of twentieth and twenty-first century rhetorical theory and theorists. Students will address topics including rhetoric, science, and argumentation; rhetoric and meaning; dramatism; critical approaches to rhetoric; gendered rhetorical theories; non-Western rhetorical theories; rhetoric, media, and technology; postmodern approaches to rhetoric; and cultural studies, and will consider a variety of approaches to rhetorical criticism that influence professional and technical communication.
    Prerequisites: ENG1000 and ENG1020
  • The practice of writing for publication in various genres and technologies with the intent of helping graduating students increase opportunities to publish academic and workplace manuscripts that acknowledge the distinctive requirements and expectations of each discourse community. Students will become familiar with academic journals in their field of study, prepare a developing manuscript for future publication, and provide peer reviews of colleagues’ articles. In addition, students will explore the various genres and shifting technologies employed in the area of workplace and ministry communication that use traditional forms (newspaper, periodicals, radio/ TV) and emerging forms (corporate blogs and social media, mobile, and online methods) to reach an increasingly sophisticated and demanding reader.
    Prerequisites: 30 hours of English courses

Math and Humanities courses in these concentrations may also be used to satisfy appropriate GenEd requirements.


  • Integrating the language processes, especially reading and writing, into in all early and middle childhood subject areas, and developing an understanding of instructional strategies that facilitate a learner’s interaction with text.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030
  • Resources, approaches, and techniques for teaching mathematics in high school.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030, EDU3290, EDU3300 Corequisite: EDU4621 Course Fee: $109
  • 40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU4620
  • Limits and the development of the derivative, including basic techniques of differentiation and an introduction to integration, with applications including rates of change, optimization problems, and curve sketching using a variety of functions (polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, etc.).
    Prerequisite: MAT1520 or ACT math score of 24 or higher
  • Continuation of Calculus I, including antiderivatives, the definite integral, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and infinite sequences and series.
    Prerequisite: MAT2000 Calculus I
  • Continuation of elementary calculus, applying concepts learned in Calculus I and II in the contexts of two- and three-dimensional space, with a review of derivatives and integrals, and an introduction mathematical logic, proof techniques, and set theory.
    Prerequisite: MAT2200 Calculus II
  • The development of mathematical concepts throughout the history of world cultures (e.g., Greek, Indian, Arabic), including the lives and contributions of great mathematicians are explored.
    Prerequisite: MAT1520
  • Discrete (as opposed to continuous) mathematical topics, including modular arithmetic, logic, algorithms, graph theory, and related concepts.
    Prerequisite: MAT1310 or ACT math score of 24 or higher
  • Axiomatic development of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometric concepts.
    Prerequisite: MAT1520 or ACT math score of 24 or higher
  • A review of many of elementary calculus with examination of their theoretical basis, topological properties of the real numbers and a focuses on examples and proofs.
    Prerequisite: MAT3000 Calculus III
  • Statistics is the method of conducting a study about a topic by collecting, organizing, interpreting, and presenting data. This course prepares the student to perform statistical analysis of data sets. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing and regression.
  • Matrix methods for solving linear equations, theoretical presentation of vector spaces, the duality between vector spaces and matrices, and applications of these concepts.
  • Basic concepts of probability, including sample spaces, computation rules, discrete and continuous probability distributions, random variables, multivariate distributions, and the Central Limit Theorem. Requires familiarity with single-variable differential and integral calculus.
  • Group and field theory, including properties of natural numbers, normal subgroups, conjugacy, homomorphism, Sylow’s theorems, composition series, symmetric groups, field extensions, polynomials, and classic geometric constructions.
  • An introduction to basic psychological research techniques and methodology including collecting, organizing, and analyzing psychological data for quantitative research, and an introduction to statistical reasoning with a focus on fundamental concepts and statistical methods for psychological research. Recommended
    prerequisite: college level math course

Math and Humanities courses in these concentrations may also be used to satisfy appropriate GenEd requirements.


  • Principles of economic analysis with emphasis on microeconomic theory as it applies to the decision-making of households, businesses, and industries in the current economic environment, including scarcity of resources, opportunity cost, supply & demand, specialization and trade, and the role of government. Pre-requisite: MAT1250 or higher
  • Introduction to economic analysis at the aggregate level, including the impact of both domestic and international policies on key economic indicators and on overall macroeconomic performance. Recommended: College-level economics course
  • Integrating the language processes, especially reading and writing, into in all early and middle childhood subject areas, and developing an understanding of instructional strategies that facilitate a learner’s interaction with text.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030
  • Resources, approaches, and techniques for teaching social studies in high school.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030, EDU3290, EDU3330 Corequisite: EDU4631 Course Fee: $109
  • 40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU4630
  • Guidelines for maximum earning, saving, investing, and careful spending. Includes easy-to-understand principles, real-life applications, and personal success stories.
  • Examination of human activities at global and regional scales, exploring population distributions, economies, religions, and political and social behaviors, with tension between globalization and cultural diversity as a central theme. The course is an attempt to discover where people are and why they are there, focusing on methods used by geographers and application of those tools.
  • Patterns and connections between Earth’s physical features and human interactions, focusing on the natural processes of the physical world, and emphasizing Earth’s interacting systems: the atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere.
  • Western Civilization from the Ancient Age through the Medieval Age with a focus on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people.
  • Western Civilization through the Modern and Postmodern Age, focusing on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people.
  • Significant events, ideas, issues, institutions, and personalities, with political, social, and economic developments in U.S. History from 1492 to 1877.
  • Significant events, ideas, issues, institutions, and personalities, with political, social, and economic developments in U.S. History from 1877 to the present.
  • The study of historical writing with introduction to the scholarly methods required of historians and schools of thought that define the discipline.
  • The social, political, and economic history of the United States and the rise of American power from just before America’s entry into World War I until the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and other targets in September 2001.
  • An advanced survey of the history of modern China, Japan, Vietnam, and Korea covering significant events, ideas, people, and movements from the beginning of the Qing Dynasty of China (1664 A.D.) to the present.
  • An advanced survey of the history of modern Western Europe covering significant events, ideas, people, and movements from the French Revolution (1789) to the present.
  • Introduction to the fields of Political Theory, U.S. Politics, and International Relations with emphasis on learning to identify and evaluate arguments and the evidence that authors use to support them.
    Prerequisite: Writing course
  • Introduction to American politics with emphasis on national institutions, including the political theory of the American Constitution, relational aspects of the three branches of government, responsibilities of state and federal governments, and the role of the courts in interpreting the law.
    Prerequisites: POL2000
  • The elements of culture and processes of enculturation, with study of primitive cultures in today’s world. Appreciation for the diversity of lifestyles and intentional objectivity are indispensable corollaries.
    Prerequisite: SOC1020

Math and Humanities courses in these concentrations may also be used to satisfy appropriate GenEd requirements.

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the courses listed on this page, graduates must meet the requirements listed here, including:

  • A General Education Core
    • Associate degrees – 36 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 45 credit hours
  • Minimum credit hours
    • Associate degrees – 60 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 120 credit hours
  • Notes:

    1. Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
    2. Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
    3. Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
    4. Sometimes a course required in a student’s major can also fulfill a requirement in the GenEd core. (See notes on the individual major pages.)

Find complete information in the OCU Academic Catalog.

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