Being an effective teacher is about constantly improving and adapting in the classroom. With BJU’s advanced program 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.
Tina James, ’14
I am a product and passionate proponent of Christian education. After teaching for 13 years in Christian school settings, God renewed my dream to earn a master’s degree. I craved challenging courses from a Christian perspective and relevant instruction that I could immediately apply in the classroom. The online master’s program at Bob Jones University met my needs for biblical emphasis, academic excellence and flexible convenience to schedule my coursework at times convenient for a busy pastor’s wife, mother and full-time educator.
The training I received in the master of teaching and learning program is truly enhancing my teaching ministry. Classes exceeded my expectations and provided stimulating interaction with exceptional professors and fellow public and Christian school instructors from the United States and countries abroad. The required courses, projects and activities helped me to create biblically integrated lesson plans and projects I could immediately implement while improving my skills in research, current technology and instructional practices designed to motivate and meet the academic needs of modern students.
I remain inspired by the kind hearts, brilliant minds and exemplary lives of the professors at BJU and will be forever grateful for their personal encouragement and professional expertise along the journey. My graduate experience at BJU has been one of the greatest highlights and blessings of my life, and I sincerely recommend the master of teaching and learning program to other Christian educators seeking to continue to develop their talents for the glory of God.
The following courses are required:
- History & Philosophy of Education
- Theories of Learning
- 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 teaching skills.
- Apply knowledge of curriculum and instruction in school settings.
- Use research to improve teaching effectiveness.
- Integrate technology to support instruction and student learning.
- Design or selectappropriate assessments.