Master of Christian Education | West Coast Baptist College

Master of Christian Education

Total Credit Hours: 
33

Average Completion Time: 
2 years

The Christian Education Concentration is a 33 credit-hour program designed for leaders in Christian education and will equip students with advanced skills in classroom management, assessment, curriculum development, and teaching methods.

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Advanced Hermeneutics

MBI 503

Credit Hours: 3


This course builds upon information gleaned either through observation, experience, or an undergraduate Bible Study Methods class. In this class, students will learn how the NT writers used the OT, and students will understand how Dispensationalism and Reformed Theology play a part in exegesis. Students will uncover common exegetical fallacies and how to use today's technology in light of Bible study.

Advanced Biblical Counseling

MBI 521

Credit Hours: 3


This course is designed to give the student a further understanding of ministry through Scriptural counseling. All approaches to problems will be based on biblical principles rather than secular, humanistic reasoning and technique.

Learning Theories

MCE 501

Credit Hours: 3


This course introduces students to modern theories of learning, including an examination of the learner, the didactic process, student evaluation, and the teacher-student relationship in the school environment.

Course ID Credit Hours Course
MBI 503 3

Advanced Hermeneutics

This course builds upon information gleaned either through observation, experience, or an undergraduate Bible Study Methods class. In this class, students will learn how the NT writers used the OT, and students will understand how Dispensationalism and Reformed Theology play a part in exegesis. Students will uncover common exegetical fallacies and how to use today's technology in light of Bible study.

MCE 501 3

Learning Theories

This course introduces students to modern theories of learning, including an examination of the learner, the didactic process, student evaluation, and the teacher-student relationship in the school environment.

MCE 502 3

Educational Methodologies

This course analyzes different teaching methods. Students are introduced to teacher-centered methods (direct instruction), learner-centered methods (indirect instruction), and online teaching methods.

MCE 510 3

Practices of Classroom Principles

This course will introduce students to problems related to classroom management, student motivation, and discipline.

MCE 511 3

The Exceptional Child

This course is designed to enable teachers to form skills in teaching students who deviate from the norm in physical, emotional, intellectual, social, or communication abilities.

MCE 512 3

Leadership, Organization, and Administration

This course offers an analysis of administrative behavior and organizational patterns within Christian education. Basic factors and fundamentals for successful administrations will be examined.

MCE 513 3

Financial and Legal Issues in Christian Education

This course introduces current and future administrators to the principles of K-12 school law. Students will learn about legal issues affecting ministry-operated schools as well as financial skills to maintain integrity within the educational ministry.

MCE 522 3

Student Evaluations

This course studies the intricacies of proper testing and measurement of a student's progress throughout their education. Effective testing, balanced evaluations, and principles for measurement are all studied in this course.

MCE 542 3

Advanced Philosophy of Christian Education

This course is designed to introduce the master's student to the subject of philosophy and how it relates to Christian education. The course will compare some of the philosophies used by the world in education and how the Bible either defends or condemns the use of such. The student will learn how to build a biblical philosophy of teaching and ministry focused on reaching students through Christian education and developing them in their spiritual maturity for God.

MCE 552 3

Educational Capstone

Each student in the Master’s Degree in Religious Education in Christian Education degree program must write a 10,000 thesis on a practical area of Christian ministry in the local church. The thesis may be in a format that can be used as a manual for a specific area of ministry either in a church ministry or Christian school. The thesis will evidence academic research and proper formatting.

MRW 501 3

Research and Writing

This course is designed to equip the student with the ability to research, write, and format (Turabian) a masters’ level argumentative research paper. This course is intended to prepare students for writing assignments required in all concentrations within the MRE program. This course covers the research process, how to use the library resources, other research databases. Additionally, time will be given to the development of an argument along with basic writing and revision techniques.

PT 511 3

Servant Leadership

This graduate level course explores the philosophy of leadership commonly referred to as “servant leadership.” Students will explore both the academic and practial levels of leadership as well as understanding the foundational principle of humanity as was modeled by our Saviour.

PT 512 3

Spiritual Formation and Discipleship

This course explores the process of bringing a new convert into becoming a fruitful disciple of Jesus Christ. Emphasis is placed on becoming that disciple personally as well as becoming a discipler of others.

Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Evaluate educational philosophies based on the truth of Scripture
  2. Synthesize a Biblical philosophy of counseling
  3. Evaluate contemporary curriculum issues based on a Biblical worldview
  4. Create coordinated educational objectives and appropriate test items

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