Graduate Certificate in Educational Ministry

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Program Snapshot

9 Credit Hours 3 Classes
$310 Per Credit Hour Learn more
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Next Start Date June 3

The church deserves the very best educators.

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Ministry will prepare students who wish to serve in teaching ministries within the local church. Particular attention will be given to pedagogical strategies and models.

Be trained as a Great Commission leader.

Choose any 3 courses:

Graduate Certificate in Educational Ministry
Course Number Description Credit Hours
45150 Christian Discipleship 3
45250 Models of Christian Discipleship 3
45400 Christian Teaching 3
45450 Christian Teaching Practicum1 3
45260 Discipleship Ministry 3
  1. 45400 required as pre-requisite.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate appropriate awareness of priorities, methods, and tools related to various educational ministries.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Graduate Certificate in Educational Ministry will prepare students who wish to serve in teaching ministries within the local church.

Graduate Certificates are only open to M.Div. students. Every M.Div. at Southern Seminary combines a robust core of biblical and theological studies plus missions, evangelism, and ministry courses to ensure students are prepared for a variety of ministry roles.

Graduate Certificates are open to M.Div. students or alumni.

Students may apply for the Master of Divinity with an accredited bachelor’s degree (in any field/major). It is not required that applicants have an academic background in biblical or ministry studies.

Click here to learn more or start your application.

Graduate Certificates are meant to prepare students for specific ministry roles in conjunction with the Master of Divinity. Therefore, only students enrolled in the M.Div. may pursue Graduate Certificates.

Students who already hold a M.Div. degree may apply for and pursue additional Graduate Certificates.

The following students are eligible to apply for and pursue stand-alone Graduate Certificates:

  • M.Div. alumni of Southern Seminary
  • M.Div. alumni of other ATS-accredited seminaries

The application for Graduate Certificates comprises of:

  • The full, online application
  • Official transcripts of your M.Div.
  • Pastoral recommendation from your current church (provided in the application)

Educational Ministry faculty include:

John David Trentham

Associate Professor of Leadership and Discipleship

Timothy Paul Jones

C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Family Ministry

Resources as a Southern Seminary student

Academic Support

Access academic advising, writing assistance, language tutoring and more as a Southern Seminary online or on-campus student.

Flexible Course Options

With multiple course delivery options you’ll find classes that fit around your schedule.

  • 100% online degrees
  • Main campus courses
  • Hybrid campus intensive options

Financial Aid

We are committed to making your education affordable. Our Financial Aid office can connect you with institutional & outside sources of aid.

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