Postgraduate Education Specialist

Develop the capacity to think, communicate and model biblical excellence in educational leadership positions. You’ll learn to clearly represent Christ-centered perspectives in the broader society by impacting students, their families, faculty, and staff with competencies specifically defined for Kingdom growth. Classes are offered as intensive courses in the summer and online during the fall and spring semesters.


You will receive postgraduate training as a professional who leads others in addressing educational needs from a biblical perspective.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy program at CIU is distinctly Christian. Those who earn this degree can specialize in areas of Christian Higher Education Leadership, Christian School Leadership, or Curricular and Instructional Leadership.

Holders of the Ph.D. degree from our College of Education are accomplished learners and leaders ready to put their training in educational theory to work at Christian schools, colleges and universities around the world.

Christian School Leadership

The Doctor of Philosophy (Christian School Leadership) is designed for administrators of Christian K-12th grade schools: headmasters, principals, assistant principals, and other individuals responsible for leadership and management decisions in primary and secondary Christian educational institutions. You’ll develop knowledge and skills in educational leadership, instructional supervision, strategic planning, assessment, spiritual formation, legal issues, and instructional delivery systems.

Curricular & Instructional Leadership

Are you a leader in the K-12th grade or post-secondary education levels? The Doctor of Philosophy (Curricular & Instructional Leadership) is designed for you. 

You’ll develop knowledge and skills in educational leadership, curriculum theory and design, instructional development, curriculum innovation, assessment of instruction, spiritual formation, and methods of instructional delivery.


Graduates with an Ph.D. in Educational Leadership go on to become:

Christian Higher Education Leadership

Increase your knowledge and skills in faculty development, strategic planning, assessment, spiritual formation, adult education, resource development, and instructional delivery systems with the Doctor of Philosophy (Christian Higher Education Leadership) concentration.


Graduates with an Ph.D. in Educational Leadership go on to become:

  • Administrators in Christian Higher Education

  • President, Vice-President or Dean of a higher education institution

  • Program Director

  • Enrollment Management

Master of Education

Earn a Master of Education degree from CIU and you’ll be prepared to effectively lead in Christian schools around the country and across the world. 

If you are a Christian school administrator or would like to be one, or if you would like to move to a master teacher level in your area of interest, the M.Ed. program prepares you to advance in the direction of your calling. 

The M.Ed. leads to the appropriate professional certificate from the Association of Christian Schools International for students who meet specific requirements. 

Debbie Moore

A photo of Debbie Moore, Master of Education Program Director.
Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program Director, Professor of Education

B.S., Toccoa Falls College; M.Ed., Bob Jones University; Ed.D., Columbia International University

Debbie Moore serves in the College of Education as the Master of Education Progragram Director.  She has held various positions within Christian education since 1986 as teacher, guidance counselor, administrator, and dean. Her passion is to work with Christian educators to enhance classroom skills that use biblical integration and teaching with intentionality to develop spiritual formation in students. Originally from Pennsylvania, Debbie met her husband (David) at college and they have since lived in North Carolina and Georgia.  They have two adult children, Lindsay and Erica. She loves spending time with her family, reading, walking, and drinking coffee. 

Teacher, Trinity Christian School, 1986-1990; Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Neuse Christian Academy, 1990-2000; Dean, Principal, Gaston Christian School, 2000-2003; Teacher, Northside Christian School, 2003-04; Dean, Adjunct Faculty, Toccoa Falls College, 2004-2013; Professor, M.Ed. Program Director, Columbia International University, present.



Brian Simmons

Brian Simmons
Associate Provost for Online Studies, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)/Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Program Director, Professor of Education

B.A. Cornerstone University; B.S. Calvin College; M.S. Indiana University South Bend; Ed.D. Ball State University; Certificate in Fund Raising Management, Indiana School of Philanthropy.

Dr. Brian Simmons is a professor in the College of Education and Director of the Ed.D. and Ed.S. programs. He is a lifetime educator and has served as a teacher, Superintendent of two Christian schools, university Vice President, adjunct professor and association President.  Dr. Simmons' life mission states, "Brian Simmons exists as a visionary builder to further the kingdom of God through education, teaching and influencing others."  His primary goal in life is to be a faithful steward of all the Master has entrusted to his care.  He and his wife, Bonnie have four adult children and one grandson: Jared (wife Mary Claire and son Teagan Scott), Drew (wife Stefanie), Lindi (husband Matt),and Aubrey (finacé Zach).  

Mathematics teacher, Elkhart Christian Academy, 1982-1989; Superintendent, Elkhart Christian Academy, 1989-1996; Superintendent, Heritage Christian School (Indianapolis), 1996-2005; Adjunct Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2000-present; Vice President for University Relations, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2006-2009; President, the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), 2009-2013, Resident Faculty and Ed.D/Ed.S. Program Director, Columbia International University, 2013-present.



Phyllis Kilbourn

Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn
Adjunct Professor of Education

Ph.D., Trinity International University; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.A., Trevecca Nazarene

Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn is the founder of Rainbows of Hope and Crisis Care Training International, both global ministries of WEC International to children in crisis. She is a child advocate, trauma trainer, and author/editor of a number of handbooks focused on interviews for children in crisis, and has served in Liberia and Kenya with WEC International. She holds a Ph.D. in education from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL., a MA in Christian education from Asbury Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Trevecca Nazarene. Dr. Kilbourn has taught crisis care training seminars and/or conducted research in many countries across Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. Truly she is one of the most respected pioneers of the children-in-crisis movement.



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