Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



Master of Arts / Educational Ministries

This flexible degree program, now available fully online, is ideal for ministry leaders who want to improve and expand their service in the local church and related educational settings.

You may be a teacher or ministry director with a specialty in one area, like youth or family ministries, who seeks additional understanding and skills to serve as a reflective practitioner equipping others.

Master of Arts / Educational Ministries

Our program will help you by focusing your coursework on three themes in educational ministry: Congregational Life (family, age-specific and inter-generational ministry), Collaborative Ministry Engagement (leadership, small groups, teams), and Formational Learning (formational discipleship, teaching, and learning). You can take this degree entirely through TEDS Online, in person at Trinity, or through a mixture of both. Learn about eight values central to this degree.

Where can this degree take me?

This program is designed to turn ministry practitioners into educational leaders who in turn equip others for vibrant church ministries. A degree in Educational Ministries can also prepare you for doctoral studies, or leadership in parachurch ministries, camps, or teaching in some Christian schools.

What will I study?

The three focus areas of the degree are Congregational Life, Collaborative Ministry Engagement, and Formational Learning. Participants will focus on one or two of these themes in their coursework and capstone projects, but will substantively engage all three themes throughout their degree.

  • Required Foundation Core - 16 hours

    Bible and Theology Core (9 hours)


    ID 5000 Biblical Theology & Interpretation 3 hours
    ST 5201 Theology I: The God of the Gospel 3 hours
    ST 5202 Theology II: The Gospel of God 3 hours
    OT 5000 Intro to the Old Testament 4 hours
    NT 5000 Intro to the New Testament 3 hours

    EM Foundations Core (7 hours)

    EM 5100 Educational Ministries and Leadership 3 hours
    EM 5125 Teaching and Learning 2 hours
    EM 5210 Christian Leadership and Administration 2 hours


  • Concentration - 14-18 hours

    Recommended Congregational Life Focus

    EM 5540 Youth in the Congregation
    EM 5560 Adults in the Congregation
    EM 5576 Marriage and Family Enrichment
    EM 6100 Intergenerational Ministry in the Church
    EM 6270 Building Community in the Church
    ES 7524 Children in the Congregation
    ES 7550 Local Church as System

    Recommended Collaborative Ministry Engagement Focus

    EM 5415 Educational Theory in Historical and Cultural Context
    EM 6100 Intergenerational Ministry in the Church
    EM 6270 Building Community in the Church
    EM 6275 Developing Healthy Spiritual Leaders
    ES 7550 Local Church as System

    Recommended Formational Learning Focus

    EM 5510 Children Formation and Journey
    EM 6260 Small Group Process in Ministry
    EM 6265 Building Ministry Teams
    EM 7550 Local Church as System
    EM 7560 Program Planning Dynamics in the Local Church


  • Capstone Portfolio/Internship - 0-4 hours

    Throughout your program, you will participate in field-based activities in order to develop a robust EM Portfolio, which will culminate in your Capstone experience. Consult with department faculty to determine the nature of your Capstone experience based on your ministry goals and prior experience.


    EM 7465 MA (Educational Ministries Capstone) 0-4 hours


  • Suggested Interdepartmental Courses

    These are a few of the many courses you can take in this program. Work with your advisor to determine which courses are appropriate for your interest area.

    CC 6510 Cultural Hermeneutics 2 hours
    CH 5051 History of Christianity 4 hours
    CM 6572 Pastoral Counseling for Marriage & Family 3 hours
    CO 5210 Counseling Skills Training 3 hours
    CO 6530 Child & Adolescent Counseling 2-3 hours
    ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
    ID 6012 Prayer and Life in the Spirit 2 hours
    ME 5001 Foundations of Evangelism 2 hours
    ME 8215 Teaching Across Cultures 3 hours
    ME 8815 Ethnicity: Modes of Inquiry and Analysis 3 hours
    PT 5100 Spiritual Formation for Ministry 2 hours
    PT 6300 Intro to Chaplain Ministries 2 hours
    PT 7860 Social & Cultural Exegesis 2-3 hours


Student Learning Outcomes

The MA / EM will enable participants to:

  • Critique educational practices and experiences with renewed theoretical and educational understanding
  • Ground their educational thinking in a strong biblical and theoretical base
  • Integrate educational theory with Christian character and formation
  • Link their educational framework within a contextualized ministry practice
  • Identify and articulate a leadership philosophy and implementation strategy within an organizational system

What are the prerequisites for admission to this program?

In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following:

  • An undergraduate major in educational ministries or its equivalent that includes a minimum of 30 hours in educational ministries, Bible / theology, and social science studies; or
  • An undergraduate major or its equivalent with exposure to educational practice in the church, in parachurch / other Christian organizations, or in the public education arena; and
  • Leadership experience in educational practice.