BA/BSE – MSU partnership

Elementary Education

Become a competent and caring educator. This program is a great option for students who want to be trained as elementary school teachers and as disciples of Jesus.

Take advantage of a partnership degree that sets you apart. Begin at Briercrest, where you’ll gain a spiritual and academic foundation, before transferring to Minot State to specialize in your field. 

Graduate with two bachelor’s degrees—a BA in General Studies from Briercrest and a BS in Elementary Education from MSU.

Prepare to invest

Beginning at Briercrest means opportunities for you to invest in the lives of young people now. Serve in local Sunday schools or use our close connections with Caronport Elementary School to volunteer.

Get 2 degrees in 5 years

Benefit from Briercrest's partnership with Minot State University, which gives students a direct pathway to two Bachelor's degrees. Graduate with both a BA General Studies and a BS Elementary Education.

Join our community

Begin your degree in a community dedicated to seeking Jesus together. Explore the person and teachings of Jesus in classes and chapel as you learn to follow His call for your life.

Rachelle Nelson ('14)

Briercrest prepared me academically and it gave me the opportunity to deepen my faith and learn how to study God’s Word. My time at MSU gave me the tools and resources I needed to enter the field of education.

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Minot State University

“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”   ~G.K. Chesterton
Teaching the next generation is more than passing down facts and skills. It is investing yourself in the lives of young people and making an impact on the future.
The Elementary Education major is a partnership degree between Briercrest and Minot State University in North Dakota. Students complete their first three years at Briercrest and then transfer to MSU for the final two years of study. Completion of the program results in two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Briercrest and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from MSU.
Ninety credit hours are completed at Briercrest. Students have the advantage of completing their general studies courses in a Christ-centered environment with a biblically-integrated curriculum. In their final year at Briercrest, students will apply for admission to the Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance at Minot State University. Admission is dependent upon having a minimum GPA of 2.75 at Briercrest as well as the successful completion of the Praxis I examination.

Credit Hours: 156.5

Section A: Core Courses (27 credit hours)
BLST 111 Introduction to the Old Testament (3)
BLST 109 Introduction to the New Testament (3)
BLST 200+ or CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry or THEO 200+ (3)
BLST 300+ elective (3)
HIS 237 History of Christianity I (3)
HIS 238 History of Christianity II (3)
IDST 200 Int. Studies: Modernity and Postmodernity (3) or IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences (3)
THEO 112 Introduction to Spiritual Theology (3)
THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology (3)

Section B: English Composition and Communications Requirements (9 credit hours)
ENG 100 Literature and Composition I (3)
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II (3)
COMM 104 Public Speaking (3)

Section C: Humanities and Social Science Requirements (27 credit hours)
ENG 370 Topics in Children’s and Young Adult Literature (3)
GEOG 100 Physical Geography of Canada I: Earth Science (3)
HIS 100 Issues in World History I, HIS 101 Issues in World History II, HIS 210 American History to 1865, or HIS 211 American History Since 1865 (3)
KIN 262 Physical Activity and Wellness (3)
MUS 110 Introduction to Musicianship (3)
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies or HIS/NTST 430 Native-Newcomer Relations in Canada (3)
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology I (3)
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II (3)
Elective (3):
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology
ENG 322 World Literatures in English
FIN 110 Introduction to Fine Arts
HIS 100 Issues in World History I
HIS 101 Issues in World History II
HIS 200 Canadian History to Confederation
HIS 201 Canadian History Since Confederation
HIS 210 American History to 1865
HIS 211 American History since 1865
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology I

Section D: Education Major Requirements (9 credit hours)
EDUC 322 Exceptional Children (3)
EDUC 471 Educational Psychology (3)
PSY 381 Psychology of Human Development: Children (3)

Section E: Mathematics Requirement (3 credit hours)
MATH 101 Introduction to Finite Mathematics (3)

Section F: Science Requirement (3 credit hours)
BIOL 115 Human Structure and Function (3)

Section G: Electives (12 credit hours)
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology
ENG 322 World Literatures in English
FIN 110 Introduction to Fine Arts
GER 100 German I
HIS 100 Issues in World History I
HIS 101 Issues in World History II
HIS 210 American History to 1865
HIS 211 American History since 1865
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology I
THEA 221 Acting I

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-2 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)
SLE 1 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)

MSU (66.5 credit hours): Application to the Teacher Education Program will take place in the student's final year at BCS.


Rhoda Cairns
Rhoda Cairns PhD
Assistant Professor of English Literature
Alan Guenther
Alan Guenther PhD
Assistant Professor of History
Calum Macfarlane
Calum Macfarlane PhD
Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies
Wes Olmstead
Wes Olmstead PhD
Professor of New Testament
Lori Peters
Lori Peters MSc
Instructor in Kinesiology
Ellery Pullman
Ellery Pullman PhD
Professor of Psychology and Educational Leadership
Truitt Wiensz
Truitt Wiensz PhD
Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics
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