Master of Arts in Christian Education

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Overview

The M.A.C.E. is a fully online advanced degree for educational leaders of Christian schools.  The program builds upon the basic skills learned in the BACE program and gives students a broad overview of the educational process and equips them with leadership skills and knowledge to strengthen Christian schools throughout the world.  Once the core curriculum has been mastered, students may choose a specialty area that coincides with their calling and gifting.  Specialty areas consist of Digital Instruction & Technology and Educational Leadership.

Note: The institution does not offer any programs that lead to professional licensure. A graduate of programs offered at CCU is not eligible to sit for licensure exams within the United States.”

Upon graduation, students may directly apply to ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) for a certificate to teach in Christian schools, but CCU does not offer certification toward public school assignments.

Purpose

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Christian Education is to provide effective tools for furthering the cause of Christ through the ministry of Christian education.  Emphasis will be to equip leaders to become effective leaders and practitioners within the educational community.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are clearly defined, established, and measurable in the five statements outlined below. The MACE degree will equip the student with practical skills and deep understanding of the educational process in the context of a Biblical Worldview.  The student will develop exceptional written and oral communication skills that will benefit both personally and professionally. Program learning outcomes include the following:

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Identify and articulate various philosophies of education and defend a Biblically based philosophy of education by writing a personal philosophy paper and using this philosophy statement throughout the program.
  • Compare and Contrast various philosophies of education while developing a Biblically based philosophy of education by writing a personal philosophy paper and applying this stated philosophy throughout the program.
  • Develop supervisory and leadership skills from the content readings, assignments, projects and capstone by researching best practices, writing reflective responses, and practicing skills through projects and assignments.
  • Develop a philosophy of leadership that outlines the various roles for the educational leader.  Effort must be made to describe the difference between management and leadership and students will grow in their ability to lead and manage by researching the literature, writing responses, developing strategies, and practicing on the job.
  • Understand how to lead the implementation of technology in the Christian school by researching best practices, discovering new technology, evaluating existing technology, and creating different projects utilizing instructional technologies (i.e., Mind Mapping, Wordy diagrams, presentations, blogs, videos etc.).
  • Research educational best practices and develop a strategic plan to implement findings into the Christian school.  Understand how to lead the implementation of technology in the Christian school by researching best practices, discovering new technology, evaluating existing technology, and creating different projects utilizing instructional technologies (i.e., Mind Mapping, Wordy diagrams, presentations, blogs, videos etc.).
  • Research the social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of learning and develop a biblically based philosophy of behavioral influence and leadership.
  • Research the social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of learning and develop a biblically based philosophy of discipleship within the educational arena.
  • Become proficient in training educators to Biblically integrate the course content by creating a “how to” manual for educators to follow.
  • Design a strategic plan to foster and sustain a Biblically based Christian school by creating a personalized “how to” manual that outlines
    • Self-Awareness,
    • Growth Initiatives, and
    • Effective Assessment for all aspects of the Christian school.

Program Structure

The Master of Arts in Christian Education has 36 credits and features 8 biblical core courses and 4 courses specific to the student’s selected specialization. The method of instruction is 100% online, asynchronous format, and video conferencing.

M.A.C.E. Core Courses

Course ID

Course Name

CBL501 Studies in Christian Leadership 3
BC522 Interpersonal Relationships 3
ED541 History and Philosophy of Education 3
ED545 Instruction and Methods 3
ED548 School Culture and Classroom Dynamics 3
ED579 Educational Psychology 3
ED582 Instructional Design 3
ED562 Teaching Methods II 3
M.A.C.E. Core Courses 24
Specialization Total Credits 12
Master of Arts in Christian Education Total Credits 36

Specializations Offered

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Courses

  • All courses in the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree program are graduate level.