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The Master of Education (MEd), a 30 credit hour program, has two specializations: Educational Leadership (EL) and Integrated Curriculum and Instruction (ICI).

A low residency program, MEd faculty and students convene for three weeks each of two summers on Covenant's campus, along with three courses delivered online. Summer course work is supplemented by pre- and post-campus work. This schedule enables students to remain employed as teachers or administrators while enrolled in the Master of Education.

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, i.e. late June through mid-July. Classes meet 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Post-campus session: Students return home for the post-campus session and complete remaining course work such as projects, exams, research, or papers applying what has been learned 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 in 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 has been approved by the GaPSC for certification. The program meets all required standards. Individuals enrolled in the Educational Leadership specialization who are Georgia residents do not qualify for certification in Educational Leadership in the state of Georgia. By rule, Georgia educational institutions are required to offer both Tier I and Tier II programs in leadership. Note, individuals from states other than Georgia, upon completion of the Educational Leadership specialization, may be recommended for certification in Educational Leadership (in their state, not Georgia). Individuals would need to satisfy any additional certification requirements outside the parameters of the MEd in order to become certified in that state.

For details, please contact the college certification official, certification@covenant.edu, or 706.419.1406.

Required Courses

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.

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