Overview of Doctor of Religious Education Degree

The Doctor of Religious Education program is designed to meet your professional development needs as a Christian education leader. Candidates will grow in their ability to enhance God’s kingdom work in Christian schools or colleges and represent Christian education perspectives in the broader society. The program prepares highly specialized professionals for leadership in religious education. Multi-disciplinary fields of study intersect in the doctoral curriculum. The program is intended to nurture sound scholarship by encouraging students to develop and demonstrate erudition, reflection and research skills in their academic work, examinations, dissertations, and vocational experiences.

Potential Career Options

Graduates may consider pursuing a career in one of the following fields: instructor, outside consultant, private school teacher, home school coordinator, education pastor, youth pastor, or private school administrator.

Degree Requirements

Bible Core (Waived with Advanced Stranding) 6 Credits

  • Graduate Biblical Survey
  • Graduate Christian Narrative

Major Core Courses 24 Credits

  • Philosophy of Religious Education
  • Advanced Biblical Ethics
  • Educational Psychology in Christian Setting
  • Biblical Teaching Methods
  • Curriculum Design and Development for the Christian Classroom
  • Leading Spiritual Formation
  • Strategic Planning for the Educational Ministry
  • Leading Theological Change

Experiential Learning 6 Credits

  • Capstone Project or Dissertation