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Master of Arts in Christian Education/Master of Arts in Teaching Dual Degree Program
Shelly Melia, Ph.D., M.A. in Christian Education Program Director
Carolyn Spain, Ed.D., M.A. in Teaching Program Director
The M.A. in Christian Education/M.A. in Teaching dual program is a 60-hour, non-thesis, graduate program designed for those seeking advanced preparation in church-related, education-centered ministries. Students gain theoretical and experiential knowledge through a 30-hour M.A. in Christian Education core curriculum and a 30-hour M.A. in Teaching academic and professional curriculum. Students will earn two degrees and receive two diplomas upon successful completion of this dual degree program.
Teacher certified M.A. in Christian Education/M.A. in Teaching students have the program options of earning:
- Special Education
- Reading, or
- ESL certificates
to add to their initial certification. Students seeking additional certificates will be required to pass the appropriate state certification (TExES) tests.
In order to pursue a Dual Master's Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master's degrees which comprise the dual degree program.
Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, Ph.D. in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture. Click for Church Membership form.
Continuance in the M.A. in Teaching program past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).
A waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement may be considered if the student meets one of the following conditions:
- earns an “A-“ or higher in each of the first four courses (12 hours) of graduate coursework in the DBU College of Education, or
- holds a Bachelor’s degree from the DBU College of Education earned within the past five years with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, or
- holds a Master’s degree from DBU.
Prerequisite course work must be satisfied for both degree programs.
M.A. in Christian Education prerequisites (9 hours):
- Old Testament Survey or THEO 5307 Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
- New Testament Survey or THEO 5308 New Testament Literature and Interpretation
- 3000/4000 Level Religion Course or 5000/6000 Level Theology Course
*Prerequisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution and do not count toward degree completion.
Specialized Preparation for Master of Arts in Christian Education (30 hours)
|GSOM 6310 Ministry Mentorship (S-L)
|MACE 5302 Biblical Servant Leadership (take first year)
|MACE 6301 Introduction to Christian Education
|MACE 6304 Philosophy and Principles of Christian Education
|MACE 6307 Church and Business Administration
|MACE 6308 Evangelism, Missions, and Growth through Education Ministry
|MAWL 6303 Spiritual Formation and Worship
|THEO 6305 Christian History and Heritage
|THEO 6306 Systematic Theology
|Concentration (12 hours)
|12 hours (4 courses) M.A. in Teaching Required Curriculum used as M.A. in Christian Education Concentration
|30 hours M.A. in Christian Education Required Curriculum
|12 hours M.A. in Teaching Required Curriculum used as MACE Concentration
18 hours M.A. in Teaching Required Curriculum
| 60 hours TOTAL Dual Degree
Read more about the elementary and secondary study plans:
Master of Arts in Teaching (Elementary) Non-Certified
Master of Arts in Teaching (Elementary) ESL Certificate
Master of Arts in Teaching (Elementary) Reading Certificate
Master of Arts in Teaching (Elementary) Special Education Certificate
Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary) Non-Certified
Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary) ESL Certificate
Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary) Reading Certificate
Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary) Special Education Certificate
College of Education Graduate Defense of Degree
Because of Dallas Baptist University’s quest for meaningful assessment of graduate candidates, a defense of degree is required in all College of Education Graduate Programs. The defense of degree is a capstone collection of signature assessments and artifacts with reflections that demonstrate a candidate’s personal growth, development, and acquisition of knowledge, skills and dispositions.
A digital format will be utilized by the candidate to enhance the presentation and to justify why the degree should be awarded to the candidate. The candidate’s formal defense will be presented to members of the Educator Preparation Board and will take place on the main campus each semester.
It is recommended that candidates attend a Defense of Degree workshop held each semester. It is also the candidate’s responsibility to schedule a meeting with their designated program director who will provide additional information regarding objectives, service-learning, artifacts, reflections, presentation format, and evaluative criteria and scoring.
Candidates must register for the Defense of Degree course as prescribed in their degree plan during the semester in which they will present their defense of degree to the Educator Preparation Board. The EPB is a group of experienced and widely successful educators from Dallas Baptist University and the Metroplex. Practicing teachers, administrators, consultants, superintendents, guidance directors, personnel directors, and Educational Region Service Center personnel as well as DBU professors and administrators volunteer their time for this highly selective process. The Educator Preparation Board serves as the College of Education Graduate Programs’ advisory board and meets three times a year to assess graduate candidates’ defense of degrees.
College of Education Graduate Electronic Defense of Degree
Dallas Baptist University’s educator preparation programs strive to provide a quality learning experience that enables all candidates to impact P-12 learning. The Defense of Degree is designed to be an individualized collection of documents to prepare the candidate for future positions; demonstrate the candidate’s ongoing knowledge, skills, experiences, and dispositions; and provide the candidate with the opportunity for self-reflection. All graduate candidates are required to compile and maintain an electronic, developmental Defense of Degree. There are three types of documents that must be included in the Defense of Degree: required documents, foundational elements, and competency artifacts. Throughout the program, the candidate will collect these documents and upload them to their designed TaskStream account.
The organization of Defense of Degree is governed by the State Board of Educator Certification standards and competencies, DBU/InTASC competencies, and DBU’s Educator Preparation Provider competencies in addition to specific field of study competencies.
The Defense of Degree will be used to assess your development as you proceed through your designated program. Candidates who do not have all required documents and “signature assessments” uploaded into TaskStream will not be allowed to proceed to the next level as designed by these Transition Points:
Transition Point One: Requirements for Program Admission
Transition Point Two: Requirements for Program Entrance
Transition Point Three: Requirements for Program Continuance
Transition Point Four: Requirements for Program Completion
Transition Point Five: Requirements for Program Evaluation
It is the candidates’ responsibility to meet with their designed program director and/or advisor to discuss the e-portfolio required documents, checkpoint scoring, foundational elements rubric, and the competency artifacts rubric.
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