Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication, M.S.C.I.P.

Program Description

The Master of Science in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication is a degree that prepares candidates with technical skills to work in a variety of academic settings, including curriculum and instruction leadership roles, as well as preparing candidates for the publishing industry. The M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication degree emphasizes professional writing with a technical emphasis upon competencies, such as writing book proposals, developing scope and sequences for learning programs across grade levels, writing curriculum, editing curriculum, and grant writing. Learning experiences will include an in-house or online practicum with a publisher.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication 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, participating in an Emerging Leaders’ Institute and developing an educational portfolio (ULO 1).
  2. Skillfully link theory with practice, effectively differentiating curricula for diverse learners (e.g., ability, culture, language, SES, gender) and communities, and validating each child as a unique bearer of the image of God through case studies, policy papers, and preparing diverse curricular materials and lessons to match students’ varied needs and interests (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, 2).
  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. Demonstrate a collaborative work ethic with students, parents, and peers, leveraging strengths of individuals to benefit the community through collegial research, curriculum development, writing, and presentations (ULO 2, 3).
  6. Conduct quality empirical research, learning from natural revelation, and effectively communicating findings to the educational community through successful research, curriculum development, writing and presentation (ULO 1, 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, 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 implementing improvements (ULO 3).
  9. Write compelling grant requests and textbook or curriculum proposals for publishers by experiencing the publishing process first hand assisting in writing, designing and editing curriculum materials for a publisher (ULO 1).
  10. Apply motivation and learning theory as they prepare curricula to appeal to students diverse in backgrounds, interests and abilities (ULO 1, 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.
  • Hold a preliminary credential or provide verification of the equivalent professional experience.
  • 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.

Those applying to the M.S. with Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication online program will need the following additional admissions requirements:

  • 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.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication core courses and Capstone must be passed with a grade of “B” or higher.
  2. Candidates must complete the M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. Candidates must successfully complete the Capstone, participate on a research team, and fulfill all professional requirements (e.g., portfolio including key assignments) related to the coursework and learning outcomes.
  4. Candidates must demonstrate high performance in each Professional Dispositions and Competencies Evaluation for core coursework in order to remain in the M.S. program.  Evidence of unaddressed concerns (scores of 1 or 2), or failing to meet a professional disposition may lead to dismissal.
  5. A minimum of 41 credits is required for the M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication.
  6. Candidates must complete the program within six 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.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication. 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.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication degree; a grade of “B-” or lower is not transferable. Credits considered for transfer must have been taken within five years prior to the date of admission.

Curriculum Requirements

Program Courses
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 548Collaborative Research 11
SEED 553Writing Literature Reviews 22
SEED 571Grant Writing, Book Proposal, and Textbook3
SEED 572Learning, Motivation, and Student Engagement3
SEED 573Curriculum Practicum3
SEED 574Current Issues in Education and Education Policy3
SEED 576Preparing Textbooks for Publication3
SEED 577School Leadership and Professional Learning Communities3
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 course
Capstone Course
SEED 598Curriculum Research Project 31
Total Credits41