The Master of Arts in Bible Teaching (M.A. in Bible Teaching) program is specifically designed to prepare students to teach the Bible in a school setting. In three semesters of study (Fall, Spring, and Summer), students build a knowledge of best educational practices on previous Bible background as they explore every aspect of Bible curriculum, from the “big-picture” of K-12th grade curriculum to daily lesson plans.
The purpose of the Bible Teaching program is to develop the ministry skill of teaching Bible in Christian and public schools in North America, government and missionary children’s schools overseas, and other areas of Christian work where a Bible teaching ministry is exercised.
The objectives of the Bible Teaching program are to develop the following teacher competencies:
- Teachers who understand 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
- Teachers who formulate lesson and curricular objectives in line with the pattern of biblical revelation
- Teachers 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
- Teachers with the ability to relate the principles of the Scripture being taught to the needs of individuals and groups
- Teachers who have the ability to apply the principles of the teaching-learning process to the teaching of the Bible
- Teachers who have the ability to establish positive, professional relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and students
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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% 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.