The Master of Divinity and 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 joint degree 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.
The MDiv / MA in Education joint degree is designed to be 95 credit hours completed in seven semesters plus two complete summer sessions (based on full-time enrollment).
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 Academic Bulletin.
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.
Graduate School of Arts &and 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.