In 2014, 82%
of our graduates were employed
in Christian or Classical schools.
The Master of Education (MEd) is a 30 credit hour program with two specializations: Educational Leadership (EL) and Integrated Curriculum and Instruction (ICI). Both specializations are approved for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
The MEd requires three weeks on campus each of three summers. Each course consists of three phases: pre-campus, on-campus, and post-campus.
Pre-campus session: The pre-campus session begins with registration (February-April) and includes significant coursework within a variety of assignments: reading of texts and articles, writing, analysis, data gathering, and reflection. The intent of the pre-campus work is to give background to and prepare students for the on-campus session.
On-campus session: The on-campus session consists of one intensive week per course on campus during which instructional activities are widely varied. This session occurs for three weeks late June through mid-July. Classes meet 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Post-campus session: The post-campus session consists of projects, exams, research, or papers in which students apply what they are learning to their own school settings. This session concludes on February 1.
EDU 785 (EL) and EDU 790 (ICI) are capstone courses and conclude March 1 of the final year.
Students completing the MEd in three years are regular, full-time students, registering for three courses each of the first two years, and four courses the third year. It is possible to extend the program beyond three years but not beyond six years. Occasionally due to unusual circumstances, a student is unable to complete the MEd within the six year limit. Application may be made to the Dean of the Graduate School of Education to extend the program.
In 2007, the Master of Education was approved by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for certification. Graduates of the MEd are eligible for an ACSI certificate upon completion of the degree.
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership is an approved program by the GaPSC at the Tier 1 level (July, 2016). The qualify, EL MEd graduates must satisfy Georgia specific requirements: GACE ethics and content assessments, and complete a course in the education of exceptional children. Tier 1 Educational Leadership is an initial certificate for P-12 grades. For complete details see www.gapsc.com.
EDU 610 - Foundations for Curriculum Development
A study of various foundational principles that guide in the selection of goals, content, and materials in the curriculum. Students examine these principles from a Christian perspective, and choose those appropriate for evaluating and changing classroom practice in the schools.
EDU 620 - Introduction to Research
An introduction to research methods and designs and their application to educational settings. Emphasis is given to developing knowledge and skills in research procedures and in critiquing and applying research. Students design and implement research projects in their own school settings.
EDU 630 - Learning Theory Applied to Teaching
A comprehensive survey of current research on learning and its implications for classroom practice. Learning theories are related to a Christian view of the learner, the role of the teacher, and the learning process in order to develop effective and appropriate instructional and assessment models, which are then applied in a school-based
EDU 650 - The School in Society
A historical overview of institutional change over time that gives focused attention on the school in American society. Students will explore the role of schooling in various eras of American history examining the divergent problems education was asked to solve amid an ever growing and diversifying population. The course examines culture as an integrated whole, the nature of cultural change, and the role of the school in both facing and effecting change in society.