College of Education and Social Sciences

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education and social sciences

The College of Education and Social Sciences seeks to prepare students for careers in people-oriented and service-minded professions, while encouraging students to embody Christlike character.

The education-focused undergraduate degrees at SBU include elementary education, middle school education, and secondary education. Graduate degrees are also offered, including several master's degrees in education with various specialties, an education specialist degree, and a doctorate degree in educational leadership.

The social sciences undergraduate degrees at SBU include criminal justice, psychology, social work, sociology, history, political science, social science education, exercise science, physical education, and sport management. The department of history and political science also works with pre-law students.

Department of Behavioral Sciences

The Department of Behavioral Sciences prepares students to investigate and evaluate the human experience and to develop skills of intervention, prevention, and protection accompanied by the integration of faith and discipline. Four majors are available in this department:

These criminal justice, psychology, social work, and sociology degree programs are focused on supporting students to serve others in their communities. Their work in these professions is grounded in Christian values and will lead their development as professionals in their respective fields.

Department of education

The Department of Education is a learning community preparing teachers and administrators to be caring, effective practitioners in today’s schools.

The department offers undergraduate degrees in: 

The teacher education program is approved by the State Board of Education of the State of Missouri on an annual basis. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) grants this approval. The Teacher Education Program is also recognized by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

department of graduate education

The purpose of the Graduate Programs in Education is to provide learning experiences that will assist teachers to improve their capability to teach in elementary, middle and secondary schools. These programs provide training leading to the recommendation for certification for elementary, middle or secondary school building principalship and district superintendency. The department offers a master of science in education, with concentration options available in:

The department also offers an Education Specialist degree and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

department of history and political science

The department of History and Political Science prepares students in the broadly defined academic disciplines of history and politics. The department approaches this with special regard to the dynamics of the cultural heritage of both this nation and the world, from a worldview integrating both the Christian faith and Biblical values. Three majors are available in this department:

The department also coordinates pre-law advisement.

department of kinesiology

The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to prepare students to glorify God through maintaining healthy lifestyles and lead others in the pursuit of wellness attitudes and activities. The department offers three majors: