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Associate of Christian Education

The Associate of Christian Education program is a post-secondary professional degree intended for persons who hold a high school diploma or equivalency certificate, but who have not completed a baccalaureate degree.  The Associate of Christian Education program is designed to equip students for effective ministry as:
     (1) a minister of education, minister of youth, minister to children, or administrator in the local church.
     (2) a missionary in areas of church ministries. 
     (3) a teacher or administrator in a church-related school. 
This program requires sixty semester hours of academic credit for graduation.
In addition to the Seminary’s general educational objectives, the Associate of Christian Education program is designed to promote growth toward personal maturity and professional ministry competence in students.  The objectives of the program are accomplished through classroom instruction, the modeling of professors, the practice of ministry through the Witness One:Seven program, chapel services, and student organizations.
The Associate of Christian Education program seeks to guide students to understand and interpret the Christian faith in the light of its biblical, theological, and historical dimensions and to utilize insights gained from these disciplines for the effective practice of ministry in the church, community, and world.
Admission Requirements
All applicants to the Associate of Christian Education program must have graduated from high school or received a GED (Graduate Equivalence Diploma). Students who have graduated from college with a baccalaureate degree will not be admitted to the Associate of Christian Education program.
Exceptions to these published requirements must be approved by the faculty upon recommendation of the Admissions Committee.  In such cases, students will be granted conditional admission.  During this period, the student is subject to the same limitations as students under academic probation, described under “Disciplinary Regulations” in the Catalog.  Conditional admission will be removed after a student completes sixteen semester hours at the Seminary and keeps a grade point average of at least “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).
Completion Requirements
In order to qualify for graduation from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, each student in the Associate of Christian Education program must satisfy the “General Requirements for Graduation” as set forth in the Catalog.

In addition, each student in the Associate of Christian Education program must complete the sixty semester hours of courses specified in the course listing.
Each student in the Associate of Christian Education program is required to complete a minimum of twenty-one semester hours of general education courses, with at least one course in each of three areas: the humanities or fine arts, the social or behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences or mathematics.  The general education courses may be transferred from another postsecondary institution, or they may be completed within the required course structure of the Associate of Christian Education program.




   Associate of Christian Education (ACE) Course Requirements



Course Title


Course Number








Old Testament Survey 1, 2

Contemporary Worldview

Introduction to Biology

Personal Evangelism

Introduction to Christian Education

Spiritual Formation

Basic Biblical Interpretation

Basic Biblical Doctrines

Introduction to Literature




New Testament Survey 1, 2

History of the Baptists

Childhood/Youth Education

Adult Education

Introduction to Biblical Counseling

Leadership Development

Principles of Teaching 1, 2

Christian Education Elective

OT 2101–2102

PM 4302

SC 4981

EV 3200

CE 4484

PM 4300

BH 2100

TH 3701

EN 4914




NT 2601–2602

CH 3150

CE 4610

CE 4660

CN 4103

PM 4270

CE 4450, 4452

















































Total Semester Hours Required for Graduation                                                                            60


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