DCP: Academic Excellence in EDC
See how the Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares graduates to effectively engage.
Jody Bricker (Professor): We train individuals that, first of all, believe they’ve been called to be in education.
Audrey Baker (Student): There’s a lot of time and effort that goes into one lesson plan. And I… that’s one of the things I’ve learned, because we had to teach so many lessons in front of our classmates.
Tracy Bikes (Student): The curriculum is very information packed.
Dr. Gloria Gale (Professor): The course work is difficult, but the thing that makes it difficult is they’re expected to apply it right away in a field experience.
Jody Bricker (Professor): Getting them out there in the classrooms and teaching them how to observe, what to observe, to reflect on what they observe, and get actually involved in part of that experience.
Tracy Bikes (Student): We’re getting very good education.
Jody Bricker (Professor): It’s not about just getting all the components of the lesson, it’s about the children and the people that we are working with.
Tracy Bikes (Student): JBU’s been really big on teaching us about connecting with children, engaging them. Having been a deputy for Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department, and understanding the staggering effects that not getting an education has on children.
Audrey Baker (Student): Some kids are not raised by their moms and dads. Some kids are in foster homes. Some kids are raised by their grandparents.
Tracy Bikes (Student): With the information that I’m learning here educationally be able to reach those children, you have the Christian perspective that comes in with it, and it’s a calling.
Dr. Gloria Gale (Professor): And we’re very careful in training our students that you have to follow the law, but there are lots of things that Christian educators can do in the classroom that they can allow to happen in the classroom, intentionally.
Tracy Bikes (Student): We always start out class with prayer, and I know I can’t do that in a public school setting, but I can do it silently, praying for the children that are in our care. You know, we don’t have to preach the gospel, we are the gospel. How we treat the students, the teachers—our fellow co-workers—the school, and the parents, and loving the community is going to spread the gospel.