Master of Arts in Christian Education

About the Program


This program addresses the church’s lifelong educational ministry, from early childhood through adulthood. Graduates may anticipate vocations in congregations and church agencies, as well as continuing graduate education. Courses will emphasize teaching of all age groups, including adults and older adults.

A full-time student may complete the degree within two years; however, many persons prefer part-time study while fully employed. Summer courses and evening classes help facilitate part-time study.

Academic Requirements


58 semester hours of coursework
  • Theological Core Courses: 25 semester hours in biblical studies, theology, church history, person in ministry, spirituality, denominational identity
  • Degree Requirement Courses: 17 semester hours in teaching, educational ministry, children's ministry, sexuality, and Spanish for ministry
  • Elective Courses: 13 semester hours in self-selected courses
  • Contextual Education: 3 semester hours (Leadership in Context)

Degree Outcomes


For the sake of the mission of the church, graduates of the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree program at Trinity Lutheran Seminary are able to:
  1. Use appropriately the resources of scripture and the church’s historical and theological tradition
  2. Read and interpret critically contexts of mission and ministry
  3. Articulate a vision for educational ministry appropriate to the mission of the church
  4. Provide capable leadership for the church's educational ministry
  5. Demonstrate a healthy and resilient faith

Contextual Education


A minimum of 200 hours of supervised contextual education will be completed in consultation with the Contextual Education Office. This will be done while taking the Leadership in Context seminar for 3 semester hours of credit. The aim is for students to engage in the practice of ministry within the framework of academic study and theological reflection.

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