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. Additionally, you will earn a minor in education that provides teaching experience, and makes you eligible for an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certification in elementary education with an endorsement in early childhood. Complete other designated courses, and you can add an ACSI endorsement in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

You may also pursue a supporting minor in various fields of study such as Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Psychology, Youth Ministry, Bible Teaching or English.

Your Future

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

Your Next Step

Begin dreaming of the many ways you can be used by God with a Teacher Education degree. Get started today.

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Degree Program Faculty

Photo of Lynn Hoekstra, CIU Education Professor

Lynn Hoekstra

Teacher Education Program Director, Professor of Education

B.A., Calvin College; M.A., Western Michigan University; Ed.D., Azusa Pacific University


Photo of Mark McCann, a professor at CIU, a Christian university in South Carolina.

Mark McCann

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program Director, Professor of Education

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


A photo of Connie Mitchell, dean of the College of Education at CIU.

Connie Mitchell

Dean of the College of Education

B.A., Florida Bible College; B.S., Bryan College; M.A., Ed.D., University of Miami


A photo of Debbie Moore, Master of Education Program Director.

Debbie Moore

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program Director, Professor of Education

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


A photo of Linda Murdaugh, the director of Professional Education Field Experiences at CIU

Linda Murdaugh

Director of Professional Education Field Experiences

B.A., California Baptist College; M.A., California State University


Milton Uecker, Professor Emeritus of Education at CIU

Milton V. Uecker

Professor Emeritus - Education

B.A., Concordia Teachers College; M.Ed., University of Texas at Austin; Ed.D., University of Virginia