MA/EM Concentration Purpose
The Master of Arts concentration in Educational Ministries (MA/EM) provides specialized study in the discipline of educational ministries broadly defined. The MA/EM melds academic and professional interests, providing participants a rigorous theoretical background in educational thinking with intentional application to the ministry context. It is designed for those with an undergraduate educational ministries program (or specialized EM program such as youth ministry, etc.) who wish to further their understanding of educational theory and its application; or for those without a significant educational background who recognize the necessity of helping persons grow in their Christian faith in the church and other Christian contexts. Thus it provides a sure footing for those leading educational ministries or anticipating doctoral studies, including the PhD (Educational Studies) program at TEDS. Persons anticipating ordained pastoral ministry in education should pursue the MDiv program, completing the concentration in educational ministries.
MA/EM course offerings are drawn from across the curriculum based on a participant’s needs and ministry context (rather than a plethora of specific topical departmental courses). A foundational curricular core in Bible, theology, and educational ministries provide a structure for integrative educational thinking. Course selections are developed in consultation with an educational faculty advisor in areas of student interest leading to the program Capstone. The Capstone must demonstrate in-depth analysis and critique of educational practices for the local church, or other educational setting identified by the participant (parachurch, camps, Christian school, etc.)
Program participants are expected to participate fully in sharing their experience, critical thinking, and course preparation so as to contribute both in and outside the classroom to the community of learners in the MA/EM program.
MA/EM Program Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes
The MA/EM Concentration will enable participants to:
- Critique educational practices and experiences with renewed theoretical and educational understanding
- Ground their educational thinking in a strong biblical and theoretical base
- Integrate educational theory with Christian character and formation
- Link their educational framework within a contextualized ministry practice
- Identify and articulate a leadership philosophy and implementation strategy within an organizational system
While the primary mode of course delivery is classes on the Deerfield campus; short-term modular, weekend, extension, and conference wrap-a-rounds may be part of an individual student’s curricular package.
- an undergraduate major in educational ministries or its equivalent that includes a minimum of 30 hours in educational ministries, Bible/theology, and social science studies; or
- an undergraduate major or its equivalent with exposure to educational practice in the church, parachurch, other Christian organization, or in the public education arena
- and leadership experience in educational practice
|Required Foundation Core 1||18|
& ST 5102
|Theology I: Intro to Theology|
and Theology II: Christ, Man, Sin & Salvation
|OT 5000||Intro to the Old Testament,Introduction to the Old Testament||4|
|or NT 5000||Intro to the New Testament|
|OT 5100||English Bible:||3|
|or NT 5100||English Bible:|
|EM Foundations Core: 2||6|
|EM 5000||Foundations in Educational Ministry||2|
|EM 5125||Teaching and Learning||2|
|EM 5210||Christian Leadership and Administration||2|
|Participants consult with EM faculty advisor to focus concentration courses around an educational area of personal interest.||11-14|
|EM Portfolio and Capstone||0-3|
|Select 0-3 hours of a Capstone experience||0-3|
Core courses are listed below. Appropriate substitutions may be made in consultation with the EM faculty advisor.
Components of each of the following courses will contribute to the MA/EM Portfolio for degree students.
Suggested courses are offered on a regular basis (though not every course is offered every semester or every year). Consult EM advisor for current occasional special coursework that may be appropriate for your area of interest. Suggested courses from the EM Department include:
|EM 5415||Education Theory in Historical and Cultural Context||2-3|
|EM 5510||Christian Formation & Journey||2|
|EM 5576||Marriage & Family Enrichment||2-3|
|EM 5540||Foundations of Youth Ministry||2|
|EM 5560||Church Ministry with Adults||2-3|
|EM 6000||Current Topics in Educational Ministries||1-3|
|EM 6260||Small Group Process in Ministry||2-3|
|EM 6265||Building Ministry Teams||2-3|
|EM 6270||Building Community in the Church||2-3|
|EM 6275||Developing Healthy Spiritual Leaders||2-3|
|ES 7524||Education & Ministry Experiences for Children||3|
|ES 7550||Local Church as System||1-2|
|ES 7560||Program Planning Dynamics in the Local Church||1-2|
|ES 8000||Seminar: Current Issues in Educational Ministries||1-3|
See below for suggested interdepartmental courses.
EM Portfolio and Capstone
MA/EM program participants will participate throughout their program in field-based and community-based activities, which contribute to a robust EM Portfolio and will culminate in the MA/EM Capstone experience. Details are available from the department. Participants consult with department faculty who will determine on basis of ministry goals and prior experience.
Suggested Interdepartmental Courses
The following courses in other departments may be applicable to the EM Concentration, depending on a participant’s interest area. This is a partial list. MA/EM students should consult with their adviser to determine which are appropriate.
|CC 5610||Cultural Hermeneutics||2|
|CH 5010||History of Christianity||4|
|CM 6572||Pastoral Counseling for Marriage & Family||3|
|CO 5210||Counseling Skills Training||3|
|CO 6530||Child & Adolescent Counseling||2-3|
|HM 5000||Theology and Methodology of Biblical Preaching||2-3|
|ID 5000||Biblical Theology and Interpretation||3|
|ID 6012||Prayer and Life in the Spirit||2|
|ME 5001||Foundations of Evangelism||2|
|ME 8215||Teaching Across Cultures||3|
|ME 8815||Ethnicity: Modes of Inquiry and Analysis||3|
|PT 5000||Personal Assessment and Introduction to Ministry||1|
|PT 6300||Intro to Chaplain Ministries||2|
|PT 7860||Social & Cultural Exegesis||2-3|