Cairn University offers graduate coursework in education each summer at Black Forest Academy. We offer an MS in Education (take eight courses in Germany plus five online courses). The MS in Education program is also available fully online.

Kandern, Germany

Our coursework is designed for educators working in global contexts. Each summer, students include teachers, pastors, and administrators from over 100 countries. Students come from a variety of backgrounds and teach every level of students — from early childhood education through university-level — and range in experience from first- or second-year teachers to classroom veterans.

Location

Cairn’s program is hosted by Black Forest Academy (BFA), a grade 5-12 international Christian school located in Kandern, Germany. The Black Forest region is beautiful, and borders France and Switzerland. BFA is conveniently located near the Basel Airport (BSL) in Basel, Switzerland. The location of this campus in central Europe draws students from many countries, and thus provides a rich multi-cultural environment for discussion and fellowship.

Cost/Tuition

Graduate Credit Tuition: $475/credit

Housing: $25/day (approximation, depends on exchange rate)

Scholarships are available for eligible students.

Program Overview

This 39-credit program is designed as a blend of on-campus and online coursework. On-campus classes meet eight hours a day for a full week during the summer.  Online courses range in length from 7 weeks to 14 weeks during fall, spring, or summer.

Centered on a biblical worldview, this program is designed for Christian educators who want to be more effective in the classroom, with courses offered in curriculum design, teaching models, current trends, theoretical and philosophical foundations of education, special education, diverse learners, and non-native English speakers.

Entry Requirements

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree (with a 3.0 cumulative GPA) from an accredited undergraduate institution* and submit proof in the form of official transcripts
  2. Apply and be accepted to Cairn University’s Graduate Programs
  3. Have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internet-based).†

Completion Requirements

  1. Successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  2. Develop, present, and evaluate the effectiveness of an Instructional Design Project, a capstone project similar in scope to a master’s thesis

*Transcripts from non U.S. institutions must be evaluated by a credential evaluator.
†TOEFL scores required for applicants whose native language is not English.

 

For more information, contact  Luke Gibson, Admissions Counselor, at lgibson@cairn.edu

Watch a testimonial from a European Campus graduate

“My foundation as a teacher – I got it from Cairn University.”

– Jacob Akundo ’09, MS in Education

Program Strengths

  • Faculty from Cairn’s main campus travel to Germany each summer to teach. Faculty members model biblical integration throughout the curriculum and teach their students how to do the same.
  • Cairn’s program is hosted by Black Forest Academy (BFA), a grade 5-12 international Christian school located in Kandern, Germany. The Black Forest region is beautiful, and borders France and Switzerland. BFA is conveniently located near the Basel Airport (BSL) in Basel, Switzerland. The location of this campus in central Europe draws students from many countries, and thus provides a rich multi-cultural environment for discussion and fellowship.
  • Cairn arranges affordable housing through local homeowners for students. Homes are within walking distance of BFA’s campus, and the town of Kandern has grocery stores and shops for students’ needs. Community is fostered by weekly evening worship, shared meals, and optional weekend or evening trips to nearby points of interest.
  • At the discretion of each program advisor, three to six credits for prior learning (“CPL”) can be awarded for students with extensive background in areas addressed by specific courses.
  • Advance standing may be granted for Bible or theology credits earned at an accredited Bible college, Christian liberal arts college or university, or seminary. Credits will be granted on a course by course basis.

Program Curriculum

YEAR 1 (4 weeks per summer)
EDU 703 Teaching Models and Instructional Strategies
EDU 712 Curriculum Theory, Design, and Assessment
SPE 661 Foundations of Special Education
Graduate Education elective 1 (EDL, EDU, TSL, or SPE prefix)
YEAR 2 (4 weeks per summer)
EDU 717 Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations
EDU 716 Global Trends in Education
Graduate Education elective 2 (EDL, EDU, TSL, or SPE prefix)
Graduate Education elective 3 (EDL, EDU, TSL, or SPE prefix)
ONLINE (taken during years 1 and 2)
BIB 621 Biblical Integration for Educators
THE 601 Overview of Christian Theology
Graduate Education elective 4 (EDL, EDU, TSL, or SPE prefix)
EDU 713 Educational Research
EDU 791 Instructional Design Project

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