Online MS in Education

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Centered on a biblical worldview, the online MS in Education 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, and theoretical and philosophical foundations of education. Courses focusing on special education, diverse learners, and non-native English speakers help teachers reach the many, varied student populations in their classrooms. An Instructional Design Project provides a practical capstone to the program.

The Master of Science in Education degree does not lead to initial teaching certification. 

Spring 2022 start date: January 10, 2022

At a glance

Program Credits


Standard Completion Time

2 yrs

Program Highlights

  • This program offers online coursework leading to a master’s degree, providing national and international students with opportunities for further study in a setting where biblical worldview integration is both modeled and taught.
  • At the discretion of the 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.
  • Educators working in Christian schools receive a 50% tuition discount.


To enter the program, the candidate will:

To complete the program, the candidate will:

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


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Program Curriculum

Semester 39 TOTAL CREDITS:
21 Core + 12 Electives + 6 Bible/Theology
Fall #1

EDU 703 Teaching Models and Instructional Strategies
EDU 712 Curriculum Theory, Design and Assessment

Spring #1

BIB 621 Biblical Integration for Educators
Special Education Elective
Education Elective

Summer #1

THE 601 Overview of Christian Theology
Education Elective


Fall #2

EDU 717 Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations
Education Elective

Spring #2

EDU 713 Educational Research
Education Elective

Summer #2

EDU 791 Instructional Design Project
EDU 716
 Global Trends in Education

The courses listed reflect a suggested sequence of classes to complete the program in six semesters, including two summers. Students should keep in mind that certain courses are offered multiple times a year, while other courses may be offered fall or spring only. Please consult with your academic advisor or check the course roster on the Registrar’s office page for guidance.

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