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Master of Arts in Christian Education (MA/CE) Houston

The MA/CE program provides biblical and theological education for those anticipating vocations as ministers of Christian education, children’s workers, ministers of youth, parachurch youth leaders, ministers of adults, directors of family life education, administrators or teachers in Christian higher education, Christian school teachers and administrators, or women’s ministry leaders.


Bible Exposition22
Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
Old Testament History I3
Old Testament History II and Poetry2
Old Testament Prophets3
The Gospels2
Acts and Pauline Epistles3
Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation3
Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, and Selected Epistles3
Systematic Theology18
Introduction to Theology3
Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology3
Sanctification and Ecclesiology3
Educational Ministry & Leadership11
Educational Process of the Church3
History and Philosophy of C.E.3
Teaching Process2
Audiovisual Presentations1
Christian Education Internship2
Electives & Spiritual Formation14
Spiritual Formation (4 semesters)0
MACE Electives12
Spiritual Life2
earn up to11hours in ministry
complete up to43hours online

Three Year Houston Plan

First Year

Fall Semester

BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
ST101Introduction to Theology3
CE101Educational Process of the Church3
SF100Spiritual Formation1 

Spring Semester

BE102Old Testament History I3
CE102History and Philosophy of C.E.3

Summer School

PM101Spiritual Life2

Second Year

Fall Semester

BE103Old Testament History II and Poetry2
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology3
BE109Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, and Selected Epistles3

Spring Semester

BE104Old Testament Prophets3
CE105Teaching Process and Audiovisiual Presentations3
CE Elective3

Summer School

CE401Age-level Ministries3

Third Year

Fall Semester

BE105The Gospels2
BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation3
ST105Sanctification and Ecclesiology3

Spring Semester

SL165Christian Education Internship2
BE106Acts and Pauline Epistles3

Summer School

CE515Family Life Education3
CE Elective3
  1. Students have two calendar years (four consecutive fall/spring semesters) to complete the SF100 spiritual formation requirement. 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. See the Spiritual Formation and Leadership department for more information.


Educational Leadership

Students completing this ministry concentration should be able to design, direct, supervise, and evaluate the overall educational ministry of a local church. The Educational Leadership concentration is the only CE concentration available in Houston. Other concentrations will be supported as resources and enrollment allow.

Students in the Houston Educational Leadership concentration may take CE105 Teaching Process and Audiovisual Presentations in place of CE103 Teaching Process and CE104 Audiovisual Presentations. In addition to the core Christian Education courses in the M.A./CE program, the Houston concentration also include CE401 Age-level Ministries, which is only offered at the Seminary's extension sites. Other electives in the Houston concentration will be selected with input from the students in the program.

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