Islamic Education

Islamic Education

This concentration provides a foundation in Islamic theology, law, history, ethics and scriptural studies, and in interreligious studies. Students enroll in required and elective courses covering various education topics addressing the Islamic school campus context, classroom dynamics, curriculum design, student assessment, and education technology.

The concentration equips school administrators, educators and other education professionals with insights from contemporary education research and tools for cultivating excellence in primary and secondary learning environments.

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Additional Requird Courses for the Concentration(3):

Introduction to the Islamic Cultural Heritage

This course provides a sampling of of classical Islamic literary texts in a variety of genres, including religious writings, poetry, maqamat, frame tales, scientific writings, travel accounts, epistles, and other rich primary sources. The course also addresses cultural exchange and influences in areas of ceramics, metalworks, calligraphy, textiles, and architecture.

Foundations in Islamic Education

This course provides an introduction to Islamic educational thought, concepts and practices as developed within classical Islamic civilization. Through evaluation of translated primary sources and reflection on contemporary best practices, educators integrate knowledge and skills to facilitate religious education in Muslim school contexts.

Education Technology and Online Resources

Educators are increasingly expected to utilize technology effectively to facilitate learning. This course helps students develop their skills in authoring and publishing lesson plans, activities, rubrics, and resources for their elementary/secondary students, and in designing and facilitating interactive peer engagement in service to learning objectives. This is an online course.

Elective Courses for the Concentration (2):

School Administrators:

School Leadership, Board Management, and Change Agency

This course introduces Islamic principles for leadership and management, and elaborate on their application in the context of modern non-profit organizations. School leadership, governance, board structure and management, meeting management and fundraising will be addressed.

Cultivating the Classroom Environment: PLCs

School Teachers:

Curriculum Design, Development and Integration

In this course, educators develop ideas, lessons and projects that offer interdisciplinary learning opportunities for their students. Appropriate opportunities for involving religious teachings and outlooks within a critical academic approach are also explored.

Critical Pedagogy, Foundations in Learning Theories

Educators apply learning theories and practices that cultivate a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities of their students to be individuals discovering their own paths and to be of service to the world.