Teaching, M.A.T. (Early Childhood)

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze, evaluate, and apply knowledge of current educational issues, settings, and legislative requirements from a biblical perspective (ULO 1).
  2. Identify personal assumptions and generalizations related to diversity (e.g., gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and [dis]abilities) while affirming that all students are valued as image bearers of God (ULO 2).
  3. Demonstrate Christian attitudes and actions conducive to the development of professional excellence and witness to the community (ULO 3).
  4. Exhibit growth in one’s professional practice by utilizing professional databases, conducting empirical research, and articulating findings through effective communication in both speaking and writing. (ULO 1, 2, 3).  
  5. Synthesize knowledge, skills, and perspectives from concentration-specific content of the master of teaching program to determine implications for professional practice (ULO 2).

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

  • Applicants must have completed all bachelors requirements prior to the start of the program and must have a bachelors degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of the second term.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submit GRE General test scores to determine writing proficiency (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if CBEST and all CSET subtests are passed).
  • Applicants for whom English is not a primary language 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.

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.T. core courses and Capstone must be passed with a grade of "B" or higher.
  2. Candidates must complete the Master of Arts in Teaching with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. Candidates must successfully complete SEED 594 Action Research, and all professional requirements (e.g., electronic portfolio, including key assignments) related to the coursework and learning outcomes.
  4. Candidates must demonstrate professional behavior as an important aspect of their preparation to effectively impact the field of education (inside and beyond the classroom). For candidates on probationary status, or where a candidate has struggled with professional dispositions (scores of 1 or 2), these concerns may prevent the candidate from moving forward in the program and graduation.
  5. A minimum of 30 credits is required for the Master of Arts in Teaching.
  6. Candidates must complete the program within five years of continuous enrollment. Candidates who are not continuously enrolled must complete the program within eight years total.
  7. 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 the 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 Teaching. 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 Teaching 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.

Curriculum Requirements

Offered on campus and online

Program Courses
Courses must be passed with a grade of "B" or higher.
SEED 501Philosophy and Values in Schools and Society3
SEED 524Research in Culture and Intercultural Instruction3
SEED 553Writing Literature Reviews 12
SEED 570Introduction to Spiritual Formation for the Educator3
Select one of the following:3
Exposition of New Testament Segments or Themes (taken as "Life of Christ")
Other approved TTBE 3 credit course
Early Childhood Specialization Courses
Select 15 credits from the following:15
Child Development: Birth through Adolescence
Early Childhood Curriculum
School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings
Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings
Observation and Assessment of Young Children
Early Childhood Practicum
Capstone Course
Course must be passed with a grade of "B" or higher. 2
SEED 594Action Research1
Total Credits30