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Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

Education Specialist Degree [Ed.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,
  • exhibit 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,
  • demonstrate graduate-level competence in written research and analysis,
  • evaluate formal educational research for Christian classroom applications, and
  • exhibit a working, comprehensive knowledge of curriculum and instruction in writing.
  • (Additional learning outcomes are listed for each specialization.)

Ed.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.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Students who did not earn credit for ED 600 Education Seminar previously will be required to attend Summer Seminar in addition to these requirements.

Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction—English Specialization

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

  • examine the centrality of faith in a literary education and
  • examine language and literature from a Christian worldview.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must pass an entrance examination in English grammar. In addition, the applicant must have earned at least a grade of “C” in 18 credits of 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.

Course Requirements

Students who did not earn credit for ED 600 Education Seminar previously will be required to attend Summer Seminar in addition to these requirements.

Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction—History Specialization

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

  • evaluate the nature and influence of historical ideas.

Admission Requirements

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

Course Requirements

Students who did not earn credit for ED 600 Education Seminar previously will be required to attend Summer Seminar in addition to these requirements.

Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction—Science Specialization

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

  • 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 a grade of “C” in 18 credits of 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.

Course Requirements

Students who did not earn credit for ED 600 Education Seminar previously will be required to attend Summer Seminar in addition to these requirements.

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

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

  • integrate technology for the purpose of enhancing lessons and
  • use a variety of multidisciplinary techniques to enhance student achievement.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Students who did not earn credit for ED 600 Education Seminar previously will be required to attend Summer Seminar in addition to these requirements.