Why Study Teacher Education at CIU?
The College of Education (CoE) offers a bachelor’s degree program with an undergraduate core in Bible and a major in Teacher Education. Students who complete the Teacher Education Major and specific South Carolina state requirements will be recommended for initial licensure in early childhood (PreK-3rd grade) and elementary education (2nd-6th grade). CIU Education Programs also are endorsed by the Higher Education Approval Program (HEAP) of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Program completing graduates who meet specific requirements are eligible to apply for appropriate ACSI teacher certificates.
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.
Complete the M.A.T. program and specific South Carolina state requirements and you may be recommended for initial licensure in early childhood and elementary education. Graduates of the M.A.T. program are also eligible for Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certification in elementary education with endorsement in early childhood.
Career and Ministry Opportunities
Teacher Education at CIU leads you to a world of possibilities:
- Teaching Pre-K to sixth grade in public schools, international schools, charter schools, Christian schools, MK schools, home schools
- Academic interventionist
- Church education
- Ministering to children through mercy organizations worldwide
- Tutoring – private or public institutions
- Directing after-school and day-care programs
- Christian education consultant
- Further training as curriculum and instructional specialist, guidance counselor, school administrator, and doctoral work.
Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Craft is driven by the Holy Spirit to help students recognize their God-given potential as Christian educators. He specializes in early childhood and elementary education with increased emphasis
Director of Professional Education Field Experiences, Associate Professor of Education
Mrs. Murdaugh embraces the motto of “changed lives change lives”, she desires to train with excellence highly qualified Christian teachers who think, teach and lead biblically wherever God leads.
Teacher Education Program Director, Professor of Education
Dr. Hoekstra enjoys sharing the practical experiences from 16 years of middle school teaching with future teachers. She desires to prepare teachers with a biblical worldview who, by God’s grace, can
M.A.T. Program Director, Assessment Coordinator, Professor of Education
Dr. McCann’s desire is for undergraduate and graduate students to develop and refine their heart for ministry as future teachers and educational leaders who will serve the Lord with academic
Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Clevenger enjoys sharing her passion for investing in young learners with future teachers. She desires to prepare educators to value the foundational experiences early childhood teachers can