Religious Education

The Religious Education Concentration is designed for students who see themselves as pursuing a PhD (Discipleship in Lifespan Education) or a similar doctoral degree. Since this concentration is designed to lead to a doctorate, it is academic in nature and, as such, requires that the student take courses in education and research as well as complete a comprehensive examination. This flexible concentration allows students to focus their studies on an area of interest that may prepare them for advanced doctoral study. Religious Education seeks to integrate biblical foundations and educational research in order to understand and facilitate the process of discipleship, the life-long journey of learning to follow Jesus and become more like Him.

Required Courses for the Degree

Biblical Spirituality Foundations of Biblical Spirituality

3 credits

Biblical Studies



4 Credits
Theology THST 2 Credits
Discipleship & Religious Education DSLE 503 - Marriage, Family, & Interpersonal Relationships
DSLE 534 - Ministry to Youth and Young Adults

DSLE 607 - Intergenerational Ministry

DSLE 610 - Teaching for Discipleship
8 Credits
Church History CHIS 674 - Development in SDA Theology 2 Credits
Practical & Applied Theology PATH 526 - Conflict Management 2 Credits
World Mission MSSN - World Missions Course 2 Credits
Concentration Courses

DSLE 605 - Foundations for Religious Education

DSLE 606 - Philosophical Foundations for Professionals

EDRM 505 - Research Methods

DSLE 620 - Scholarly & Professional Development

GSEM 680 - MA Comprehensive Exam or MA Thesis 

DSLE 680 - Field Practicum: Academic

22 credits
Concentration Electives

DSLE 658 - Internal Dynamics of the Family

DSLE 659 - Human Sexuality

DSLE679 - Parenting Education & Guidance

DSLE 636 - Seminar in Youth Ministry

DSLE 656 - Counseling Youth & Young Adults

DSLE 608 - Youth & Young Adults in Contemporary Culture

DSLE 678 - Spiritual Nurture of Children

DSLE 619 - Religious Experience in Adolescence

DSLE 630 - Fostering Spiritual Growth

MSSN 615 - Anthropology for Mission and Ministry

MSSN 546 - Mission in Cultural & Religious Context

MSSN 584 - Preparation for Cross-Cultural Workers

Other courses may be substituted with approval of advisor

15 credits
Advanced Standing Courses relevant to scholarship in religion (10 credits) and to scholarship in education or religious education (4 credits) is dependent upon prior undergraduate and graduate learning AND the particular MA (Discipleship in Lifespan Education) concentration area chosen. The courses will be distributed appropriately  in the course plan. Advanced standing may be obtained for these credits based on a background of advanced theological or educational study or prior extensive undergraduate studies in religion, religious education, or education. 0-14 credits
Total   48 credits


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