Tracks of study

Faith Builders Training Institute offers three tracks of study—Teacher Apprenticing Program (TAP), Christian Ministries, and General Studies. These tracks integrate the head, heart, and hands components of education, which are central to the mission and philosophy of Faith Builders.

Teacher Apprenticing

For those desiring to be equipped as teachers, Faith Builders offers a two-year Teacher Apprenticing Program (TAP). This track is designed to accommodate the introductory level needs of students preparing to teach in Mennonite, inner city, mission or other church schools. Students in the Teacher Apprenticing track can select from three concentrations: 1) Elementary, 2) Secondary, or 3) Administration. A concentration in TAP indicates the area of apprenticing and the focus of the senior project rather than a concentration in course work. The courses required for this track are shown in the following table.

Course Schedule for Teacher Apprenticing Track

  Year 1 Year 2
Apprenticing Intensives

Introduction to Teaching (4)

Teaching Practicum (Apprenticing) (4)**
Fall Semester

English Composition I (3)

Introduction to Human Understanding (3)

Old Testament Survey (3)

World History I (3)

Mentoring I (2)

Choir (1)*

Teaching Practicum*

Introduction to Worldviews (3)

Public Speaking (3)

Mentoring III (2)

Choir (1)

Math Elective (3)

The Exceptional Learner Tutorial (3)

Teaching Practicum*

Winter Term   Internship (6)
Spring Semester

English Composition II (3)

Principles of Science (3)

Principles of Science Lab (1)

World History II (3)

Bible or Writer Seminar (1)

Mentoring II (2)

Choir (1)*

Teaching Practicum*

Anabaptist Life & Thought (3)

Ethics or Senior Project (3)

Current Issues in Education (1)

World Literature (3)

Mentoring IV (2)

Choir (1)

Summer Term

Foundations of Education (3)

Free Electives (3)

 
Notes

* Seven hours of Teaching Practicum is required.

A total of 80 hours is required for this track.

Christian Ministries

The Christian Ministries track is designed to prepare students to return to their home communities prepared to serve with both zeal and vision as well as to move on to specialized areas of service in other parts of the world. We want students to emerge with skills, knowledge, and experience for effective service, whether ministering to the spiritual or material needs of people, whether living at home or in a foreign land, whether working as a mechanic or as a career missionary. Students in the Christian Ministries track can select from three concentrations: 1) Bible, 2) Discipleship, and 3) Music. Students take four to six courses in their area of concentration. They also do an internship at an existing ministry to gain practical experience in the area of their concentration. Contact the office for more information about concentration requirements.  The courses required for this track are shown in the following table.

Course Schedule for Christian Ministries Track

  Year 1 Year 2
Apprenticing Intensives

Introduction to Discipleship (1)

Introduction to Ministry (3)

Global Ministry (3)

Ministry Lab (1)

Fall Semester

English Composition I (3)

Introduction to Human Understanding (3)

Old Testament Survey (3)

World History I (3)

Mentoring I (2)

Choir (1)*

Ministry Practicum**

Congregational Church Life (2)

Introduction to Worldviews (3)

Public Speaking (3)

Mentoring III (2)

Choir (1)*

Electives (3)

Ministry Practicum**

Winter Term

Reading the Bible (2)

Electives (6)

Internship (6) (Summer or Winter Term)
Spring Semester

English Composition II (3)

Principles of Science (3)

Teaching the Bible (2)

World History II (3)

Mentoring II (2)

Choir (1)*

Ministry Practicum**

Anabaptist Life & Thought (3)

Mentoring IV (2)

Choir (1)*

Ethics (3)

World Literature or Senior Project (3)

Ministry Practicum**

 

 

Notes

* The core includes a four-hour Fine Arts requirement; at least two hours of choir must be taken.

** Three hours of Ministry Practicum is required.

A total of 80 hours is required for this track. Some concentrations require an additional hour of course work.

General Studies

The General Studies track is designed for those students who want to spend two years at FB in preparation for further education. It is designed to equip students to navigate college successfully. Students in this track focus on courses that are transferable to other educational institutions. Apprenticing in the General Studies track is similar to that in Christian Ministries. In addition, this track requires a number of specialized educational opportunities in preparation for college. The courses required for this track are shown in the following table.

Course Schedule for General Studies Track

  Year 1 Year 2
Apprenticing Intensives

Introduction to Discipleship (1)

Introduction to Ministry (3)

Global Ministry (3)

Ministry Lab (1)

Fall Semester

English Composition I (3)

Introduction to Human Understanding (3)

Old Testament Survey (3)

World History I (3)

Mentoring I (2)

Choir (1)*

Ministry Practicum**

Public Speaking (3)

Introduction to Worldviews (3)

Mentoring III (2)

Choir (1)*

Math Elective (3)

CLEP Exam (3)

Ministry Practicum**

Winter Term

Reading the Bible (2)

Free Electives (3)***

Free Electives (6)*** (may do Summer Term instead)

Spring Semester

English Composition II (3)

Principles of Science (3)

World History II (3)

Mentoring II (2)

Choir (1)*

Teaching the Bible (2)

Writers Seminar (1)

The Christian & College (1)

Ministry Practicum**

Anabaptist Life & Thought (3)

Mentoring IV (2)

Choir (1)*

Ethics (3)

World Literature (3)

Online Course (3)

Ministry Practicum**

Notes

* The core includes a four-hour Fine Arts requirement; at least two hours of choir must be taken.

** Two hours of Ministry Practicum are required.

*** Computer proficiency must be demonstrated.

A total of 82 hours is required for this track.