School of Education and Behavioral Studies


The state-approved education program offered at PBA have been an integral part of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies since 1977.

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

  • 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 Education Program

"My experience with the education program at PBA was better than I could have ever imagined. The professors went out of their way to get to know me by name and serve as mentors. The most unique and helpful part of the program for me was the amount of time I got to be in the classroom practicing what I was learning. Upon graduation, I felt confident to walk into any classroom or school as a teacher with all of the tools that I need to help my students succeed."
Heather Wroth '17, Elementary Education alumna, Lighthouse Point, FL