The liberal arts informs the Graduate Leadership program at Gordon College. Learning experiences are designed from a variety of perspectives within a Christian worldview, and students are encouraged to view issues and challenges through unique lenses allowing for divergent thinking and creative expression. Experiential learning is an integral component to help discover their God-given leadership skills. Knowing themselves and their ability to examine the heart and head issues that detract from exemplary service is thoroughly integrated into the curriculum. This is accompanied by the development of effective conflict resolution skills, communication approaches, team management and introductions to the expectations of an educational leader. Veteran mentors partner with students and serve as supporters, sounding boards, encouragers, admonishers and sharers of experiences. Additionally, experienced leaders from a myriad of professions share their journeys with the students. A biblical worldview permeates the leadership degree as students seek knowledge, clarity and guidance in their effort to fulfill the call of God on their lives.
Master of Arts in Leadership (M.A.)
Designed by leaders in Christian school education, this program focuses on the development of emerging and active school leaders in PK-12 and college environments. The 30-credit hour program focuses on two summer intensives including two onsite courses each summer. During the school year, courses are offered on a virtual online format. The Boston cohort residency takes place on Gordon College’s campus in Wenham, MA. The Atlanta cohort residency takes place at both Gordon College in Wenham, MA and Christian schools in the Greater Atlanta area.
Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Leadership (M.A.)-Christian Schooling program at the Andrew Jumper Theological Graduate Center at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, Brazil, may simultaneously enroll in Gordon’s M.A. in Leadership program and complete a concentration in Christian Education. In order to earn the M.A. in Leadership at Gordon, students must complete five of Gordon’s M.A. in Leadership courses (LEA 701, LEA 702, LEA 705, LEA 710, and LEA 720), Gordon’s EDU 705 - Principled Leadership-Ethics, Values and Moral Leadership , and a six-credit practicum. Additionally, Gordon will accept two courses, entitled Reformed Worldview & Education and Christian Faith & Educational Theories, from the degree program at the Andrew Jumper Theological Graduate Center to fulfill six credits towards graduation. Students will take courses on-site in São Paulo, Brazil, and on the Gordon College campus in Wenham, MA, as well as virtual online courses. Students involved in the program are current and emerging leaders from Brazilian schools and churches.
Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Leadership (M.A.) Classical cohort have the opportunity to experience residency both on Gordon’s campus as well as in Orvieto, Italy. The program follows similar course requirements but includes two unique options developed for Classical educators in lieu of LEA 710 and LEA 720 .
Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (Ed.S.), Christian Education Concentration
The Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (Ed.S.) is an advanced degree program designed for students who desire to obtain additional expertise in the area of educational leadership but already hold a master’s degree. The Ed.S. consists of 30 credit hours.
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