MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION
PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM
The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) is a 56-hour program designed for church and marketplace leaders called to serve in educational ministry to help them develop educational knowledge and equip them for educational practice. This is accomplished by integrating the history of education with educational psychology, life-span development, current learning theories, curriculum design, and methodologies all within the framework of a biblical worldview. The program is designed to assist leaders who desire to serve or currently serve in an educational capacity. In order to complete the program students must complete the required curriculum. For an additional 16 quarter hours of study (72 hours) students may develop an emphasis in Early Childhood Education, Adolescent Education, or Adult Education and Care. A student must have a minimum of 20 hours in a specific area to qualify for an emphasis. The program is for the following:
- Educators and workers in positions where the master’s degree will allow entrance into a Christian vocation which would not otherwise be possible;
- Those who wish to gain expertise in the field of education and enhance their pedagogical and professional knowledge and skills; and
- Those who wish to develop appropriate learning experiences and assessment instruments to advance student learning in an interdisciplinary program or specifically to teach and mentor children, adolescents, or adults.
The standard academic prerequisites for the MAEd is a baccalaureate degree form an accredited institution. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must sign that they have read and are in agreement with the Doctrinal Statement and will uphold it, and that they will abide by the Biblical Code of Conduct, Academic Code of Honor, Drug and Alcohol Policy, and all other academic and financial policies., and all other academic, student, and financial policies. Additional requirements can be found on the application for admission or beginning on page 55.
- Understand Christian values and ethics and manifest personal integrity and a broad base of education knowledge supported by educational psychology and relevant teaching/learning theories;
- Acquire an understanding of and appreciation for the history of education and its theological and philosophical underpinnings, including the political, economic, and social forces that influence educational leaders today;
- Integrate knowledge of content and curriculum to design appropriate instruction;
- Acquire and integrate a variety of assessment strategies to improve student learning;
- Integrate skills in communication and research to enhance the learning experience and increase sensitivity to learner’s needs; and
- Manifest behaviors of a reflective practitioner and educational leader in a culturally diverse world.
NOTE: This program is not intended to lead to educator certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.