Master of Education in Instruction & Learning (M.Ed. I&L)

The Master of Education in Instruction and Learning is designed to provide professional growth opportunities for educators from a biblical perspective. Students are prepared to assume leadership roles as teacher and/or instructional supervisor in various school settings.

The curriculum for this concentration provides opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and dispositions in instructional concepts, strategies, and content design to enhance student learning and can be completed 100% online.

What You'll Learn 

Candidates will develop:

1.     Competency in content so that they demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply biblical principles to formulate a philosophy of education and articulate this to various audiences.
  • Understand instructional strategies and learning theories to meet the development of learners and their individual needs.
  • Develop and analyze curriculum based on philosophy, theory, and biblical principles and their relationship to instruction and learning.

2.     Proficiency in skills to promote learning for all students so that they demonstrate the ability to:

  • Employ various research procedures and technology for problem solving within the school setting.
  • Assess and monitor student learning through a variety of methods.
  • Foster a nurturing school culture that enhances student learning, including consideration of the cultural differences within the school community.

3.     Professionalism so that they demonstrate a commitment to:

  • Intentionality to create a climate conducive to spiritual transformation within the school setting.
  • The professional role of the educator that includes being a lifelong learner by reflecting and gaining from experiences and being aware of current issues in education.
  • Collaborating and communicating effectively with other professionals, community members, and parents to improve student learning.

Program Length 

This 30-credit-hour degree can be completed in as few as 3 semesters although the time may be extended up to 4 years. 

Why Earn Your M.Ed. at CIU? 

  • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Online classes can be accessed anytime, 24/7
  • Highly engaged professors who are practitioners of the subjects they teach
  • Award-Winning online classes
  • Affordable programs
  • Get your degree from a nonprofit university
  • Eligible for federal financial aid and employer reimbursement plans


You can find information about admissions requirements, policies, and time limitations of the program in our academic catalog.

Career and Ministry Opportunities for Instruction & Learning (M.Ed. I&L) Graduates

Your Master’s in Education will prepare you to do what you do best: teach and lead in a variety of educational settings.

  • K–12 Teaching:  Teach in various educational settings that have a need for individuals who are prepared in instructional concepts, strategies, and content design from a biblical worldview.
  • Leadership Positions: Become supervisors or leaders in a variety of educational settings
  • Academic Careers: Prepare for further graduate work, especially a Ph.D. in education or a related discipline, leading to teaching and research positions at the college and university level.

Master of Education in Instruction & Learning (M.Ed. I&L) Admission Requirements

In addition to satisfying the general admission requirements of the university, students applying to the M.Ed. must meet the following requirements:

1. Evidence of ability to successfully pursue an academic program, as demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A minimum 2.7 GPA for most recent degree obtained.

2. Previous experience in education*, as verified by one of the following:

  • Two years of classroom experience.
  • A current teaching certificate.
  • An undergraduate degree in education.

*A limited number of students without one of these experiences who otherwise meet the requirements may be accepted based on specific coursework and leadership recommendations. While expertise in all disciplines is not expected, a student must demonstrate reasonable competency (a grade of ”C” or above) in content areas by completing at least 36 semester hours of undergraduate coursework that includes courses from at least four of the following content areas: language arts, social science, natural science, mathematics, technology, or humanities/fine arts.

Instruction & Learning (M.Ed. I&L) Required Courses

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


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


James E. Watson

James E. Watson

Ph.D./Ed.S. Program Director - Education, CoE

B.A., Asbury College; M.Div., Columbia Theological Seminary; M.C.S., Regent College; M.Ed., Florida Atlantic University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University


Credit Hours
Finish in as few as
15 months