Doctor of Educational Ministry

The Doctor of Educational Ministry (D.Ed.Min.) degree is an advanced theological degree and is the capstone professional degree for individuals who hold the Master of Arts in Christian Education. The D.Ed.Min. provides the opportunity for students engaged in ministerial leadership to enhance and expand their biblical understanding and thinking concerning Christian Education in reference to the ministry of the church.

The D.Ed.Min. program maintains a commitment to apply Scripture in every area of ministry, and examines all ministry plans and methods through the lens of Scripture. In order to maximize spiritual growth, learning, and ministry skills, students are encouraged to relate seminars and study into each component of ministry practice. As a modular program, students may remain in their current ministry setting while earning this degree.

Students are only required to be on campus three weeks out of the year for seminar coursework, and may fulfill responsibilities to family and current ministry without having to relocate to Fort Worth.

Program Information

The D.Ed.Min. program may be completed in a minimum of three (3) years or at a maximum of six (6) years. The D.Ed.Min. program is divided into three phases: Seminar Phase, Project Phase, and Dissertation Phase. Each phase is outlined below:

Seminar Phase

Seminar Phase requires the completion of nine (9) seminars, consisting of general, concentration, and reading seminars, with the addition of an online seminar. Students may complete the seminar phase within two (2) calendar years.

Project Phase

At the conclusion of seminar phase, students will develop a prospectus and design a project related to the selected concentration of study. The student will implement a project, gather research, and utilize the information collected to further research and compose a dissertation.

Dissertation Phase

Once the student has implemented a project and gathered all of the needed information, the student shall draft and defend a dissertation. A defense of the dissertation will be conducted by the Guidance Committee. Upon successfully defending the dissertation, the student will be approved for graduation.

Ecclesiological Understanding

The Doctor of Educational Ministry degree in the School of Church and Family Ministries is taught in an American Church context and leads to qualification to train those who will lead various ministries in local churches. Therefore, the faculty finds that a substantial understanding of the local church in America is essential to the completion of this degree. All students are required to demonstrate a full understanding of the local church in an American context before graduation. Experience in American local church ministry leadership is expected. This experience can be gained through volunteer service, but paid staff work is preferred to meet this requirement. Each student will demonstrate such understanding to the satisfaction of the faculty, either through written or oral interview as required by the faculty in each situation, prior to graduation. This interview can be included in the defense of the student’s dissertation.

Degree Outline
General Seminars

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Orientation

DEDMN 6100

0

Research and Writing in Christian Education

DEDMN 6404

4

Theology and Practice of Biblical Disciple-Making

DEDMN 6414

4

Biblical Models for Christian Education

DEDMN 6424

4

Reading Seminar I

DEDMN 6432

2

Reading Seminar II

DEDMN 6442

2

Research and Project Methodology

DEDMN 6930

0

 

Total

16

Concentration Seminars

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Concentration Seminar (See Below)

_______ ____

4

Concentration Seminar (See Below)

_______ ____

4

Concentration Seminar (See Below)

_______ ____

4

 

Total

12

Dissertation

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Continuous Enrollment

DEDMN 6960

Pass/Fail

Project in Progress

DEDMN 6950

Pass/Fail

Successful Dissertation Defense

DEDMN 6998

8

 

Total

8

 

Degree Total

36

Concentrations of Study

The D.Ed.Min. has been developed to advance and to strengthen local church ministry leadership. The student must select one of the three available concentrations of study listed below:

Biblical Counseling

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Theoretical and Foundational Factors in Counseling Ministry

DEDMN 6154

4

Counseling Methodology: Historical and Contemporary

DEDMN 6254

4

Practical Application and Strategies in Biblical Counseling

DEDMN 6354

4

 

Total

12

Educational Leadership

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Organizational Leadership in the Local Church

DEDMN 6604

4

Theological Development of Christian Education Leaders

DEDMN 6614

4

Biblical Response to Issues in Leadership

DEDMN 6624

4

 

Total

12

Family Ministry

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Theological Foundations for Family Ministry

DEDMN 6504

4

Family Ministry Models and Practice

DEDMN 6514

4

Biblical Response to Issues in Family Ministry

DEDMN 6524

4

 

Total

12

Seminar Schedule

The D.Ed.Min. program offers weeklong classes (Monday–Friday) three times each academic year. Classes are held during the fall, winter, and summer academic terms. Specifically, seminars meet during Fall Break, the first full week in January, and the first full week in May following spring graduation. Seminar offerings are scheduled within a specific term each year without variation.

D.Ed.Min. Academic Plan
Year One

Fall

Winter

Summer

Research and Writing in Christian Education

Reading Seminar I1

Orientation

Theology and Practice of Biblical Disciple-Making

Reading Seminar II2

Biblical Models for Christian Education

Year Two

Fall

Winter

Summer

Concentration Seminar I

Concentration Seminar II

Concentration Seminar III

Research and Project Methodology (Online Seminar)

Year Three

Completion of Dissertation

1Reading Seminar I is offered during the fall term. Students may complete Reading Seminar I and II in either the first or second year of study. Reading seminars may be taken in any sequence.

2Reading Seminar II is offered during the winter term. Students may complete Reading Seminar I and II in either the first or second year of study. Reading seminars may be taken in any sequence.

Admission

Entrance Requirements
Educational Foundations

Applicants must have completed one of the following degrees or its equivalent from an Association of Theological Schools (ATS) approved school: a Master of Arts in Religious Education (MARE), a Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE), or a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MABC). The doctoral studies office will determine if leveling work needs to be completed to meet this requirement before application can be made to the program. Any unapproved degree from another program must be evaluated to determine equivalency. All previously completed leveling courses must have a grade of “B” or higher to be considered.

Scholarship

In order to apply for the program, the student must have earned an overall 3.0 minimum grade point average (GPA) on the master’s degree with a 3.3 in Church and Family Ministry coursework. GPA is based on a four-point scale.

Vocational Ministry

Applicants must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience in educational ministry following the awarding of an ATS approved master’s degree before applying to the program. In addition, applicants must be involved in vocational Christian educational ministry during the time they are enrolled in the degree. Part-time experience will be calculated at one-half the value of full-time experience.

International Students

Applicants from outside the United States must meet U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) regulations to study at Southwestern Seminary in any program. Any approval of the applicant’s admission to the D.Ed.Min. program is contingent upon the applicant maintaining proper visa status. The International Student Services Office communicates regularly with the D.Ed.Min. program to ensure that all INS regulations are followed.

Application Process
How to Apply

All applicants, including current, former, and future students, must apply for the D.Ed.Min. program through the Office of Admissions. The application along with a list of all required supplementary materials is available online at www.swbts.edy/applynow. Applicants will create an account through which they can track progress during the application process.

When to Apply

Students may begin the D.Ed.Min. in multiple entry points. Application materials must be submitted the first Monday in August for fall entry, November for winter entry, and March for summer entry. International students must submit application materials one month in advance by the first Monday in July for fall entry, October for winter entry, and February for summer entry.

Required Supplemental Items
Background Check

Applicants must complete a background check.

Job Description (Optional)

Applicants may submit a job description of their current ministry. A list of the applicant's job responsibilities and ministry service should be included in the job description.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from all college, university, and seminary work must be sent to the Office of Admissions. Applicants with bachelor's and/or master's degrees obtained outside the United States should be aware that their transcripts are subject to evaluation prior to application by World Education Services (WES), Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087, telephone: 212-966-6311; fax: 212-739-6100; www.wes.org.

Research Paper

Applicants must submit a 12–15 page research paper in which an argument is made and a research question is pursued. The research paper must demonstrate the applicant’s ability to research, interact with scholarly literature, and develop, articulate, and defend a thesis statement. Papers must conform to the latest edition of the Southwestern Manual of Style.

Résumé

Applicants must submit a current résumé.

Church Endorsement

Applicants must have a church representative complete the Church Endorsement Form.

References

Applicants must submit two (2) reference forms from persons familiar with the applicant’s ministry work and have known the applicant for more than one (1) year. At least one of the references should be from a person who has had a supervisory role in the applicant’s ministry.

TOEFL Test Score (International Students Only)

All international students must submit a TOEFL score of at least 100. A candidate with a score of 91 or above will be considered for entrance under a probation status. The TOEFL must have been taken within three years of the date application is made.

Cost

Tuition

 

Southern Baptist
(Due to the Cooperative Program Scholarship)

Standard Tuition

Initial Fee

$1,200

$1,200

Year 1

$4,000

$4,700

Year 2

$4,000

$4,700

Year 3

$4,000

$4,700

Year 4

$0.00

$0.00

Total:

$13,200

$15,300

If a student exceeds four years in the program, an additional charge of $1,500 is billed yearly until the completion of the program, $1,400 per year for Southern Baptist students.

Inquiries regarding billing may be directed to the Business Office at 817-923-1921 ext. 2400, Business@swbts.edu.

Financial assistance is available through the Financial Aid Office, 817-923-1921 ext. 3080, financialaid@swbts.edu.

All fees and dates are provisional and may be subject to change by the administrative offices of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Contact Information

For more information regarding D.Ed.Min. studies in the School of Church and Family Ministries, please email dedmin@swbts.edu or call the D.Ed.Min. Office at 817-923-1921 ext. 3519.

Mailing Address:

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Attn: D.Ed.Min. Office
P.O. Box 22248
Fort Worth, TX 76122
 

Fax: 817-921-8763

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