• the development of appropriate learning experiences for adolescents
  • incorporating Catholic tradition and teaching in the classroom environment

You should consider the Abbey’s Education degree program if you

  • enjoy teaching adolescents
  • communicate easily
  • are creative and patient
  • are ready to exemplify God’s love for young people

Guided by the tenets of Catholicism and the Benedictine hallmarks, the Department of Education’s mission is to promote commitment among students to serve and to be advocates for those most vulnerable in society, children and adolescents. By our own example, we teach our students to understand the responsibilities and privileges entailed in this commitment. Through the study of the liberal arts and the knowledge, skills, and dispositions inherent in education courses and field experiences, we help our students develop minds that are both broad and agile, so they are equipped to make wise and ethical decisions that benefit them and those whose lives they touch.

With an Catholic Education Studies bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue a variety of careers including:

  • teaching grades 6-12 in many Catholic schools
  • parish ministry

Dr. Laura Campbell: Program Coordinator for Catholic Educational Studies major


The Abbey Difference:

More than a Career
At Belmont Abbey College we believe that teaching and ministry are are not only jobs, but callings. Following the college’’s mission for the promotion of excellence, the Elementary Education degree prepares its students for careers that focus on strengthening both mind and spirit as they share their love of learning in ways that glorify God.

Exceptional Faculty
Belmont Abbey College boasts an exceptional education faculty. Our instructors are expert advocates for quality K-12 education. Not only do they have extensive experience as classroom teachers as well as an individual area of educational expertise, they also present regularly at national education conferences and are strong contributors to the body of knowledge in the field. Some are respected educational authors. For example, our department chair, Dr. Sara Davis Powell, is the author of two popular college textbooks, both in the 3rd edition, published by Pearson: Your Introduction to Education and Introduction to Middle Level Education.

The Catholic Educational Studies major, building on a rigorous, liberal arts core, will prepare future secondary teachers to:

  • understand the Catholic intellectual tradition and share their passion for learning.
  • be faithful, informed, and articulate participants in Catholic education.
  • expand and deepen their understanding of Catholic school culture, traditions, pedagogy, and spirituality.
  • gain knowledge and skills necessary for effective teaching and learning.
  • form an excellent foundation for a career in 6-12 Catholic education.

Who should major in Catholic Educational Studies?

This major is appropriate for any student with a career goal of working within Catholic education, specifically secondary education, grades 6-12. A program completer will teach the subject area of his or her minor or double major, and/or be an ideal candidate for many education-related roles within a diocese. Program completers will qualify to pursue Catechetical Certification.

Program Requirements

B.A. in Catholic Educational Studies

Required Courses (33 hours):                                                                                  

  • ED300 Introduction to Education
  • ED305 Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • ED310 Educational Development and Psychology
  • ED399 Diversity in Education
  • ED400 Classroom Management
  • ED407 Literacy and Assessment
  • ED415 Instruction and Assessment for the Secondary Classroom
  • ED416 Catechetical Formation for Catholic Teachers
  • TH311 Jesus and Salvation
  • One of the following 2 theology courses:
    • TH 340 Catholic Social Teaching
    • TH380 Liturgy and the Sacraments
  • ED417 Catholic Teacher Internship (in a local Catholic middle or high school)

Required minor in one of the following:  English, History, Math, a Natural Science (double major recommended, if possible; minor or double major in Theology encouraged)

It is the students’ responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Laura Campbell – Program Coordinator for Catholic Educational Studies major
B.S., Saint Thomas Aquinas College
M.Ed., University of South Florida- Fort Myers
Ed.S., Barry University-School of Education Ed.D., Barry University


Dr. Lisa O’Neill – Assistant Professor of Education B.S., Appalachian State University M.Ed., University of North Carolina – Charlotte Ed.D., Gardner-Webb University

Benette Sutton – Instructor of Education and Director of Student Teaching B.A., Sacred Heart College M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Sara Davis Powell – Chair and Professor of Education B.S., Southern Nazarene University M.A., University of Colorado- Denver Ph.D., University of Colorado- Denver

Dr. Amanda Kloo – Associate Professor of Education B.A., Chatham College M.A., Columbia University Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Judith McDonald – Associate Professor of Education B.S., University of West Virginia M.Ed., University of North Carolina- Charlotte Ph.D., University of North Carolina- Greensboro

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