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Master of Arts in Christian Education

Purpose

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) program is to equip and prepare students to become competent leaders in the educational ministries of the Church. The MACE degree is designed to help students develop their own philosophy of Christian education and sharpen existing pedagogy while being exposed to in-depth teaching methodologies. The program is designed to offer a balance between educational theories and practices.

Objectives

The student of the Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) program will:

  • have a fundamental Christian understanding of the Bible, theology, and various educational subjects
  • be able to apply Christian educational theory and skills to educational ministries.
  • integrate Christian educational disciplines and social and behavioral sciences
  • in order to serve the Christian community with effectiveness and professionalism.

Program Requirements

1. Course Requirement

The program requires a total of 60 semester hours for graduation: 18 courses (54 credits) and final project/thesis (6 credits). In addition, MACE students must also maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or more to be eligible for graduation, with no more than one course completed with a grade of "C-" or below.

2. Course Distribution

The courses of the program comprise four fields in which specialization may be selected: religious heritage, cultural context, personal and spiritual formation, and capacity for ministerial and public leadership. MACE students must complete 4 courses (12 credits) in School Core, 7 courses (21 credits) in MACE Core, Final Project/Thesis (6 credits), and 7 courses (21 credits) of Electives.

3. Final Project/Thesis

Students will write a thesis or a project as a part of graduation requirements, in which they will examine the implications and possibilities of theological study for future ministry or for life-enrichment. A Project/Thesis Seminar will be provided for each candidate in their second year, with faculty members to help and guide the candidate to complete his or her project/thesis. A tutorial for writing the thesis will be held in informal arrangement with a faculty member; the faculty member meeting the student as needed to offer guidance and criticism. The spring term Thesis Tutorial is pro forma, allowing the candidate to complete the final form of the thesis/project for presentation to the Thesis Committee.

The Thesis tutorial is a writing of the thesis in an informal arrangement with a faculty member, meeting together as needed for guidance and criticism. The spring term Thesis Tutorial is pro forma, allowing the candidate to complete the final form of the thesis/project for presentation to the Thesis Committee.

4. Institutional Requirement

GCU requires all students to attend WS501 Institutional Requirement (chapel) every semester through graduation. Students will receive a Pass/Fail grade on Institutional Requirement.

The curriculum is available in the catalog on page 161, you can download it here

 

Date: 10.23.2017