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Master of Arts in Bible Teaching


This program prepares you to teach the Bible in a school setting. In three semesters of study (Fall, Spring, and Summer), you will build a knowledge of best educational practices and explore every aspect of Bible curriculum, from the “big-picture” to daily lesson plans.


You will develop the ministry skill of teaching Bible in Christian and public schools in North America, international schools, government and missionary children’s schools overseas, and in other areas of Christian work.


Our objective is to help you become:

  • A teacher who understands the purpose of the Bible and how to prepare lessons and curriculum from the Bible that reflect that purpose, using sound principles of biblical interpretation.
  • A teacher who formulates lesson and curricular objectives in line with the pattern of biblical revelation.
  • A teacher who can design and teach curricula that integrates biblical truth into major disciplines such as philosophy, family life, and church history on a secondary level.
  • A teacher who has the ability to relate the principles of the Scripture being taught to the needs of individuals and groups.
  • A teacher who has the ability to apply the principles of the teaching-learning process to the teaching of the Bible.
  • A teacher who has the ability to establish positive, professional relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and students.


This program will prepare you for the following:

  • Teaching Bible in public school districts in the United States: Bible classes are currently offered in over 18 percent of public school districts in the United States.
  • Teaching Bible in Christian schools in the United States: Each year Columbia International University receives scores of requests for Bible teachers, more than we can fill.
  • Teaching Bible in international schools all over the world: These schools enroll national students as well as American students. Often these opportunities are in limited access countries.
  • Teaching Bible to nationals in government schools overseas: Many countries in Africa, South America, and other areas either require or allow Bible to be taught in the public government schools. Many of these classes are taught in English. Bible teaching opportunities to nationals exist in every continent in the world.
  • Teaching in Bible institutes and colleges overseas: As the church grows around the world, there is an increasing need for training believers in the Bible.
  • Church work such as youth ministry and Christian education: These are church ministries which require special emphasis in Bible teaching.

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Featured Faculty: 
Anita Cooper Anita J. Cooper
Bible Teaching / M.A. in Bible Teaching Program Director, Bible Teaching Professor

B.S., Columbia Bible College; M.Ed., Reformed Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of South Carolina; advanced biblical studies, Reformed Theological Seminary and Columbia International University

Connie Mitchell
Dean of the College of Education

B.A., Florida Bible College; B.S., Bryan College; M.A., Ed.D., University of Miami

Milton V. Uecker
Associate Dean of the College of Education, Director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education, Education Professor

B.A., Concordia University Chicago (formerly Concordia Teachers College); M.Ed., University of Texas; Ed.D., University of Virginia