General Description and Program Goals

The Doctor of Christian Education is an advanced professional program for those persons already successfully engaged in a Christian education. The program is designed to enhance professional competence in the practice of Church education and ministry, to provide opportunity for the renewal of the minister’s personal and spiritual life, and to stimulate growth in the educational field of ministry.

The Doctor of Christian Education program seeks to equip students with practical knowledge and skills for Church education ministry with increased competence and effectiveness. Through 48 units of in-depth study of theology, ministry, and religious leadership, students are spiritually and intellectually renewed, grow personally, and develop ministry skills to better serve the Korean church and Christian community.

The Doctor of Ministry degree program seeks to:

  • Provide an evangelical field oriented learning environment where professionals in ministry can learn from instructors and from their peers in ministry;
  • Provide ministerial field opportunity to increase professional effectiveness in their ministry;
  • Provide the opportunity to explore significant biblical, theological, and educational ministry themes as issues relative to current ministries;
  • Facilitate the development of increased leadership effectiveness;
  • Examine ministerial context and skill and develop in their ministry; and
  • Provide the opportunity to develop ministerial foundation in a chosen area though the process of the Professional Dissertation Project.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this degree, students will be able to:

  • articulate mature philosophy of educational ministry
  • articulate a broad and critical knowledge of contemporary challenges in ministry
  • demonstrate expertise in educational theory in relation to the church and ministerial context
  • demonstrate advanced-level of ministry skills
  • demonstrate the ability to use standard research methods and tools in the chosen field of educational ministry
  • demonstrate the enhanced spirituality for educational ministry

Degree Requirements: 48 units

The program is a minimum of three years in length and requires the completing of seven (four semester hour) on-campus courses plus the completion and oral defense of a Professional Dissertation Project.

The Doctor of Christian Education requires 45 units of course work comprised of 3 units of orientation, 36 units of biblical studies, theological & historical Studies, educational studies, leadership, practical theology, 6 units of open electives, and 8 units of dissertation.

  • Units to be completed as follows: 48 units

SM851_Doctoral Studies Colloquium (4units)
SM853_Dissertation Seminar (4units)

LD703_Developing Christian Leaders (4units)
LD705_Worship Leadership (4units)
LD707_Leadership Issues (topic varies) (4units)
CE701_Issues in Christian Educational Ministries I (4units)
CE702_Issues in Christian Educational Ministries II (4units)

CE711_Multiple Staff and Team Ministries (4units)
CE721_Life Span Development and Educational Practice (4units)
CE741_Old Testament Ethics (4units)
CE743_New Testament Ethics (4units)
CE751_Current Issues in Christian Education (4units)
BT711_Advanced Biblical Hermeneutics (4units)

Electives – choose 12 units
BL711_Advanced Greek Grammar (4units)
BL712_Advanced Hebrew Grammar (4units)
OT713_Seminar in Selected Hebrew Old Testament Texts (4units)
NT713_Seminar in Selected Greek New Testament Texts (4units)
PT713_Preaching from the Old Testament (4units)
PT714_Preaching from the New Testament (4units)

Dissertation (8units)
DS701_Dissertation for D. Min. (8units)