Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation

Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation (MACEF)

The two-year Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation program (MACEF) includes basic studies in Bible, theology, church history, and practical theology. Students choose from one of three tracks: teaching, youth and young adult ministries, or spiritual formation and mission. Each track attends to philosophical, cultural, developmental, and procedural dimensions of Christian education and formation. The MACEF is designed to prepare students for the ministry of education and formation in congregational and institutional settings and to provide training for teaching the Christian religion in church or secular schools. The MACEF is a professional degree and includes two required field education placements.


The Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation (MACEF) is a two-year program requiring the successful completion of 52 credits.

  1. Degree tracks
    All MACEF tracks focus on education and discipleship formation, albeit in different ways, and involve some overlapping coursework. The various tracks emphasize multiple dimensions of discipleship ministries:
    • Teaching Track—for students who view teaching in churches, higher education, or private elementary or secondary schools as a primary aspect of their vocational identity
    • Spiritual Formation and Mission Track—for students who view spiritual growth and outreach, including spiritual direction or evangelism, as primary aspects of their vocational identity
    • Ministry with Young People Track—for students who view mission and discipleship formation with youth or emerging adults as primary aspects of their vocational identity
  2. Focused field education experiences in students’ areas of emphasis
  3. Opportunities for contextual education through interaction with pastors/ practitioners in Continuing Education events
  4. Opportunities for theological reflection through practice and mentoring with faculty and area pastors
  5. Cohort reflection opportunities through special precepts in foundational education courses designed to integrate course materials with others in the same MACEF track, allowing for peer mentoring
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Nancy Hagner, Class of 2013

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