Master of Arts in Education Objectives Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Education, it is intended that the candi date: understand the theory and practice of the Christian philosophy of education and other foundation areas; have a thor ough knowledge of curriculum design and instructional procedures and have prac t iced these in a school setting; and have engaged in research relat ing to the subject in which he instructs, resulting in a project designed to improve his competence in the field. This program is designed to strengthen t he capabilities of teachers. It provides a study of foundations, curriculum and in struction and the resu lts of research - all designed to improve teachi ng and learning. The program combines theory with prac tice throughout using field experience with the course work culminating in a project. It seeks to integrate Christian truth through all of the courses and field experiences. Courses in Bible and theology are required of those who lack preparation in those areas. This program is designed to be taken on a part-time basis so t hat it will be available to t hose who are employed full -t ime. Courses are offered in late afternoon and early evening both during the school year and in summer sessions. The program can be completed in two full years or four summers. A maximum of eight units of electives and/or transfer credit may be ac cepted. The program must be completed within five years. N ine units of course load is considered full-time status for all gradu ate students. Admission Requirements All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited or recognized institut ion and must have 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average. Those not meeting this requirement, if accepted will be placed on probation. A combined score of I000 for verbal and quantitative
on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is requi red . Applicat ion must be submitted
Candidates for the master of arts degree
535 CURRENT PROBLEMS IN
will be required to take four graduate units EDUCATION (2)
of Bible and/or theology through Talbot Contemporary trends in curriculum, Theological Seminary and School of Theolteaching methods and school organization
on a graduate application form.
Graduation Requirements Requirements for the degree incl ude the successful completion of 32 semester units of prescribed and elective courses and the passi ng of a comprehensive writ ten examination covering t he fie lds of study. A minimum of24 of the 32 required units must be completed in residency at Biola. A maximum of six un its of 400 level education courses may be used as electives toward the degree. Prior approv al is required. The requ ired project must be written up as a short thes is and pre sented to the education department. All degree requ irements must be completed before the student may participate in the commencement ceremonies. A graduation petition must be filed one year in advance with the graduate graduation counselor in the office of admissions and records. Course Requirements: First Year (Part-Time): 535 CURRENT PROBLEMS IN EDUCATION 2 560 CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY O F EDUCATION 2 612 SCHOOL LAW 2 613 PRINCIPLES OF CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT 4 623 EVALUATION OF TEACHING AND LEARNING 2 ELECTIVES 4
ogy in place of the elective units if they have not had such courses. Prior approval is required. This requirement may be met by eight units of undergraduate Bible/The ology courses. These w ill not count to ward t he required 32 units for graduation, however. Course Descriptions 50 I CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ORGANIZA T ION (3) A survey of current theory and practice of Chr istian schools in the areas of philos ophy, administration, supervision, curricu lum. instruction, test ing, counseli ng, finance and law. Designed for· those seeki ng a broad understand ing of the purposes and activities of these schools . (Offered sum mer school only.) 51 I CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ADMINIS TRATION (4) Analysis of administrative duties and re sponsibilities relative to school board, fac ulty, staff, pupils, parents and community. 512 IND IVIDUALI ZI NG INSTRUCTION (2) Ind ividual differences and means of making instructi on more relevant t hrough analysis of needs, differentiated assign ments and classroom activities. 517 ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL PSY CHOLOGY (2) Application of psychol ogical research and theory to the problems of learning, motivation, class organization and control, and behavior differences.
focusing on significant problems and issues
that affect teachi ng and learning.
560 CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION (2) Philosophy and practices of a Christian teacher in the classroom and on the campus. Aims of Christian schools and means of achieving them. including attitudes and convictions which Christian schools seek to develop in student s.
605 CHRIST IAN SCHOOL SUPERVISION (4)
Development of techniques of evalua tion of inst ruction , in-service training, im plementation of school programs and oth er supervisory activities. 606 FIELD WORK IN ADMINISTRATION (2) Laboratory experiences in Christian school administration under the direction of an experienced administrat or. (Not re quired of those with administrative experi ence.) 607 PROJECT IN ADMIN ISTRATION (2) A project designed to improve the pro gram of a Christian school . including a writ ten report embodying the results. 608 SCHOO L COUNSELING (2) Princi ples, practices, particular problems and concerns in counseling pupils and par ents from a Christian perspective. 610 CHRISTIAN SCHOOL FINANCE (2) Design, development and implementa tion of a budget in a Christian school; fund raising procedures and school building de sign. 6 12 SCHOOL LAW (2) Constitution, statut es and court deci sions which affect schools. administrators, teachers and pupils. Attention given to laws and regulations relating to private schools.
Second Year (Part-Time): 512 INDIVIDUALIZING INSTRUCTION
51 7 ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 525 DIAGNOSISOF READING PROBLEMS
525 DIAGNOSISO F READING PROBLEMS(2)
608 SCHOOL COUNSELING 2 628 INSTRUCT IONAL RESEARCH 2 630 PROJECT 2 ELECTIVES 4 650 COMPREHENSIVE WRITTEN EXAMINATION 0
Appropr iate use and interpretation of tests and other procedures for diagnosis and prescription in readi ng instruction. Lab fee: $5.
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