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Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE)

The professional Master of Arts in Christian Education degree prepares men and women for Christian education ministries to children, youth, and adults, as well as other administrative positions.

Curriculum

Bible Exposition 22
BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics 3
BE102 Old Testament History I 3
BE103 OT History II & Poetry 2
BE104 OT Prophets 3
BE105 The Gospels 2
BE106 Acts & Pauline Epistles 3
BE107 Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation 3
BE109 Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles 3
Systematic Theology 18
ST101 Theological Method and Bibliology 3
ST102 Trinitarianism 3
ST103 Angelology, Anthropology, & Hamartiology 3
ST104 Soteriology 3
ST105 Sanctification & Ecclesiology 3
ST106 Eschatology 3
Educational Ministry & Leadership 11
EML101 Introduction to Educational Ministries and Leadership 3
EML102 History & Philosophy of Christian Education 3
EML103 Teaching Process 2
EML104 Media Presentations 1
INT165 MACE Ministry Formation Internship 2
Electives & Spiritual Formation 15
PM105 Christian Life and Witness 3
Spiritual Formation (4 semesters) 0
Electives 12
66 Hours
earn up to 12 hours in ministry
complete up to 43 hours online
Dallas Houston DC Ext Sites
 
 

Meet an MACE Professor

Mike Lawson

Dr. Lawson, who prefers to be called Grandpa Mike, is Senior Professor in Christian Education. After completing a degree in accounting at UNT, he felt called to ministry, and he earned a ThM in 1969. He served at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Oklahoma City for 17 years before joining the DTS faculty.


*Note: This curriculum plan is intended for new students only. Current students should refer to the degree requirements available from the Advising Center.

Goals

In addition to the goals common to all professional degree programs at the seminary, located on the MA Overview page, students in this program will be able to:

  • develop a biblical philosophy of Christian education;
  • demonstrate knowledge and needs of at least one ministry population, state biblical goals for that ministry, and apply appropriate educational principles to that ministry;
  • organize, administer, and evaluate an educational program based on stated goals and objectives, working successfully with people from a variety of ministry situations; and
  • communicate effectively in a Christian education ministry setting.

Course Requirements

Sixty-six semester hours of coursework are required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 22 are in prescribed Bible Exposition courses, 18 are in prescribed Systematic Theology courses, 3 are in the Christian Life and Witness course, 9 are in prescribed Educational Ministries and Leadership courses, 12 are elective Educational Ministries and Leadership hours, and 2 hours are in an internship (INT165 MACE Ministry Formation Internship). No thesis is required.

All students in the MA in Christian Education degree program are required to take EML101 Introduction to Educational Ministries and Leadership, EML102 History and Philosophy of Christian Education, EML103 Teaching Process, EML104 Media Presentations, and INT165 MACE Ministry Formation Internship. In addition, each student must select 12 hours from one of the 10 available ministry concentrations. Concentration courses will be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Students in the MA in Christian Education (MACE) program are required to take MinistrySafe's Sexual Abuse Awareness Training. 

Spiritual Formation

Because DTS values Christlike character and spiritual maturity, MACE students are required to register for and participate in Spiritual Formation groups for four consecutive fall and spring semesters at the Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC campus. (MACE students who are not planning to be in residence in Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC for four consecutive fall and spring semesters must contact the Department of Educational Ministries and Leadership concerning how to meet their Spiritual Formation requirement.)

In the Spiritual Formation curriculum, small groups of five to seven students focus on identity, community, integrity, and fidelity. The groups also provide an atmosphere for prayer, fellowship, and the integration of learning with life and ministry.

Because students participate with the same group during four consecutive semesters, they should plan their schedules so they may meet on the same day and at the same time each semester. Spiritual Formation is a noncredit, transcripted experience. Internship prerequisites include successful completion of SF100-1, EML102, and completion of half of their DTS course work.

Additional Spiritual Formation courses focusing on leadership may be taken as electives.

MACE Tracks

Adult Ministry
Students completing this ministry concentration should be able to lead an adult ministry in various ministry contexts.
Children’S Ministry
Students completing this ministry concentration should be able to organize and supervise a local church or parachurch ministry to children, including the recruitment and retention of adult staff.
College Teaching
Students completing this ministry concentration should have a foundation for success as a teacher in a Christian institution of higher learning. However, most colleges, universities, and seminaries require an earned doctorate in the teaching discipline. Most seminaries and graduate schools of theology also require an MDiv degree or, in some cases, the ThM/STM degree for admission to doctoral programs.
Educational Administration
Students completing this ministry concentration should be able to serve effectively in a leadership role in an educational institution at the elementary, secondary, or higher level.
Educational Leadership*
Students completing this ministry concentration should be able to design, direct, supervise, and evaluate the overall educational process of a local church or other ministry.
Family Life Ministry
Students completing this ministry concentration should be able to develop and direct a church program of family life education, including family classes, counseling, and discipling relationships.
Ministry with Women
Students completing this ministry concentration should understand women as an audience and learners, and be equipped to teach, lead, mentor, shepherd, and care for women in various ministry contexts.
Parachurch Ministry*
Students completing this ministry concentration should be able to organize and supervise various parachurch ministries either in the United States or internationally. Courses in this concentration may be selected from any department in the Ministries and Communication division.
Youth Ministry
Students completing this ministry concentration should be able to organize and supervise an effective church program of youth ministry at the junior-high and high-school levels.
*Houston and Washington DC Campuses
The Educational Leadership and Parachurch Ministry concentrations are the only concentrations that can currently be completed at the Houston and Washington DC campuses. Other concentrations will be supported as resources and enrollment allow. Students in Houston and Washington DC may take EML105 Teaching Process and Media Presentations in place of EML103 Teaching Process and EML104 Media Presentations. In addition to the core Christian Education courses in the MACE program, the Houston concentration also includes EML401 Age-level Ministries, which is only offered at the seminary’s extension sites. Other electives for these concentrations will be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Degree Plan(s)*

2-year plan (Dallas)

First Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
ST101Theological Method and Bibliology3
EML101Introduction to Educational Ministries and Leadership3
EML102History & Philosophy of Christian Education3
SF100-1Spiritual Formation Spiritual Formation1 
CE Elective(s)3
  15

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
BE102Old Testament History I3
BE105The Gospels2
BE109Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles3
ST102Trinitarianism3
PM105Christian Life and Witness3
SF100-2Spiritual Formation Spiritual Formation1 
EML Elective(s)23
  17

Second Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
BE103OT History II & Poetry2
BE104OT Prophets3
BE106Acts & Pauline Epistles3
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, & Hamartiology3
ST105Sanctification & Ecclesiology3
EML103Teaching Process32
EML104Media Presentations31
INT165MACE Ministry Formation Internship42
SF100-3Spiritual Formation Spiritual Formation1 
  19

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation3
ST104Soteriology3
ST106Eschatology3
SF100-4Spiritual Formation Spiritual Formation1 
EML Elective(s)26
  15
  1. Completion of SF100 Spiritual Formation requires two calendar years. Students who register for SF100 need to keep in mind that the course is a four-semester long course that will meet at the same day and time each of the four semesters. The first Spiritual Formation class is only offered in the fall semester. See the Educational Ministries and Leadership department section of this catalog for more information.
  2. Students are encouraged to select a concentration prior to taking electives. Contact the Advising Center for a list of concentrations and required courses.
  3. Students may substitute EML105 Teaching Process and Media Presentation (3 hours) for EML103 and EML104.
  4. Students complete an internship in two consecutive semesters. In lieu of the internship, students may elect to complete the Ministry Residency in a fall-spring, two consecutive semester format. See the Educational Ministries and Leadership department section of this catalog for more information.
3-year plan (Dallas, Houston)

First Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
ST101Theological Method and Bibliology3
EML101Introduction to Educational Ministries and Leadership3
SF100-1Spiritual Formation Spiritual Formation1 
  9

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
BE102Old Testament History I3
ST102Trinitarianism3
EML102History & Philosophy of Christian Education3
SF100-2Spiritual Formation Spiritual Formation1 
  9

Summer School

CodeNameHours
PM105Christian Life and Witness3
  3

Second Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
BE103OT History II & Poetry2
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, & Hamartiology3
BE109Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles3
EML105Teaching Process and Media Presentations Teaching Process and Media Presentations3
SF100-3Spiritual Formation Spiritual Formation1 
  11

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
BE104OT Prophets3
ST104Soteriology3
EML3##EML Elective23
SF100-4Spiritual Formation Spiritual Formation1 
  9

Summer School

CodeNameHours
EML###EML Elective23
  3

Third Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
BE105The Gospels2
ST105Sanctification & Ecclesiology3
BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation3
EML4##EML Elective23
  11

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
BE106Acts & Pauline Epistles3
ST106Eschatology3
INT165MACE Ministry Formation Internship32
  8

Summer School

CodeNameHours
EML###EML Elective23
INT165 ctd. 
  3
  1. Completion of SF100 Spiritual Formation requires two calendar years. Students who register for SF100 need to keep in mind that the course is a four-semester long course that will meet at the same day and time each of the four semesters. The first Spiritual Formation class is only offered in the fall semester. See the Educational Ministries and Leadership department section of this catalog for more information.
  2. Students are encouraged to select a concentration prior to taking electives. Contact the Advising Center for a list of concentrations and required courses.
  3. Students complete an internship in two consecutive semesters. In lieu of the internship, students may elect to complete the Ministry Residency in a fall-spring, two consecutive semester format. See the Educational Ministries and Leadership department section of this catalog for more information.
Washington, DC

Most classes in Washington, DC are “hybrid” which means they meet on campus for three Saturday-only sessions during a semester and supplement that in-person time with additional online video components. Language classes will follow a strategic sequence.


*Note: This curriculum plan is intended for new students only. Current students should refer to the degree requirements available from the Advising Center.

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