The specialization in Child and Family Studies is designed for candidates interested in pursuing a career or additional graduate study in a human services career field. We would specifically consider this to be a good fit for individuals with a background in psychology, education, child/youth ministry, or social work, though candidates from other backgrounds are certainly welcome. For folks in professions related to these areas, this program will offer a deeper study of important issues related to how humans grow and develop throughout the lifespan (to include physical/biological development, cognitive development; social development), the significance of the family unit on healthy child development, and the impact of the relationship between the family unit on the broader community. Individuals who work in schools or outreach ministries in church/parachurch ministries would benefit from this program, as would individuals working in various non-profits that are concerned with impacting children, youth, families, and communities.
Online Master’s in Education Program (M.Ed.)
Master’s In Child And Family Studies (M.Ed.)
- Format: 12-week accelerated classes meet online.
- Credit Hours: 36 credit hours to graduate.
- Location: Complete your degree entirely online.
- Cost: Competitive tuition rates with financial aid available if you qualify.
- Accredited: Regional accreditation.
- Christian Worldview: All courses are taught from a Christian worldview.
- Develop your leadership skills in academic, business, and spiritual areas while earning a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Enhance your ethical framework and decision-making skills crucial to managing a Christian K-12 school and its personnel.
- Learn from a Christian worldview.
- Increase your earning potential and advance your career.
- Earn your master’s degree in as little as 18 months.
- Online classes allow you the flexibility to continue working full-time while earning your degree.
Course offerings start online every 12 weeks, providing the opportunity to start classes when it is convenient for you. You may take up to 2 courses at a time, allowing you to finish your degree in as little as 18 months.
*Not all students will finish their degree in 18 months. We recommend consulting with your advisor at least once per semester to ensure you are on track for graduation.
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Bryan College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) which is fully recognized by the US Department of Education.
Approved by the Association of Christian Schools International for teacher education and certification.
Bryan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Bryan College.
Below are the some answers to questions that students frequently ask about the M.Ed. at Bryan College.
Who is this program for?
This program is designed for current or aspiring Christian school principals, heads of school, or administrators. NOTE: If the candidate does not have a bachelor’s degree from a Christian college or university, some additional coursework may be required in the area of Bible and/or Theology.
I want to become a principal. Will this program help with that?
For individuals interested in obtaining ACSI All-Levels Principal certification, this program (pending a final word from ACSI) will lead to professional certification.
The M.Ed. at Bryan College does not lead to principal certification in instructional leadership in the state of Tennessee.
Will this program lead to licensure?
State Teaching Licensure: No, the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning is a non-licensure program. Courses may be used to earn CEUs for licensure renewal or promotion (each state/body is a bit unique, so this will need to be confirmed with the specific licensing body through which the candidate is requesting renewal or promotion).
ACSI Certification: The Teacher Education Program at Bryan College is approved by the Higher Education Approval Program with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). This means that all education and Bible credits earned at the College are eligible for use in obtaining an initial certificate, renewing a current certificate, or upgrading to a higher-level certificate.
Pending ACSI approval, the specialization is Christian School Administration will lead to professional certification (All-Levels Principal) with ACSI. This would allow graduates to easily transition to a principalship in any of the approximately 5,000 ACSI accredited PK-12 schools around the world.
If our program does not lead to licensure, is there a way a student without licensure coming in can pursue that outside of the university system?
No. Regardless of the route to licensure (via college enrollment or transitional license), the candidate will eventually be required to take at least some coursework, as well as complete a practicum/field experience, in a PK-12 setting.
Will this program help non-teachers, transition into a teaching role?
Potentially. This may be a good fit for individuals looking to transition into a secondary classroom in a private school. Many times, private schools are willing to hire a high school teacher who has a bachelor’s degree in a content area (i.e., biology, chemistry, mathematics, English, history, Spanish, etc.). This program could be very beneficial for an individual in this situation – they have the content knowledge of their discipline, but they need additional training in teaching and learning to help them transition more smoothly.
For individuals intending to teach in a public school, an initial licensure program should be pursued.
Is student teaching involved?
No. Typically, student teaching will only be required for an initial licensure program.
Can I go through this program for license renewal?
It depends. This will need to be verified with each individual licensing body prior to enrollment.
I need CEU’s, can I earn those through Bryan’s M.Ed.?
CEUs for State Renewal or Licensure Promotion: Potentially. Courses may be used to earn CEUs for licensure renewal or promotion (each state/body is a bit unique, so this will need to be confirmed with the specific licensing body through which the candidate is requesting renewal or promotion).
ACSI CEUs for Renewal or Licensure Promotion: The Teacher Education Program at Bryan College is approved by the Higher Education Approval Program with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). This means that all education and Bible credits earned at the College are eligible for use in obtaining an initial certificate, renewing a current certificate, or upgrading to a higher-level certificate.