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Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Science Degree [M.S.]
in Curriculum and Instruction

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The purpose of this degree is to provide advanced content knowledge and instruction in methodology for Christian school teachers.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the curriculum and instruction program will be able to

  • interpret the changing themes in American traditional education from the 1600s to the present,
  • articulate a distinctively Christian-traditional philosophy of education as it applies to curriculum and methods of teaching,
  • assess the philosophical roots of major educational theories and current practice, and
  • demonstrate graduate-level competence in written research and analysis.
  • (Additional learning outcomes are listed for each concentration.)

Biblical, proven traditional education methods, along with practical classroom experience, enable students to return to their ministries with invaluable tools for service.

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction—Elementary Specialization

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the elementary specialization will also be able to

  • describe and practice a phonics-first approach to reading instruction;
  • learn and demonstrate strategies for teaching reading, language, history, science, and mathematics in the traditional elementary classroom; and
  • evaluate from a Christian-traditional perspective current research and practice in the teaching of elementary subjects.

Admission Requirements

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction—English Specialization

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the English specialization will also be able to

  • demonstrate effective strategies for teaching secondary English concepts in a traditional classroom setting,
  • perform graduate-level research in English,
  • examine the centrality of faith in a literary education, and
  • examine the progress of the English language from old English to Modern English.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must also pass an entrance examination in English grammar. In addition, the applicant must have earned at least 18 credits in English (undergraduate or graduate level), including English Grammar and Composition (one year), American Literature, and British Literature.

While a student may begin with a deficiency in specific course competencies, some courses may not be taken until their competency is achieved with at least a grade of “C.” All deficiencies must be removed before registering for the fourth English course.

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction—History Specialization

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the history specialization will also be able to

  • demonstrate effective strategies for teaching secondary history concepts in a traditional classroom setting,
  • perform graduate-level research in history,
  • analyze the development of the American constitutional system, and
  • explore the influence of major historical periods.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have earned at least 18 credits in history (undergraduate or graduate level) with at least a grade of “C.” A student may begin the program prior to completing these credits; however, all deficiencies must be removed before registering for the fourth history course.

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction—Mathematics Specialization

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the mathematics specialization will also be able to

  • perform library research in mathematics literature,
  • demonstrate effective teaching strategies for secondary mathematics concepts in a traditional classroom setting,
  • advocate that mathematics is a creation of God rather than an invention of man,
  • apply established methods of problem solving in the major areas of mathematics,
  • judge the validity of a mathematical argument, and
  • apply the rules of formal logic to mathematical systems.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have earned at least 18 credits in mathematics (undergraduate or graduate level), including Calculus II, Discrete Mathematics, and Statistics.

While a student may begin with a deficiency in specific course competencies, some courses may not be taken until their competency is achieved with at least a grade of “C.” All deficiencies must be removed before registering for the fourth mathematics course.

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction—Music Specialization

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the music specialization will also be able to

  • identify forms and style characteristics in music literature,
  • produce public performances showing graduate proficiency in music, and
  • integrate current music technology and computer applications in arranging and composition.

This program is designed to provide the music educator with advanced training in education as well as in a specific music emphasis (choral conducting, instrumental, keyboard, vocal). The student receives exposure to literature in the chosen emphasis and training in selected periods from music history.

Admission Requirements

Graduate applicants must have majored in music on the undergraduate level. Music applicants must audition in person. Those who live beyond 400 miles from Pensacola may submit a high-quality video recording.

Entrance examinations in music history and music theory (sight singing, dictation, part writing, harmonic and formal analysis) are required. Applicants who do not earn a satisfactory score on an exam must take a review course in the appropriate area with no graduate credit.

Music Emphasis

All music graduate students must demonstrate basic keyboard skill before completing the degree program. Students may either take the secondary piano examination or opt for one year of piano.

One credit hour of private music instruction in the student’s emphasis is required each semester. Music instruction is available in voice, keyboard, strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, and choral conducting. MU 646 includes private music instruction. Ensemble credit includes Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra, or Accompaniment Practicum.

Progress Evaluation

A student must realize that continuation in his graduate program is dependent upon an ongoing evaluation of the student’s abilities. A student may be removed at any time from his program if in the opinion of the faculty/administration the student fails to perform satisfactorily or improve sufficiently in the appropriate skill, regardless of the student’s academic average in the program.

A student earning a “C” or lower in any private lesson may be required to repeat that course. A student cannot repeat a private lesson more than one time. Upon the student’s earning a “C” or lower in another private lesson, the Graduate Committee reviews the student’s status to determine if he can continue in his graduate program.

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction—Science Specialization

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the science specialization will also be able to

  • perform library research of scientific literature;
  • demonstrate effective strategies for teaching secondary science concepts in a traditional classroom setting;
  • articulate ethical standards based on a biblical foundation, including creation/evolution, bioethics, cloning, biotechnology, and biomedical applications of the human genome;
  • implement a perspective of scientific investigation based on a supernatural creation of all things in six literal days by the God of the Bible approximately 6,000 years ago;
  • apply the understanding of key concepts to solve problems in biology or physical sciences; and
  • evaluate scientific data.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have earned at least 18 credits in science (undergraduate or graduate level), including one year each in Biology, General Chemistry, and Physics.

While a student may begin with a deficiency in specific course competencies, some courses may not be taken until their competency is achieved with at least a grade of “C.” All deficiencies must be removed before registering for the fourth science course.

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction—Secondary (General) Specialization

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the secondary (general) specialization will also be able to

  • learn and demonstrate strategies for teaching English, history, science, and mathematics in the traditional secondary classroom;
  • evaluate from a Christian-traditional perspective current research and practice in the teaching of secondary subjects;
  • integrate technology for the purpose of enhancing lessons; and
  • develop a better understanding of a Christian educator’s successful personal and professional relationships.

Admission Requirements

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction—Speech Specialization

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the speech specialization will also be able to

  • advocate a biblical view of dramatic performance and production,
  • communicate narrative elements reflecting emotional sensitivity, and
  • direct and stage productions that are aesthetically pleasing.

Admission Requirements

Graduate applicants need at least 18 semester credits of interpretive speech on the undergraduate level. Students who do not meet this requirement may call the Seminary-Graduate Studies Office to inquire about other options. Speech applicants must audition in person. Those living beyond 400 miles from Pensacola may submit a high-quality video recording.

Progress Evaluation

A student must realize that continuation in his graduate program is dependent upon an ongoing evaluation of the student’s abilities. A student may be removed at any time from his program if in the opinion of the faculty/administration the student fails to perform satisfactorily or improve sufficiently in the appropriate skill, regardless of the student’s academic average in the program.

A student earning a “C” or lower in any private lesson/practicum may be required to repeat that course. A student cannot repeat a private lesson/practicum more than one time. Upon the student’s earning a “C” or lower in another private lesson/practicum, the Graduate Committee reviews the student’s status to determine if he can continue in his graduate program.