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Doctor of Educational Ministry

The Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) is open to qualified applicants currently engaged in ministries of Christian education. Applicants should have a master's degree in religious education and at least three years in educational ministry. Usually completed in four years, Columbia's DEdMin was created to foster spiritual maturity as well as imaginative thinking about educational ministry as it is practiced within the life of congregations, as well as in other contexts.

This is a part-time program for those actively employed in an official position of educational ministry. The 45 semester hour degree includes 33 hours of course work, a 6 hour practicum and a 6 hour final research project. Courses take place on the Columbia campus and include courses taught in two week residential intensives and hybrid courses with some web delivered components complementing on campus classroom time. The practicum and final research project are ordinarily done in the student’s place of ministry.

Since 2006, the seminary has started a cohort every other year. Applications for the next cohort will be received from September 2014 to April 2016, with the applications reviewed as they are received. Students accepted into the cohort will begin their studies with the DEdMin Introductory Seminar in the fall of 2016.


Components of the Doctor of Educational Ministry Program

Required Courses (21 hours)

ATA401c                DEdMin Introductory Seminar (6 credits)

P671                      Teaching and Learning Theory (3 credits)

P672                      Advanced Study in Human Development (6 credits)

P673                      Advanced Study in Curriculum Theory (3 credits)

P674                      Theory, History & Philosophy of Educational Ministry (3 credits)

Elective Course Credit (9 hours)

Original Curriculum (3 hours)  - An original curriculum produced, tested, and assessed by the student.

DEdMin Practicum (6 hours)

Project Proposal Workshop (no credit)

DEdMin Project (6 hours) -  A research paper of approximately 75-100 pages in length.


Total 45 Credits