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Messiah College School of Graduate Studies adds two new degree tracks in Christian education and intercultural studies

Messiah College School of Graduate Studies adds two new degree tracks in Christian education and intercultural studies

Messiah College School of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce that it is collaborating with Kentucky-based Asbury Theological Seminary to offer two new online Master of Education degree tracks in Christian education and intercultural studies starting in the fall of 2018.

“We are excited to work with Asbury Seminary on these new programs,” said Rob Pepper, dean of Messiah College School of Graduate Studies. “By collaborating with Asbury Seminary, we are able to provide new opportunities for students seeking to serve and minister as educators in Christian schools, church ministries and in cross-cultural contexts.”

The Christian education and intercultural studies tracks are designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree, although it does not have to be in education. Graduate students in the programs earn core and capstone credits through Messiah College and track-specific credits from Asbury Seminary. In addition to an M.Ed. from Messiah, graduates will receive a graduate certificate from Asbury Seminary. Coursework can be completed fully online, although there are in-class options.

The collaboration also provides Asbury Seminary students in a degree program with the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in TESOL or exceptional children and youth online from Messiah College. These certificates consist of 12 graduate-level Messiah College credits.

“Being a part of a collaboration with Messiah College is a tremendous opportunity for our students,” said Doug Matthews, Asbury Seminary provost and vice president of academic affairs. “As with Messiah College, Asbury Seminary wants to find ways to help students achieve their academic and ministry goals while saving time and money.”

About the Christian education track

The Christian education track will provide educators with the skills and competencies needed to evaluate and design curriculum and to deliver and assess effective instruction in educational contexts related to Christian ministry. The track is of particular interest to current or aspiring Christian school teachers and administrators, current or aspiring children’s ministry directors or pastors, and those who are working in para-church fields, such as campus ministry, community educational outreach programs and ministries in which education and faith development plays an important role.

About the intercultural studies track

The intercultural studies track will provide individuals who intend to engage in ministry in cross-cultural contexts with a solid background in education. This program is a good opportunity for those who are preparing to go overseas as educators in their field. There are many opportunities to serve and minister in cross-cultural contexts through education. For example, there may be opportunities to teach in schools, to develop educational programs to meet local needs in business or other fields, to teach in higher education programs or to prepare teachers.

About Messiah College and the School of Graduate Studies

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. Messiah College School of Graduate Studies includes eight master’s degrees, two doctoral degrees, and numerous graduate certificates and post-master’s certificates. Learn more about Messiah’s graduate programs here.

About Asbury Theological Seminary

Asbury Seminary is a community called to prepare theologically educated, sanctified, Spirit-filled men and women to evangelize and to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world through the love of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father. The seminary has locations in Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma and offers online programs as well. Learn more about Asbury Seminary’s graduate programs here.

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