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Master of Arts in Student Ministry/Master of Arts in Teaching


The Master of Arts in Student Ministry/Master of Arts in Teaching dual degree program is a minimum 60-hour, non-thesis graduate program designed for those seeking advanced preparation in student ministry-related, education-centered ministries. Students gain theoretical and experiential knowledge through a 30-hour MA in Student Ministry core curriculum and minimum 30-hour MA in Teaching academic and professional curriculum.

Teacher certified MA in Student Ministry/MA in Teaching students have the program options of earning special education, reading, or ESL certificates to add to their initial certification. Students seeking additional certificates will be required to pass the appropriate state certification (TExES) tests.


In order to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master’s degrees which comprise the dual degree program.


  • Old Testament Survey

  • New Testament Survey

Prerequisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution or from a passing grade on the GSOM Old Testament and New Testament equivalency exams and do not count toward degree completion.

Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.


Continuance in the MA in Teaching program past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).

A waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement may be considered if the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • earns an “A-“ or higher in each of the first four courses (12 hours) of graduate coursework in the DBU College of Education, or

  • holds a Bachelor’s degree from the DBU College of Education earned within the past five years with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, or

  • holds a Master’s degree from DBU.

MA IN STUDENT MINISTRY REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


DISC 5302 - Biblical Servant Leadership
DISC 6301 - Christian Education in the Local Church
GSOM 6310 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)*
MAST 6351 - Student Cultural Issues
MAST 6352 - Student Ministry in Global Context
THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics
THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology
WORS 6303 - Spiritual Formation and Worship
Select one of the following:
MAST 5313 - Ministry with Students
MAST 6320 - The Collegiate Campus Ministry
MAST 6356 - Developing Student Ministry Lay Leaders (S-L)*
Six (6) hours of the MA in Teaching Required Curriculum serve as electives for the MA in Student Ministry Required Curriculum.

MA IN TEACHING REQUIRED CURRICULUM - minimum 30 hours depending on choice of study plan

(Excluding prerequisites)

Select one of the following study plans:

(EC-6) Without Certification

(Secondary) Without Certification

Six (6) hours of the MA in Student Ministry Required Curriculum serve as electives for the MA in Teaching Required Curriculum.

Master of Arts in Teaching (EC-6) Without Certification


Credit hours

Academic Content


GSCI 5320 - Pedagogy of Science
EDUC 5318 - Pedagogy of Math
EDUC 5325 - Instructional Technology
MATH 5304 - Content Math I
READ 5302 - Scaffolding Literacy Instruction
READ 5335 - Pedagogy of Reading I (Phonics)
READ 5336 - Pedagogy of Reading II (Comprehension)
READ 5338 - Pedagogy of Language Arts
SOST 5340 - Pedagogy of Social Studies



EDUC 5303 - Developmental Stages of Early Childhood through Adolescence
EDUC 5315 - Introduction to Designing Instruction
EDUC 5316 - Studies in Classroom Management, Instruction, and Assessment



EDUC 6010 - Defense of Degree

Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary) Without Certification


Credit hours

Academic Specialization
EDUC 5316 - Studies in Classroom Management, Instruction, and Assessment
EDUC 6308 - The School and Multicultural Society
READ 5302 - Scaffolding Literacy Instruction
READ 5338 - Pedagogy of Language Arts


Professional Area


EDUC 5303 - Developmental Stages of Early Childhood Through Adolescence
EDUC 5315 - Introduction to Designing Instruction
EDUC 6302 - Research in Education (S-L)
EDUC 6306 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation

Resource Area (one course is non-credit)


EDUC 5310 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners
EDUC 5320 - Teaching the Underachiever
EDUC 6010 - Defense of Degree


30 hours

MA in Student Ministry Required Curriculum

30 hours

MA in Teaching Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)

*(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.


Find course descriptions by category under the Graduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.


Because of Dallas Baptist University’s quest for meaningful assessment of graduate candidates, a defense of degree is required in all College of Education Graduate Programs. The defense of degree is a capstone collection of signature assessments and artifacts with reflections that demonstrate a candidate’s personal growth, development, and acquisition of knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

A digital format will be utilized by the candidate to enhance the presentation and to justify why the degree should be awarded to the candidate. The candidate’s formal defense will be presented to members of the Educator Preparation Board and will take place on the main campus each semester.

It is recommended that candidates attend a Defense of Degree workshop held each semester. It is also the candidate’s responsibility to schedule a meeting with their designated Program Director who will provide additional information regarding objectives, service-learning, artifacts, reflections, presentation format, and evaluative criteria and scoring.

Candidates must register for the Defense of Degree course as prescribed in their degree plan during the semester in which they will present their defense of degree to the Educator Preparation Board. The EPB is a group of experienced and widely successful educators from Dallas Baptist University and the Metroplex. Practicing teachers, administrators, consultants, superintendents, guidance directors, personnel directors, and Educational Region Service Center personnel, as well as DBU professors and administrators, volunteer their time for this highly selective process. The Educator Preparation Board serves as the College of Education Graduate Programs’ advisory board and meets three times a year to assess graduate candidates’ defense of degrees.


Dallas Baptist University’s educator preparation programs strive to provide a quality learning experience that enables all candidates to impact EC-12 learning. The E-Portfolio is designed to be an individualized collection of documents to prepare the candidate for future positions; demonstrate the candidate’s ongoing knowledge, skills, experiences, and dispositions; and provide the candidate with the opportunity for self-reflection. All graduate candidates are required to compile and maintain an electronic, developmental E-Portfolio. There are three types of documents that must be included in the E-Portfolio: required documents, foundational elements, and competency artifacts. Throughout the program, the candidate will collect these documents and upload them to their designed TaskStream account.

The organization of E-Portfolio is governed by the State Board of Educator Certification standards and competencies, DBU/InTASC competencies, and DBU’s Educator Preparation Provider competencies in addition to specific field of study competencies.

The E-Portfolio will be used to assess your development as you proceed through your designated program. Candidates who do not have all required documents and “signature assessments” uploaded into TaskStream will not be allowed to proceed to the next level as designed by these Transition Points:

  • Transition Point One: Requirements for Program Admission

  • Transition Point Two: Requirements for Program Entrance

  • Transition Point Three: Requirements for Program Continuance

  • Transition Point Four: Requirements for Program Completion

  • Transition Point Five: Requirements for Program Evaluation

It is the candidates’ responsibility to meet with their designed program director and/or advisor to discuss the E-Portfolio required documents, checkpoint scoring, foundational elements rubric, and the competency artifacts rubric.