Master of Arts in Education

Program Description

The MA in Education is offered with emphases in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). All three emphases are also offered online.

Curriculum and Instruction

The Curriculum and Instruction emphasis is intended to prepare outstanding teachers and curriculum specialists, providing knowledge and developing skills in innovative methods of instruction, curriculum, evaluation, classroom management, and the integration of faith and learning in order to create a pervasively Christian learning environment.

Educational Administration

The Educational Administration emphasis is intended primarily to equip educational superintendents and elementary and secondary school principals. The emphasis includes the knowledge and skills needed by Christian school administrators to lead teachers, students, parents, and church members in creating positive learning environments.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed primarily for preparing teachers who will teach the English Language, as well as those who will use English as a medium of instruction, especially in bilingual or immersion settings. This emphasis focuses on the theoretical foundations of language and language learning and practical methods and techniques of language teaching, as well as providing hands-on experience in teaching English to language learners.

Program Length

18-24 months

When to Begin

August or January

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (four-point scale). A prospective student who does not meet the entry-level GPA requirement may be admitted under probationary status and given opportunity to meet this requirement by earning a 3.00 GPA at AIIAS during the first 12 semester hours.
  2. Demonstrated English proficiency. All students taking the TESOL emphasis are required to take one of the standard English proficiency tests prescribed by AIIAS. The minimum passing score for the test is higher than for other programs—IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. The limit of attempts in IELTS exam is up to three.

Prerequisites

1. Adequate undergraduate preparation in education to include a minimum of 6 credits of professional education, with at least one class from each of the following three areas:

  • Philosophy of Adventist Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Methods of Teaching

The following courses are offered as graduate level self-study modules to meet these prerequisites:

  • EDFN 501 Methods of Learning and Instruction (2 units)
  • EDFN 518 Educational Psychology (2 units)
  • EDFN 520 Philosophy of Adventist Education (2 units)

All prerequisite courses must have a minimum grade of B. A student who has not met these prerequisites may take courses at the graduate level. The credit earned for graduate courses used as prerequisites, however, will not apply toward the MA degree.

2. Teaching experience, normally a minimum of 1 year. A letter of verification is required. Those specializing in Educational Administration are required a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience. Those specializing in TESOL must have at least 1 year of English language teaching. Those who do not meet this teaching experience requirement must do teaching practicum. For TESOL students, they must do teaching practicum in English language teaching.

3. At least one religion course (undergraduate or graduate), with a minimum grade of C, from each of the following areas:

  • Adventist Beliefs
  • Adventist History or Spirit of Prophecy
  • Biblical Studies

The following courses are offered as graduate level self-study modules to meet these prerequisites:

  • CHIS 501 Spirit of Prophecy (2 units)
  • NTST 502 Life and Teaching of Jesus (2 units)
  • THST 501 Adventist Doctrines (2 units)

Additional prerequisites for the TESOL emphasis:

a. At least 10 undergraduate credits in English language (at least 4 credits of which are in addition to basic English skills courses).

b. An undergraduate course in Testing and Evaluation. To meet this prerequisite, a student may take EDFN 525 Instructional Evaluation (2 units) as a graduate self-study module at AIIAS.

c. All students taking the TESOL emphasis are required to take and pass one of the standard English proficiency tests prescribed by AIIAS. The required passing score for the test is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Curriculum

Program Structure

Credits

Core

17

Emphasis

15

Research

6

Culminating Phase

3-6

TOTAL

41-44

Core

17

EDCI 625 Instructional Media

3

EDCI 610 Pedagogy and Classroom Management

3

EDUC 582 Foundations of Christian Education

3

EDUC 624 Faith and Learning in Christian Education

3

LEAD 610 Biblical Foundations of Leadership and Ethics

3

RESM 520 Academic Writing

2

Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction

15

Complete the following five courses:


EDAD 601 Supervision of Instruction

3

EDCI 645 Assessment for Learning

3

EDCI 615 Instructional Models

3

EDCI 632 Inclusive Instruction

3

EDCI 640 Process of Curriculum

3

Emphasis in Educational Administration

15

Complete the following five courses:


EDAD 601 Supervision of Instruction

3

EDAD 640 Administrative Finance

3

EDAD 651 Principalship and School Improvement

3

EDAD 674 School Organization and Law

3

EDCI 645 Assessment for Learning

3

Emphasis in TESOL

15

Complete the following five courses:


EDTE 620 Second Language Acquisition

3

EDTE 622 TESOL Methods for Content-Area Reading and Writing

3

EDAD 628 TESOL Methods in Speaking and Listening

3

EDTE 630 Pragmatics

3

EDTE 680 Advanced Grammar

3

Research

6

RESM 610 Research Methods

3

RESM 615 Statistics

3

Culminating Phase

3-6

Complete one of the following three culminating modalities:


EDAD/EDCI/EDTE 696 MA Project

3

EDAD/EDCI/EDTE 698 MA Thesis

6

Comprehensive Examination and one elective course chosen in consultation with the academic advisor

3

Double Emphasis

A student may opt to take a double emphasis in the MA program. In such a case, the student may take five additional courses (15 credits) from the second area of emphasis. When the student selects the comprehensive examination as the culminating phase, one elective is still required.

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Financial Information for MAED

$6,360 (On campus)

Tuition, required fees, books. Not including prerequisites.

$8,100 (Online)
Family $ 8,770

This includes housing, utility, food & miscellaneous, refundable deposit. For a couple with 2 children in a 2-bedroom unit.

Individual $ 3,500

This includes housing, utility, food & miscellaneous, refundable deposit.