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The College of Education (CoE) offers an early childhood (PreK-3


grade) and elementary (2




grade) education

licensure program that leads to a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Bible and Teacher Education and a Master of

Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in five years. During the undergraduate program, students may explore other fields of

study by choosing a minor to fill their electives.

The major in Teacher Education will lay a foundation and provide experiences for the profession of teaching. This major will

be partially accomplished in the last undergraduate term when students will register for 14 hours of graduate classes in the

Rapid Advancement for Ministry/Marketplace/Missions Placement (RAMP) semester in which competencies will be used in

the M.A.T. program (see M.A.T. Program 2).

Students who complete the M.A.T. program and specific South Carolina state requirements will be recommended for initial

licensure in early childhood and elementary education. CIU Education Programs are endorsed by the Higher Education

Approval Program (HEAP) of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). M.A.T. program graduates who

meet specific requirements are eligible to apply for appropriate ACSI teacher or administrator certificates. ACSI waives the

certification fee when applying at the time of CIU graduation.


The Teacher Education program focuses on equipping Christian educators to think, teach, and lead biblically in educational

settings throughout the world. This approach provides a biblical foundation for a career in teaching. Graduates of the five-

year, two-degree program will think biblically about the profession of teaching as well as the nature and needs of children.

They will be equipped to serve in Christian, international, public, mission, home, charter, and private schools.


Upon completion of the five-year, two-degree program, candidates will demonstrate they are becoming discerning educators

when they exhibit the competencies that illustrate that they are:

Learners who explore educational concepts related to content, children, and pedagogy.

Designers who identify components of effective planning and preparation for instruction.

Presenters who develop effective educational methodology, communication, and technology techniques.

Evaluators who observe classroom practice to contextualize theoretical understanding.

Managers who build a theoretical foundation for effective student engagement and nurturing environments.

Partners who develop peer collaborative skills with a view toward future professional relationships.

Professionals who are reflective, responsible learners preparing for an advocacy role in the life of children.

Admittance and Continuation Requirements

Freshman Year

Students will interview with a faculty advisor concerning interest in the Teacher Education program, enroll in their first

semester of EDU 3135 Contemporary Educational Issues, and successfully complete required classes (see “Course of

Study”) with a minimum of a 2.7 GPA.

Sophomore Year

Students will submit an official Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) report with prescribed minimum scores

(Reading 156, Writing 162, Math 150)


ACT or SAT scores with prescribed minimum scores (two-part SAT 1100, three-

part SAT 1650, ACT 24) by October 1 or April 1 (depending on fourth semester), enroll in EDU 2110 Foundations of

Education, enroll in their second semester of EDU 3135 Contemporary Educational Issues, and successfully complete

required classes (see “Course of Study”) with a minimum of a 2.7 GPA.

Junior Year

Students will successfully complete practical skills development requirements, apply for provisional acceptance into the

Teacher Education program for the RAMP semester (due by October 1 or April 1), enroll in their third semester of EDU 3135

Contemporary Educational Issues, successfully complete required classes (see “Course of Study”) with a minimum of a 2.7

GPA, and complete an application to the M.A.T. program.

Senior Year

Before the RAMP semester, students will complete a minimum of 106 hours that meet the bachelor’s degree requirements

for Bible major, general education, ministry skills, and practical skill development requirements as prescribed by the Teacher

Education program, enroll in EDU 3720 Instructional Design and Assessment, enroll in their final semester of EDU 3135

Contemporary Educational Issues, complete the CIU dispositional requirements, maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA, meet all

M.A.T. program acceptance requirements, and be formally admitted to the Teacher Education program for the RAMP