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 (ULO 1).
  2. Identify personal assumptions and generalizations related to diversity (e.g., gender, ethnicity, religion, 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, and 3).
  5. Evaluate qualitative and quantitative journal articles based on standard criteria within the profession (ULO 3).
  6. Exercise discernment, individually and in team settings, creatively solving problems as contextual needs emerge within the educational community (ULO 2 and 3).
  7. Demonstrate 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 (ULO 3).
  8. Synthesize knowledge, skills, and perspectives from concentration-specific content of the master of science 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.

*Concentration proficiency and fulfillment of PLO 8 will be provided in the student's capstone class.

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 40 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
Select 15 credits from the following:15
Grant Writing, Book Proposal, and Textbook
Learning, Motivation, and Student Engagement
Curriculum Practicum
Current Issues in Education and Education Policy
Preparing Textbooks for Publication
School Leadership and Professional Learning Communities
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 Course
SEED 598Curriculum Research Project 33
Total Credits40