Teacher Education
Master of Arts in Christian Education

Seminary Track

Meaningful Ministry in the Classroom and the Church

Earn a BS in Education and a MACE in 4 1/2 years

There is a massive and growing shortage of classroom teachers all across America. Many students in those schools don't know Jesus and have no godly influences in their lives. In as little as five years, you can earn a bachelor’s of science degree AND a master’s degree in Christian Education through the Teacher Education Seminary Track at Boyce College. Those two degrees will prepare you to become the certified teacher all schools want and the faithful mentor every student needs.

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Course Information

The purpose of this program is to provide students a full-orbed preparation for becoming an effective classroom teacher, as well as a comprehensive knowledge in biblical and theological studies, developing specific skills for effective ministry.

Use the tabs below to explore the courses, outcomes, and further information on this program.

General Studies 35 Credits
BA 210 Economics 3
+EN 101 English Composition I 3
EN 102 English Composition II 3
HS 161 World History 3
HS 171 American History 3
MA 111 College Algebra 3
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SC 111 Principles of Biology 3
SC 112 Principles of Biology Lab 1
SC 121 Principles of Physical Science 3
SC 122 Principles of Physical Science Lab 1
SP 105 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
SS 211 American Government 3
Biblical and Theological Studies 42 Credits
20200 Old Testament Survey I* 3
20220 Old Testament Survey II* 3
22100 Hermeneutics* 3
22200 New Testament Survey I* 3
22220 New Testament Survey II* 3
26200 Southern Baptist Heritage & Mission 3
27060 Systematic Theology I* 3
27070 Systematic Theology II* 3
27080 Systematic Theology III* 3
28700 Christian Apologetics 3
32100 Personal Evangelism* 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology* 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 3
40020 The Worshiping Church 3
Ministry Studies 19 Credits
40080 Christian Leadership 3
45150 Models of Christian Discipleship 3
45250 Theological Anthropology for Christian Ministry 3
45260 Discipleship & Family Ministry 3
45400 Christian Teaching 3
45450 Christian Teaching Practicum 3
44920 Applied Ministry: BGS 1
Or 44930 Applied Ministry: Mission Trip
Education Core 60 Credits
+ED 200 Introduction to Education 3
++ED 210 Computers & Media in the Schools 3
ED 220 Teaching Exceptional Learners 3
++ED 230 Child & Adolescent Development 3
++ED 235 Integrated Content for Elem. Grades 3
ED 240 Educational Assessment 3
ED 310 Elementary Math P-5, I 3
ED 311 Elementary Math P-5, II 3
ED 315 Literacy Assessment 3
ED 320 Teaching Science P-5 3
ED 330 Teaching Social Studies P-5 3
EN 351 Children's Literature 3
ED 390 Current Issues in Education 3
ED 410 Teaching Language Arts P-5 3
ED 420 Teaching Reading P-5 3
ED 430 Classroom Management 3
ED 485 Clinical Experience I: Teaching 3
*ED 491 Clinical Experience II: Supervised Teaching
Total Degree Hours 188 Credits
Total Credits Earned in Class 158
Credits Earned by Examination 30
  • (Courses with an *) - Students complete this course to earn graduate-level credit and then pass the corresponding dual-credit exam to earn the undergraduate credit.

    + Prerequisite course for TEP Application

    ++ Course which can be taken prior to applying for the TEP.

    ^*ED 491 Supervised Teaching: Elementary P-5 is the only course a student takes his/her final semester in the Teacher Education Program. Clinical Experience is required for Professional Education Studies classes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to recognize the importance and value of teaching as a profession.
  • Students will be marked by the disposition of servant-leadership.
  • Students will be able to consistently engage in reflection as a means of professional development.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the multi-faceted nature of educating individual, diverse learners.
  • Students will be able to apply the best practices for effective teaching and learning to meet the diverse educational needs of an ever-changing society.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a growing, Christlike character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Students will be able to identify and embrace the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate appropriate awareness of priorities, methods, and tools related to various educational ministries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates of Boyce's Teacher Education Seminary Track program will have a variety of career and ministry options available to them. The program is designed to strategically equip students for vocational ministry in an ever-changing world. Students will be equipped to serve as a certified teacher, coupled with being a pastor, church planter, or missionary.

Dr. Melissa Tucker serves as the Program Coordinator for our teacher education program. Dr. Barry Gibson serves as the Associate Professor of Teacher Education. You can meet Dr. Melissa Tucker and Dr. Barry Gibson and our other Boyce faculty here.

As you progress through the program and begin taking seminary coursework, you will be taught by our world-renown faculty at Southern Seminary. You can learn more about them here.

As a prospective student, we have two next steps that we would love for you to consider taking. Follow the links below to take your next steps!

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Students who start their application must complete their application and submit the following additional documents:
Pastoral Recommendation
Spiritual Autobiography
Official High School Transcripts
Official ACT, SAT, or CLT test scores
Application Fee

You can view more information about our admissions requirements here.

Students who are admitted into the Seminary Track program begin taking Seminary classes after their first year of study at Boyce College. After their first year, students officially begin working towards both the B.S. and M.Div. (or MACE) concurrently. After 5 years of full-time study, qualified students will graduate with both his or her B.S. and M.Div. (or MACE)

Seminary Track students who are subsequently admitted into the concurrent Master of Divinity program will earn two degrees in as little as 4 ½ years for MACE and 5 years for M.Div. The two degrees:

Bachelor of Science in Education
Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Christian Education

The Seminary Track program is designed for students who desire to be effectively equipped for their calling to the church and the classroom. The Teacher Education Seminary Track program will prepare students to fulfill their calling to serve students in the classroom and members in the church.

Students who feel called to ministry are often encouraged to complete their Master’s of Divinity following the completion of their undergraduate degree. The Seminary Track helps merge a student’s academic pursuits into one five-year program. With one five-year program, students will be able to save approximately 2-3 years of education compared to completing a four year degree and then a three year MDiv. In addition, The Seminary Track program can save students upwards of $15,000-20,000 by condensing their education into our five-year program.

Yes, Seminary Track students get the best of both worlds—the full undergraduate student life experience combined with the opportunity to achieve their academic goals more quickly. Seminary Track students live in undergraduate housing, take undergraduate courses throughout their degree, and can participate in Boyce College’s robust student life program.

Track 1 - Standard Entry (following one year of study at Boyce)
Students desiring to pursue the Seminary Track after their first year at Boyce may pursue admittance into the program after completing a minimum of 24 credit hours. Students wishing to begin the Seminary Track program must maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout their first year of study (at least 24 hours) and then undergo a character evaluation before gaining entrance into the program. After their first year of study, the student may complete the application process with his or her academic advisor.

Track 2 - Transfer Student Entry
Students transferring to Boyce College who would like to pursue the Seminary Track as a transfer student may also do so. If a student is transferring to Boyce with less than 24 hours of completed coursework must reach that minimum threshold to be able to apply for admission into the program. In some cases, however, if a student has already completed the necessary hours at the undergraduate level before transferring to Boyce may apply for acceptance into the program when they transfer to Boyce.

Students are able to begin the admissions process during their second semester at Boyce or once they are considered “in progress” for at least 24 credit hours. This often occurs during the month of December for the Spring semester or June for the Fall semester. Students will go through their academic adviser to receive the application information.

The character evaluation is intended to assess the Christian maturity of candidates and to consider their potential for success in graduate level study since the rigorous nature of this program will demand a lot of the student.

Students not admitted to the Teacher Education Seminary Track are encouraged to consider some of Boyce College’s other excellent undergraduate degree options. Students can complete a traditional Boyce College bachelor’s degree and then enroll in the Alumni MDiv, finishing both degrees in as little as 6 years.

Students who choose not to enroll in the Seminary Track will be able to transfer all of his or her Boyce College credit into the Teacher Education bachelor's degree or many other programs at Boyce.

Students who enter the seminary track pay the standard tuition rate for Boyce College during their first year of study. If students are admitted into the concurrent MDiv after completing their first year of study, the remainder of their tuition costs are paid through a program fee over the next four years ($53,039 SBC; $70,768 non-SBC [2024-25 school year]). A down payment of $1,000 is due after the admissions process to secure a student’s spot in the concurrent degrees. Then the balance of the program fee is paid monthly over the next 44 months. Students who do not complete both degrees during the 44 month period are subject to a continuation fee of $1,000 per year.

Yes. Seminary Track students may apply for Boyce College scholarships and must meet basic eligibility requirements including full-time study at the Louisville campus. Seminary Track students can apply for the need-based General Scholarship or the merit-based Academic Excellence Scholarship. Students who are members or members in-progress at a Southern Baptist church can qualify for the SBC tuition rate, which reduces tuition significantly.

Seminary Track students earn the credit hours toward their undergraduate degree in several ways. First, many classes will be taken at the undergraduate level. In addition, Seminary Track students will earn some of their hours through credit-by-examination tests at the conclusion of their semesters of study.

Seminary Track students are considered undergraduates until they reach 120 credit hours, with full-time status is 12 credit hours per semester. Once they reach 120 credit hours, Seminary Track students are considered masters-level students, with full-time status changing to 9 credit hours per semester.

Not entirely. The Teacher Education courses are to be completed on-campus. Most, if not all of the remaining coursework may be completed online. Click here to learn more about online learning.

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