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Educational Ministries

CREDITS 36 Hours
FORMAT 100% Online


Our online degree programs are structured to provide you with a true Trinity community experience, even from the comfort of your own home. The convenience and flexibility of online classes and coursework can be made to work for your unique situation and needs. Let’s work together so that you can study online and benefit from the best that Trinity has to offer!

The Master of Arts in Educational Ministries program will help you reach your ministry goals 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).

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The flexibility of this program means that your course options will vary widely according to your interests, what’s available at particular Extension Sites, and courses you can take by cross-registering with other seminaries in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) consortium. You’ll want to pay attention to the most recent version of the Academic Catalog as well as to the course schedules for your Extension Site. Courses you’ll take will include the following:

Bible and Theology Core: (generally the following courses)
  • ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation
  • NT 5000 Intro to the New Testament
  • OT 5000 Intro to the Old Testament
  • ST 5201 Theology I: The God of the Gospel
  • ST 5202 Theology II: The Gospel of God
Educational Ministries Core:
  • EM 5200 Educational Ministries
  • EM 5210 Christian Leadership and Administration
  • EM 5125 Teaching and Learning
EM Concentration:
  • Participants consult with EM faculty adviser to focus concentration courses around an educational area of personal interest.
EM Capstone:
  • MA in EM program participants will participate throughout their program in field-based and collaborative learning community activities that culminate in the MA in EM Capstone. Details are available from the EM Department. Participants consult with department faculty who will determine on the basis of ministries goals and prior experience the nature of the Capstone experience.
  • EM 7465 MA in EM Capstone

All MA in EM participants complete coursework in congregational life, collaborative ministry engagement, and formational learning. The following are selected Educational Ministries Department courses that contribute to those focal areas. Consult with your EM adviser which would be appropriate to your area of interest.

Congregational Life Focus
  • EM 5541 Youth and Emerging Adults in Congregations
  • EM 5560 Adults in Congregations
  • EM 5576 Marriage & Family Enrichment
  • EM 6270 Building Community in the Church
  • EM 7110 Spiritual Formation in the Family
  • ES 7524 Children in Congregations
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 8258 Online Teaching and Learning
Formational Learning Focus
  • EM 5510 Christian Formation & Journey
  • EM 6260 Small Group Ministry in the Church
  • EM 6265 Building Ministry Teams
  • EM 6500 Curriculum Development
  • EM 7110 Spiritual Formation in the Family
  • ES 7560 Program Planning Dynamics in the Local Church
  • ES 8255 Models of Non-Traditional Education

MA in EM participants are encouraged to consider the following courses in other departments that may be applicable to the EM Concentration depending on a participant’s interest area. This is a partial list. MA in EM participants should consult with their adviser to determine which are appropriate. Generally, a limit of six credit hours from other departments are applicable.

Congregational Life Focus
  • CH 5051 History of Christianity I
  • CH 5052 History of Christianity II
  • CO 5210 Counseling Skills Training
  • CO 6530 Child & Adolescent Counseling
  • CO 6575 Parent Education
  • HM 6200 Theology and Methodology of Biblical Preaching
  • ID 6500 Understanding the Social and Cultural Contexts of Ministry
  • ME 5001 Foundations of Evangelism
  • ME 6610 Anthropology for Ministry
  • ME 6963 Principles of Discipleship
  • ME 7710 Contextualization
  • ME 8215 Teaching Across Cultures
  • ME 8815 Ethnicity: Modes of Inquiry and Analysis
  • NT 5100 English Bible
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The Master of Arts in Educational Ministries is uniquely designed to turn ministry practitioners into educational leaders who in turn equip others for vibrant church ministries. A degree in Educational Ministries can prepare you for doctoral studies, leadership in parachurch ministries, camps, or teaching in Christian schools.


The Master of Arts in Educational Ministries 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


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.


Alternatively, some applicants may not meet the above ideal admission requirements, but possess the following and are encouraged to apply to the Educational Ministries certificate. Learn More >>

  • Intensive or extensive life experience with educational practice in the church, parachurch, other Christian organization, or in the public education arena (generally five-plus years of full-time experience)
  • Non-formal or informal preparation for theological study in educational ministries at the graduate level (theological education in a church or parachurch environment)
  • Demonstrated academic ability through evaluation and interview by the Educational Ministries department (personal interview encompassing demonstrable skills, character, knowledge, and critical thinking)

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“The Master of Arts in Educational Ministries is designed to equip leaders for collaborative ministry engagement and transformational teaching and learning. It is based on biblical-theological foundations, whole life discipleship, congregational best practices, and educational theory and practice, affording students the opportunity to integrate their learning with their practical ministry experiences.”



Our online degree programs are structured to provide you with a true Trinity community experience, even from the comfort of your own home. Plus the convinience and flexibility of online classes and coursework can be made to work for your unique situation and needs. Let us work with you so that you can benefit from the best that Trinity has to offer.