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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 Identity: Students will reflect 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.

Master of Arts in Christian Education Requirements 

Each candidate in the MACE degree program is required to complete seventeen courses for a total of fifty-one (51) hours of credit. The degree is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study. The courses are listed below:

Christian Heritage (5 courses, 15 semester hours)

  • BIB 500 - Survey of the Bible
  • BIB 510 - Biblical Exegesis (Prerequisite BIB 500)
  • HIS 501 - History of the Christian Church I
  • HIS 502 - History of the Christian Church II (Prerequisite HIS 501)
  • THE 500 - Introduction to Theology

Cultural Context (3 courses, 9 semester hours)

  • RSO 500 - Family Life, Congregational Systems, and Multicultural Ministry
  • RSO 510 - The Church and Society (Prerequisite RSO 500)
  • RSO 520 - Gender, Women, and Culture (Prerequisite RSO 510)

Personal, Spiritual, and Ethical Formation (3 courses, 9 semester hours)

  • MIN 502 - Spiritual Formation
  • THE 511 - Christian Ethics (Prerequisite THE 500)
  • MIN 503 - Spiritual Integration (Prerequisite FED 501)

Capacity for Ministerial and Public Leadership (6 courses, 18 semester hours)

  • CED 501 - Introduction to Christian Education
  • CED 520 - Philosophy of Christian Education (Prerequisite CED 501)
  • CED 521 - Psychology of Religious Learning (Prerequisite CED 501)
  • CED 522 - Teacher as Facilitator of Learning (Prerequisite CED 501)
  • CED 523 - Administration for Christian Education Ministry (Prerequisite CED 501)
  • FED 501 - Supervised Ministry (Prerequisite CED 501)

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.