Master of Arts in Christian Education

Units by Discipline
Total Units Price per unit Bible Exposition Languages Philosophy Practical Ministry Research / Christian Education Spiritual Formation Theology Electives
60 $575 Show Unit Breakdown for Emphases
Adult/Family Ministry 9 0 0 5 28 6 12 0
Children's Ministry 9 0 0 5 28 6 12 0
Cross-cultural Education Ministry 9 0 0 5 28 6 12 0
General Christian Education 9 0 0 5 28 6 12 0
Youth Ministry 9 0 0 5 28 6 12 0

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Dave Keehn

Dave Keehn



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 Cross-cultural Ministry.

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.

The M.A.C.E. is designed for those with two or more years of full-time ministry experience. Those students admitted with less than this should plan on taking their practicum courses near the beginning of their program to provide them with some degree of ministry experience.

The Standard Program (60 units)

The program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Christian Education, with a ministry specialization in children’s ministry, youth ministry, general Christian education, family and adult ministry, or cross-cultural education ministry, includes a minimum of 60 units of study. The student who is able to enroll in 15 units each semester can complete the degree in 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.

Ministry Research Project

The Ministry Research Project is a required capstone competency taken in TTCE 633 Christian Education Research: Study of Church in Culture focusing on an issue or concern related to the student’s ministry. Course integrates biblical/theological principles with relevant research through literature review or field study to assist the student toward ministry applications of theory. Details of the project are given in TTCE 633. It is important that M.A.C.E. students not wait to take TTCE 633 until the last semester.

Students should recognize that the course loads shown here for graduate level course work, as for all Talbot programs, may make a full or even part-time work schedule very difficult. Those who are working should plan on completing the program in three to four years.

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 60 semester units.

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

  • 300 hours of supervised field ministry approved by a faculty advisor.

  • Complete the program in no more than five years.

  • Complete an acceptable literature review on a ministry issue related to a selected specialization.

  • 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/Bible Study Methods 3
CE 523 Teaching Ministry 3
SF 501 Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation 3
CE 556 Christian Formation and Discipleship 3
PT 707 Foundations of Past Care & Counseling 2
SF 503 Personal Found of Spiritual Formation 3
SF 505 Talbot Spiritual Direction 0
TH 511 Theology I - Revelation & Nature of God 3
BE 519 Survey of Genesis-Malachi 3
CE 639 Applied Ministry Research* 3
SF 504 Spir. Form, Voc & the Disciplines 0
  C.E. Specialization Course 3
  Ministry Research Project* 0
BE 520 Survey of Matthew-Revelation 3
CE 556 Christian Formation and Discipleship 3
PT 707 Foundations of Past Care & Counsel** 2
SF 503 Personal Found of Spiritual Form 3
SF 505 Talbot Spiritual Direction 0
TH 512 Theology II - Works of God, Angels, Man & Sin 3
CE 508 Organizational Leadership 3
CE 558 Interpersonal Development 3
SF 505 Talbot Spiritual Direction 0
TH 613 Theology III - Christ, Salvation and the Spirit 3
TH 614 Theology IV - The Church and Last Things 3
CE 608 Philosophy of Ministry 3
CE 690 Practicum in Ministry II 1
  C.E. Specialization Course 3
  Total 60

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