Curriculum & Instruction—Christian School
Required Courses

Required during first semester

  • EDUC 500 Online Orientation - 0 credits
  • UNIV LIB Information, Research, and Resources - 0 credits

Core Courses

  • EADM 515 Research Design (Summer) - 3 credits
  • EBIB 524 Biblical Foundations of Christian Education (Fall) - 3 credits
  • EDCS 563 Instructional Strategies for Students Who Are At-Risk (Spring) - 3 credits
  • EDIP 542 Introduction to Curriculum & Instruction (Fall) - 3 credits  
  • EDIP 543 Technology in Education (Spring) - 3 credits
  • ECUR 525 Classroom Management (Summer) - 3 credits

Concentration Courses

  • EBIB 516 Hermeneutics and Biblical Integration for Education (Spring) - 4 credits
  • EBIB 521 Christian Heritage (Summer) - 3 credits
  • EBIB 523 Christian Character Formation (Fall) - 3 credits
  • EBIB 528 C&I Christian Education (Spring) - 3 credits
  • EDCS 505 Philosophy of Christian Education (Fall) - 3 credits

Total: 34 credits

C&I graduates will be able to:

  • Explore the philosophy, principles, and practices in designing, implementing and evaluating programs and curricula in different contexts.
  • Critically examine issues related to teaching and learning from a Christian worldview.
  • Evaluate curricula against standards, policies, and legislation at the local, state, national, and international level.
  • Develop a foundation of knowledge about curriculum improvement, including knowledge of effective teaching and learning for diverse learners.
  • Utilize the strategic planning process to plan, implement, and evaluate curricula in a variety of setting.
  • Utilize data based decision making to evaluate curriculum goals, instructional objectives, assessment, and student learning outcomes.

Curriculum & Instruction—Christian School
Course Descriptions

EADM 515 Research Design (3) Focuses on the role of the school leader or educator as a consumer (basic, applied, and orientational), a user (evaluation), and a producer (action) of educational research.  As consumers, candidates learn how to identify, read, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, explain, and apply quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research.  As users, candidates utilize descriptive statistics and data-driven decision making in problem based learning applications.  As producers, candidates follow the structure of a research proposal to develop competency with the literature, methods, designs, and data analysis techniques germane to the field.

EBIB 516 Hermeneutics and Biblical Integration for Education (4) An inductive Bible study methods course. Principles of Bible study are applied to interpreting and integrating educationally relevant Scripture. The grammatical-historical approach to biblical interpretation will be examined. Various approaches to faith and learning integration are also taught. Approved for ACSI biblical studies certification credit.

EBIB 521 Christian Heritage (3) Provides a biblically based rationale for Christian education through an examination of the basis, heritage, and destiny of the Church. This examination is done within the educationally relevant context of what it means to be a citizen in God’s holy nation (1 Peter 2:9).

EBIB 523 Christian Character Formation (3) Formation  Emphasizes the character qualities Jesus expected of his disciples—distinctive qualities of character that transcend good morality and that are typically unnatural to human nature. Propose educational strategies appropriate for home, school and church settings.

EBIB 524 Biblical Foundations of Christian Education (3) Examines educational practices related to the biblical focus on the Kingdom of God that Christians are to promote on earth, including the classroom. The emphasis is particularly on those Kingdom related teaching methods and leadership skills informed by relevant professional literature.

EBIB 528 C&I Christian Education (3) Examining, selecting, implementing, & evaluating Christian education curricula.

ECUR 525 Classroom Management (3) Principles and practices for creating and maintaining effective and efficient learning environments for diverse learners to include methods for effective student discipline, appropriate learning strategies, and environments that motivate student learning.

EDCS 505 Philosophy of Christian Education (3) Examines various philosophies of education in light of Scripture. Develop a philosophy of education essential to the preparation of “holy nation” citizens. Provides a biblical and philosophical framework for many other courses in the Christian School Concentration.

EDCS 563 Instructional Strategies for At-Risk Students (3) Reach and effectively teach students who are at risk in the general classroom. Addresses topics such as curriculum-based assessment, accommodations, modifications and collaboration with other professionals and family members.

EDIP 540 Philosophical Foundations in Education (3) Historical, political and philosophical foundations of education. While focused on U.S. education, emphasis on generalized principles and issues makes it relevant to all nations. Establishes a philosophical foundation of education and surveys various worldviews that affect education today.

EDIP 542 Introduction to Curriculum & Instruction (3) Develop an understanding of biblical perspectives on the nature of learning and the ability to think critically about issues related to teaching and learning. Explore the components of effective instruction and learn how to implement instructional strategies that promote learning.

EDIP 543 Technology in Education (3)  Increase learning and learner success by designing educational events that use instructional technology. Covers three basic areas of technology integration: planning, implementation and evaluation. Does not cover specific applications. Within this framework, various technologies and tools will be investigated for the purpose of determining which are best suited for particular instructional situations. Discusses broader issues regarding the usefulness and effectiveness of technology integration in education. The ultimate goal is to create a plan to integrate technology in your educational setting.

EDUC 500  Online Orientation (0) This course is designed to acquaint learners with the technologies and resources needed to successfully complete their online course(s)/program.

UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources (0) Teaches basic competencies in the use of computer and related information technology research and resources, including use of the library. Enroll in the course in the first semester. Required for graduation. Pass/No Pass.