The M. Div./ M.A. in English Education is offered to students with a passion both for ministry and for teaching. Students will be equipped to teach English in a private school, Christian school, or overseas.

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Master of Divinity /Master of Arts in English Education

The M.Div./M.A. in English Education program is housed in the School of Divinity and requires completion of the 60 hour core, 6 hours biblical studies electives, 6 hours historical/theological electives, 3 hours practical ministry electives of the M.Div. degree and the 30 hour M.A. in English Education degree. This degree is offered to students with a passion for ministry and teaching. Students will be equipped to teach English in a private school, Christian school, or overseas. Students will register for these courses through the Divinity School and will be awarded the dual degrees upon completion of the requirements for both degrees.



The M.Div./M.A. degree is designed to enhance divinity students’ literary skills and teaching methods by permitting them to earn a second degree, the M.A., instead of the usual M.Div. concentration. This degree provides students with a broad and rich literary context from which to do ministry and provides them with a common frame of reference with which to connect with persons of diverse culture and background. Moreover, it provides students with enhanced critical and analytical skills with which to teach and reflect on life and the world while providing them with additional literary models with which to understand, interpret, and possibly teach the Scriptures.


The degree has two potential student populations in view:

(1) the minister who desires greater background in the literary arts and pedagogy as a context for ministry, and

(2) the minister who serves in a small church situation and finds it necessary to supplement church-derived income through secular employment as a teacher.

In the latter case, an advanced degree in a non-ministerial discipline will be of significant value.


Course Requirements

M. Div. Core:

A. Biblical Studies (18 hrs.)

            DSOT 100: Old Testament I (3 hrs.)

            DSOT 101: Old Testament II (3 hrs.)

            DSNT 100: New Testament I (3 hrs.)

            DSNT 101: New Testament II (3 hrs.)

            DSGK 100: Greek I (3 hrs.)

            DSHB 100: Hebrew I (3 hrs.)


B. Historical/Theological (12 hrs.)

            DSHS 100: Christian History I (3 hrs.)

            DSHS 101: Christian History II (3 hrs.)

            DSTH 100: Christian Theology I (3 hrs.)

            DSTH 101: Christian Theology II (3 hrs.)


C. Spiritual Formation (12 hrs.)

            DSSF 100: Introduction to Theological Education for Ministry (3 hrs.)

            DSSF 200: Spiritual Formation: The Christian Journey (3 hrs.)

            DSSF 300: The Theory and Practice of Ministry (3 hrs.)

            DSSF 301: Capstone Seminar (3 hrs.)

            Chapel/Formations/Mentor Conferences


D. Ministry (18 hrs.)

            DSCE 115: Administration and Leadership in the Church (3 hrs.)

            DSPC 100: Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 hrs.)

            DSMS 310: Missions and Evangelization (3 hrs.)

            DSET 100: Christian Ethics (3 hrs.)

            DSMN 201: Introduction to Preaching (3 hrs.)

            DSMN 202: Introduction to Worship (3 hrs.)

Total: 60 semester hours


M.A. in English Requirements
English Content Area Electives (Select 18 semester hours - Seminar and topics courses in English may be repeated with approval of the program coordinator.)


A. Professional Requirements (6 sem. hours)

ENED 690/691/692: The English Teacher as Researcher (3/1/2 hrs.)


B. Methodology Requirements (6 sem. hours selected from courses below)

ENED 681: Seminar in Current Issues and Methods of Teaching English (3 hrs.)

ENED 683: The Teaching of Writing (3 hrs.)

ENED 685: Reading/Writing Connection (3 hrs.)


C. Content and Curriculum Requirements (18 sem. hours selected from courses below)

ENGL 555: Special Topics (3 hrs.)

ENGL 611: Seminar in British Literature (3 hrs.)

ENGL 613: British Lit.: Selected Pieces (3 hrs.)       

ENGL 631: Seminar in American Lit. (3 hrs.)

ENGL 633: Amer. Lit.: Selected Pieces (3 hrs.)

ENGL 651: Lit.: A World Perspective (3 hrs.)

ENGL 671: Literary Theory (3 hrs.)

ENGL 673: Contemporary Trends in Lit. (3 hrs.)

ENGL 675: Young Adult Literature (3 hrs.)


D. Capstone Experience and Products of Learning (0 semester hours credit)

Total in the M.Div/M.A. in English Education: 105 hrs.


** As a Capstone Experience, a Professional Reflections Portfolio is prepared at the end of the program’s coursework, presented to English faculty and graduate students, and evaluated by a faculty committee. Details of this requirement are available from the coordinator of the English Education program.


The M.A. in English Education program leads to a recommendation for graduate-level NC Teaching License for those with initial licensure in 9-12 English. Graduate students who do not have initial licensure may obtain the degree but not the graduate-level license. However, students must be teaching some aspect of the discipline of English in a real-world context in order to complete the requirements for this program.




Dr. Gerald L. Keown

Phone: (704) 406-4629




Dr. Shana V. Hartman

Phone: (704) 406-4482