Master of Arts in Christian Education

Units by Discipline
Total Units Price per unit Bible Exposition Intercultural Studies Languages Philosophy Practical Ministry Research / Christian Education Spiritual Formation Theology Electives
48-54 $575 Show Unit Breakdown for Emphases
Adult/Family Ministry 9 0 0 0 0 21 6 12 0
Children's Ministry 9 0 0 0 0 21 6 12 0
Cross-cultural Education Ministry 9 12 0 0 0 15 6 12 0
General Christian Education 9 0 0 0 0 15 6 12 6
Youth Ministry 9 0 0 0 0 21 6 12 0

Featured Faculty

Orbelina Eguizabal

Orbelina Eguizabal



As a graduate degree of the Department of Christian Education, the mission of the M.A.C.E. program is to develop and equip experienced church and parachurch servant-leaders in mind, character, and ability to serve God and further His kingdom through biblically-based educational ministries, according to a particular area of specialization.

Ministry Preparation

In light of increasing demands for persons trained in Christian education, the program is designed to prepare individuals to serve competently in a growing number of functional roles. Along with core classes, a variety of courses to meet students' individualized needs and goals are offered in five areas of emphasis: Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, Adult and Family Ministry, General Christian Education Ministries and Executive Leadership.

Vocations or positions for which the M.A.C.E. program prepares students include:

  • Minister of Christian Education / Executive Pastor

  • Minister of Youth

  • Parachurch Children & Youth Ministries Staff / Parachurch Executive Leader

  • Pastor / Director of Children’s Ministries

  • Pastor of Adult / Family Ministries

  • Pastor of Single Adult / Young Adult Ministries

  • Church Business Administrator

  • Counseling & Family Ministries

  • Christian Camp Administration



The student will be able to:

  • Grasp an overview of the Old and New Testament literature, appreciate its life-changing impact, and utilize appropriate study skills and sound principles of interpretation in treating biblical books.

  • Understand and value the major doctrines of the faith and their scriptural basis and think critically and integratively about theology and church history, with particular attention to one’s religious heritage.

  • Actively pursue and progress in the life-long process of being transformed into the image of Christ by the work of the Holy Spirit and participation in the New Covenant life in Christ. The student will cooperate in this formative work by nurturing a relationship with God, connecting in Christian community, growing in moral integrity, and engaging in vocational service in light of giftedness.

  • Commit to, engage in and equip others for the disciplemaking process of evangelism, edification, counseling, and leadership development.

  • Plan and implement transformational biblical teaching grounded in sound educational practice and supported by relevant teaching/learning theory and comprehensive human and spiritual development understandings.

  • Value the role of social science research to inform ministry practice and develop skills to locate and analyze research that can then be communicated through publication and serve as a foundation for curriculum development and other educational ministry purposes.

  • Understand and value the administrative and leadership dimensions of ministry and develop skill in designing, implementing, and assessing educational ministry.

  • Gain a broad understanding of and appreciation for the history of educational ministry and the theological and philosophical underpinnings that have influenced its theory and practice and evaluate current educational practice in light of these understandings.

  • Gain knowledge, appreciate new perspectives, and develop skills for interpersonal and small group work with people of differing ethnic and cultural backgrounds, genders, ages, generations, and worldviews.

  • Engage in a supervised educational ministry experience leading to growth in personal maturity and character, skill in ministry leadership, and the understanding necessary to integrate and apply ministry theory.

Program Requirements

The academic program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Christian Education (M.A.C.E.) is structured to include (1) biblical and theological foundations; (2) a core curriculum consisting of foundational courses and practical skills; (3) a vocational specialization.

Note that the standard M.A.C.E. program is 48 units, but students with less than two years of ministry experience will be required to complete two units of ministry practicum courses, bringing their total requirement for graduation to 50 units. Preferably, this should be taken near the beginning of their program in order to provide them with a degree of ministry experience for better classroom instruction.


The Standard Program (48 units)

The program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Christian Education, with a specialization in Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, General Christian Education, Family and Adult Ministry, Cross-Cultural education Ministry, or Executive Leadership includes a minimum of 48 units of study (50 units for students lacking two years of full-time equivalent ministry experience). The student who is able to enroll in 15 units each semester can complete the degree in no more than two years. The student who enrolls for less than 15 units may be able to access interterm and summer school courses and still complete the program in two years, or may require additional time to complete the degree program. The program must be completed within five calendar years from the first enrollment.

Admissions Requirements

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All applicants must hold the Bachelor of Arts degree or its academic equivalent with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Those accepted who do not meet this latter requirement will be placed on probation. Graduates from approved unaccredited colleges, if accepted, will be granted provisional acceptance, though exceptions may be made when the GPA is higher than 3.0. Both probation and provisional acceptance may be changed to full acceptance if the student earns a GPA of 3.0 or better on the first eight units at Talbot. Graduates from approved unaccredited colleges may be required to take certain additional liberal arts coursework (not applicable toward the graduate degree), if their undergraduate program did not include these courses.

Graduation Requirements

  • Satisfactorily complete 48 semester units (50 units if the ministry experience requirement is not met)

  • Take the courses prescribed in the Master of Arts in Christian Education curriculum

  • For those without approved ministry experience, complete 300 hours of supervised field ministry approved by a faculty advisor through taking two one-unit ministry practicum courses

  • Complete the program in no more than five years

  • Obtain a 3.0 average with no grade below a C- in all courses to be counted toward graduation

  • At least 24 units unique to the program must be taken at this seminary


Course Units
BE 517 Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods 3
BE 519 Survey of Genesis-Malachi 3
BE 520 Survey of Matthew-Revelation 3
CE 508 Organizational Leadership 3
CE 523 Teaching Ministry 3
CE 556 Christian Formation and Discipleship 3
CE 558 Interpersonal Development 3
CE 608 Philosophy of Ministry 3
SF 501 Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation 3
SF 503 Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation 3
SF 504 Spiritual Formation, Vocation, and the Disciples 0
SF 505 Talbot Spiritual Direction I 0
SF 506 Talbot Spiritual Direction II 0
TH 511 Theology I - Introduction: Revelation and Nature of God 3
TH 512 Theology II - Works of God, Angels, Man and Sin 3
TH 613 Theology III - Christ, Salvation and the Spirit 3
TH 614 Theology IV - The Church and the Last Things 3
  CE Specialization (see details in catalog) 6
  Total 48

BOLDED courses are available in an Online or Hybrid format

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