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Master of Arts in Christian Education

Shaw University Divinity School provides theological education dedicated to the preparation of clergy and laity for clinical, pastoral, and teaching/research ministry professions.

One of the professional degree programs offered through the divinity school is the Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE). The Master of Arts in Christian Education degree is designed to equip persons for competent leadership in Christian Education to serve congregational ministries and other religious institutions. This program focuses on leadership in the practice of ministry, particularly in the African American Church.

Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Christian Education focus on four specific aspects of the practice of ministry:

  • Christian Heritage: Student will develop an understanding of the scriptural, historical, and theological traditions of particular Christian traditions and of the broader community of faith.
  • Philosophy of Christian Education: Students will develop a distinctly Christian philosophy of educating God’s people.
  • Ministerial Identify: Students will reflection on how their unique personalities, backgrounds, gifts and abilities relate to the minister as leader, guide, and servant of the faith community.
  • Leadership: Students will develop skills in creating programs and demonstrating ministerial and public leadership.


MACE Degree Requirements 

Each candidate for the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree is required to complete a total of sixty-six (66) semester hours of credit. Twenty-two (22) required courses (for a total of 66 hours) are needed to satisfy the requirements for the degree. These courses are listed below:

Required Courses in Biblical Studies

OTS 501 Survey of the Old Testament (3)
OTS 502 Theory and Practice of OT Exegesis (3) Prerequisite: OTS 501
NTS 501 Survey of the New Testament (3)
NTS 502 Theory and Practice of NT Exegesis (3) Prerequisite: NTS 501

Required Courses in Theology and Ethics 

THE 500 Introduction to Theology (3)
THE 501 Systematic Theology (3) Prerequisite: THE 500
THE 511 Christian Ethics (3)

Required Courses in Church History 

HIS 501 Survey of Church History 1 (3)
HIS 502 Survey of Church History 2 (3) Prerequisite: HIS 501
HIS 534 Women in Western Religious History (3)
HIS 551 Denomination History and Polity (3)

Required Courses in Christian Education 

CED 501 Introduction to Christian Education (3)
CED 511 Technology for Religious Teachers (3)
CED 520 Philosophy of Christian Education (3) Prerequisite: CED 501
CED 521 Psychology of Religious Learning (3) Prerequisite: CED 501
CED 522 Teacher as Facilitator of Learning (3) Prerequisite: CED 501

Additional Required Courses 

MIN 502 Spiritual Formation (3)
CGC 510 Comparative Religions (3)
PPC 502 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling (3)
RSO 510 Church and Society (3)
ADM 501 Church and Administration (3)
FED 501 Supervised Ministry (3)


For More Information 

For more information about the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree program, please contact Dr. Timothy Boddie, Program Director for MACE and Assistant Professor of Christian Education at 919-546-8577.