The mission of Dallas Theological Seminary is to
glorify God by equipping godly servant-leaders
for the proclamation of His Word and the
building up of the body of Christ worldwide.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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