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.

Plan of Study and Requirements

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 Introduction to New Testament 3 hours
Choose one of the following:
BIB 542 Interpreting New Testament Letters 3 hours
BIB 543 Interpreting New Testament Gospels 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 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 and 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 2014-2015 Bulletin (p. 36).

How to Apply

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.

Financial Aid

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.