EDU 9550 The Legal Environment and the Christian School

This course will introduce students to a variety of legal principles. Particular consideration will be given to Christian schools, although the class will also cover legal issues involved in public education. The class will also examine school law issues from a philosophical and theoretical framework.  The goal will be to assist students to understand the rationale supporting various school law legal principles.   

Glen Schultz

Glen Schultz
Adjunct Professor of Education

B.A. Roberts Wesleyan College; M.Ed, Ed.D University of Virginia

Dr. Schultz has been involved in education for the past 45 years. He currently serves as an associate pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and Headmaster of Sherwood Christian Academy. Dr. Schultz is also co-founder and co-director of the Kingdom School Institute.  He has teamed up with Dr. Larry Taylor, Head of Prestonwood Christian Academy, in conducting this Institute for the past 11 years.

Prior to coming to Sherwood in 2005, he served as a public school chemistry teacher, a Christian school science teacher, high school principal and superintendent. He also served as the Southeast Director for the Association of Christian Schools International and as director of Christian school resources at LifeWay Christian Resources. 

He is the author of the booklet A Parent’s Greatest Joy and the book Kingdom Education: God’s Plan for Education Future Generations. 

He is married with three children and 6 grandchildren. His children attended biblically-based schools from Kindergarten at 4 years old through college. His grandchildren are also being educated through biblically-based programs.

Stephen Reel

Stephen Reel
Adjunct Professor of Education

B.A., M.Ed., Columbia International University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Stephen Reel has served for 27 years in Christian school ministry as a Bible teacher, school administrator, and adjunct professor. He is the Senior Director of the Southern Division for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). He previously served for 11 years as the superintendent of Southside Christian School in Simpsonville, SC, after 16 years at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, SC, as a Bible teacher, admissions director, elementary principal, and associate headmaster. Prior to this, he served two tours of duty in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry sergeant, tactics instructor, marksmanship instructor, and competition shooter.

Dr. Reel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Columbia Bible College, a Master of Education in educational administration from Columbia International University, and an Educational Specialist and Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.

He is the author of Clear Focus: Rediscovering the Most Important Aspect of Christian School Ministry (2015). He and his wife, Melanie, have three children.

Master of Arts in Teaching - Early Childhood & Elementary Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program seeks to create a learning environment that provides models, growth experiences, and communities of practice for equipping Christian educators. The entire early childhood and elementary school curricula are addressed, and graduates are eligible for initial teacher licensure recommendation in South Carolina as well as with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The program is designed to meet your scheduling needs.

College of Education

College of Education


The College of Education (COE) equips Christian educators to think, teach, and lead biblically in educational settings throughout the world. In order to fulfill the mission of the College of Education, the courses of study are based upon a philosophy of education that approaches both the means and the ends of education by thinking biblically about the nature of students, instructional strategies, and curricular content (knowledge, skills, and dispositions). Preparation includes training that equips students to think in culturally responsive ways within classrooms that are increasingly diverse.

Degree Programs

This mission encompasses the preparation of teachers to enter both early childhood and elementary classrooms with a five-year, two-degree program including an undergraduate Bible major and graduate master’s degree (B.A./B.S. and M.A.T.) or a stand-alone M.A. in Teaching (M.A.T.) for those already completing a bachelor’s degree.

Additionally at the master’s level, the COE provides training of K-12th grade Bible teachers (M.A. in Bible Teaching), ESOL teachers (M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and the equipping of practicing teachers and administrators for Christian school leadership positions through advanced graduate studies (Master of Education (M.Ed.), with tracks in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration, and Education Specialist (Ed.S.).

At the doctoral level, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), three concentrations are available: Christian Higher Education Leadership, Christian School Leadership, and Curricular and Instructional Leadership.

Global Impact

Currently more than 100 graduate students are working during summers to become or to enhance their positions as K-12th grade Christian school principals and headmasters, curriculum supervisors, and administrators in Christian higher education. These students, drawn to Columbia International University through the reputation of our faculty and graduates, currently come to study not only from schools across the United States, but also from Australia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Indonesia, Korea, Bolivia, China, Taiwan, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines. There is no question that the COE reflects CIU’s middle name – International.

Regardless of where our students are – beginning as college freshmen or completing their doctoral degrees – COE students believe that they can and will impact the kingdom through education. The COE strives to equip students to be discerning and wise educators whose lives will exemplify the thinking and dispositions of a Christian educator as they create effective learning communities.


Undergraduate ProgramsGraduate Programs



Teacher Education (Minor)

Why Minor in Teacher Education at CIU?

More than a minor, the Teacher Education program prepares you to be licensed to teach in an early childhood education program or elementary school in just five years. Here’s how it works. You’ll earn a bachelor’s degree in Bible and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) that leads to licensure.

Peggie Etheredge Johnson

Peggie Etheredge Johnson
Adjunct Professor of Education
(803) 807-5316

R.C., Kenneth Shuler’s School of Cosmetology; B.A., W.L. Bonner College; M.A., Columbia International University, M.Ed., Columbia International University

Peggie is a native of Saluda, South Carolina and member of the graduating class of 1970 at Riverside High School. She is the wife of Richard S. Johnson, Jr. and will celebrate 43 years of marriage in August of this year. She is the First Lady of Cathedral of Faith Ministries in Irmo, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C., and serves as Director of Women’s Ministries, Sunday school teacher, Supervisor of Children’s Ministry, and in any other capacity as needed. Peggie and Richard are the parents of three sons: Richard LaMonte, Michael Ryan, and Joshua Johnson. They have two daughters-in-love: LaTanya and Nina Johnson, and five wonderful grandchildren: Richard Grant, Daniel Allen, Samuel Ryan, Nia Amarie, and Kendall Ashlyn.

Peggie came to CIU as a Seminary student in 2001. Choosing CIU was easy after reading the online love story of R.C. McQuilkin as he cared for his ailing wife. After graduation in May 2003, Dr. Rick Higgins recommend her for employment in the Field Education Department, where she became a Field Education Supervisor in August 2003. That November, she became the Director of Bible Clubs and held that position until May of 2009 when the department officially closed. In this position, she directed and supervised as many as 13 Bible Clubs per semester and instructed team leaders, teachers and mentors in cross-cultural Bible teaching and evangelism of children and youth at the Columbia, West Columbia, Cayce, and Hopkins sites. She was assisted at these sites by assistants Andre Melvin and later Brooks Heard and numerous CIU student workers.

In 2007, she was asked by Steve Auld to travel to Belize, Central America with CIU students, where God enlarged her heart and passion for ministry to children in other countries. She continues to lead CIU students to Belize each year during Spring Break. The trip to Belize also opened doors for Peggie and her husband Richard to lead small groups from their church to the village of Barancco, where they have adopted the Primary School in assistance with the school lunch program and other areas of needs in the school.

In August 2009, Peggie became the Director of Bible Field Experience in the College of Education under the leadership of Milt Uecker and continued to instruct and lead students in cross-cultural ministry to children and youth in their communities through EDU 2420. She has been a guest lecturer in many education classes on teaching African American children and Children of Poverty. In 2010 she became a Bible instructor at the Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution and now teaches courses in the Prison Initiative Associates of Art degree at Camille. After representing the College of Education at Francis Marion University’s Children of Poverty Fall Workshop in 2010, she was invited to become a member of the Add-On Certification for Teachers of Children of Poverty task force, which passed SC state legislation in 2012.

Peggie is passionate about children in poverty and suffering children everywhere, and has many irons in the fire to meet those needs in America, Belize, West Africa, and South Africa. Her other passions include loving and seeking God’s will, spending time with her awesome grandchildren, praying, evangelism, sewing, reading, learning and sharing dynamics of diverse cultures, especially African American.

Riverside Middle School 1980-1983; Registered Cosmetologist, 1984-1994; Church planting in North America – 1977-2001; Academic/Peer Mentor, Computer Monitor/Tutor, Midlands Technical College, 1999-2003; Director of Bible Clubs, Director of Bible Field Experience, Columbia International University, 2003-2013.



Mark McCann

Photo of Mark McCann, a professor at CIU, a Christian university in South Carolina.
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program Director, Professor of Education
(803) 807-5395

B.A., Florida Bible College; M.S., Nova Southeastern University; Ed.D., University of Central Florida

Dr. Mark McCann was born in Georgia and has spent his life in the Southeast. Mark joined CIU in 2004 after 20 years of ministry in Central Florida. Married in 1984, Mark and his wife Sharry feel their greatest blessings involve time together with their three daughters Erin, Meredith, Kayla and their son-in-law Ben. Mark greatly appreciates church, school, and community ministry...thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord at CIU. His desire is for undergraduate and graduate students to develop and refine a heart for ministry as future teachers and educational leaders who will serve the Lord with academic excellence and spiritual acuity.

Teacher, Osceola County Public Schools, 1986-1989; Teacher, Dean, Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal, Admissions Director, Director of School Improvement, The First Academy, 1989-2004; Elder, New Hope Bible Church, 1993-2004; Co-founder and President, Hydrocephalus Family Support Group, 1996-1998; Resident faculty, M.A.T. Program Director, Columbia International University, 2004-present.


Sharon Berry

Adjunct Professor of Education

B.S.E., University of Arkansas; M.S., Old Dominion University; Ph.D., Gallaudet University

Sharon R. Berry, PhD, is a well-known speaker and author with more than 300 products to her credit. She has worked in public and Christian schools for over 30 years as a special education teacher and administrator. She was director of curriculum for ACSI for several years and now serves as vice-president of Christian Academic Publications and Services in Birmingham, Alabama and is the founder and director of Deaf Online University.

Her B.A. is from the University of Arkansas, her M.A. is from Old Dominion University, and she is the first person to receive a Ph.D. from Gallaudet University. Dr. Berry is the daughter of deaf parents and is an experienced teacher of the Deaf, a former Principal of the Virginia School for the Deaf at Hampton. She is a prolific writer of curriculum for Christian Academic Publications & Services and has several curriculum series published by Lifeway. She has held numerous positions as consultant, speaker, and adjunct faculty. Her research interests are: current implications of brain research, Special education, child development and discipline.She serves on various boards, including NILD, Christian Deaf Fellowship, ME Foundation and Riverside Foundation.

Dr. Berry is married to a retired pastor and has two daughters. She is involved with deaf ministries and enjoys reading and writing, gardening, music, and her grandchildren.

Teacher, Arkansas School for the Deaf, 1965-69; special education teacher, Portsmouth Public Schools, 1969-1974; special education teacher, Virginia Beach Public Schools, 1974-77; adjunct professor in special education at three universities, 1973-present; principal, Virginia School in Hampton, 1979-83; teacher, curriculum coordinator, director of special education, Lynchburg Christian Academy, 1983-84; director, Shades Mountain Christian Schools, 1984-94; director of curriculum, Association of Christian Schools International, 1989-1996; founder and vice president, Christian Academic Publications & Services, 1996-present; founder and director, Deaf Online University, 2002-present



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