A degree in business education prepares graduates to teach business, management, marketing, accounting and economics courses at the high school level. The broad curriculum required for this degree prepares the future educator for nearly every potential business education career.
The Business Education major is a shared major with the School of Education. As such, graduates have the necessary knowledge to accept teaching positions as well as a broad business background that allows graduates to pursue for-profit and nonprofit employment opportunities. Since Business Education majors take the same core classes as all School of Business majors, graduates have a strong foundation in a broad variety of business subjects including marketing, accounting, economics and finance.
Examples of courses in this major:
The role of Christians in the marketplace is discussed with consideration of economic reasoning and methodology through examination of fundamental concepts in micro- and macro-economics and through extension and applications of economic theory.
Surveys the four major managerial functions: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Within a biblical framework, students examine developments from scientific management to ethics, diversity, social responsibility and globalization.
The study of such topics as capital budgeting, cost of funds, stock and bond valuations, and capital structure. A theoretical as well as a practical approach to the discipline.
An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to this profession such as to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools.
Common elements are taught to both elementary and secondary majors with techniques specific to each covered. Students develop a repertoire of methods and strategies appropriate to their major and teaching level. Students will also survey strategies, techniques and skills for managing a classroom as well as construct and analyze tests and evaluation tools for classroom teachers. Field experience is required.
A presentation of the principles and techniques used in teaching business courses. Includes the study of various learning theories as well as various curriculum materials available. Will involve field experiences.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. in Elementary Education, Eastern Illinois University; M.A. in Education, Ball State University; Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education, Walden University
Laurinda Owen joined the Grace faculty in 2001 after 17 years of teaching elementary education in the public school system. In 2010, she was appointed dean of the School of Education, but she continues to teach all levels of Education students. She was recognized for her hands-on, practical, applied and innovative teaching with Grace College's Alva J. McClain Excellence in Teaching award in 2004. Owen is actively involved in local scholarship committees. Her family attends Warsaw Community Church, where she is a storyteller for the 4-year old room, serves on the Thread Team, and volunteers as a barista in the coffee shop. Laurinda lives in Winona Lake with her husband, Randy. They have four children—two of whom have already graduated from Grace.
B.A. in Business, Goshen College; M.B.A., Indiana University at South Bend; D.B.A., Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana
Having worked in public accounting (staff accountant), healthcare accounting (corporate controller) and nonprofit accounting (chief financial officer), Roger Stichter has a broad accounting background at various levels of responsibility. He has taught at Grace College since 1995. He enjoys spending time with his wife and seven children, bicycling (he has biked from San Diego to Savannah, Georgia and recently took a 750-mile trip around Michigan), fishing and spending time researching the lifestyle of generosity. He recently completed his D.B.A. in accounting at Anderson University (Anderson, Indiana).
B.A. in Business Administration, Cedarville University; M.B.A., University of Baltimore; D.B.A., Cleveland State University
Jeffery Fawcett serves as dean of the School of Business and professor of marketing. He came to Grace College in 2011, bringing 24 years of experience in Christian business higher education. Prior to beginning his teaching career, he worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C. on contracts with the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Federal Aviation Administration. Fawcett is active in the Christian Business Faculty Association.
Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), University of Kentucky; M.B.A., University of Cincinnati; Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Kenneth McEwan joins the Grace faculty as full-time instructor of finance in the School of Business. He previously worked at Rolls-Royce Aircraft Engines as director of Finance Business Partnering. Prior to this role, he was vice president of finance for the Helicopter Engines business and finance director for Engineering and Technology. McEwan also held finance positions at GM Military Vehicles Operation, GM Allison Transmission and at the University of Cincinnati as a teaching assistant. He has served as president of the Board of NICA ministries, where he supervised two missionaries in Nicaragua; as treasurer of the Woodruff Place Foundation; and was on the board of trustees at New Hope Christian Church. He enjoys golf, kayaking, hiking and cross-country skiing. Kenneth and his wife, Robin, live in Winona Lake.
B.S. in Business Administration, University of Dayton; M.B.A., University of Dayton; D.M., University of Maryland
Roger Bingham comes to Grace College with more than 16 years in higher education. Prior to his current position, he served in leadership roles in the Ivy Tech Community College system covering Student Affairs, finance and facilities. Bingham has also worked for private industry and the federal government. His family includes his wife and three teenage children.
B.S. in Computer Science and Business Administration, Grace College; M.B.A., Stetson University; D.B.A., Anderson University
Prior to coming to Grace in 1998, Rick Koontz spent nine years as manager of information systems for Scholastic Book Fairs in Lake Mary, Florida. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Koontz is the Chair for the Business Department here at Grace College and the academic director of the Management of Information Systems program.
B.A. in Political Science and History, Parsons College; M.P.A. in Public Administration, Ball State University; M.B.A. in Finance, University of Saint Francis; D.B.A. in Marketing, Northcentral University
Prior to coming to Grace in 2011, Alan Grossnickle spent five years at the University of Saint Francis, where he developed the Entrepreneurship program and taught business courses. He has extensive experience as the former CEO/president and founder of Caremet, Inc. and Miller's Merry Manor healthcare facilities, which was the largest independent healthcare organization in Indiana. He lives in Warsaw with his wife and has two sons and three grandchildren.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
Teaching various business-related subjects to high school students. These include accounting, economics, technology and potentially other business subjects.
Financial planners help individuals and groups plan the use of their savings, income and investments. Some are self-employed consultants who offer workshops that teach people how to analyze their own financial situations. Other financial planners operate financial planning businesses or are employed by insurance companies and financial institutions—savings and loan companies, investment services companies and banks—to sell their company's financial products. Such products might include family budgeting schemes, mutual funds, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), insurance, real estate or tax-sheltered investment plans. Financial planners help individuals examine their immediate and long-term financial situations. The job of the financial planner is to help each investor decide what kinds of investments are best. They advise people on what types of investments to put their money in as well as the timing of major expenditures such as buying a house or starting retirement.
Human resource professionals provide crucial services to all types of businesses by helping to recruit, hire, train and evaluate the company's employees. Human resource professionals often help select and manage benefit plans for the company. This vital service not only benefits for-profit entities but also not-for-profit entities. The business curriculum gives graduates a strong foundation to use when seeking such a career.
Entrepreneurship is a focus on principles and applications of starting and managing a small business. The business curriculum prepares graduates well to begin their own businesses. The broad overview of courses in the curriculum combined with professors who have run business provide an excellent background for students who wish to start and/or manage a business.
Develops and conducts training programs for employees of industrial, commercial, service or government establishments to help them develop professionally and gain a better understanding of changes in policies, procedures, regulations and technologies.
What others are saying:
As a Finance Executive with one of the local orthopedic companies where Grace is based, I've found the School of Business at Grace College to be unique in many ways. First and foremost, I find the passion for education and commitment to personal relationships that the faculty have with their students to be second to none that I've encountered in my many years of recruiting across college campuses. Second, the biblical integration into the curriculum by the faculty and members of the administration of the college is highly identifiable by the integrity and moral convictions exhibited by the students. Finally, the internship and eventual job opportunities available to the students in the School of Business include some of the best companies in the world as it relates to the area of accounting, finance and business.
- Bob Vitoux, former vice president of finanace, Biomet Orthopedics, Warsaw, Indiana
I have been impressed with the level of commitment and enthusiasm of the School of Business faculty to the Grace College business students. It is refreshing to know that they are not only equipping our future business leaders with the knowledge and tools they need, but also instilling in them a value system based on biblical principles. We greatly need outstanding business leaders who reflect the values of the men and women of the Grace College School of Business, especially now in this current economic environment.
- Joan Darr, COO/CNO, Kosciusko Community Hospital, B.S. Nursing, 1967