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Educational Ministry Minor

The field of Educational Ministry, traditionally known as Christian Education, is an interdisciplinary area that addresses the question of how we facilitate spiritual development in persons. To answer this question, the Educational Ministry minor explores the foundational theological disciplines, the social sciences, and educational philosophy.

Benefits

Issues in spiritual development and the educational/equipping ministry of the church affect all Christians. A minor in Educational Ministry provides you with an ideal program to explore these issues in your own life. This minor can strengthen your ability to serve in present and future life roles — including as a church leader or teacher; as a Christian parent; in a profession that involves a helping relationship; and in other roles concerned with nurturing spiritual development.

Courses and Degree Requirements

A few of the courses in the Educational Ministry minor include "Foundation for Educational Ministry," "Leadership in Ministry," and "Theology and Practice of Youth Ministry." Review all the Christian Education minor courses and requirements. To earn an Educational Ministry minor, you will be required to take a minimum of 31 credits, including 16 upper-division credits.

Download the theology major/minor application form (PDF) to apply.

Theology-Related Internships

Undergraduate students in the School of Theology have worked in churches, parachurch organizations, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

To find information about possible theology-related internships and employment opportunities, there are many resources available to students, including:

  • SPU’s internship and job-posting system, JobLink, is updated weekly with ministry, church, and service positions. Students and employers regularly make use of this site.
  • SPU’s Center for Career and Calling provides employment and internship resources for students and employers. Contact CCC at 206-281-2485 or spucareercenter@spu.edu.
  • Open ministry, church, and service internships and jobs are posted on the Internships and Jobs Bulletin Board on the first floor of Alexander Hall. Organizations and employers can email sotadmin@spu.edu to post a position.

Edward Smyth

Why I Teach at SPU

C. Edward Smyth, Professor of Educational Ministry

“I teach here because I am using my gift of teaching to help shape and form young men and women into all that God has created them to be. Teaching is an art and process of connecting with other people and helping them to discover who they are and what they want to be with their own gifts, skills, and passions.”

Financing Your Education

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