Global Leadership, International Christian Education Emphasis (M.A.)
The Master of Arts in Global Leadership International Christian Education Concentration is designed to help students:
- Successfully lead organizations in domestic and international contexts
- Develop competencies in strategic planning, effective communication, team building and analysis
- Gain a broad comprehension of culture and its effect on human interaction
- Prepare for cross-cultural ministry under missionary sending agencies and denominations, such as the Christian and Missionary Alliance
- Promote an understanding of the interplay among culture, gospel and ministry
- Effectively lead intercultural educational initiatives
Degree details The online Master’s degree in Global Leadership with a concentration in Christian Education prepares students to teach or serve as administrators in International Schools and churches.
What it emphasizes The concentration in Christian Education provides students with a broad philosophy of Christian education and provides a strong foundation for cross-cultural teaching and learning. The program emphasizes effective leadership and teaching as a means for promoting spiritual formation and expanding the ministry of the church.
What you need to pursue this degree Those applying for entrance into this program will be required to have an accredited bachelor’s degree in any subject. This degree requires a spiritual commitment to gain Biblical knowledge and a deepening love for God and others.
International Christian Education Emphasis Courses
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Opportunities to use this degree Graduates with an M.A. in Global Leadership and a concentration in Christian Education may find positions as administrators, ministers and teachers in missions organizations, international schools, churches and various urban ministries.
The FAQs provided below address many questions you might have regarding the online Master’s degree in Global Leadership (MA) with a concentration in Christian Education. Feel free to contact your admissions advisor directly for any additional questions you might have.
What areas are covered by a Christian Education concentration? A career in Christian Education requires you to be trained in many areas. You will need to have a broad philosophical base for Christian education and an understanding of the core principles of cross-cultural teaching and learning. You will need to learn how to understand different cultures and the impact of the Gospel and education on the communities in which you work. You will work on team building, communications, and planning for ministry. In this concentration, your classes will concentrate on the cross-cultural influence in all these areas.
What classes would this program include? Some of the required courses for an International Education concentration include:
- Philosophy of Christian Education
- Intercultural Team Building
- Intercultural Communication
- Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning
Students will also choose one of the following:
- Facilitating Spiritual Formation
- Teaching English to Second Language Learners
- Human Growth and Life-span Development
- Teaching for Ministry
How long does it take to complete the degree? Most students complete the program in two years. This can be done by taking one 7-week class at a time over the two year time period.
How often do I have to be on campus? The Master’s degree in Global Leadership Studies with a concentration in Christian Education is 100% online and has no requirement for you to travel to campus for any aspect of the program. Although it is a fully online degree program, you will have a dedicated advisor who will provide academic support, guidance and advice throughout the program. You will also have direct access to each of your instructors and will be able to reach them via phone or email. While not required, we do hope you will join us on-site for your graduation! We host several special events for our online students and their families at our main campus in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota the day before graduation. The actual commencement service is held on a Saturday.
What jobs can I get with this degree? A job with an International Education concentration could include any of the following:
- International School Administrator
- Christian Education Pastor
- English Language Instructor
- Curriculum Development Specialist
- Education Consultant
Do I need to be a trained educator, missionary, or administrator to qualify for this degree? No, although some familiarity and experience with education and different cultures will certainly help.
Can I transfer into the Global Leadership (MA) program if I’m still working on my bachelor’s degree? Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree in order to start the program.
Did you know? Evangelicals will grow from 4.5 percent (328,582,000) in 2015 to 6 percent (581,134,000) of the world’s population in 2050. That type of growth is only eclipsed by one other group. Only 30% of predominantly white, or European-American, congregations [in the United States] are growing, but 47% of non-white congregations are growing. http://lenwilson.us/church-growth-1-social-ethnic/ There will be a growing need for Christian education in these emerging multicultural ministry contexts.