SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY Master ofArts Program in Christian Education

Program Reduction Based on Prior Academic Study Qualified students coming from approved Bible colleges or Christian liberal arts col­ leges may request exemption from certain required courses. Requests for exemption may be considered from two perspectives: 1) Program reductions are possible up to a maximum of 12 units from the normal MACE requirement Evaluations for reduc­ tion are considered for undergraduate cours­ es with satisfactory parallel content, provided that the collegiate courses are approximately double the unit value of the certain seminary courses. To qualify for such reductions the student must have earned at least a "B" grade in the specific course(s) and be able to demonstrate competency in the subject mat­ ter. In the event the student takes a course which had been previously waived, that previ­ ous reduction would then be nullified. 2) The substitution of electives in lieu of required courses may be arranged in certain circumstances. In some cases where one of the above criteria may preclude a program re­ duction, the student may nevertheless be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of compe­ tency in a given subject In this event, elec­ tives may be substituted for the course in question. Interested students would contact the appropriate department chairman regard­ ing course substitutions. This alternative is also available for those who qualify for the maximum program reduction indicated above. Request for program reduction should be submitted to the Admissions and Registrar's Offices before studies begin at Talbot, because reductions for a specific course cannot be con­ sidered after registration for that course. The substitution ofelectives in lieu of required courses may be requested anytime during'the student's first year. The Standard Program The program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Christian Education includes a minimum of 68 units (or 66 units if a thesis is written). The student who is able to enroll in 17 units each semester cari complete the degree in two years. The student who en­ rolls for less than 17 units will require addi­ tional time to complete the degree program, in which case the program must be complet­ ed within five calendar years from the first enrollment. A thesis or thesis project may be required of candidates. The thesis project is reserved for students doing exceptional work. Requirements for these are listed in the appropriate section of the Talbot gradu­ ate student handbook.

requirement will be placed on probation. Graduates from approved unaccredited col­ leges, if accepted will be granted provisional acceptance, though exceptions may be made when the G.P.A. is higher than 3.0. Both probation and provisional acceptance may be changed to full acceptance if the student earns a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better on the first eight units at Talbot. Graduates from approved unaccredited colleges may be re­ quired to take certain additional liberal arts course work (not applicable toward the graduate degree), if their undergraduate program did not include these courses. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS A. Satisfactorily complete 66-68 semester units. See (D.) below. B. Take the courses prescribed in the Master of Arts in Christian education curriculum. C. 400 hours of supervised field ministry approved by faculty advisor. D. Complete the program in no more than five years. E. Complete an acceptable thesis (4 units) chosen in consultation with the major ad­ visor or at the option of the major advisor and in lieu of the thesis or complete six units of electives. Students who write a thesis will have a total requirement of 66 units and those who take six units of elec­ tives in lieu of a thesis will have a total requirement of 68 units. Five unbound copies of the thesis or thesis project are to be submitted to the librarian. F At least 24 units must be taken at this seminary. A student must have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale) to graduate. Students are placed on academic probation if their G.P.A. for any semester falls below 3.0, and will re­ main on probation as long as the single semester or cumulative G.P.A. remains below 3.0. Probation students are granted one semester in which to bring their aca­ demic work up to the required level (3.0) for continuance in the seminary. A student cannot graduate while on probation. EMPHASIS REQUIREMENTS The academic program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Christian educa­ tion is structured to include (1) biblical and theological foundations; (2) a core curricu­ lum consisting of foundational courses and practical skills; (3) vocational specialization; and (4) additional elective courses.

OBJECTIVES The scope and significance of the Christian education program are deter­ mined by the four dimensions which follow: Theological Orientation The Christian education program is an integral part of the theological environment of the seminary. The program relates edu­ cational practice to the theological princi­ ples, seeking to merge life sciences and the­ ology. Both life sciences and theology view persons in descriptive terms. Therefore Christian education is committed to the de­ velopment of the whole person. Ministerial Preparation The Christian education program exists to prepare ministers in the New Testament sense, with a variety of functional roles im­ plied for service in local churches and relat­ ed institutions. This focus on ministry includes the im­ plicit view that responsibility extends be­ yond the classroom into the churches and related institutions where students and graduates function. Individualized Program The program is characterized by empha­ sis on adaptation to the individuality of the students, both in regard to personal distinc­ tives and in regard to the distinctives em­ bodied in varied forms of Christian educa­ tion ministry. It is presumed that students will enter the program with clearly established Christian faith and, normally, with definite professional orientation. The program is designed to afford each student a fourfold opportunity: (a) the ac­ quisition of knowledge (b) the development of professional skill, (c) personal growth and (d) the deepening of personal commit­ ment to Christ. Timeliness ofthe Program The Christian education program is de­ signed to meet the specific needs of the church at this point in time. In the light of increasing demands for persons trained in Christian edu­ cation the program is structured to prepare persons to serve competently in the field. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS All applicants must hold the Bachelor of Arts degree or its academic equivalent. They must have a 3.0 G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale). Those accepted who do not meet this latter

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