School of Education and Behavioral Studies

Department of Education

The Department of Education has been offering state-approved programs in education since 1977, and is an integral part of the PBA community.

Our mission through the integration of faith into the curriculum is to prepare highly competent pre-service elementary, secondary, and all-level (K-12 Physical Education, Art, and Music) teachers for diverse classrooms through academic and clinical experiences.

PBA provides an education that values scholarship, discipleship, servant-leadership, and stewardship. As a Christian university, we emphasizes the highest level of moral and ethical standards.

The Title II Institutional Report Card shows a 100% pass rate on the Florida Teacher Certification examination for students graduating from all of the state-approved programs listed below:

The Department of Education at PBA has been around since 1977, with many different majors, such as Biology Secondary Education and Art Education, to choose from.


Special features

  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Accreditation. ACSI is a national benchmark of quality validated by peer review and systematic self-evaluation against national and internationally accepted Christian standards. This accreditation promotes on-going institutional improvement through a continuous process of self-assessment and systematic school/program development.
  • Small methods and theory class sizes (10:1 in methods courses).
  • State-certified teacher preparation programs: Elementary school or high school.
  • Two semesters student teaching residency: One semester in public school and one semester in private/Christian school
  • Full semester of field experience in Palm Beach County Schools.
  • Partnership with Belvedere Elementary School, Conniston Middle School, Forest Hill High School, Area 4 Schools (Washington Elementary School, West Rivera Elementary School, North Palm Beach Elementary School, Eisenhower Elementary School and Galaxy Elementary School).
  • Successful history of job placement of graduates.
  • Outstanding faculty.
  • Prestigious reputation in the local public and private school systems.

William T. Dwyer Award

The William T. Dwyer Awards, established in 1985 by the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, recognizes outstanding achievements of teachers in Palm Beach County. Below are PBA graduates who received the honor:

2015: Todd LaVogue - Middle School
2011: Crystal Storandt Varnadore - Middle School
2008: Elizabeth Eubanks - Middle School
2005: Tammy Skinner - Career Education
2004: Kelli Roads - Elementary Education
2001: Caroline Roth Epstein - Elementary Education
2000: DeCarla Boggs - Middle School
1997: Dennis Kavanaugh - Middle School

Speaking of PBA's Department of Education

"I really like PBA because of the education program. It allows me to have personal relationships with my professors, and the small class sizes are helpful. The university really reminds me of home, as it is located right on the Intracoastal Waterway. The Christian atmosphere also provides more hands-on experience with programs such as Workship."
Cara Curry, Elementary Education alum, Home Country: The Bahamas