The Master of Arts in Educational and Arts Ministries degree program is a two year professional degree that integrates theological reflection, congregational studies, supervised field education, and cross-cultural experiences for effective educational leadership in culturally diverse settings. It is designed for lay women and men who seek to work professionally in the Church, and for those already engaged in ministry who wish to build upon their ministerial competencies enabling them to lead diverse settings with competence.
The Master of Arts in Multicultural Christian Education degree requires 49 semester hours (SH) of required and elective courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. The time to complete a degree depends on the number of hours taken each semester. Typically, full-time students complete the degree over two years, by enrolling in twelve semester hours during each spring and fall semester. Students have four years in which to complete the Master of Arts in Multicultural Christian Education degree unless an extension for special circumstances is granted by the Academic Council.
The degree requires the following courses:
Field I: Bible (6 hours)
B-501: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (3 SH)
B-502: Introduction to the New Testament (3 SH)
Field II: History (3 hours)
H-506: History of Global Christianity (1500-1800) (3 SH)
Field III: Theology (3 hours)
T-500: Introduction to Theology (3 SH)
Field IV: Christianity and Culture (6 hours)
C-580: Introduction to World Religions (3 SH)
C-660: Sociology of Religion (3 SH)
Field V: Pastoral Theology & Psychology (3 hours)
P-531: Personality, Human Development, and Christian Faith (3 SH)
Field VI: Christian Ministries (15 hours)
M-514/15: Introduction to Christian Ministry (3SH)
M-516/17: Supervised Concurrent Field Education (3 SH)
M-540: Education and Formation in the Church (3 SH)
M-625: Pedagogy of Hope: Christian Educ. and the Politics of Solidarity (3 SH)
M-748: Chrisitan Education for the Public Realm (3 SH)
Interfield (4 hours)
X-725: Cross-Cultural Studies (3 SH)
X-811: Final Project (1 SH)
Electives (9 hours)
C-550: Prophetic and Ethical Witness of the Church (3 SH)
C-650: The Church and the Urban Poor (3 SH)
C-754: Living for Peace in a Violent World (3 SH)
M-605: Pastoral Leadership from a Black Church Perspective (3 SH)
M-624: Group Dynamics (3 SH)
M-630: Contemporary Ministry with Youth (3 SH)
M-642: Educational Ministry with Children (3 SH)
M-648: Nurturing Faith Across Lifespan (3 SH)
M-719: Worship, Theology and Culture (3 SH)
M-740: Contemporary Issues in Faith Formation (3 SH)
M-801: Issues Affecting Church Leadership (3 SH)
The elective courses are taken according to the area of specialization (Christian Education, Youth, Children, Urban Ministry) in consultation with the student's advisor.
Supervised Concurrent Field Education (SCOFE)
After the completion of 18 hours of course work, each student must begin work in a teaching congregation and register for M-516, M-517: Supervised Concurrent Field Education (SCOFE)
and its companion course, M-514, M-515: Introduction to Christian Ministry
Prior to the completion of 36 hours, each MAMCE student must register for X-727 and participate in a cross-cultural experience
. In consultation with the director of cross-cultural and international programs, the student chooses the experience, writes a proposal and a contract that describes which of the following options the student will use:
1. An experience-based course, to be counted toward graduation as a field or general elective; or
2. A self-assigned experience under the supervision of a faculty member, to be counted toward graduation. Credit is optional. Students seeking credit must register for a guided research; or
3. A special event sponsored or approved by the seminary, for which students may choose to receive or not to receive credit.
In all options, the student is expected to keep a journal in order to demonstrate that the student has reflected theologically on the experience. See the director of cross-cultural and international programs for more information about the cross-cultural requirement.
MAMCE students are expected to attend two cross-cultural or inter-religious events as a part of their degree program.