Educational Studies

Develop Your Educational Expertise for Teaching

Our Master of Arts in Educational Studies is designed to train students for professional ministry positions within the church and other Christian organizations, such as NGOs and educational institutions. Students will receive a theoretical background in educational philosophy within the context of ministry and will be able to specialize in one of five majors. This degree program can be pursued via Distance Education, and there are numerous hybrid study options available as well.

Students may specialize in one of six tracks of study: Educational Ministry, Leadership, Student Development, TESOL, TTESOL or Youth Ministry Studies.

Information Sessions

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Major Options
Master of Arts in Educational Studies TESOL Major 60 credit hours
Master of Arts in Educational Studies TTESOL Major 60 credit hours
Master of Arts in Educational Studies Student Development Major 60 credit hours
Master of Arts in Educational Studies Youth Ministries Studies Major 60 credit hours
Master of Arts in Educational Studies Educational Ministries Major 60 credit hours
Master of Arts in Educational Studies Leadership Major 48 credit hours
Program Details

For Entrance into MA in Educational Studies program

There are no additional entrance requirements beyond the admission requirements.

Program Tracks

  • Educational Ministry
    • Equip yourself with the skills needed for planning, leadership, and administration within educational ministry. Enhance your biblical and theological base while learning about the history and philosophy of education.
  • Leadership
    • Integrate your knowledge of biblical study with contemporary approaches to leadership. Gain character training to be an effective leader in the church and marketplace.
  • Student Development
    • Focus on issues faced by today’s students in higher education by understanding their theological, psychological, spiritual, and ethical contexts.
    • Develop the skills required to teach English to speakers of other languages. Receive training in linguistic theory and pedagogy, as well as gaining hands-on experience teaching English.
    • Enrich your English teaching skills by taking the next step toward teaching those desiring to teach English to speakers of other languages. Gain the training necessary to teach TESOL by improving your knowledge in sociolinguistics and the development of language curriculum.
  • Youth Ministry Studies
    • Effectively prepare for ministry in a youth context by gaining an understanding of practical theology and learning how to build a youth ministry program that is based on contextual perspective, prioritizes the safety of youth, and provides effective counselling and support for adolescent transition.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look to the Academic Calendar for full information and course lists. If there are discrepancies between the information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.

Program Courses
Educational Ministries Major

  • History and Philosophy of Education
  • Human Development
  • Administration and Leadership


  • Morphology and Phonology
  • Applied Linguistics II: Syntax
  • Materials and Methodology


  • Applied Linguistics III
  • Language Teacher Education
  • Language Curriculum Development

Student Development Major

  • The Student in Higher Education
  • Student Development: History and Theory
  • Human Development

Youth Ministries Major

  • Homiletics I
  • Youth Ministry as Practical Theology
  • Theology and Practice of Christian Spirituality and Formation

Daryl Climenhaga, D.Miss.
Associate Professor of Global Studies

Robert Dean, Th.D.
Associate Professor of Theology & Ethics

Stan Hamm, Ph.D. (Program Coordinator)
Professor Emeritus of Educational & Christian Studies

Career Options
Graduates build careers in education planning, program development, student ministry and administration. Others pursue doctoral studies.