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Master of Education - Educational Administration (M.Ed. Admin.)


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) prepares practicing educators for Christian school administrative and instructional leadership positions in the United States and around the world, and leads to the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) professional certificate. Complete the program in two to four years through a combination of online and campus courses, or entirely online through CIU Online Studies.You'll choose a concentration in either Curriculum and Instruction or Educational Administration.

The Educational Administration concentration provides opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the broad scope of Christian school administrative responsibilities. These include leadership theory, school law, financial principles, faculty and staff supervision, data–informed decision making, strategic planning, and development.


1. Develop competency in content so that the candidate:

  • Demonstrates the ability to apply the principles of a Christian philosophy throughout all educational endeavors.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply the principles of biblical foundations of curriculum, teaching and learning theory, and the nature and needs of the learner.
  • Demonstrates an intentionality to create a climate conducive for spiritual transformation within the learning community.

2. Develop proficiency in skills to promote learning for all students so that the candidate:

  • Demonstrates the ability to employ research procedures and technology to solve problems within the classroom and school.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply measurement theory in assessing student learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrates the ability to foster a nurturing school culture that enhances student learning, including consideration of the diverse nature and needs of the child, family, and community.

3. Develop commitment to professionalism so that the candidate:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to the enduring elements of Christian education and can articulate them for diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to biblical and professional character traits.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the professional role of a Christian school educator, which includes being a lifelong learner, collaborating with other professionals and community members, reflecting and gaining from experiences, and valuing effective communication.


This program will prepare you for the following:

  • ACSI certification in Administration (must also have two years of experience at the level of certification)
  • Administrative roles in Christian elementary and secondary schools
  • Leadership roles in Christian day, missionary, international, or national cross-cultural schools.

Available Formats:

HybridCombines intensive courses in Columbia, Atlanta, or Korntal, Germany with online courses making it possible for you to complete your program without relocating.
OnlineOffered fully online making it possible for you to complete your program without relocating.

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Featured Faculty: 
Mark McCann Mark McCann
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program Director, Education Professor

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

Connie Mitchell
Dean of the College of Education

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

Debbie Moore Debbie Moore
M.Ed. Program Director, Education Professor

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

Brian Simmons Brian Simmons
Ed.D./Ed.S. Program Director, Education Professor

B.A. Cornerstone University; B.S. Calvin College; M.S. Indiana University South Bend; Ed.D. Ball State University; Certificate in Fund Raising Management, Indiana School of Philanthropy.

Milton V. Uecker
Associate Dean of the College of Education, Director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education, Education Professor

B.A., Concordia University Chicago (formerly Concordia Teachers College); M.Ed., University of Texas; Ed.D., University of Virginia