Teacher Education

Why Study Teacher Education at CIU?

The Teacher Education program offers an early childhood (PreK-third grade) and elementary (second to sixth grade) education licensure that leads not only to a bachelor’s degree, but also a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in five years. During the undergraduate program, you may explore other fields of study by choosing a variety of electives such as Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Psychology, Youth Ministry, Teaching Bible, and English.

College of Counseling Faculty

College of Counseling
40 hr/wk, 12 mo/yr
August 01, 2015


  • Collaborates with the College of Counseling faculty team to offer professional training in clinical mental health counseling within a biblical worldview in order to provide Christ-like therapeutic relationships for healing and growth.
  • Embraces CIU’s educational philosophy of integrating academic excellence, spiritual formation, and ministry skills development, with Bible at the core.


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from an accredited institution.
  • Licensed graduate of a CACREP program. At least five years of full-time clinical counseling experience.
  • At least three years of full-time teaching experience in graduate-level higher education .
  • Commitment to cross-cultural ministry outside the US.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Knowledge of and experience in clinical mental health counseling.
  • Expertise in child/adolescent and/or marriage/family counseling.
  • Proficiency in the use of educational and classroom technology.
  • Effectiveness in communicating with and coaching adult learners.
  • Commitment to teamwork and a collegial model of decision-making.

Bible Exposition

The D.Min. (Bible Exposition) helps you increase your ability to interpret and communicate the text of Scripture in a way that is biblically and theologically astute while remaining relevant and practical. Pastors, teachers, and others involved in the ministry of God's Word will find this program takes your skills to the next level of effectiveness.


This program will equip you to:

  • Interpret and apply biblical texts accurately in light of their literary genre

Global Studies

The D.Min. (Global Studies) is designed for those with significant experience in cross-cultural ministry. This degree builds on your previous studies and ministry experiences in order to attain higher levels of competency. It advances your knowledge of the foundations of and current developments in missions, deepens your understanding of God’s purposes, acknowledges personal calling and purpose in God’s mission, improves your skills for achieving assigned responsibilities, and develops your personal and moral integrity.


The D.Min. (Chaplaincy) is designed for those individuals with significant experience in one or more of the eight functional areas of chaplain ministry. This concentration advances your knowledge of current developments in chaplaincy, deepens your understanding of God’s call on your life, and enables you to attain higher levels of ministry competence. If you are serving in the armed forces, you may transfer in up to 6 semester hours from your chaplaincy training. 


This program will equip you to:

Member Care

The D.Min. (Member Care) equips professionals who have demonstrated skill in providing ministerial and/or therapeutic care for missionaries. This degree uses multi-disciplinary training tools to equip you as a Mission Support Services Specialist serving in an organizational setting or as a Clinical Counseling Specialist (requires licensure) focusing on clinical needs of missionaries in the global arena.

Review our course requirements.


This program will equip you to:

Ministry Leadership

The D.Min. (Ministry Leadership) develops your knowledge, theoretical clarity, and competence in ministry through lifelong learning in leadership. It is a popular option for pastors, church staff and para-church workers.

Study Abroad

The CIU TraveLearn program prepares you to share Christ with the world. Students who study abroad can expect to forge lasting friendships, gain global perspective and — best of all — deepen their ability to make an impact for Christ.

Mission Trips
Sharing and experiencing God’s love while immersed in another culture can be a life-changing experience. Individual credit-bearing courses are offered by some majors and are designed to teach you how to plan and conduct short-term mission trips.

Study Tours

These credit-bearing courses expose you to the sights, sounds and practices of other cultures. Examples include the Western Man Study Tour to Europe that includes cultural and historical instruction, and a study tour in Israel in conjunction with Jerusalem University College.

Best Semester

CIU partners with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities to offer the Best Semester off-campus study programs. Students choosing Best Semester have traveled to Australia, Costa Rica, Uganda and more — returning with fresh knowledge and keen insights about the world around us.


Talk to your academic advisor to explore the possibilities of internships and study abroad programs.


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