Master of Christian Education
The Master of Christian Education (M.C.Ed.) program is designed to mentor God-fearing leaders for fundamental Baptist churches and ministries of like faith in the West and throughout the world. Its purpose is to provide advanced professional preparation for the Christian school teacher, supervisor, or administrator. It also prepares the masters candidate for further academic work in post-graduate research.
The M.C.Ed. is a thirty-three-hour program offered during one- and two-week modular periods during the summer months. Classes are also offered in the evenings during the regular school year. In addition, courses are also offered through independent study courses and a directed field experience that allows the candidate to graduate within a two-year or three-year time period.
The graduate program in education endeavors to equip the IBCS graduate with a degree that places Christ at the very center of the education experience. The candidate will be exposed to essential skills related to educational administration, research, and pedagogy.
An approved bachelor’s degree is prerequisite to admission to the M.C.Ed. program. Students are expected to have backgrounds in education, administrational leadership, Bible, or Christian service. The prospective student’s experience will be considered as well as his or her formal education.
The final decision regarding the evaluation of a student’s application, previous education, experience, and admission rests with the IBCS Admissions Committee.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Christian Education, the successful student will:
- Obtain a theological, historical, and philosophical foundation for Christian education.
- Receive the body of professional knowledge necessary for Christian education.
- Demonstrate effective administrative leadership within a Christian school.
- Understand the necessity of excellence and fostering a life-long learning philosophy.
- Continue to strive to be more Christlike in his or her professional and personal life.
Program Requirements and Course Sequence
The Master of Christian Education program is designed with the working education profession in mind. All required courses are offered within a two- or three-year period. Candidates may opt for the thesis option that will give them extensive experience in the research process. All students will participate in the Directed Field Experience requirement.
|ED 515||History and Philosophy of American Education||3|
|ED 524||Curriculum Development||3|
|ED 535||Current Issues for the Christian Educator||2|
|ED 540||Advanced Tests and Measurements||3|
|ED 571||Action Research for the Classroom Teacher||3|
|ED 594||Technology in Education||3|
|ED 675||Directed Field Experience||3|
|EN 520||Christian Thesis Writing||1|
|PS 500 or PR 501||Theology of Counseling or Dynamics of Biblical Change||3|
To be eligible for graduation, the M.C.Ed. student must:
- Successfully complete the minimum credits in the prescribed and elective courses
- Earn at least 51% of the credit hours required for this degree at IBCS
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00
- Successfully complete the capstone projects(s) as applicable
- Pay all financial obligations to IBCS
- Demonstrate proper Christian character
- Participate in commencement exercises
Please contact the Department Head or Chief Academic Officer for additional information.
“I am thankful I was able to attend IBCS for both my B.A. in Bible and Teacher Education degree (2014) and Master of Christian Education degree (2016). The Master of Christian Education program at International Baptist College Seminary helped me value Christian education. IBCS taught me the importance of holding the Bible as the center of my life, career, and even every subject that I teach. I also learned the importance of valuing every student and helping them reach their God-given potential. I was able to apply the lessons I learned from this program to my English classes.”