This MA option is intended for the individual who wants to pursue career advancement in private education and/or administration. The focus is to integrate professional training in curriculum and Christian Organizational Management and Leadership for a Master of Arts degree. This program includes nine credits of graduate work from the Leadership Studies component of the M.A. Program in Religion. Students in this program will not be eligible for a California teaching credential. A total of 33 units are required for the Master of Arts in Education and Christian Education Leadership.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Arts and Christian Education Leadership Program

1. A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

2. A graduate program application with corresponding fee.

3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses.

4. Two years of full-time successful teaching experience in a private and or public school.

5. Three letters of recommendations reflecting a successful track record as a teacher and potential success in a graduate program in Christian Education Leadership.

6. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above in all undergraduate work is required for regular standing admission in the degree program; or

A candidate with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.7-2.9 may be eligible for degree admission with provisional standing. Student will be placed on Probationary status. Upon completion of the first required twelve graduate units of the program with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, the student will be placed on regular standing.

A candidate with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5-2.69 may be admitted with provisional standing on a Probationary status. Upon completion of the following three conditions, the student will be eligible for regular standing:

  • To make up for academic deficiencies, student must complete additional fifteen units of post-Baccalaureate course work with a 3.0 GPA. All course work must be pre-approved and completed at VUSC prior to enrolling in the EDUG 500 series.
  • Student must complete the first required twelve graduate units of the program with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
  • Student will meet with the Director for a progress evaluation conference and to determine continuation in the degree program.
    The grade point average requirement is waived for a candidate with a Master’s degree from an accredited institution.

7. An interview with the Director and/or Candidate Performance Assessment Committee (CPAC).

8. Admission acceptance by the Candidate Performance Assessment Committee (CPAC).

SOCS/MATH 265C: Introduction to Statistical Methods (3 units) is strongly recommended for M.A. students.

Upon Acceptance

Applicants who are offered acceptance are asked to submit the following items within fifteen days of their acceptance date:

  • Acknowledgement of Acceptance (form provided in acceptance packet) indicating your intent to enroll for graduate studies at Vanguard;
  • $100 Enrollment Deposit (nonrefundable) which will be applied to your first semester’s tuition.

Program Requirements for the M.A./Christian Education Leadership

Curriculum Preparation

12 units

ANTH/ENGL/SPAN 453 Language, Culture, and Linguistics 3 units
EDUG 500 Mission Statement Development .5 unit
EDUG 501 Assessing Socio/Cultural Diversity .5 unit
EDUG 506 Subject Matter Standards and Applications 1 unit
EDUG 507 Assessment of Student Learning .5 unit
EDUG 510 Deductive Methods 1 unit
EDUG 511 Inductive Methods 1 unit
EDUG 512 Cooperative Methods .5 unit
EDUG 514 Curriculum Unit Planning 1 unit
EDUG 540 Cross-Cultural Studies for Educators 3 units

Christian Education Leadership

9 units

Nine units may be chosen from the following courses with the consent of the director:
CLSG 623 Marketing in Christian Organizations 3 units
CLSG 632 Team Building and Conflict Management 3 units
CLSG 646 Leadership and Character Development 3 units
  Other electives from the Graduate Religion Leadership courses, with approval 3 units

M.A. Core Requirements

12 units

Prerequisites: Completion of required 500 series and Christian Education Leadership course work
  Consent of the director
  Regular standing required prior to enrolling in M.A. Core
EDUG 605 Current Issues in Education 2 units
EDUG 606 Introduction to Educational Research 4 units
EDUG 609 Curriculum Design and Teaching 2 units
EDUG 610 Assessment and Evaluation 4 units

EDUG 605 must be taken as the first course of the M.A. Core. EDUG 605 may be taken concurrently with EDUG 606. EDUG 610 must be taken as the final course of the M.A. Core. EDUG 609 may be taken concurrently with EDUG 610.

Optional: Candidate may be eligible for the Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject credential by completing EDUG 520-558 and EDUG 521, 559, 584, 585 (and meeting other program requirements). Please see the Program Coordinator for an individualized plan. By adding these courses, the candidate insures eligibility for a California teaching credential.

* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.