Education Programs


Undergraduate Programs

Download an overview of the elementary education program.  


Elementary Education Early Childhood major, grades P-5


Education Studies major

Designed to prepare students to pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching degree for teaching in the middle grades (4-8). Two content areas are completed, selected from language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies.


Education minor

Open to all students, but specifically recommended for students intending to enroll in the MAT program.



Graduate Programs

Download an overview of the program for P-12, middle, and secondary teacher education.  


Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Students interested in teaching in the following fields should complete a BA degree with a major in that field at the undergraduate level, followed by completion of a fifth year in the Master of Arts in Teaching. Grade levels of certification are noted in parenthesis for each field.

Art (P-12)

Biblical Studies (6-12; ACSI only)

Biology (6-12)

Chemistry (6-12)

Drama/Theatre (P-12)

Economics (6-12)

English (6-12)

French (P-12)

German (P-12)

History (6-12)

Mathematics (6-12)

Music (P-12)

Physics (6-12)

Political Science (6-12)

Spanish (P-12)

A middle grades level (4-8) certification is available with any two specializations in: language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies.


Master of Education (MEd)

The Master of Education degree is offered for school teachers, curriculum directors, and administrators in a K-12 setting with a minimum of one year of K-12 school experience, and who have ongoing teaching or administrative responsibilities. It is a 30 credit hour degree completed over three years.


Two specializations are offered: Educational Leadership and Integrated Curriculum and Instruction. Certifcation by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is available upon completion of the degree.


Courses are spread over most of the calendar year and include three phases: pre-campus, on-campus, and post-campus. The on-campus phase is held at Covenant for three weeks each summer.

Reformed Christian College

Dr. Jim Drexler describes Covenant’s undergraduate education program, defined by its philosophy of training Christian teachers who demonstrate Christ’s preeminence in all things.

"I love being an elementary education major and having the close-knit community of elementary education majors. Covenant’s education department excels at providing opportunities for students to be in the classrooms throughout the entire degree program, even as early on as first semester of your freshman year in Intro to Teaching. I have really enjoyed spending time down at a school in Chattanooga this semester to give me hands-on experience to relate to what I am learning in my coursework."
 - education major Grace Ann Arnold '18

"My favorite class so far has definitely been T.I.P.S. (Teaching In a Pluralistic Society)...It was such a hard semester enduring the readings, projects, and papers for that class, but through homework, the lectures, and the challenging discussions, I learned so much about how to be diversity-minded while teaching. Though the class is focused on educating children, the topics that were raised really encouraged me to broaden my worldview and place aside hidden biases within myself. "
 - interdisciplinary studies major Daniel Sluis '16

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Dr. Drexler explains the path to obtain teacher certification in any of 15 subject areas via the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Covenant.