The Doctor of Educational Ministry or DEdMin degree program 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 of experience in educational ministry. This program is usually completed in four years. Columbia Theological Seminary’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 a position of educational ministry. The 45 credit 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 Seminary campus and include courses taught in two week residential intensives and hybrid courses with some web delivered components and complementing classroom lectures. The practicum and final research project are ordinarily done in the student’s place of ministry.
Applications for the next cohort will be received from September 1, 2018 to April 1, 2020. Students accepted into the cohort will begin their studies with the DEdMin Introductory Seminar hosted on our Decatur, GA campus near Atlanta in the fall of 2020.
The 45-hour DEdMin degree program consists of the following:
Required Courses (21 hours)
- DEdMin Degree Introductory Seminar (6 credits)
- Teaching and Learning Theory (3 credits)
- Advanced Study in Human Development (6 credits)
- Advanced Study in Curriculum Theory (3 credits)
- 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 Degree Practicum (6 hours)
Project Proposal Workshop (no credit)
DEdMin Degree Project (6 hours) – A research paper of approximately 75-100 pages in length.
Total 45 credit hours
Admission Requirements for the DEdMin Degree:
To be eligible to apply for the Doctor of Educational Ministry program at Columbia Theological Seminary, applicants must have the following:
- Admission to the degree program requires the possession of an ATS-approved first professional degree in educational ministry (i.e., M.R.E., MACE, MA(TS) or MAPT with a concentration in Christian education, MDiv with demonstrated coursework in educational ministry). Ministerial experience cannot be considered an alternative to or a substitute for the professional master’s degree in educational ministry, nor can other master’s degrees in education that do not have a comprehensive exposure to the theological disciplines. Applicants with appropriate coursework may be considered eligible for advanced standing.
- Applicants for admission shall be required to demonstrate ability to engage in the practices of educational ministry, superior academic aptitude, and capacity both to contribute to the program and benefit by participation in it. Ordinarily, applicants are employed by or hold an official position in educational ministry throughout the duration of their enrollment in the degree program.
- A cumulative grade point average of honors level (3.0 GPA/B average or above).
- An online application form.
- A personal statement detailing the applicant’s educational ministry to date and vision for future ministry.
- An up-to-date resume.
- A background check.
- Ordinarily three years of experience in educational ministry after completion of the first professional degree.
- Official transcripts for all degree program work completed after high school, sent directly from the appropriate institutions.
- Three letters of recommendation (on forms provided by Columbia): one academic reference from a seminary or other graduate school professor and two character references from persons who are familiar with the applicant’s ministry. In some cases, a professor of Christian education may request a personal interview with the applicant.
- All DEdMin applicants for whom English is not their first language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test (iBT), and the iBT TOEFL score must be from a test date that is two years or less from the date of application to Columbia Theological Seminary. A minimum total iBT TOEFL score of 86 is required, with the following minimum required scores in the areas: Reading 22; Listening 20; Speaking 20; and Writing 24. All test fees are the responsibility of the applicant.
Tuition & Fees 2018-2019
Tuition & Fees 2019-2020
2019-2020 Tuition and Fees
DMin & DEdMin Cost Breakdown 2018-2019
DMin and DEdMin Cost Breakdown 18-19
DMin & DEdMin Cost Breakdown 2019-2020
DMin and DEdMin Cost Breakdown revised January 2019
DEdMin Informational Packet
DEdMin Info packet 2019-2020
You may contact Dr. Jeffery Tribble, Associate Dean of Advanced Professional Studies via email at TribbleJ@CTSnet.edu or by phone at 404-687-4533 to arrange a visit to our campus in Decatur near Atlanta, GA. You may also contact Rhonda Johnson, Program Coordinator of Advanced Professional Studies via email at JohnsonR@CTSnet.edu.
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