36 Credit Hours


PIU offers a master’s degree in education with two concentrations. It is intended for individuals who desire to elevate their professional knowledge and application of theories and best practices that foster an effective learning environment. Concentrations are targeted to the classroom teacher (Curriculum & Instruction) and the educator who is, or desires to be, a school administrator (Educational Leadership).

The program is designed and delivered specifically from a biblical worldview perspective which reflects the PIU core values as described in the Statement of Faith. In following the mission statement of the Moore School of Education, the program seeks to “train and mentor individuals to be exemplary professional educators with a biblical worldview.”

While participants in the program are typically from a Christian school setting, educators from all environments are invited to apply. The program does not provide a state licensure option. It is important that each applicant verify the acceptance of the degree for professional credentials with their individual employer before beginning coursework.

Curriculum and Instruction Concentration

The Curriculum and Instruction concentration is designed for the elementary teacher, secondary teacher, or school administrator who desires to elevate his/her professional capacity to effectively design, implement, and assess curricular and instructional strategies in a variety of classroom settings.

Educational Leadership Concentration

The Educational Leadership concentration is designed for the educational professional that desires to be equipped for the various facets associated with school administration. This program includes requirements that are applicable to a variety of school settings; however, primary emphasis is upon Christian schools.

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in education or other accepted field
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Academic aptitude and 3+ years education experience evidenced by a professional evaluation, Vita form, and references. The admissions office may request satisfactory GRE scores to supplement these requirements.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Completed application with Piedmont International University

Graduation Requirements

Maximum Time Limit to Complete Program

Five years

Minimum Hours to be Completed at Piedmont

A minimum of 18 semester hours must be completed at PIU. Courses may be completed on campus or online. Students are encouraged to attend module courses on campus when offered; however, the degree may be completed entirely in the online format.

Transfer of Credits and Advanced Standing

Transfer credits are not to exceed 50% of the degree requirements. No Advanced Standing is available.

Length of Program and Graduation

The program requires 36 semester hours of courses using any of three course delivery options: on- campus module courses (one-week) typically offered during June, online (seven-week) courses, or e4-12 format (15 week) courses. See course schedules for available options and start/finish dates. Graduation is upon completion of 36 credit hours of prescribed courses with a minimum GPA of 2.50, including a Thesis or Professional Portfolio.