Cairn University offers graduate coursework in education each summer at Black Forest Academy. While the MS in Education is fully online, students can take courses in person toward their degree.
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.
This opportunity allows students to:
- engage in face-to-face collaboration with professors and peers from all over the world
- complete one intensive course in one week, or up to three courses in three weeks
- lighten credit load during the academic year by completing courses in a more condensed way in the summer
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.
Graduate Credit Tuition: $709/credit for 2019-20 (50% for Christian school educators)
Additional Costs: Flights and transportation; room and board
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.
- 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
- Apply and be accepted to Cairn University’s Graduate Programs
- Have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internet-based).†
- Successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- 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 Kristina O’Connell, Admissions Counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- Advanced 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.
|YEAR 1 (3 weeks per summer)|
|EDU 703 Teaching Models and Instructional Strategies|
|EDU 712 Curriculum Theory, Design, and Assessment|
|Graduate Education elective 1 (EDL, EDU, TSL, or SPE prefix)|
|YEAR 2 (3 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)|
|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)|
|Graduate Education elective 3 (EDL, EDU, TSL, or SPE prefix)|
|EDU 713 Educational Research|
|EDU 791 Instructional Design Project|
|SPE 661 Foundations of Special Education|