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 practitioner and/or a student who serve or will serve in roles that cultivate congregational ministries and strengthen pastoral leadership, and 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 - 18-19 hours

    Bible and Theology Core (12-13 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 Old Testament Introduction 4 hours
    NT 5000 New Testament Introduction 3 hours

    EM Foundations Core (6 hours)

    EM 5200 Educational Ministries (or EM 5100) 2 hours
    EM 5125 Teaching and Learning 2 hours
    EM 5210 Christian Leadership 2 hours


  • Concentration - 14-18 hours

    Congregational Life Focus

    EM 5541 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 Congregations
    ES 7550 Local Church as System
    ES 8211 Teaching Others to Teach
    ES 8235 Ministry with Aging Adults

    Collaborative Ministry Engagement Focus

    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
    ES 7815 Change, Power, and Conflict
    ES 7830 Developing Collaborative Teams
    ES 8258 Online Teaching and Learning
    ES 8425 Theological Education
    ES 8605 Historical Religious Educators and the 21st Century

    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
    EM 8240 Intergenerational Education
    ES 8255 Models of Non-Traditional Education
    ES 8710 Social Intelligence and Leadership
    ES 8715 Appreciative Inquiry

    Participants consult with the EM faculty adviser to focus concentration courses around an educational area of contextual and personal interest. 

  • Capstone Portfolio/Internship - 0-4 hours

    Throughout your program, you will participate in field-based and collaborative learning community 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

    You are encouraged to consider the following courses in other departments that may be applicable to the EM Concentration depending on your area of interest. Work with your advisor to determine which courses are appropriate for your interest area.

    CH 5051 History of Christianity I 2 hours
    CH 5052 History of Christianity II
    CM 6510 Human Growth and Development
    CO 5210 Counseling Skills Training
    CO 6530 Child & Adolescent Counseling
    CO 6575 Parent Education
    HM 5000 Theology & Methodology of Biblical Preaching
    ID 6500 Understanding the Social and Cultural Contexts of Ministry
    ME 5001 Foundations of Evangelism
    ME 5175 Evangelistic Bible Study: Mark
    ME 6610 Anthropology for Ministry
    ME 6660 Christian Community Development
    ME 6963 Principles of Discipleship
    ME 7215 Teaching the Bible in Intercultural Settings
    ME 7710 Contextualization
    ME 8215 Teaching Across Cultures
    ME 8815 Ethnicity: Modes of Inquiry and Analysis
    NT 5100 English Bible (various books)
    OT 5100 English Bible (various books)
    OT 5050 Geography of Bible Lands
    PR 5600 Christian Faith and Contemporary Challenges
    PT 5100 Spiritual Formation for Ministry
    PT 6300 Intro to Chaplain Ministries


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
  • And Leadership experience in educational practice.