Master of Divinity / MA in Education
The Master of Divinity / Master of Arts in Education joint degree promotes interdisciplinary conversation between theological education, public education, and community engagement. The degree will also provide students pathways for developing skills and acquiring competencies necessary for achieving excellence in careers where religious leadership and education intersect. The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) seeks to educate future teachers broadly to meet the challenges of the 21st century classrooms by providing rich foundations in content and pedagogy and to prepare teachers for caring and effective service in diverse pK12 learning environments. This mission is resonant with the School of Divinity’s emphases on preparing religious leaders who are able to respond to 21st century challenges and who will enrich the communities in which they work by being “agents of justice, reconciliation, and compassion.”
The MAEd is fully accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and is well respected for its high academic standards and nationally-recognized faculty experts.
The Master of Divinity / MAEd is a collaborative project by the School of Divinity and the Wake Forest University Department of Education. It will serve recent college graduates and early-career professionals who are interested in intersections between religion and public education and/or who are interested in bi-vocational options that link public school teaching with religious leadership in congregational or non-profit contexts.
- Admission and Financial Aid
Candidates for the joint degree must apply both to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Divinity, following the admissions’ requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to each program in order to pursue a joint degree. A joint committee consisting of faculty and staff both from the School of Divinity and the Department of Education will make final determinations about an applicant’s suitability for the joint degree.
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences enrollment: Partial scholarships are available typically covering approximately 80% of tuition in the graduate school during the full regular terms (Fall/Spring) and full tuition scholarships are available for the summer.
Current Wake Forest Students
Students already enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program who decide to pursue the joint degree will complete an abbreviated application that includes a statement of interest and appropriate test scores as specified by the Master of Arts in Education program.
- Plan of Study
The MDiv / MA in Education joint degree is designed to be 94 credit hours completed in seven semesters plus two complete summer sessions (based on full-time enrollment).
Semester by Semester Overview Fall Spring Summer Year One Divinity Divinity Education (12 hours) Year Two Mainly Education Education Education (6 hours) Year Three Divinity Divinity Year Four Divinity Requirements specific to the Master of Divinity degree 56 hours Biblical Studies BIB 521 Old Testament Interpretation I 3 hours BIB 522 Old Testament Interpretation II 3 hours BIB 541 New Testament Interpretation I 3 hours BIB 542 New Testament Interpretation II 3 hours One area elective in Old or New Testament 3 hours 15 hours Historical and Theological Studies HIS 501 History of Christianity I 3 hours HIS 502 History of Christianity II 3 hours World Religions requirement 3 hours THS 501 Foundations of Christian Theology 3 hours Ethics requirement 3 hours Theology elective 3 hours 18 hours Ministerial Studies MIN 501 Art of Ministry I 2 hours MIN 701 Art of Ministry III (Capstone/Integrative Requirement) 2 hours MIN 551 Homiletics and Worship 3 hours Spirituality requirement 1 hour MIN 631 Ministry of Pastoral Care 3 hours Multicultural Contexts requirement 3 hours 14 hours Nine divinity credit hours from the following: Christian Education course 3 hours General electives 6 hours Requirements specific to the Masters of Arts in Education degree 39 hours EDU 721 Educational Research 3 hours EDU 707 Educational Policy and Practice 3 hours EDU 717 Instructional Design, Assessment, and Technology 3 hours EDU 781 Methodology and Research 3 hours EDU 715 Action Research I 3 hours EDU 758 Educational Leadership 2 hours EDU 730L Service Learning 1 hour EDU 664 Student Teaching Internship (also counts toward the MDiv internship requirement) 9 hours EDU 665 Professional Development Seminar 3 hours EDU 716 Professional Growth Seminar 3 hours Two courses in the content area of the license. 6 hours 39 hours The descriptions of all Education courses can be found online.
- Policies & Procedures
Advising and Supervision
Students will be assigned a primary faculty advisor from each of the degree programs. The Education Program Director and the Academic Dean for the School of Divinity will consult on appropriate advising for joint degree students.
Retention, Candidacy, Graduation
The Graduate School requires that a student maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. This requirement applies to the MA component of the joint degree program. A student who fails to satisfy this requirement will be placed on academic probation and will have one semester to bring his/her GPA to 2.5 or greater; otherwise, the student may be dismissed from the program. The minimum GPA required for successful completion of the MA portion of the degree is 3.0.
Continuing eligibility requirements for the School of Divinity are stated in the 2013-2014 Bulletin (p. 33).