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What Makes This Program Different

This program is designed for educators who wish to expand their leadership abilities and are especially interested in Christian education in a global context, whether that means teaching in a globally diverse classroom in North America or engaging in education around the world. This program also features an emphasis on the integration of educational technology.

Global: An emphasis of this program is on globalization and increasing multiculturalism in the classroom and, as such, participants can expect to leverage technology to participate in learning opportunities with instructors and colleagues around the world.  Prairie students will have access to translation software to assist in their projects.  All students must meet the English language requirements as listed in the Admissions section below. 

Kingdom-Driven: Prairie’s mission is ‘To know Christ and make Him known.’ Participants in this program can expect to be empowered in their relationship with Christ and be connected with other Christians from around the world.  This degree strives to bring the community felt at Prairie’s Three Hills campus to students around the world as they form unique communities with their fellow students and the instructors in their cohort. 

Future-Ready: Today’s Christian educators and leaders need skills and practical experience in navigating the changing political, social, cultural and technological influences in education. This program will prepare Christian educators and leaders to work within the changing environment of global education.

Who is this program for?

Teachers: Any teacher who wishes to develop educational leadership skills in Biblical integration, instructional technology pedagogy, and global education perspectives. 

Current or Future Administrators: Any teacher who intends to be a school administrator or is currently a school administrator who wishes to develop leadership skills from a biblical and global perspective.

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Support and train teachers in Biblical integration instructional design
  • Apply for administrative positions:
         Principal
         Assistant principal
         Instructional coordinator
         Head teacher
         Department head 
  • Manage school operations 

Graduates of this program qualify for ACSI’s Principal Certification*

*In some cases additional Bible courses will be required.
**This degree is not in itself a teaching credential. 

Program Details

Cohorts: New Cohorts will begin annually in January. Each cohort will be made up of 10-20 students and will proceed through the courses together.
*Additional start dates may be added based on enrollment

Capstone: Throughout the program students will work on a Capstone project that integrates what they are learning throughout their courses. Students will be asked to identify an issue in their educational environment and will develop a plan to address it.

Practicum: Students will be placed in an international educational environment. Students will complete a 2-3 week practicum to include either student teaching, staff training, co-develop an education as mission’s project with host school leadership team, or other practical application of students’ research.

Year 1:
EL 503 Fundamentals of Global Christian Education Leadership
EL 541 Research Methodologies
BT 501 Foundation of Biblical studies and Christian Theology
EL 562 Globalization and Christian Educational Change in the 21st Century
EL 564 Trends and Issues in Multicultural Education
EL 514 Education as Mission

Year 2:
EL 650 Foundations of Educational Technology
EL 641 Instructional Design and Implementation
EL 633 Integration of Biblical Principles in Education
EL 620 Administrative and Conflict Management for Christian Schools
EL 611 Christian Philosophy of Education in the Global Context
EL 670 Internship and Capstone Completion

This degree will equip graduates to:

  • Lead and teaching from a global Christian perspective. 
  • Engage in practical intercultural communication for collaborative purposes within the international Christian community.
  • Plan and execute strategies to operationalize education as missions within their local community.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in current research methodology including, but not limited to, action research addressing a localized problem.
  • Integrate Biblical principles and teachings in the classroom.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in instructional design an coaching.
  • Leverage instructional technology to empower learners to further the Kingdom of God. 
  • Develop Biblically based principles and sound fiduciary practices in managing and being good steward of Christian school resources.  

Successful applicants should have an undergraduate degree from a recognized college or university and have achieved an a cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a four-point scale.

Applicants whose undergraduate degree was not in English must also display English proficient. They may do so in one of the following ways:

• Recommended: The academic level International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) exam with an overall band score of 6.5, with no band scores less than 5.5.
• The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 90 on the internet based test with a minimum score of 21 points in each section.
• Cambridge C1 Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) or Cambridge C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with a score of at least 180.

All applicants will be asked to provide the following:
• An academic reference
• Official transcripts
• A pastoral/Christian Life reference
• A personal testimony
• A video submission detailing your educational experience and interest in this program

Please answer the following questions in your video. 

  • Name
  • Where do you currently live?
  • Where do you work and what do you do?
  • Why have you chosen this program?
  • What do you look forward to in this program?
  • What might you be nervous about in regards to this program?
  • How will you work to build cross-cultural relationships?
  • What do you hope to do with what you learn during this program?

 

Your video does not need to be professional quality. Many great videos are taken with a cell phone (if you are using a smartphone to create the video, please use landscape view) and you do not need to be an expert at making film. Have fun with it. 

Program Tuition and Fees

Application Fee: $50
Cost/ course: $1,125
Program Fee: $100
Estimated cost/year: $6,900*

*Does not include textbook or technology costs

Alumni Bursary:
Any student enrolled in the Master of Leadership in Global Christian Education program, who has previously graduated from Prairie Bible Institute/Prairie College, will automatically receive a $1,000 scholarship per academic year.*

ACSI Bursary:
Any student enrolled in the Master of Leadership in Global Christian Education program, who is currently on employed by ACSI or working at an ACSI school, is eligible to  receive a $1,000 scholarship per academic year.*

TeachBeyond Bursary:
Any student enrolled in the Master of Leadership in Global Christian Education program, who is currently on employed by TeachBeyond or working at an TeachBeyond school, is eligible to  receive a $1,000 scholarship per academic year.*

Church Matching Bursary:
Our Church Matching Bursary is available to all students who receive funds sent directly to Prairie from a Christian church (CRA Registered Charities only) and are to be used for paying the student’s tuition. This will automatically be matched by Prairie with a bursary amount up to $1,000 per school year.* No application is necessary. Please have the church administration contact our financial aid office at 403-443-3042 for more information.

School Matching Bursary:
Our School Matching Bursary is available to all students who receive funds sent directly to Prairie from a Christian school (CRA Registered Charities only) and are to be used for paying the student’s tuition. This will automatically be matched by Prairie with a bursary amount up to $1,000 per school year.* No application is necessary. Please have the school administration contact our financial aid office at 403-443-3042 for more information.

International Student Needs-Based Bursary:
We understand that for some students converting their home currency to Canadian dollars will put them at a serious disadvantage.  Through the generosity of donors, we are able to offer a few students a more substantial bursary that would allow them to participate in the program.  The amount awarded will depend on the demonstrated need and on available funds.  For each cohort, a number of students will be selected to receive these funds.  To refer a student who you think could benefit from this bursary please fill out the Master of Leadership International Student Needs-Based Bursary Referral Form
Successful applicants will be notified after October 31st. 
 

*Note: Each student may only receive up to $2,000 in scholarships per academic year from Prairie with the exception of the “International Student Needs-Based Bursary”. All scholarships and bursaries may only be used to pay tuition and may not be paid directly to a student.

Program Coordinator

Sandra Paetkau

Sandra is an experienced educator and administrative instructional technology expert.  She has over 20 years experience teaching in classrooms around the world and has served administrative teams in strategic implementation of technology and instructional design.

Sandra is passionate about the global classroom, intercultural relationships, and leveraging technology to communicate, create, collaborate, and solve problems of significance.

Sandra has Masters degrees from Full Sail University and Western Washington University and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Education from Liberty University.