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B.A. Roberts Wesleyan College; M.Ed, Ed.D University of Virginia
Dr. Schultz has been involved in education for the past 45 years. He currently serves as an associate pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and Headmaster of Sherwood Christian Academy. Dr. Schultz is also co-founder and co-director of the Kingdom School Institute. He has teamed up with Dr. Larry Taylor, Head of Prestonwood Christian Academy, in conducting this Institute for the past 11 years. Prior to coming to Sherwood in 2005, he served as a public school chemistry teacher, a Christian school science teacher, high school principal and superintendent. He also served as the Southeast Director for the Association of Christian Schools International and as director of Christian school resources at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is the author of the booklet A Parent’s Greatest Joy and the book Kingdom Education: God’s Plan for Education Future Generations. He is married with three children and 6 grandchildren. His children attended biblically-based schools from Kindergarten at 4 years old through college. His grandchildren are also being educated through biblically-based programs.
B.A., M.Ed., Columbia International University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Dr. Stephen Reel has served as the superintendent of Southside Christian School in Simpsonville, SC since 2004. He previously served for sixteen years at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, SC, as Bible teacher, Admissions Director, Elementary Principal, and Associate Headmaster. From 1980-1988, Dr. Reel served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Infantry Sergeant, tactics instructor, marksmanship instructor, and competition shooter.
Dr. Reel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Columbia Bible College, a Master of Education in educational administration from Columbia International University, and an Educational Specialist and Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.
B.S., Charleston Southern University; M.A., Ed.S., Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Dr. Brenda Richards has lived in South Carolina for most of her life but considers the world her home! Dr. Richards has traveled extensively to explore God’s world and to help share His Word throughout the nations. After a 29 year teaching career mostly in public schools in South Carolina, God led her to pursue her Ph.D. He is now challenging her with new assignments – sometimes at CIU helping education students shape their teaching abilities and sometimes overseas in a variety of different education and mission roles.
Dr. Richards and her daughter are also in the process of writing children’s books about Bellman Bear! He is a traveling bear who teaches children about the world beyond where they live. He is a constant companion of Dr. Richards and brings smiles to faces all over the world.
B.S., Columbia International University; M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Candidate, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Yes, a limited number of education courses are offered on campus during summer intensives as well as online during the fall and spring terms.
No. However, teacher certification usually requires some linguistic knowledge. Teacher certification agencies (varies from state to state) sometimes require one course in linguistics and one course in syntax. To meet these criteria, our program includes Linguistics 1 and English Syntax.
Yes, this degree prepares graduates to teach in K-12 classrooms in Christian schools, International schools, and English Language Institutes worldwide. Upon completing this program, students can be recommended to receive Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) K-12 certification in TESOL. Students will also be exposed to adult learner strategies within some of the coursework and therefore are prepared to teach adults should that be required.
The program can be completed in 12 months or more, depending on the needs of the student.