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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed. C&I)

Lishu Yin

Lishu Yin
M.A. TESOL Program Director
(803) 807-5310

B.A., Guizhou University, P.R. China; M.A., Oral Roberts University; Ph.D., Mississippi State University

Born and raised in China, educated in both China and the U.S., Dr. Yin has been a teacher since she was 19 years old.  She was born again in 1993 through hearing the gospel brought to her by western missionaries teaching English in China.  Since then, her whole household has accepted the Lord (Acts 16:31).

Before joining CIU, she taught ESL/EFL from K-12 to university level in both China and the United States.  She also taught Chinese language and courses in teacher education program.  She is an advocate for ELLs at all age levels and her classroom is her mission field.  Her passion is to train preservice teachers to become committed educators who will teach for the best interest of their students (K-12 & adults) and make positive impact on their students’ lives. Her research interests include ESL/EFL education, study abroad, second language acquisition, and teacher education. She is the winner of 2007 Hebert Handley Dissertation Award. 

Some fun facts about Dr. Yin: 

She has lived in 5 states and taught in 4 states in the U.S.; married to a wonderful Korean brother; two beautiful children; three languages in the household daily; loves reading and reading with her children and other people’s children.  

Links to Dr. Yin’s selected publications:

Coming to America for Spiritual or Academic Growth?  Experiences of International Students at One Christian School.

Translation (from English to Chinese):  Life: God’s Way—A Short Course for Essential Christianity (for free downloading)

Perspectives of South Korean Undergraduate Exchange Students Attending a University in the Southern United States:

Pullout or Inclusion: A Longitudinal Study of Reading Achievement of English Language Learners in Grades 1 and 2:

Preschool caregiver perceptions of the effect of gender on literacy skills:

Two Delivery Models of Inclusive Practices for ELLs in a Midewest School District:


B.A. English and Literature, Guizhou University, China; M.A. TESL, Oral Roberts University; Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Mississippi State University; lecturer of English language, editor & proofreader; translator & interpreter, Guizhou University; 1987-1993; tutor of Chinese language culture to adults and adopted children from China, 1991-2004; adjunct lecturer of TESL, Bronx Community College of City University of New York, 1996; K-12 certified teacher of Teaching English as a Second Language, Omaha Public Schools, 1996-2004; graduate research and teaching assistant, & lecturer, Mississippi State University, 2004-2007; university student teaching interns supervisor, University of South Carolina, 2008; resident faculty, director M.A. TESOL program, Columbia International University, 2008-present.


Debbie Moore

Debbie Moore
M.Ed. Program Director

B.S., Toccoa Falls College; M.Ed., Bob Jones University; Ed.D., Columbia International University

Debbie Moore serves in the College of Education as the program director for the Master of Education program.  In the last 27 years, she has held various positions within Christian education as teacher, guidance counselor, administrator, and dean.  Her passion is to work with Christian educators to enhance their classroom skills that use biblical integration so as to increase the awareness of teaching with intentionality to develop spiritual formation in students. Originally from Pennsylvania, Debbie met her husband, David, at college and they have since lived in North Carolina and Georgia.  They have two adult children, Lindsay and Erica. She loves spending time with her family, reading, walking, and drinking coffee. 

Teacher, Trinity Christian School, 1986-1990; Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Neuse Christian Academy, 1990-2000; Dean, Principal, Gaston Christian School, 2000-2003; Teacher, Northside Christian School, 2003-04; Dean, Adjunct Faculty, Toccoa Falls College, 2004-2013; Professor, M.Ed. Program Director, Columbia International University, present.



Ollie Gibbs

Adjunct Education Faculty

B.A., Bob Jones University; M.Div., Grand Rapids Seminary; M.A., Grace Theological Seminary; Ed.D., University of Georgia

Teacher and middle school principal, Salem Academy, 1972-78; faculty and Education Department chair, Western Baptist College, 1978-82; Southeast Regional Director, Association of Christian Schools International, 1982-86; vice-president, Association of Christian Schools International, 1989-1996; Headmaster, Lexington Christian Academy, 1996-present; vice-president, Christian Academic Publications and Services, 1996-present.


John L. Cooley

Adjunct Education Faculty

B.A., Tennessee Temple University; M.R.E., Temple Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Baptist Christian University; J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law

Christian school administrator for over 10 years; adjunct professor, Philadelphia Biblical University, Partner, Firm President for WootenHart, PLC.


Mark McCann

Mark McCann
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program Director
(803) 807-5395

B.A., Florida Bible College; M.S., Nova Southeastern University; Ed.D., University of Central Florida

Dr. Mark McCann was born in Georgia and has spent his life in the Southeast. Mark joined CIU in 2004 after 20 years of ministry in Central Florida. Married in 1984, Mark and his wife Sharry feel their greatest blessings involve time together with their three children Erin, Meredith, and Kayla. Mark greatly appreciates church, school, and community ministry...thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord at CIU. His desire is for undergraduate and graduate students to develop and refine a heart for ministry as future teachers and educational leaders who will serve the Lord with academic excellence and spiritual acuity.

B.A., Florida Bible College; M.S., Nova Southeastern University; Ed.D., University of Central Florida;  teacher, Osceola County Public Schools, 1986-1989; teacher, dean, assistant principal, elementary principal, admissions director, director of school improvement, The First Academy, 1989-2004; elder, New Hope Bible Church, 1993-2004; co-founder and president, Hydrocephalus Family Support Group, 1996-1998; resident faculty, M.A.T. program director, Columbia International University, 2004-present.


Sharon Berry

Adjunct Education Faculty

B.S.E., University of Arkansas; M.S., Old Dominion University; Ph.D., Gallaudet University

Sharon R. Berry, PhD, is a well-known speaker and author with more than 300 products to her credit. She has worked in public and Christian schools for over 30 years as a special education teacher and administrator. She was director of curriculum for ACSI for several years and now serves as vice-president of Christian Academic Publications and Services in Birmingham, Alabama and is the founder and director of Deaf Online University.

Her B.A. is from the University of Arkansas, her M.A. is from Old Dominion University, and she is the first person to receive a Ph.D. from Gallaudet University. Dr. Berry is the daughter of deaf parents and is an experienced teacher of the Deaf, a former Principal of the Virginia School for the Deaf at Hampton. She is a prolific writer of curriculum for Christian Academic Publications & Services and has several curriculum series published by Lifeway. She has held numerous positions as consultant, speaker, and adjunct faculty. Her research interests are: current implications of brain research, Special education, child development and discipline.She serves on various boards, including NILD, Christian Deaf Fellowship, ME Foundation and Riverside Foundation.

Dr. Berry is married to a retired pastor and has two daughters. She is involved with deaf ministries and enjoys reading and writing, gardening, music, and her grandchildren.

B.S.E., University of Arkansas; M.S., Old Dominion University; Ph.D. Gallaudet University. Teacher, Arkansas School for the Deaf, 1965-69; special education teacher, Portsmouth Public Schools, 1969-1974; special education teacher, Virginia Beach Public Schools, 1974-77; adjunct professor in special education at three universities, 1973-present; principal, Virginia School in Hampton, 1979-83; teacher, curriculum coordinator, director of special education, Lynchburg Christian Academy, 1983-84; director, Shades Mountain Christian Schools, 1984-94; director of curriculum, Association of Christian Schools International, 1989-1996; founder and vice president, Christian Academic Publications & Services, 1996-present; founder and director, Deaf Online University, 2002-present


Milton V. Uecker

Associate Dean of the College of Education
(803) 807-5319

B.A., Suffolk University; M.A., Miami University; Ed.D. University of Virginia

Dr. Milt Uecker, Ed.D., is the Associate Dean of the College of Education and teaches courses on educational philosophy, early childhood education, and curriculum. He is a national and international conference speaker and a contributor to the Christian Early Education and Christian School Education journals for the Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI). Dr. Uecker views placing God’s Word at the center of the curriculum as essential to the Christian school movement.

B.A., Concordia University Chicago formerly Concordia Teachers College; M.Ed., University of Texas; Ed.D., University of Virginia; teacher, The Seoul Foreign School, 1969-71; teaching principal, Hope Lutheran School, 1971-74; teacher, principal, Norfolk Christian Schools, 1975-89; associate professor and director of early childhood program, Regent University, 1991-95; resident faculty, dean Graduate School, associate dean College of Education, director Lowrie Center, Columbia International University, 2005-present.

  • The Spiritual Formation of Children
  • Christian School Philosophy and Development
  • Teaching Children to Think
  • Biblical Integration within the Classroom
  • Curriculum Development

Elaine Lindsey

Professor Emeritus
(803) 807-5323

B.S., Houghton College; Ed.M., Temple University; Ed.D., University of South Carolina

Elaine's background and on-going experience in curricular issues, instructional supervision, and curriculum evaluation and development, make her a valuable asset to the M.Ed. and Ed.D. programs.

Science Teacher, Boonville Central School, 1959-1962; Research Geochemist, Columbia University Lamont Labs, 1962-1966; Teacher, Asheville Christian Academy,1976-1981; Teacher, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Ben Lippen School, 1981- 2006; Southeast Region Commissioner, Chairperson for Accreditation Teams Southeast Region, ACSI, 1995-present; Chairperson for Accreditation Teams, NC, SC, GA, SACS, 2000-present ; Adjunct Faculty, Resident Faculty, Professor Emeritus, Columbia International University, 1995-present.


Connie Mitchell

Dean of the College of Education
(803) 807-5393

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

Dr. Connie Mitchell serves at Columbia International University as Dean for the College of Education. She has been teaching since 1967, almost all in biblical higher education. Although she has often had an administrative role, including many responsibilities with accreditation, Professor Mitchell feels teaching in the classroom and at conferences is her most enjoyable role. She desires to support educators in their quest to serve as teachers and educational leaders, sustained with a Christian philosophy of education and a global vision. Dr. Mitchell joined CIU as a resident faculty member in 1997 although she has been an adjunct professor since 1991. When not teaching, Connie enjoys traveling with her husband George.

B.A., Florida Bible College; B.S., Bryan College; M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Miami; teacher, Coconut Grove Elementary School, 1967-72; faculty, director of education, Florida Bible College, 1972-96; adjunct faculty, Valencia Community College, 1983-92; adjunct faculty, resident faculty, associate dean Graduate School, dean College of Education, Columbia International University, 1991-present.



Anita J. Cooper

Anita Cooper
Bible Teaching Program Director, M.A. in Bible Teaching Program Director
(803) 807-5455

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

Dr. Cooper directs the Bible Teaching program, a program specifically designed to prepare students to teach the Bible in a school setting. Before coming to CIU, she taught Bible in the public schools in Tennessee and West Virginia in grades K-12. Since joining the CIU team in 1985, she has challenged her students to cultivate a passion for teaching the Bible for "heart and mind." She teaches courses in Bible, Bible teaching, education and psychology in Romania and Ukraine, as well as at CIU. You may find her gardening, reading, playing racquetball, woodworking or meditating at a coffee shop when she is not engaged in her love of teaching or hanging out with students.

B.S., Columbia Bible College; M.Ed., Reformed Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of South Carolina; advanced biblical studies, Reformed Theological Seminary and CIU; teacher, Hamilton County Public Schools, Chattanooga, Tenn., 1975-77; teacher, Mercer County Public Schools, Bluefield, .Va., 1977-85. 1985

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