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What degree program is available in education?

The College of Education has an early childhood (PK-3) and elementary (2-6) education licensure program that leads to a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree within five years. During the undergraduate program, students will earn a minor in education that will lay the foundation and provide experiences for the profession of teaching.  Students will also pursue a supporting minor by exploring various fields of study (e.g., TEFL, Psychology, Youth Ministry, Teaching Bible, Applied English, Outdoor Leadership, etc.).

Who do I contact if I need more information?

Lisa Lanpher
Columbia International University
Institute Secretary
Phone: 803.807.5381

Please visit www.lowriecenter.com for updated information about the Institute.

Teacher Education

Why Study Teacher Education at CIU?

The Teacher Education Program offers an early childhood (PreK-third grade) and elementary (second to sixth grade) education licensure program that leads not only to a bachelor’s degree in Bible, but also a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in five years. During the undergraduate program, you may explore other fields of study by choosing a variety of electives such as Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Psychology, Youth Ministry, Teaching Bible, and English.

Doctor of Education

Meet the professional development needs of the Christian educational leader as you model, think, communicate and research with biblical excellence. You will grow in your ability to enhance God’s Kingdom work in Christian educational institutions and represent Christian education perspectives in the broader society. Cohort groups meet during the summer with other courses provided online and in summer intensives. Choose one of three concentrations: 

Can I find a ministry job with a Bible teaching degree once I graduate?

We receive numerous requests every year for Bible teachers to teach in Christian, international, or public schools. In addition, there are scores of other Bible teaching opportunities around the world in schools, missions, and churches. (See Bible teaching opportunities at www.acsi.org

I want to develop the skill of Bible Teaching; however, I don't want to teach in a school setting.

Yes! The learning context is a school classroom setting during student teaching. Yet, graduates use this Bible teaching skill as pastors, youth ministers, missionaries, or Christian Education directors. The classroom training experience allows the student to receive the greatest concentration of teaching opportunities within a short amount of time.

Does the program certify me to teach anywhere?

A graduate of the Bible Teaching program receives the "all-level" Bible certification from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the largest Christian School organization in the world. This qualifies the graduate to teach Bible in Christian Schools in North America and International Schools around the world. Graduates employed to teach Bible in North Carolina will qualify for a North Carolina Secondary Teaching Certificate in Bible.

What is the difference between the Bible Teaching Program and Elementary Education?

The Bible Teaching program trains students to study and to teach the Bible according to the chronological overview of the Bible. Elementary Education trains students to teach math, science, reading, and other subjects to elementary students. The Bible Teaching program is designed to train students to work with all levels of students: grades 1-12.

Can I find a ministry job with a Bible teaching degree once I graduate?

Last year alone we received approximately 150 requests for Bible teachers to teach in Christian, international, or public schools. In addition, there are scores of other Bible teaching opportunities around the world in schools, missions, and churches. (See Bible teaching opportunities at www.ifmamissions.org and www.acsi.org)

I want to develop the skill of Bible Teaching; however, I don't want to teach in a school setting. Is this program for me?

Yes! The learning context is a school classroom setting during student teaching. Yet, graduates use this Bible teaching skill as pastors, youth ministers, missionaries, or Christian Education directors. The classroom training experience allows the student to receive the greatest concentration of teaching opportunities within a short amount of time.

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