M.A. in Christian Education

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Christian Education is to prepare students for a vocation of educational leadership with lifespan catechesis, discipleship, spiritual formation, and nurture in the local church, para-church, institutions, cross-cultural ministry, and higher education.

Overview: Master of Arts in Christian Education

The Master of Arts in Christian Education is designed to prepare students for a vocation of nurture, formation, and life-span discipleship in parish, institutional, or cross-cultural settings. Students will be equipped to provide leadership for educational ministries that effectively seek to present everyone mature in Christ.

Program Level Outcomes

  • Articulation of an integrative practical theology of education ministry grounded in the biblical narrative and orthodox theology, as well as informed by human sciences, insights from church history, and life experience.
  • Demonstrate the ministry practices of leading, teaching, and equipping congregations and organizations in the making of lifelong disciples.

Degree Map

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 BT501 Biblical Narrative
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 CH501 Church History—One
3 CD553 Seminar in Christian Education
3 CD560/660 Ministry of Teaching -or- Teaching the Bible to Youth and Adults
3 CD613 The Theology and Practice of Equipping the Laity
3 CD615 Family Development: Discipleship and the Home
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
3 CS601 Christian Ethics
3 CD605 Gospel Catechesis: Transformative Discipleship [PRQ: TH501; BT501 recommended]
3 CD616/655 Young and Middle Adult Dev. and Disc. -or- Ministry with Children through the Church
3 CD620 Moral Development
3 CD651 Professional Foundations of Christian Education
3 CD663/YM510 Aging, Spirituality and Ministry -or- Foundations of Youth Ministry
1 MM520 Mentored Ministry—One [PRQ: CD501, MS501]
1 MM620 Mentored Ministry—Two [PRQ: MM520]
1 MM720 Mentored Ministry—Three [PRQ: MM520, MM620]
As Needed
3 Elective Course
3 Elective Course