The online Master of Christian Education is a professional program designed for working educators who wish to pursue an advanced degree while continuing to serve in their current position. Emphasis is placed on improving your quality of instruction, assessment, and supervision based upon a thoroughly biblical philosophy of education.

Coursework is offered in a combination of 8-week and 16-week online courses with on-campus summer modules. Students may begin the program at any time.

Summer modular courses (even year)
ED506 – History and Philosophy of Education
3 credit hours, 5-day on-campus module (3rd week in June)

A graduate-level presentation and overview of the philosophies which have historically influenced American education. The educational philosophy from which the modern Christian school movement emerged will be examined.

Textbooks:

  • Christian Education for the Real World – Henry M. Morris
  • The Universe Next Door – James W. Sire
  • American Education: A History, 5th edition – Wayne J. Urban and Jennings L. Wagoner

 

ED530 – Advanced Teaching Methods
3 credit hours, 5-day on-campus module (4rd week in June)

A course designed to explore and analyze the many methods used to teach. Special attention will be given to the methods used by the “Master Teacher,” the Lord Jesus Christ.

Textbooks:

  • Guide to Successful Christian Teaching – Ardell Jacquot
  • Repairing the Ruins – Douglas Wilson
  • Teaching as Jesus Taught – Roy Zuck

Summer modular courses (odd year)
ED510 – Educational Leadership
3 credit hours, 5-day on-campus module (3rd week in June)

Examines the role of teachers and administrators being educational leaders within their schools and communities. Students will study the Biblical definition of leadership.  The class will also examine varying leadership theories and current research on the topic.

Textbooks:

  • Leadership: Theory and Practice, 7th edition – Peter G. Northouse
  • A Scent of Water: Bringing Life Back to the Christian School Movement – Edward Earwood and Phil Suiter

 

ED568 – Technology in Education
3 credit hours, 5-day on-campus module (4rd week in June)

Introduces students to a wide variety of computer and software technologies that are applicable to today’s educator. Students will be familiarized to new Web 2.0 applications, presentation programs, course managements systems, and student information systems. Students will gain practical skills with these technologies which can be applied to a Christian Education setting. Along with these software application skills, students will be introduced to proper methods for effectively assessing, implementing, integrating, and evaluating technology in an education setting.

Textbooks:

  • Required reading provided by instructor

First year

Fall core course (16 weeks)
ED590 – Research in Education
3 credit hours, 16 weeks

Introduces the student to education research by exposing the nature, planning, methods, design, approach, application, and veracity of educational research project.

Textbook:

  • Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research, 5th edition – John Creswell

Spring A elective courses
ED520 – School Administration and Management
3 credit hours, 8-week online course

Introduction to the characteristics of an effective administrator, Emphasis on the development of organization materials (manuals, handbooks, etc.), guidelines for discipline, teacher recruiting and evaluating, and curriculum design. 

Textbooks:

  • Management Principles for Christian Schools – James Deuink and Brian Carruthers
  • Against the Tide: Reclaiming Authentic Christian Education – Randy Hurst and Carl Herbster

 

ED515 – Curriculum Development 
3 credit hours, 8-week online course

Explores the factors affecting the development of a Christian school curriculum and presents the procedures for establishing curriculum design. Students will study and develop curriculum scope and sequence improvement through critical analysis and research of present practice and philosophies.

Textbooks:

  • Steppingstones to Curriculum: A Biblical Path, 2nd edition – Harro Van Brummelen
  • Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum – Rousas Rushdoony
  • Understanding by Design, expanded 2nd edition – Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe 

Spring B elective courses
ED525 – Institutional Advancement
3 credit hours, 8-week online course

Focus on the administrator’s role in the development and improvement of the school. Students will gain valuable skills in assessing and evaluating school functions. Students will work on school improvement plans. Examines methods of fund raising and grant writing.

Textbooks:

  • Required reading provided by instructor

 

ED532 – Principles of Classroom Management
3 credit hours, 8-week online course

Examines the direction and training of a class so time can be invested in instruction so that will actively involve students in the learning process. Educational psychology theories will be examined in the light of Scripture.

Textbooks:

  • Created to Learn, 2nd edition – William R. Yount
  • The Classroom Management Book – Harry K. and Rosemary T. Wong

Second year

Fall A elective courses
ED523 – School Law
3 credit hours, 8-week online course

Examines a Christian’s biblical responsibility to honor civil government while protecting local church-related ministries from legal entanglement. Practical information regarding compliance to health and safety regulations is presented. Emphasis is placed upon the educator’s legal responsibility with regard to the safety and welfare of students.

Textbooks:

  • Legal Basics: A Handbook for Educators – Evelyn B. Kelly

 

ED535 – Educational Assessment and Measurements
3 credit hours, 8-week online course

Explores the theory and construction of well-designed educational assessments that yield valid and reliable measures of the teaching and learning process. Research in the field of educational assessment will be explored.

Textbook:

  • Educational Testing and Measurement, 11th edition – Tom Kubiszyn and Gary Borich

Fall B elective courses
ED518 – Instructional Supervision and Development
3 credit hours, 8-week online course

Explores the development of programs to accurately assess the progress of students, the effectiveness of staff, and the processes to help each of the instructional staff to continue to grow in their effectiveness as a teacher.

Textbooks:

  • Management Principles for Christian Schools, 2nd edition – James Deuink and Brian Carruthers
  • Teacher Supervision and Evaluation: Theory into Practice, 3rd edition – James Nolan and Linda Hoover

 

ED546 – Foundations of Exceptionality
3 credit hours, 8-week online course

Introduces the teacher to the biblical approach to special education.  Attention will be focused upon the scriptural mandate for special education and the child’s physical, emotional, and learning disabilities.  Students will learn how a child enters the process from recognition to placement.

Textbooks:

  • Educating Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities: A Collaborative Approach – 5th edition
    Fred P. Orelove, Dick Sobsey, Donna L. Gilles
    Brookes Publishing
  • The School Counselor’s Guide to Special Education
    Barbara C. Trolley, Heather S. Haas, Danielle Campese Patti
    Skyhorse Publishing

Spring practicum elective (16 weeks)
ED596 – Educational Administration Practicum
3 credit hours, 16 weeks

Designed to provide an opportunity for the student to be involved with the daily administration of a Christian school as well as providing a platform for graduate students to complete their Educational Administration Practicum portfolio. The practicum portfolio is the capstone project of the MCE program to demonstrate student’s obtained knowledge, understandings and skills in the field of Educational Administration. Within this portfolio, students will develop a variety of documents including a philosophy of education statement, a research project, reflections of field experiences, and a variety of administrative documents.

Textbook: None

ED598 – Elementary Teaching Practicum
3 credit hours, 16 weeks

Students will produce a practicum portfolio that will be a reflection of their scholarship and achievement during their time in the graduate program. The portfolio will include a statement of their educational philosophy, an action research project conducted by the student, and a curriculum unit developed by the student.

Textbook: None

ED599 – Secondary Teaching Practicum
3 credit hours, 16 weeks

Students will produce a practicum portfolio that will be a reflection of their scholarship and achievement during their time in the graduate program. The portfolio will include a statement of their educational philosophy, an action research project conducted by the student, and a curriculum unit developed by the student.

Textbook: None

Academic diligence and intelligent defense of the faith often necessitate the use of books which include views, authors, or Bible versions quoted we do not necessarily recommend or endorse. That Crown College is an institution which holds to sound biblical doctrine and uses and recommends the Authorized King James Version is well known.

For more information, see the Statement of Faith.

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For more information about this program, please contact:

Mr. Stephen Stockton
Dean of the School of Education
The Crown College
1-877-MYCROWN
stephen.stockton@thecrowncollege.edu