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 Cohort Start Date is October 5th

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

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia’s M.Ed. programs, successful candidates in the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Bible Literacy concentration will demonstrate:

  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress.
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results.
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students.
 

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 and 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 and conduct 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 two courses
3 credits
EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research (CAPSTONE)
Action Research is the capstone project for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will complete final edits of the Literature Review, obtain appropriate permissions, implement Action Research, collect and analyze data from the Action Research implementation, and complete the Action Research Documentation Form.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.
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 educational research instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a Thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.

Either option provides 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 Policy Makers
  • 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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