Being an effective teacher is about constantly improving and adapting in the classroom. With BJU’s advanced degree in teaching and learning, you can continue improving your skills and knowledge as you take the next step in your teaching career.
This program is designed for current teachers and school administrators who want to continue their education without leaving their current school or ministry. That’s why this program offers the flexibility of online courses through BJUOnline.
Our master of education in teaching and learning program prepares you to be a more effective teacher and a leader in Christian education. You’ll build a solid foundation in the various theories of education and take a look at the history of the American system of education so you can understand where your teaching fits into the bigger picture.
The 30-credit program prepares you to be more effective in the classroom. You will design research-based instruction, present that instruction and assess student learning outcomes based on that instruction. You will also learn how to create effective lessons using 21st century technologies, examine and analyze current educational research, and apply original research to their teaching disciplines. All courses are taught by professors with many years of teaching experience in Christian and public schools.
In addition, you’ll explore hot topics in education, such as the changing structure and demographics of American families, child abuse, and bullying. You’ll learn about the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), and their standards in content knowledge, instructional practice and more.
You’ll learn how to construct effective tests and use normal probability curves and graphs to interpret the statistics of test results. And in many of the courses, you’ll discuss educational issues with knowledgeable faculty and interact with your peers from around the world. We have had candidates recently from South Korea, the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and across the continental United States.
Our faculty for the master’s program in teaching and learning all hold terminal degrees and teach in their fields of expertise.
These experienced professionals bring to the classroom their varied experience—including teaching on every level from kindergarten, elementary, middle school, high school and college; writing K-12 textbooks and research articles; and being assistant principals, principals and administrators in Christian education.
Educator Professional Development Program
To encourage the continued professional improvement of Christian school leaders and teachers, BJU is pleased to offer the Educator Professional Development Program. Students who are current employees of Christian schools and have been accepted into the MEd teaching and learning program or the MS educational leadership program are eligible for a 50% tuition discount for courses that support either program. For further information, contact the director of financial aid.
Online Learning Experience
All of our courses are online and are designed for the busy professional. You will be able to listen to lectures, participate in discussions, complete practical projects, and take quizzes and tests at a time and place that works best for your schedule.
BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on Career Central, our online job board. In addition, more than 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs.
Career Services also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.
The following courses are required:
- History & Philosophy of Education
- Family, School & Community Relationships
- Best Practices in Instructional Strategies
- Providing Instruction for Exceptional Learning Needs
- Critical Issues in Education
- Curriculum Development & Design
- Assessment of Learning
- Technology in Education
- Research in Education
- Action Research Project
Each student will:
- Expand and refine their teaching skills.
- Apply knowledge of curriculum and instruction in school settings.
- Use action research to improve teaching effectiveness.