Germany Programs

Cairn University offers graduate programs in education at Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany each summer. Students can earn an MS in Education degree in two summers plus five classes online or an MS in Educational Leadership and Administration degree in two summers plus ten additional online courses. The programs are designed for educators working in global contexts.

Each summer, classes include teachers, pastors, and administrators from countries around the world; in fact, Cairn alumni from our international campus represent over 100 different countries! Students come from a variety of backgrounds and teach from early childhood education through the university level and range in experience from first or second-year teachers to classroom veterans.

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

– Jacob Akundo ’09, M.S. in Education

Program Options

M.S. in Education M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration
Program scope These 39-credit programs are 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.
Program audience 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. Centered on a biblical worldview, this program is designed for Christian educators who are interested in taking on a leadership role in their school or district. Courses include the core curriculum of the MS in Education degree program as well as specialization courses that prepare the student for administrative responsibilities.
Entry requirements
  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree (with a 2.5 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).†
  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 2.5
  2. Develop, present, and evaluate the effectiveness of an Instructional Design Project, a capstone project similar in scope to a master’s thesis
  1. Successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  2. Successfully complete the Action Research Project (EDL 791), a capstone project similar in scope to a master’s thesis. This school intervention project includes a minimum of 90 hours of on-site field experience.

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

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.
  • Tuition for international campus courses is $475 USD per credit, and housing is approximately $25 USD per day. Scholarships are available for eligible students.

For more information, contact  Abigail Simon, Admissions Counselor, at asimon@cairn.edu

Program Curriculum

YEAR 1 (4 weeks per summer) MSEd* MSELA
EDU 703 Teaching Models and Instructional Strategies X X
EDU 712 Curriculum Theory, Design, and Assessment X X
EDU 716 Global Trends in Education X  
SPE 664 Issues in Special Education X  X
YEAR 2 (4 weeks per summer)
EDU 717 Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations X X
EDU 656 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum X  
EDU 762 Teaching the Diverse Learner X  
EDU 767 Technology for the Modern Classroom X
ONLINE (taken during years 1 and 2)
BIB 621 Biblical Integration for Educators X X
THE 601 Overview of Christian Theology X X
EDL 741 Principalship PK-12 X
EDL 742 Data Management and Technology Integration for School Leaders PK-12
EDL 743 Financial and Business Management
EDL 744 School Law X
EDL 745 Organizational Theory and Team Building
TSL 632 TESOL Methods and Materials X  
EDU 713 Educational Research X  
EDU 791 Instructional Design Project
EDL 791 Action Research Project   X
EDL 784 PK-12 Internship (for principal certification candidates only) X X

*Four elective courses are required to complete the MS in Education degree. Courses with an EDL prefix may also be taken as elective courses with permission from the MS in Education program advisor.

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