The College of Education (COE) equips Christian educators to think, teach, and lead biblically in educational settings throughout the world. In order to fulfill the mission of the College of Education, the courses of study are based upon a philosophy of education that approaches both the means and the ends of education by thinking biblically about the nature of students, instructional strategies, and curricular content (knowledge, skills, and dispositions). Preparation includes training that equips students to think in culturally responsive ways within classrooms that are increasingly diverse.
This mission encompasses the preparation of teachers to enter both early childhood and elementary classrooms with a five-year, two-degree program including an undergraduate Bible major and graduate master’s degree (B.A./B.S. and M.A.T.) or a stand-alone M.A. in Teaching (M.A.T.) for those already completing a bachelor’s degree.
Additionally at the master’s level, the COE provides training of K-12th grade Bible teachers (M.A. in Bible Teaching), ESOL teachers (M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and the equipping of practicing teachers and administrators for Christian school leadership positions through advanced graduate studies (Master of Education (M.Ed.), with tracks in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration, and Education Specialist (Ed.S.).
At the doctoral level, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), three concentrations are available: Christian Higher Education Leadership, Christian School Leadership, and Curricular and Instructional Leadership.
Currently more than 100 graduate students are working during summers to become or to enhance their positions as K-12th grade Christian school principals and headmasters, curriculum supervisors, and administrators in Christian higher education. These students, drawn to Columbia International University through the reputation of our faculty and graduates, currently come to study not only from schools across the United States, but also from Australia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Indonesia, Korea, Bolivia, China, Taiwan, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines. There is no question that the COE reflects CIU’s middle name – International.
Regardless of where our students are – beginning as college freshmen or completing their doctoral degrees – COE students believe that they can and will impact the kingdom through education. The COE strives to equip students to be discerning and wise educators whose lives will exemplify the thinking and dispositions of a Christian educator as they create effective learning communities.