Education, M.A.Ed.

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Education is a research-oriented degree that prepares candidates to work in a variety of academic settings, including leadership roles, and sets the stage for a doctorate. The program emphasizes professional writing, research and theory.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Education, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze, evaluate, and apply knowledge of current educational issues, settings, and legislative requirements from a biblical perspective through preparing a philosophy of education, analyzing case studies, and developing an educational portfolio (ULO 1).
  2. Link theory with practice, effectively differentiating the curriculum for diverse learners (e.g., ability, culture, language, SES, gender) and communities, validating each child as a unique bearer of the image of God through case studies, policy papers, and analysis of teaching methodology (ULO 1).
  3. Demonstrate Christian attitudes and actions conducive to the development of professional excellence and witness to the community through writing a personal educational philosophy statement, completing spiritual formation assignments, and conducting ethical research (ULO 1 and 2).
  4. Exhibit initial commitment to lifelong learning, professional growth, and a lifestyle of service to others as an act of worship through completing spiritual formation assignments, conducting research, and participating in an educational conference or professional educational organization (ULO 3).
  5. Demonstrate a collaborative work ethic with students, parents, and peers, leveraging strengths of individuals to benefit the community through collegial research, writing, and presentations (ULO 2 and 3).
  6. Conduct quality research, learning from natural revelation, and effectively communicating findings to the educational community through successful research, writing and presentation (ULO 1 and 3).
  7. Exercise discernment, individually and in team settings, creatively solving problems as contextual needs emerge within the educational community through successful collaboration with peers in think tanks, writing, research and oral presentations (ULO 2 and 3).
  8. Embrace God's calling to maximize one's leadership skills, demonstrating the qualities of a constructive change agent in the educational community to advance the Kingdom of God by envisioning and constructing a plan to implement educational improvements (ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Hold a preliminary credential or provide verification of the equivalent professional experience.
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if CBEST and all CSET subtests are passed).
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Non-native English speakers must verify a score of 100 iBT on the TOEFL exam.
  • Complete Biola University's Graduate Education application.
  • Interview with a member of the School of Education.

Those applying to the M.A.Ed. with Clear Credential or Induction concentrations will need all of the above listed admissions requirements as well as the following:

  • Hold a California SB2042 Multiple or Single Subject Preliminary Credential.
  • Clear Credential candidates must verify that a commission-approved induction program is not available through their employer (public school or WASC-accredited private school) by submitting the CL-855 CTC form. Induction candidates must provide verification of enrollment in a state-approved induction program.
  • Clear Credential candidates must submit the Coach and Placement Information form.

Students enrolling in online programs will need all of the above listed admissions requirements as well as the following:

  • Verify computer literacy sufficient to become actively engaged in learning online by passing an online proficiency test offered by Biola University's Distance Learning Department or providing proof of successful online learning in a prior course.
  • Verify access to a computer and the Internet sufficient to engage in Biola University's Distance Learning Programs.

Official documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student's academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.

Graduation Requirements

  1. M.A.Ed. core courses and Capstone must be passed with a grade of "B" or higher.
  2. Candidates must complete the Master of Arts in Education with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. Candidates must successfully complete one Capstone, and all professional requirements (e.g., electronic portfolio, including key assignments) related to the coursework and learning outcomes.
  4. A minimum of 38 credits is required for the Master of Arts in Education.
  5. Candidates must meet with a department advisor and Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section).

Transfer of Credits

Students transferring from an accredited graduate program may transfer a maximum of 6 approved credits for their M.A. in Education. Courses transferred must be equivalent to Biola University's and have direct applicability to the student's program design. Only courses with a grade of "B" (3.0) on a 4.0 grade scale or higher will be considered for transfer towards the M.A. in Education degree; a grade of "B-" is not transferable. Credits considered for transfer must have been taken within five years prior to the date of admission.

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
Courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher.
SEED 501Philosophy and Values in Schools and Society3
SEED 502Advanced Educational Psychology3
SEED 503Educational Research and Statistics3
SEED 504Advanced Curriculum and Instruction3
SEED 524Research in Culture and Intercultural Instruction3
SEED 554Professional Writing3
SEED 596Professional Development Module1
Select one of the following:3
Exposition of New Testament Segments or Themes (taken as "Life of Christ")
Other approved TTBE 3 credit course
Capstone Requirement
Select one of the following: 11
Curriculum Research Project
Total Credits23

 One of the following courses must be completed in the final semester and may be taken concurrently with other coursework. Course must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher. Register for one credit per semester. May take up to three semesters to complete. See an advisor for planning guidance.

Concentrations (15 Credits)

Clear Credential

Offered online.

Concentration-Specific Requirements
SEED 593Clear Credential Candidate Professional Development 13-12
Elective Requirements
Select 3-12 credits of approved electives, depending on how many semester of SEED 593 are necessary. 23-12
Total Credits15

 SEED 593 must be passed with a grade of “B-” or higher. Students admitted to the Multiple or Single Subject Clear Credential program at Biola University will enroll in SEED 593 for each of four semesters (a maximum of 12 credits may be applied toward M.A.). After four semesters, the course can be taken additionally without credit given towards the M.A.Ed. requirements. In some cases, candidates may be able to complete the Clear Credential requirements in less than four semesters.


May apply up to 12 credits from Student Teaching if completed at Biola University.

Curriculum and Instruction

Offered online.

See School of Education advisor for a list of required and elective courses in this concentration.

Early Childhood

Offered on campus and online.

See School of Education advisor for a list of required and elective courses in this concentration.


Offered online.

Students completing a state-approved induction program may apply up to 12 credits of Biola student teaching graduate credit to their M.A. in Education in lieu of induction credits. However, students in this program must complete the state-approved induction program and earn a Clear Credential prior to receiving the M.A.Ed. degree.

Concentration-Specific Requirements
SEED 604Induction I3
SEED 605Induction II3
SEED 606Induction III3
SEED 607Induction IV3
Elective Requirements
Select 3 credits of approved electives3
Total Credits15


Courses for this concentration must be approved by the Graduate Chair.

Special Education

Offered online.

See School of Education advisor for a list of required and elective courses in this concentration.