2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Jul 05, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Instruction & Learning Concentration, MEd


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The Master of Education (Instruction and Learning) is designed to provide professional growth opportunities for educators from a biblical perspective. Students are prepared to assume leadership roles as teacher and/or instructional supervisor in various school settings.

The curriculum for this concentration provides opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions in instructional concepts, strategies, and content design to enhance student learning. A student may choose a curriculum with an individualized concentration.

The M.Ed. (Instruction and Learning) is available fully online. Students should consult with their academic advisor in planning their degree program.

Master of Education


Overview

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) prepares practicing educators from a biblical perspective for school administrative, instructional leadership, and teaching positions in the United States and around the world. M.Ed. graduates complete a concentration in either Early Childhood, Educational Administration or Instruction and Learning. The program is available fully online. Students should consult with their academic advisor in planning their degree programs. CIU Education Programs are endorsed by the Higher Education Approval Program (HEAP) of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Program graduates who meet specific requirements are eligible to apply for appropriate ACSI teacher or administrator certificates. 

Objectives

Candidates will develop:

  1. Competency in content so that they demonstrate the ability to:
    1. Apply biblical principles to formulate a philosophy of education and articulate this to various audiences.
    2. Understand instructional strategies and learning theories to meet the development of learners and their individual needs.
    3. Develop and analyze curriculum based on philosophy, theory, and biblical principles and their relationship to instruction and learning.
  2. Proficiency in skills to promote learning for all students so that they demonstrate the ability to:
    1. Employ various research procedures and technology for problem solving within the school setting.
    2. Assess and monitor student learning through a variety of methods.
    3. Foster a nurturing school culture that enhances student learning, including consideration of the cultural differences within the school community.
  3. Professionalism so that they demonstrate a commitment to:
    1. Intentionality to create a climate conducive to spiritual transformation within the school setting.
    2. The professional role of the educator that includes being a lifelong learner by reflecting and gaining from experiences and being aware of current issues in education.
    3. Collaborating and communicating effectively with other professionals, community members, and parents to improve student learning.

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcript for highest earned degree and any master’s level credits earned
    • A minimum 2.7 GPA for the most recent degree obtained
  • Previous experience in education, as verified by one of the following:
    • Two years of classroom experience or educational administration
    • A current teaching certificate
    • An undergraduate degree in education
  • Professional Reference
  • General Reference

Residency and Transfer Policies

Policies governing transfer credits are outlined in the Admission section of this catalog. Transfer credits may be received on a limited basis, but the majority of coursework must be taken at Columbia International University. Candidates wishing to receive transfer credit for the M.Ed. program should consult with the Registrar’s office and seek approval from the dean. 

Time Limitation

The time limit for completion of all requirements is six years, measured from the date a student begins coursework in the M.Ed. program.

Completion Requirements

Although advisors assist students in planning their courses of study, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements for graduation have been met.

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7 and earn no grade lower than a “C.”
  • Demonstrate competency of each of the program’s outcomes through satisfactory completion of program courses.

Course of Study (Foundation + Core + Concentration) (30)


Individualized Concentration Courses


In lieu of the Instruction and Learning concentration courses listed above, students may individualize their concentration courses with electives to include specific areas of interest with Columbia International University or transfer courses (e.g. elementary or secondary contents, guidance, learning disabilities and crisis care).

Program of Study


The total minimum number of semester hours to graduate is 30. The following program of study outlines a schedule for fulfilling all of the requirements for the program within two years. Courses are generally offered on a two year rotation, and students may enter in any semester and begin the course rotation. 

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