Covenant Introduces Hybrid Delivery Model for Graduate Education Programs

The following is a brief description of the exciting changes we are making for 2021, and more details for each program can be found under the M.Ed. or MAT links at the top of this page. We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you have, so please write to Jim Drexler at jdrexler@covenant.edu after reading the following.

Hybrid: “something that has two different types of components performing essentially the same function” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). There are hybrid cars, hybrid bikes, hybrid music, hybrid plants and animals – and now, we announce a hybrid delivery option for our Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs. Starting in the summer of 2021, both programs will use a combination of on-campus courses and online classes to deliver our outstanding programs.

We will still offer our academically robust, biblically anchored, and cohort-designed programs, but this new option will allow students to complete the M.Ed. in a shorter time frame if they choose, and MAT students can complete the program while working in a school in another geographical location.

The Master of Education program offers specializations in Educational Leadership or Integrated Curriculum and Instruction to educators around the world. Starting in 2021, here is how those courses will be offered: All students will join us on our beautiful Lookout Mountain campus from June 28-July 16 for the first three courses, all taught in person. Then, new students will take one online course during the fall semester and two online courses in the spring semester. The following summer, students return to campus for three more courses, leaving only the capstone course to complete. In the past, it took nearly three years to complete the M.Ed. program, but the new hybrid model will allow students to complete it in less than two years. Note: If students choose not to move at that faster pace, and we know how busy educators’ lives are, they can take courses on their own schedule.

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is an eleven-month, pedagogy-only, initial teaching certification program in many content areas. Starting in 2021, courses will still be offered in the same sequence, and students in the Chattanooga area can attend all of their classes on campus. For the first time, though, we will enroll MAT students with teaching jobs in other geographic locations who will take their fall and spring semester evening classes online synchronistically with students on campus. We are excited about these new plans, and hope these new delivery options are appealing to you.

In case you are unfamiliar with Covenant College’s Graduate School of Education, here are several important things you should know:

  • The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC), the organization that grants state teaching licenses for individuals who complete a state-approved program like ours, rates Covenant’s teacher education programs with a top ranking of 4, one of only a handful of programs statewide with that highest evaluation.
  • A few years ago, Dr. Bruce Lockerbie wrote in his PAIDEIA newsletter that Covenant is “the single most productive source of school leaders,” a bit of hyperbole of course, but we appreciate his supportive words. We know that many of our teacher graduates, and of course our M.Ed. alums are in significant leadership positions in schools and educational organizations worldwide.
  • More recently, Dr. Jay Ferguson, Headmaster of Grace Community School in Texas and a graduate of our Master of Education program, wrote this: “The GSE at Covenant encourages deep thinking about what it means to teach, learn, and lead biblically, and no other experience in my life has been so formative in molding my heart and mind to do just that.”

Let us hear from you!

Jim Drexler
Dean of the Graduate School of Education
jdrexler@covenant.edu

Lindsey Fain
Associate Dean
lindsey.fain@covenant.edu