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Master of Christian Education


The Master of Christian Education 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 Master of Christian Education 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.

Program Emphasis

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.

Admissions Requirements

An approved bachelor’s degree is prerequisite to admission to the M.C.Ed. program. Students are expected to have backgrounds in education, administrative leadership, Bible, or Christian service. The prospective student’s experience will be considered as well as his or her formal education.

If the candidate desires to take the Teacher Emphasis Track and has no previous teaching experience, the candidate must take an additional three-credit-hour internship (student teaching block) as part of the Directed Field Experience.

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:

  1. Obtain a theological, historical, and philosophical foundation for Christian education.
  2. Receive the body of professional knowledge necessary for Christian education.
  3. Demonstrate effective administrative leadership within a Christian school.
  4. Understand the necessity of excellence and fostering a life-long learning philosophy.
  5. Continue to strive to be more Christ-like in his or her professional and personal life.

Department Head

Mrs. Rebecca Stertzbach
Mrs. Rebecca Stertzbach
Mrs. Stertzbach completed a Master of Christian Education in 2019. Currently she serves as the Executive Assistant at IBCS, where she teaches in the English and education departments.
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Graduation Requirements


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.

Program Requirements and Rotation

Course # Name of Course Hours
ED 514 Philosophical Foundations 3
ED 520 History of American Education 2
ED 524 Curriculum Development 3
ED 540 Advanced Tests and Measurements 2
ED 554 Law and the Christian School 2
ED 594 Technology in Education 2
EN 520 Christian Thesis Writing 1
EN 620 Research and Writing 2
 HI 533 History of Fundamentalism 2

TOTAL HOURS: 19

Course # Name of Course Hours
ED 525 Community Relations & Family Involvement in the Christian School 2
ED 586 Institutional Advancement and Effectiveness 2
ED 585 Supervision of Programs, Facilities, and Personnel 2
ED 675 Directed Field Experience 3 to 6
Approved Electives* 2 to 5
Culminating Academic Review

TOTAL HOURS: 14

Course # Name of Course Hours
ED 525 Community Relations & Family Involvement in the Christian School 2
ED 535 Current Issues for the Christian Educator 2
ED 571 Action Research for the Classroom Teacher 2
ED 675 Directed Field Experience 3 to 6
Approved Electives* 2 to 5
Culminating Academic Review

TOTAL HOURS: 14

Spring 2021

ED 535 Current Issues for the Christian Educator

ED 554 Law and the Christian School

Summer 2021

ED 525 Community Relations and Family Involvement in the Christian School

ED 594 Technology in Education

EN 520 Christian Thesis Writing

Fall 2021

ED 514 Philosophical Foundations

ED 540 Advanced Tests and Measurements

EN 620 Research and Writing

Spring 2022

ED 520 History of American Education

HI 533 History of Fundamentalism

Summer 2022

ED 524 Curriculum Development

EN 520 Christian Thesis Writing

Fall 2022

ED 586 Institutional Advancement and Effectiveness

ED 585 Supervision of Programs, Facilities, and Personnel

EN 620 Research and Writing

Spring 2023

ED 554 Law and the Christian School

ED 535 Current Issues for the Christian Educator

Summer 2023

ED 594 Technology in Education

ED 525 Community Relations & Family Involvement in the Christian School

EN 520 Christian Thesis Writing

*ED 571 Action Research for the Classroom Teacher and ED 675 Directed Field Experience offered as needed. Contact your advisor for more information about these classes and possible electives.

**Schedule subject to change. Contact the IBCS Office with any questions.

Student Spotlight


Andrea Pena

Andrea Pena

“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.”

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