M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Bible Literacy

The Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction: Bible Literacy is designed to provide a quality study of Biblical concepts and allusions that permeate Western literature, fine arts, and performing arts and will enable educators to be agents of positive change through ethical, legal, and rigorous teaching of Bible literacy in their schools and communities.

The Next Start Date is October 3rd

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Bible Literacy Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives and requirements for the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Bible Literacy online degree program, successful candidates will also demonstrate:

  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress in relation to Oregon's Common Core State Standards and specific district standards
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students
  • An understanding of the ways that the specific curricular/instructional area has the potential to be responsive to classroom diversity
  • A clear understanding of the moral leadership required of them as advanced scholars in the chosen area of curriculum and instruction
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results
 

Course Descriptions

Students enrolled in the Bible Literacy program must complete:

  • Four core courses required for the Curriculum & Instruction degree
  • Foundation courses for the specific concentration

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Bible Literacy
15 credits
EDCI 533 (3)
Famous Firsts: Raising Cain, Noah's Floating Zoo, and Other Genesis Narratives
"Famous Firsts: Raising Cain, Noah's Floating Zoo, and Other Genesis Narratives" is a five-week online academic study of the first book of the Hebrew Scriptures. In two recent national studies, the Book of Genesis was identified as the most important Bible book students need to know. Course participants will study the subjects, drama, literary qualities, themes, and cultural contributions of Genesis narratives, as well as explore Genesis concepts and allusions that permeate Western literature, fine arts, and performing arts. Additionally, course participants will review and evaluate guidelines, materials, and strategies for teaching Bible literature in the public school. Course instruction is complemented with related video snippets and pertinent quotations from national scholars in the field.
EDCI 534 (3)
Heroes of Faith
"Heroes of Faith" is a five-week online academic study of the narratives of seven Bible heroes: Moses, David, Isaiah, Job, Daniel, Jonah, and Paul. Course participants will study literary qualities and will explore related Biblical concepts and allusions that permeate Western literature, fine arts, and performing arts. Additionally, course participants will add to their knowledge of guidelines, materials, and strategies for teaching Bible literature in the public school. Course instruction is complemented with related video snippets and pertinent quotations from national scholars in the field.
EDCI 550 (3)
Women of Valor
"Women of Valor" is a five-week online academic study of 16 (of the more than 200) women in the Bible. Course participants will study literary qualities of valorous women Biblical narratives and will explore related Biblical concepts and allusions that permeate Western literature, fine arts, and performing arts. Additionally, course participants will review and evaluate guidelines, materials, and strategies for teaching Bible literature in the public school. Course instruction is complemented with related video snippets and pertinent quotations from national scholars in the field.
EDCI 553 (3)
Love Your Enemy, Turn the Other Cheek, Go the Extra Mile, and Other Astonishing Instruction
"Love Your Enemy, Turn the Other Cheek, Go the Extra Mile, and Other Astonishing Instruction" is a five-week online academic study of the life and teachings of Jesus. Course participants will study literary qualities and will explore related Biblical concepts and allusions that permeate Western literature, fine arts, and performing arts. Additionally, course participants will add to their knowledge of guidelines, materials, and strategies for teaching Bible literature in the public school. Course instruction is complemented with related video snippets and pertinent quotations from national scholars in the field.
EDGR 601 (3)
Educational Research

This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.

The Master of Education culminates with one of three courses
3 credits
EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research (CAPSTONE)

Action research is one of the capstone projects for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will learn more about the action research methodology, complete final edits of the Literature Review, and design a complete Action Research proposal including data collection methods and analysis approaches. (During this course, the proposal will NOT be implemented with students/participants.)
This design provides students with the requisite skills and means to pursue the transformative practice called "Action Research" in their classroom, school, district or other work environment. The design method for the capstone project closely aligns with current classroom realities, with district and school requirements, and the needs of teachers and students.

EDGR 699 (3)
Thesis (CAPSTONE)

The Thesis offers the graduate student the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The student, working with his or her thesis instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.

EDGR 696 (3)
Practitioner Inquiry (CAPSTONE)

Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the reflective acts of the candidate as an educator seeking to improve teaching practice. Premised in the self-study research methodological traditions (Samaras, 2011), Practitioner Inquiry provides the opportunity to reflect on teaching practice and generate improvements based on classroom observation. Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the educator and her/his own practices, developing skills of inquiry, observation, reflection, and action in teachers. Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research

Any of the above options provide candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

Earning Your Curriculum & Instruction: Bible Literacy Master's Degree Online

The Bible Literacy Master's program is fully online. This online format uses cutting-edge curriculum delivered on easy-to-use online learning technology to provide students with a challenging educational experience. Each online course is 5 weeks in length.

 

Career Opportunities

  • Lead Teacher, School- and District-wide Bible Literacy Program
  • Higher Education Instructor in the Teaching of Bible Literacy
  • Bible Literacy Consultant & Information Source About the Bible Literacy Project (a non-partisan, non-profit entity that encourages and facilitates the academic study of the Bible in public schools, Front Royal, VA)
  • Advisor to publishers of Bible Literacy textbooks for Middle School/High School instruction
  • Bible Literacy Professional Development Leader, Middle School/High School
  • Bible Literacy Program Advisor to Local, State, National Policymakers
  • Reading Tutor Specializing in Bible Literacy
  • Division or Department Chair (Middle/High School)
  • Literacy Leader, School and District
  • Public or Private School Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Provider – (tutoring program offered in schools to increase academic achievement)

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