Doctor of Educational Ministry

DOCTOR OF EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY

The Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) degree is an advanced professional degree in Christian Education. The DEdMin 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 DEdMin 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.

Program Information

The DEdMin is a thirty-two hour program.  Students will complete six (6) seminars, a research project, and a written project.  The program is designed to be completed in three (3) years, but students may take up to a maximum of six (6) years.

The program is comprised of a Research Seminar, 2 General Seminars, and 3 Concentration-specific seminars.  Students may complete the seminars within two (2) calendar years.

During the Research Seminar, students will be instructed to come to the seminar with a list of potential topics for the Professional Doctoral Project.  During the seminar, students should work with their Faculty Supervisors to settle on a final topic for their Professional Doctoral Project.  Students will also be instructed on a date by which they must submit their proposed title for their Project to the Professional Doctoral office.

Upon the completion of their seminars, 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 project.

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

Degree Outline

General Seminars

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

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

 

Total

12

Concentration Seminars

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Concentration Seminar (See Below)

_______ ____

4

Concentration Seminar (See Below)

_______ ____

4

Concentration Seminar (See Below)

_______ ____

4

 

Total

12

Project

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Continuous Enrollment

DEDMN 6960

Pass/Fail

Project in Progress

DEDMN 6950

Pass/Fail

Successful Project Defense

DEDMN 6998

8

 

Total

8

 

Degree Total

32

Concentrations of Study

The DEdMin has been developed to advance and to strengthen local church ministry leadership. The student must select one of the five available concentrations of study which include Biblical Counseling, Educational Leadership, Family Ministry, Childhood Ministry Leadership and Student Ministry Leadership. Details are 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

Church Revitalization

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Introduction to Church Revitalization

DEDMN 6534

4

Church Revitalization and the Great Commission (Church Revitalization students complete this course in lieu of DEDMN 6414 Theology and Practice of Biblical Discipline)

DEDMN 6544

4

The Role of Preaching in Church Revitalization

DEDMN 6554

4

The Role of the Leader in Church Revitalization DEDMN 6564 4

 

Total

16

 

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

Childhood Ministry Leadership

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Theological Foundations for Childhood Ministry

DEDMN 6704

4

Childhood Ministry Models and Practice

DEDMN 6714

4

Biblical Response to Issues in Childhood Ministry

DEDMN 6724

4

 

Total

12

 

Student Ministry Leadership

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Theological Foundations for Student Ministry

DEDMN 6804

4

Student Ministry Models and Practice

DEDMN 6814

4

Biblical Response to Issues in Student Ministry

DEDMN 6824

4

 

Total

12

Seminar Schedule

The DEdMin program offers weeklong classes (Monday–Friday) three times each academic year. Classes are held during the fall, winter, and summer academic terms.

DEdMin Academic Plan

YEAR ONE

Fall

Winter

Summer

Research and Writing in Christian Education

Theology and Practice of Biblical Disciple-Making

Biblical Models for Christian Education

YEAR TWO

Fall

Winter

Summer

Concentration Seminar I

Concentration Seminar II

Concentration Seminar III

YEAR THREE

Completion of Project

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. 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.

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 DEdMin program is contingent upon the applicant maintaining proper visa status. The International Student Services Office communicates regularly with the DEdMin 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 DEdMin program through the Office of Admissions. The application along with a list of all required supplementary materials is available online at www.swbts.edu/applynow.

WHEN TO APPLY

Application materials must be submitted to the Professional Doctoral Studies office no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the applicant’s first intended seminar meeting. The applicant can contact the Professional Doctoral Studies office at dedmin@swbts.edu for specific seminar meeting dates.

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.

PROGRAM FEES

Students are billed by the Business Office at the beginning of each DEdMin term.  Students should contact the Business Office to discuss payment plans.

Fees for the 2019-20 DEdMin academic year are as follows:

2019-20 DEdMin Program Fee

Due to the Cooperative Program scholarship for Southern Baptist students, the total program cost for Southern Baptists is $13,000.00 ($2,875 x 4 years + $1500 initial fee). The total program cost for non-Southern Baptist students is $17,000.00 ($3,875 x 4 years + $1500 initial fee).

Program Extension Fee

If a DEdMin student’s program exceeds four years, an additional program extension fee of $1,500 per year will be charged. Please note that a student’s program may not exceed six years in total.  If a DEdMin student has NOT completed his project by the end of six years, he must request a program extension.

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 DEdMin at Southwestern Seminary, please email dedmin@swbts.edu or call the Professional Doctoral Office at 817-923-1921 ext. 6700.

Mailing Address:

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Attn: DEdMin Office
P.O. Box 22628
Fort Worth, TX 76122