Doctor of Education (EdD)

EdD Purpose and Program Outcomes

The purpose of the Doctor of Education program is to prepare God- called individuals to be strategic leaders and transformational teachers in academic educational institutions or denominational Christian education ministries. This purpose is accomplished through innovative research into scientific theories of education and administration as well as practical application of biblical principles.

The Doctor of Education degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is designed to prepare qualified students for teaching and administration in colleges, universities, seminaries, and private Christian schools; for working in the boards, agencies, and commissions of the Southern Baptist Convention; and for providing specialized leadership in local churches and ministries.

The Doctor of Education degree program is designed to lead graduates to meet the following outcomes:

  • Mastery of educational disciplines

  • Graduate-level understanding of theological disciplines

  • Capacity of engaging in administration, teaching, and research.

Majors
Majors are offered in the following areas:

  • Teaching/Pedagogy

  • Educational Leadership

  • Ministry Leadership

Characteristics of Applicants

Applicants should manifest consistent habits of study, an unusual degree of independence, an understanding of the basic techniques of research, superior intellectual capacities, and the willingness to invest the time required for distinguished scholarly work. In addition, consideration is given to how health, finances, personality traits, and responsibilities other than graduate study might bear upon the fitness of students for scholarly research and writing.

Admission Requirements

Degree Prerequisites and Hours in Major
An applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an agency related to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); and the MDiv degree in Christian Education, the MACE degree, or the equivalent from a theological institution accredited by ATS. Applicants should contact the Doctor of Education office regarding equivalency. For admission into the EdD program, students are required to demonstrate competency in foundational biblical studies, theology, Christian education, and educational or ministerial leadership. Demonstration of potential contribution in the field of Christian education is assessed with an entrance exam. Statistics for social sciences is recommended. The statistics competency is measured by transcripted course(s) in descriptive, univariate, and multivariate statistics as well as use of computer applications such as the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Students with no statistics are expected to complete an introduction course the first semester in the program.

Degree Equivalency

Applicants who do not hold the appropriate prerequisite degree should contact the Doctor of Education office for information concerning degree equivalency requirements. Individuals with MEd degrees can meet equivalency requirements by taking designated biblical, theological, and ministerial courses. Students with theological degrees may be required to take additional Christian education and ministerial courses.

Entrance Exams

An entrance exam is required for admission into the program. However, the entrance exam may be waived by successfully completing an elective proficiency seminar.

Research Paper

The applicant must submit a research paper from a master’s or doctoral program for review by the Doctor of Education Oversight Committee. If no paper is available, the applicant should contact the Doctor of Education office for guidance.

Division Interview

Applicants must interview with the Doctor of Education Oversight Committee. The interview focuses on one’s conversion experience, call to ministry, family relationships, reasons for pursuing the doctoral degree, interests and reading in the proposed field of study, and other concerns that may enable the faculty to know the applicant better and to ascertain his or her potential for advanced studies.

Christian Education Proficiency Seminar

An elective Christian education proficiency seminar may be used as a substitute for the Entrance Exam, or necessary leveling work in the field of Christian education. Students will read foundational texts and write extensively to prepare for doctoral level study. Papers produced for this seminar may be used for the research paper evaluation.

Program Overview

The EdD curriculum consists of 4 semester-length Christian education seminars offered in the Research Doctoral Program, a mentored reading colloquium, an integrated mentorship, elective seminars, and three workshops (Introduction to Doctoral Research and Writing, Teaching in Higher Education, and Prospectus Development). An oral proficiency examination (at the completion of seminars and reading colloquia), advanced research statistics, and the submission and defense of a dissertation are also required.

A student’s program is guided by a faculty advisor during the residency candidacy stage and by a guidance committee during the senior residency and candidacy stages. Faculty guidance assignments are made by the Director of the Doctor of Education program in consultation with the EdD Oversight Committee.

A student may take no more than two seminars per semester. Full time students generally can complete the program in 3 to 4 years.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE AND GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION

The grade point average (GPA) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal and analytical writing scores will be considered on the following five-point sliding scale. For the application to be accepted, the individual must have a combined score of “0” or higher on the three components. Scores can be no older than 5 years.

 

-2

-1

0

+1

+2

GPA

below 3.0

3.0-3.25

3.26-3.5

3.51-3.75

3.76-4.0

GRE Verbal

below 146

146-152

153-156

157-160

above 160

GRE Writing

below 3.5

3.5

4.0

4.5-5.0

5.5-6.0

Although not included in the above calculation, the quantitative score will be considered in the overall evaluation of the applicant. The GRE institutional code for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is 6472.

Application Process

Application information for the EdD may be secured by contacting the Doctor of Education office. The application forms are available on the seminary website (www.nobts.edu/apply). Potential applicants should review carefully all degree admission requirements before submitting an application. Those requirements are enumerated in this EdD section of the Graduate Catalog. Applications must be submitted to the Doctor of Education office no later than April 1 for August admission and September 1 for January admission. The following items should accompany the application:

  • Completed application with all supporting documentation (Statement of Call and Commitment, Ethical Conduct, Church Endorsement, Transfer of Credit Request Form, Health Certificate, Proof of Immunization, 4 references)

  • Application fee

  • Verification of GRE verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores

  • Official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and seminaries

  • Written plan for completion of course prerequisites

  • Graduate-level research paper

  • Completed background check (link available at online application)

  • International students should see the section “International Students” for additional requirements.

Once the application is submitted, the applicant works with the Doctor of Education office to complete the following:

  • Entrance examination

  • Division interview

The Doctor of Education Oversight Committee approves and denies admission to the Doctor of Education program. All relevant information in the application (GPA, GRE scores, research paper evaluation, entrance exam, and division interview) are considered in ascertaining the applicant’s potential for advanced research studies and making a final decision concerning admission.

After a decision by the Doctor of Education Oversight Committee, the Director of the EdD program will notify applicants of acceptance/ denial to the doctoral program. Decisions usually are made within a month after submission of all documentation and no later than a month after the application deadlines. Applications are valid for one year.

Enrollment and Registration

Once accepted into the EdD program, a student should begin his or her program of studies and enroll for seminars in the next regular semester. After beginning studies, the student must maintain enrollment (register and pay matriculation fees) each semester until the doctoral program is completed. The doctoral program is a continuous enrollment program until graduation. Failure to register and pay fees each semester will result in termination from the program. All students in the doctoral program have full-time status. The Doctor of Education program follows the graduate policy for drop-add and withdrawal. All requests for registration or status changes must be submitted using the designated registration form(s) and must be received by the appropriate deadlines.

Doctor of Education Degree Requirements

Proficiency Workshops & Seminars (12 hours)

course

hours

Introduction to Doctoral Research and Writing 

3

Teaching in Higher Education 

3

Prospectus Development 

3

Educational Research and Statistics Seminar 

3

Required Seminars* (16 hours)

course

hours

History, Philosophy, and Theology of Christian Education 

4

Educational Psychology 

4

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation 

4

Higher Education Leadership 

4

Mentorships (6 hours)

course

hours

Integrated Mentorship 

3

Mentored Reading Colloquium with Chair 

3

Dissertation (9 hours)

course

hours

Oral Proficiency Exam

1

Prospectus Approval

1

Research and Writing

6

Dissertation Defense

1

Electives (8000/9000) (11-12 hours)

course

hours

Elective Reading Colloquium

3

Pick ONE:

2 Courses (9000 level; 4 hrs each)
OR
3 Courses (8000 level; 3 hrs each)

8
OR
9

*Required Seminars are 9000 level courses and are taken with research doctoral (PhD/ThM) students.

Total Required: 54-55 hours

Continual Enrollment and Inactive Status
Students who have been accepted into the program automatically attain active status. Active status is maintained by registering for at least one workshop or seminar per year and by paying the appropriate fees. All students enrolled in a doctoral program MUST register online each semester regardless of their status. The only exception to this policy is the first semester. Students register through the EdD office in the first semester and online every semester thereafter. A late fee will be assessed for any student who does not register by the published deadline(s). Students who are not registering for at least one seminar or workshop or who are not working on their dissertation must register for Continual Enrollment status. Students are not allowed to register for Continual Enrollment status for two consecutive semesters. Students who expect to be out of the program longer two or more semesters should request Inactive status from the EdD program. Published fees will be assessed for Continual Enrollment or Inactive status.

Program Delay Status
Program Delay status is reserved for students in two stages of the program. First, students who have submitted a Prospectus, passed the Oral Proficiency Exam and await final approval of their prospectus should register for Program Delay. Second, students who have completed one year of writing (EDWC9600) and await the Oral Defense, final submission, or Graduation are required to register for Program Delay.

Registration Schedules
Registration for required seminars, program elements and summer workshops and seminars is completed online during the research doctoral program registration period. Students who choose to take 8000 level courses as electives will register for them online during the open registration periods in the professional doctoral program (Fall: June 1-15, Winter: October 1-15, and Spring: February 1-15).

Faculty Guidance

At the time of admission to the Doctor of Education program, a faculty advisor from the EdD faculty will be assigned to serve as a resource person to the student concerning program matters and to guide the student through the residency stage. Upon submission of the letter of intent, students will be assigned a faculty member to chair a two- member guidance committee for the senior residency and candidacy stages of the program.

General Policies

  • Persons seeking the doctorate need to be highly motivated scholars.

  • All entering doctoral students in EdD degree programs must register for Introduction to Doctoral Research and Writing during their first year in the program. Students who have not completed a course on the SBC and Cooperative Program will be registered for COOP9000 in the first semester of course work.

  • All doctoral students must secure and maintain an e-mail address throughout the program.

  • The Doctor of Education is a residential program with courses normally led from the main campus, but students may join via SYNC (a synchronous learning experience).

  • Students should plan to spend minimally one full day in research weekly for each seminar. Thus, a student taking two seminars should be engaged in research minimally two full days weekly. Allocation of the necessary time in research is subject to review by the student’s guidance committee. A reduced course load may be recommended or required.

  • No seminar grade below “B” (3.0) will count toward degree requirements. Students making a grade of “C” or below must consult with their faculty advisor. Two seminar grades of “C” or below will result in the student’s dismissal from the doctoral program.

  • Students may be required to remove deficiencies in their preparation by taking for-credit courses from the master’s-level curriculum. In any case, students are encouraged to audit master’s-level classes in their field.

  • EdD students are expected to attend all class sessions. Students may drop an EdD block-scheduled seminar or other course before the second class meeting. A colloquium may be dropped before the Friday preceding the course meeting date. To drop a course, students must contact the Office of the Doctor of Education Program.

  • The period allowed for the completion of the EdD program is seven years from initial registration.

Manual for the Doctor of Education Program

Following acceptance into the doctoral program, students should download a copy of the Manual for the Doctor of Education Program from the EdD website (www.nobts.edu/edd). This manual is the official handbook for the Doctor of Education program. It includes information on current procedures and policies. Students are notified of updates as appropriate. Students should frequently consult the online EdD manual for changes each academic year.

Directed Study

A directed study provides a unique opportunity for a student to work one-on-one with a professor. In order to register for a directed study, the student should seek permission from the Doctor of Education office after consulting with the desired faculty guiding the directed study.

Program Dates

The following are general dates for program components. Contact the EdD office for specific dates in the EdD program for the upcoming academic year.

Dissertation submission/Application for graduation

Oct. 1/Mar. 1

Research proposal submission

Nov. 1/Apr. 1

Research proposal approval

Last day of semester

Fees for Doctoral Students

Fees, effective August 1 each year, are listed in the “Graduate Student Fees” section of this catalog. Students who are not members of Southern Baptist churches should note the fees for non-Southern Baptists.

Transfer of Credit

Students may request the transfer of doctoral-level courses completed at another accredited institution prior to admission. Applicants who believe they qualify should contact the Director of the Doctor of Education program during the application process.

International Students

Doctoral program applicants whose primary spoken language is not English should follow the instructions in the International Students section of this catalog. The International Student Advisor for the seminary is Dr. Paul Gregoire. Applicants may contact him by phone at 504.282.4455, ext. 3337, or 1.800.NOBTS.01, ext. 3337, or by e-mail at pgregoire@nobts.edu. However, please note that WES transcript evaluations for master’s degrees must be course by course.

Non-degree Students

Students may apply to take one doctoral seminar as a non-degree student. An individual desiring non-degree status must make application as a non-degree student. Non-degree students may be admitted to one doctoral seminar provided they have met the GPA and GRE requirements and the degree prerequisites for the major in which they plan to take the seminar. In addition, students must complete all prerequisites for the seminar. The Doctor of Education Oversight Committee must give a positive recommendation. The seminary is under no obligation to accept the credit earned by a non-degree student as credit toward any doctoral program should the student decide to apply for doctoral work at a later time.

Visiting Student

A student enrolled in a doctoral program at another accredited seminary, college, or university may enroll in doctoral seminars for credit or audit at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as a visiting student. See requirements for visiting students under the Research or Professional Doctoral Programs in this catalog.

Financial Assistance

Financial aid is available for current and new NOBTS students. Interested persons should contact the Financial Aid Office directly, at financialaid@nobts.edu.

Teaching and Research Assistantships
A limited number of teaching assistantships are available on a regular basis. Duties include grading and limited teaching opportunities.

Interested persons should contact individual professors or the chair of the division in which the student wishes to work. Research assistantships are available as required by the research projects of the faculty. After the successful completion of oral proficiency exams, the EdD student may seek co-teaching opportunities through the Doctor of Education office.

Research Fellowships
NOBTS sponsors several research institutes, such as the Center for Discipleship and Ministry Leadership, the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry, the H. Milton Haggard Center for New Testament Textual Studies, the Youth Ministry Institute, and the Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health. Employment opportunities are available for EdD students based on the needs of the research institutes. Interested persons may contact the directors of the various institutes.

Dissertation Requirements

Doctoral candidates must write a dissertation, writing project, or field research that demonstrates a high quality of research skill applied to some problem or area of religious education and competency to report and present the results of the research in acceptable style. A dissertation in EdD represents both research methodology and practical application.

Refer to the EdD Dissertation Writing Manual for specific instructions, guidelines, and timelines for completing the dissertation.

Dissertation Publication
Following the dissertation defense, four copies of the final, corrected document as approved by the guidance committee must be submitted on white, 20 lb., 100% cotton paper, unbound, in four separate boxes, through the guidance committee chairperson to the Doctor of Education office no later than two weeks prior to graduation. Copies must be accompanied by the UMI Publishing Agreement forms (including the copyright authorization portion). For details, students should follow the UMI Doctoral Dissertation Agreement Form link on the Program Materials page of the Doctor of Education Program area of the seminary website.

Requirements for Graduation

In order to graduate from the seminary, students must meet all academic requirements set forth in this catalog, settle all financial obligations to the seminary, and maintain high standards of moral and ethical conduct. The faculty or any appropriate committee of the faculty may at any time advise the President that a student evidences spiritual, ethical, emotional, psychological, or attitudinal deficiencies which, in the judgment of the faculty, disqualify the student for continued study at the seminary. The student may appeal this determination to the President. The decision of the President shall be final.

Participation in graduation exercises is required of all students unless permission is granted to graduate in absentia. Requests for permission to graduate in absentia should be made in writing to the Registrar. Permission is granted only in emergency cases.

EdD Courses and Seminars

Program Status Options

EDDC9001 Continual Enrollment

Doctor of Education students not enrolled in at least one workshop or seminar during the current semester should register for this status. Students may not register for Continual Enrollment more than two consecutive semesters before they must register for some component of their program or request Inactive status from the Doctor of Education office. An enrollment fee is charged for Continual Enrollment (see Graduate Student Fees page in this Catalog).

EDDC9002 Program Delay

Students who do not plan to register for at least one workshop or seminar during the current semester must register for Program Delay status until they reactivate their program or request Inactive status from the Doctor of Education office. Students must pay a fee for each semester of Program Delay (see Graduate Student Fees page in this Catalog).

EDDC9003 Inactive Status

Students must submit a request and be approved for Inactive status by the Discipleship and Ministry Leadership Division, after which the student is registered for this status each semester and summer until they reactivate their program. A fee is charged for Inactive status (see Graduate Student Fees page in this Catalog).

Program Components and Workshops

COOP9000 An Introduction to NOBTS, the SBC, and the Cooperative Program (no credit) Ray, Riley

This core curriculum course offered in conjunction with Introduction to Doctoral Research and Writing is required to be taken in the first year. The course will acquaint students with a brief history of NOBTS, the SBC, and the Cooperative Program, as well as their current leadership and operation. In this course students also will gain an understanding of the significance and relationship of the Cooperative Program to the SBC and NOBTS.

RDOC9300 Introduction to Doctoral Research and Writing (3 hours) Ray, Riley, Rivers, Dean

In this course students will be introduced to the literature and techniques of doctoral research. Special attention will be given to the development of research proposals and the presentation of research, including individual guidance in the form and style of research writing. The course must be taken during the student’s first year in the program.

RDOC9302 Teaching in Higher Education (3 hours) Peavey, Stone, Vandercook

Students in this course will develop an undergraduate or graduate course of their own choosing, from the submission of a course rationale and description through the development of the course syllabus and lesson plans. In addition, they will construct a teaching portfolio prepared to present to an institute of higher learning consisting of a personal philosophy of teaching, a curriculum vita, properly written lesson plans, a syllabus for higher theological education, and a video documentation of teaching.

RDOC9303 Prospectus Development (3 hours) Ray, Riley, Rivers

In this one-week course students are given guidance in the development and writing of a prospectus for the dissertation. Prerequisite: a research proposal must be submitted to the student’s guidance committee by the April 1/November 1 deadline. The research proposal must be approved by the division of study by the last day of the semester.

EDRP9100 Research Proposal/Prospectus Approval (1 hour) EDPE9100 Oral Proficiency Exam (1 hour)

EDWC9600 Writing Candidate/Research and Writing (6 hours) EDDD9100 Dissertation Defense (1 hour)

Required Seminars

CEAL9400 Higher Education Leadership (4 hours) Dean

The purpose of this seminar is to provide quality theological education for students in the area of advanced research in the context of the Christian institution of higher education. Leadership principles, philosophies of Christian higher education, and trends in curriculum are investigated through research and lectures. The roles of the principals in the context of higher education are explored. Papers are presented and discussed, and several leadership theories are evaluated.

CEDI9401 Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (4 hours) Faculty

The purpose of this seminar is to provide quality theological education for students in the area of discipleship and spiritual formation understandings and skills within the context of the local church. This seminar is designed to survey discipleship and spiritual formation by researching biblical and social science findings. Needs that can be addressed through discipleship definitions and terms, discipleship endeavors, and current discipleship practices in local Baptist churches are identified and researched with the consideration of personal spiritual formation. Special attention is given to the introduction and application of both pertinent and current literature in the field.

CEEF9401 History and Philosophy of Christian Education (4 hours) Stone, Faculty

A survey is made of both the historical development of Christian education as well as the philosophical foundations that influenced that development. Receiving special attention are influential personalities, significant movements, and contextual matters that have shaped and continue to shape Christian education. Consideration is given to the impact of these historical factors upon contemporary Christian education ministry and its future expressions. Current philosophical trends are observed and evaluated.

CEEF9402 Educational Psychology (4 hours) Yount, Faculty

The purpose of this seminar is to engage students in a comprehensive examination of educational psychology. Special attention is devoted to concepts which describe principles of teaching, theories of learning, motivational psychology, and instructional objectives. The study provides for an analysis of representative expressions of the teaching-learning transaction as they focus on the ministry of Christian education.

CEST9300 Educational Research and Statistics (3 hours) Yount

Research (design) and Statistics (analysis) for social services are the advanced languages of Christian ministry research, especially education, evangelism, administration, and leadership. Students will acquire language tools--vocabulary and concepts--for understanding research in one’s field; skills to design one’s own study, collect valid data, and analyze that data to provide answers; and preparation for analyzing empirical research in EdD and PhD seminars, as well as preparation and execution of a formal doctoral research proposal.

Elective Seminars (9000 level)

CEAD9401 Adult Education (4 hours) Faculty

The purpose of this seminar is to engage students in a comprehensive examination of biblical examples, historical models and contemporary theories of adult education. The application of biblical and pedagogical principles to various learning communities will be explored based on student research interest and focus. Students will make classroom presentations based on individual research and writing. Also can be taken as CECH9401, CEEF9400, or CEYH9400.

CEAD9403 Contemporary Contexts of Adult Ministry (4 hours) Faculty

Students will explore the multifaceted contexts of Christian education, discipleship ministries, and ministry leadership. Emphases will include sociological, educational, technological, and denominational influences on the design and leadership of educational ministry to adults. An effort is made to enhance the student’s understanding of the dominant culture and to equip the student to impact the world more effectively. Also can be taken as CEAL9402, CECH9403, or CEYH9401.

CEAD9404 Adult Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (4 hours) Faculty

The purpose of this seminar is to advance understanding of the fields of discipleship and spiritual formation especially within the context of the local church. This seminar is designed to survey discipleship and spiritual formation of adults by collecting and comparing biblical text and social science research. Special attention is given to definitions and terms, strategies and models, and current discipleship practices pertinent to various life stages. Personal spiritual formation also is addressed. Also can be taken as CECH9404, CEDI9401, or CEYH9404.

CEAD9405 Adult Development and Aging (4 hours) Faculty

In this seminar students will engage in an examination of classic and current theory and research regarding the physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual development of adults. Students will acquire a basic understanding of factors that shape the developmental process. Targeted research and individual presentations of selected topics guide student focus in the seminar. Also can be taken as CECH9402, CEEF9403, or CEYH9402.

CEAL9402 Contemporary Contexts of Educational Ministry (4 hours) Faculty

Students will explore the multi-faceted contexts of Christian education, discipleship ministries, and ministry leadership. Emphases will include sociological, educational, technological and denominational influences on the design and leadership of educational ministry to children, youth and adults. An effort is made to enhance the student’s understanding of the dominant culture and to equip the student to impact the world more effectively. Also can be taken as CEAD9403, CECH9403, or CEYH9401.

CEAM9401 Strategic Leadership and Organizational Change (4 hours) Faculty

This seminar will involve studying and researching strategic leadership theory and its applications and implications upon churches and ministry organizations. Strategic dimensions of leadership to be examined include strategic thinking, foresight, influence, team-building, and action. The seminar will explore also the leadership disciplines required to initiate and implement successful organizational change. Attention will be given to creating a climate for change, discerning and communication vision, developing strategic planning skills, and analyzing change theory and practice. Also can be taken as PMCL9400.

CEAM9402 Principles of Administration (4 hours) Dean

The purpose of this seminar is to engage students in a comprehensive examination of administrative principles. The direction of the seminar may involve the functional areas of administration; the historical development, philosophy, and contemporary application of the church program organization approach to Christian education; management functions; supervisory methods and tasks; or other fields of study related to administration.

CEAM9403 Building and Managing an Effective Organization (4 hours) Dean, Faculty

This seminar guides students in the understanding, evaluation, and research of management systems utilized in churches, Christian organizations, denominational entities, and Christian higher education institutions. Special attention is given to diagnosing organizational health and guiding productive change. The seminar explores the impact of various forms of church governance on management expressions in churches and the denomination.

CEAM9404 Issues in Risk Management (4 hours) Dean

The purpose of this seminar is to provide quality theological education for students in the area of advanced research in the context of risk management in the local church and the Christian institution or organization. Leadership principles, philosophies, hazards, and trends are investigated through research and lectures. Papers are presented and discussed, and several leadership theories are evaluated.

CECH9401 Childhood Education (4 hours) Peavey

The purpose of this seminar is to engage students in a comprehensive examination of children’s ministry. The direction of the seminar may involve an extensive study of nursery school and kindergarten education, the history and development of childhood education, a detailed study of the developmental stages from birth through eleven years, areas of educational supervision which relate to leaders of the preschool and children’s age groups, curriculum materials used by Southern Baptist organizations for children from birth through the sixth grade, or other fields of study related to children’s ministry.

CECH9402 Child Development (4 hours) Peavey

In this seminar students will engage in an examination of classic and current theory and research regarding the physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual development of individuals from conception through middle childhood. Through readings and presentations students will acquire a basic understanding of how factors within the child, family, and community shape the process of development. Individual research and presentation of selected readings and selected topics of students’ choice are a major focus of the seminar.

CECH9403 Contemporary Contexts of Children’s Ministry (4 hours) Faculty

Students will explore the multifaceted contexts of Christian education, discipleship ministries, and ministry leadership. Emphases will include sociological, educational, technological, and denominational influences on the design and leadership of educational ministry to children. An effort is made to enhance the student’s understanding of the dominant culture and to equip the student to impact the world more effectively. Also can be taken as CEAD9403, CEAL9402, or CEYH9401.

CECH9404 Spiritual Formation of Children (4 hours) Faculty

The purpose of this seminar is to advance understanding of the fields of discipleship and spiritual formation especially within the context of the local church. This seminar is designed to survey discipleship and spiritual formation of children by collecting and comparing biblical text and social science research. Special attention is given to definitions and terms, strategies and models, and current discipleship practices pertinent to various life stages. Personal spiritual formation also is addressed. Also can be taken as CEAD9404, CEDI9401, or CEYH9404.

CEDI9402 Family Ministry in Church Life (4 hours) Faculty

This seminar is designed to survey contemporary family discipleship ministry and developmental concerns involving preschoolers, children, youth and parents. Needs that can be addressed through family ministry and discipleship endeavors in local Baptist churches are identified and researched. Special attention is given to introduction to current literature in the field. Family discipleship projects are developed and evaluated.

CEEF9400 Lifespan Education (4 hours) Odom, Faculty

The purpose of this seminar is to engage students in a comprehensive examination of biblical examples, historical models, and contemporary theories of education. The application of biblical and pedagogical principles to various learning communities will be explored based on student research interest and focus. Students will make classroom presentations based on individual research and writing. Also can be taken as CEAD9401, CECH9401, or CEYH9400.

CEEF9403 Human Growth and Development (4 hours) Peavey, Faculty

In this seminar students will engage in an examination of classic and current theory and research regarding the physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual development of children, adolescents, and adults from conception through senior adulthood. Students will acquire a basic understanding of factors that shape the developmental process. Targeted research and individual presentations of selected topics guide student focus in the seminar. Also can be taken as CEAD9405, CECH9402, or CEYH9402.

CEEF9405 Advanced Pedagogy (4 hours) Peavey, Faculty

Students will compare and evaluate contemporary instructional strategies and forms of assessment to be used in higher education. Instructional strategies to be examined include the flipped classroom, problem-based learning, and teaching online. Forms of assessment to be examined include rubrics, tests and measurements, portfolios, and informal and formal assessments. At the end of this course students will apply appropriate contemporary instructional strategies and forms of assessment to topics of study in an existing syllabus. RDOC 9302 is a recommended prerequisite for this course.

CEYH9400 Youth Education (4 hours) Faculty

The purpose of this seminar is to engage students in a comprehensive examination of biblical examples, historical models, and contemporary theories of youth education. The application of biblical and pedagogical principles to various learning communities will be explored based on student research interest and focus. Students will make classroom presentations based on individual research and writing. Also can be taken as CEAD9401, CECH9401, or CEEF9400.

CEYH9401 Youth Ministry in Cultural Context (4 hours) Faculty

Students will explore the multifaceted contexts of Christian education, discipleship ministries, and ministry leadership. Emphases will include sociological, educational, technological, and denominational influences on the design and leadership of educational ministry to youth. An effort is made to enhance the student’s understanding of the dominant culture and to equip the student to impact the world more effectively. Also can be taken as CEAD9403, CEAL9402, or CECH9403.

CEYH9402 Adolescent Development (4 hours) Faculty

In this seminar students will engage in an examination of classic and current theory and research regarding the physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual development of adolescents. Students will acquire a basic understanding of factors that shape the developmental process. Targeted research and individual presentations of selected topics guide student focus in the seminar. Also can be taken as CEAD9405, CECH9402, or CEEF9403.

CEYH9404 Discipling Adolescents and Emerging Adults (4 hours) Faculty

The purpose of this seminar is to advance understanding of the fields of discipleship and spiritual formation especially within the context of the local church. This seminar is designed to survey discipleship and spiritual formation of adolescents and emerging adults by collecting and comparing biblical text and social science research. Special attention is given to definitions and terms, strategies and models, and current discipleship practices pertinent to various life stages. Personal spiritual formation also is addressed. Also can be taken as CEAD9404, CECH9404, or CEDI9401.

CEDS9400 Directed Study in Christian Education (4 hours) Faculty

Directed studies enable a student (1) to engage in specialized research under a professor’s supervision or (2) to cover an area not included in the regular seminar offerings during the student’s scheduled seminar work. Contact the Director of the Doctor of Education Program concerning the procedure for submitting a proposal.

Elective Seminars (8000 level)

Elective seminars at the 8000 level are administered and scheduled through the Professional Doctoral Degree Program. Seminars are designed to lead students to wrestle with contemporary ministry issues in dialogue with the various theological disciplines. Specific courses and course descriptions are located in the Professional Doctoral Programs section of the Graduate Catalog. Courses and course schedules are also listed on the Professional Doctoral Programs website.

Mentoring Courses

EDMN8200 Educational Career and Context (2 hours) Faculty

This required seminar provides an assessment of the student’s leadership style, personality, interrelation relationship skills, spiritual vitality, and character using psychometric tools and group activities for the purpose of affirming strengths and improving weaknesses. The goal of this seminar is to assess the student educational calling and orient the student to future career placement.

EDMN8301 Integrated Mentorship in Ministry Leadership (3 hours) Faculty

Under the supervision of the student’s assigned chair, this required field-based mentorship is designed to address the student’s mastery in educational and theological disciplines and capacity to engage in administration, teaching, and research in a praxis-oriented learning environment. The content and structure of the course will align with the student’s vocational ministry leadership context. Students register for the course after submitting an approved letter of intent for their dissertation topic.

EDMN8302 Integrated Mentorship in Educational Leadership (3 hours) Faculty

Under the supervision of the student’s assigned chair, this required field-based mentorship is designed to address the student’s mastery in educational and theological disciplines and capacity to engage in administration, teaching, and research in a praxis-oriented learning environment. The content and structure of the course will align with the student’s vocational educational leadership context. Students register for the course after submitting an approved letter of intent for their dissertation topic.

EDMN8303 Integrated Mentorship in Teaching (3 hours) Faculty

Under the supervision of the student’s assigned chair, this required field-based mentorship is designed to address the student’s mastery in educational and theological disciplines and capacity to engage in administration, teaching, and research in a praxis-oriented learning environment. The content and structure of the course will align with the student’s vocational teaching/pedagogical context. Students register for the course after submitting an approved letter of intent for their dissertation topic.

Reading Colloquia

CESR9301 Supervised Reading Colloquium: Adult and Family (3 hours)

CESR9302 Supervised Reading Colloquium: Foundations in Christian Education (3 hours) CESR9303 Supervised Reading Colloquium: Children and Youth (3 hours)

EDSR93XX Mentored Reading Colloquium: Specialized Study in Focus Area with Faculty Advisor (3 hours)
9301 Ministry Leadership
9302 Educational Leadership
9303 Teaching/Pedagogy