Combined MA/CERT in Education

We partner with the Department of Education and Counseling to offer a combined MA in Theology with a Certificate in Education.

  • This combined program will provide a unique opportunity to graduate students in theology who plan to seek careers as educators on the primary level, the secondary level, or in institutions of higher learning.
  • Graduate students in theology will deepen their understanding of curriculum development, student assessment, working with multicultural populations, and other aspects of education theory and practice.

Applicants are evaluated and accepted by the Graduate Program in Theology for its Master’s program and the Graduate Program in Education for its Certificate program. That is, both programs evaluate applications according to their admissions criteria and collaborate in admitting you to the combined degree and certificate program.

The same admission standards that apply for the MA in Theology program and the Education Certificate program apply for students seeking admission to the combined program. Be sure to address your reasons for seeking admission to the combined program when you compose your statement of objectives.

The combined program requires students to take 42 credits. The credit requirements are as follows: 

  • 30 credit hours or 10 courses from the Theology curriculum (including THL 8750 Religious Education). Theology will accept 6 credit hours (2 courses) in Education toward the Theology Master’s degree.
  • 12 credit hours (4 courses) from the Education curriculum.  Education will accept 3 credits (1 course) in Theology toward the Education Certificate.
  • Total credits = 42 (Theology 30 + Education 12)

For specific information, please consult the program worksheet.

Please use our program worksheet to plan your courses.

Graduate assistants and tuition scholars in Theology who wish to participate in the combined program will receive tuition remission for 36 credits, but not for the additional 6 credits required to earn a Certificate in Education.