Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) Houston

The MACE 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 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

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Three Year Plan

First Year

Fall Semester

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

Spring Semester

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

Summer School

PM105Christian Life and Witness3

Second Year

Fall Semester

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 

Spring Semester

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

Summer School

EML###EML Elective23

Third Year

Fall Semester

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

Spring Semester

BE106Acts & Pauline Epistles3
INT165MACE Ministry Formation Internship32

Summer School

EML###EML Elective23
INT165 ctd. 
  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.



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.

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.

The Educational Leadership and Parachurch Ministry concentrations are the only concentrations that can currently be completed at the Houston campus. Other concentrations will be supported as resources and enrollment allow. Students in Houston 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.