Jim Drexler

Dean of the Graduate School of Education
On faculty since 2004





PhD, Saint Louis University, 2000
MEd, University of Missouri, 1989
MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary, 1984
BA, Covenant College, 1979


Selected Publications

  • Nurturing the School Community: Teacher Induction and Professional Learning Communities (2011), Purposeful Design
  • “Faithful Presence: The Christian school head, personhood, relationships, and outcomes”,  Journal of School Choice, 2012 (Vol. 6, No. 1).
  • “Professional Learning Communities”, Christian School
  • Education, Fall, 2011 (Vol. 15, No. 1).
  • “Restorative Discipline”, Christian Educators Journal, October, 2010 (Vol. 50, No. 1).
  • Schools as Communities: Educational Leadership, Relationships, and the Eternal Value of Christian Education, editor and contributor (2007), Purposeful Design Publications.
  • "Feeding our Young: Helping New Teachers Grow Through Comprehensive Induction," AILACTE Journal, Volume 3, Number 1 (Fall, 2006).
  • "Checking the Temperature of Your School" in Christian School Educator, Fall, 2005 (Vol. 9, No. 2).
  • "Can Moral Education Be Measured?" in Christian Educators Journal, October, 2003 (p. 25-28).
  • "Relationships: The Key to Character Education" in Christian School Teacher, Fall, 2003 (p. 22-26).

"The education department at Covenant College has really helped us prepare for teaching careers, and they provide us with many opportunities to work in classrooms along the way. I was able to work with a classroom as early as my freshman year. Being able to go into an elementary school classroom and utilize what we have learned in our classes has been extremely helpful for me to not only learn what I am studying, but also learn how to use it."
 - education major Mark Paczewski '16

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.
Jonathan describes Covenant's master of education program and what sets it apart.