Master of Divinity (Christian Education)

(Note: The Christian Education specialization is being phased out. As of fall 2019 no new or re-admit students are being accepted into this specialization).

Christian Education Specialization Mission

Provides preparation for a wide variety of local church ministries related to teaching and equipping believers and church attendees of all ages including curriculum development, volunteer training, retreats, small groups, life stage and gender ministries, and the like.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Divinity, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the basic contents of all books of the Old and New Testaments and the broad historical and cultural background information relevant to the study of the Old and New Testaments (ULO 1).
  2. Exegete and apply a biblical text properly through application of historical-grammatical hermeneutics (ULO 3).
  3. Explain the major doctrines of Christianity, including their biblical basis, historical development, and contemporary relevance (ULO 1).
    1. Explain the basic elements of Spiritual Theology, namely, the nature, process, and practices of spiritual growth (ULO 1).
    2. Demonstrate how knowledge of self integrates with knowledge of God in one's own life (ULO 2).
    3. Demonstrate relational skills that develop community (ULO 3).
    4. Articulate how the biblical teaching on vocation shapes one's own understanding of vocation and gainful employment (ULO 1, 2, 3).
  5. Prepare and present sermons demonstrating biblical accuracy, oral clarity and contemporary relevance (ULO 3).
  6. Students will demonstrate ministry skills in areas such as evangelism, administration, teaching, counseling, and worship (ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Christian Education Specialization Learning Outcomes

As a result of this program, the student will:

  1. Understand and value the administrative and leadership dimensions of ministry based on solid biblical and theological foundations and develop skill in designing, implementing, and assessing educational ministry.
  2. Gain a broad understanding of and appreciation for the history of educational ministry and the theological and philosophical underpinnings that have influenced its theory and practice, and evaluate current educational practice in light of these understandings.
  3. Engage in a supervised educational ministry experience leading to growth in personal maturity and character, developing skill in ministry leadership, and the understanding necessary to integrate and apply ministry theory.
  4. Actively pursue and progress in a life-long process of personal spiritual development by nurturing a relationship with God, connecting in Christian community, growing in moral integrity, and engaging in vocational service in light of giftedness.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must hold a Bachelor of Arts degree, or its academic equivalent, with a 2.6 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average. Those not meeting this latter requirement, if accepted, will be placed on probation. Graduates from approved unaccredited colleges, if accepted, will be granted provisional acceptance, though exceptions may be made when the grade point average is 3.0 or higher. Graduates from approved unaccredited colleges may be required to take additional liberal arts course work (not applicable toward the graduate degree) if their undergraduate program did not include these courses.

Specialization Requirements

Changes of specialization may be authorized under certain circumstances prior to the completion of 40 credits, but are discouraged after that point.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who have taken undergraduate courses in biblical or theological studies may request advanced standing based on collegiate work. See Talbot Admissions Requirements for details.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfactorily complete 79 semester credits.
  2. Take the courses prescribed in the Master of Divinity curriculum.
  3. Complete the requirements in the specialization below, including co-curricular requirements.
  4. Students without previous courses in Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey must take TTBE 519 and TTBE 520, which are not for credit unless taken in place of general elective credits.

  5. Complete the online introduction to theological research and writing by the end of the second semester.

  6. At least 50% of the total credits required for the degree program must be completed at this seminary, calculated prior to applying any advanced standing or transfer credit.
  7. The M.Div. program can be completed in three years (as outlined below). For those who need to extend the program, a four-year curriculum for the Master of Divinity in Pastoral and General Ministries specialization is available on the Office of the Registrar's website.
  8. Must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA with no grade below a "D-".
  9. Meet with Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section.)

Biblical Languages Requirement

Two biblical languages are required: Greek and Hebrew. The first three classes of Greek (TTNT 501TTNT 502TTNT 503) are recommended to be completed prior to Hebrew since they are prerequisites to TTPT 609 Expository Preaching.


The courses listed below are required. A qualifying examination is available to all interested students. Those who pass the examination may enroll directly in TTNT 503.

TTNT 501Beginning Greek I3
TTNT 502Beginning Greek II3
TTNT 503Introduction to Exegesis3
TTNT 604Exegesis in the Gospels3
or TTNT 605 Exegesis in the Epistles


The courses listed below are required. A qualifying examination is available to interested students. Those who pass the examination may take TTOT 604 plus 3–4 credits of Hebrew electives instead of TTOT 603.

TTOT 603Elements of Hebrew I3
TTOT 604Elements of Hebrew II3
TTOT 703Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis3
TTOT 722Hebrew Exegesis2

Curriculum Requirements

Prerequisite Courses 1
Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Program Courses
Students enrolling in the Christian Education specialization will take the following courses:
TTBE 517Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods3
TTHT 505Patristic and Medieval Theology3
or TTHT 506 Reformation and Modern Theology
or TTHT 514 Historical Theology Survey
TTNT 501Beginning Greek I3
TTNT 502Beginning Greek II3
TTNT 503Introduction to Exegesis3
TTNT 604Exegesis in the Gospels3
or TTNT 605 Exegesis in the Epistles
TTOT 603Elements of Hebrew I3
TTOT 604Elements of Hebrew II3
TTOT 703Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis3
TTOT 722Hebrew Exegesis2
TTPT 591Introduction to Field Education1
TTPT 609Expository Preaching3
TTPT 707Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling2
TTSF 501Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation3
TTSF 503Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation3
TTSF 504Spiritual Formation, Vocation, and the Disciplines1
TTSF 505Talbot Spiritual Direction I0
TTSF 506Talbot Spiritual Direction II0
TTTH 521Theology I: God, Scripture, Creation3
TTTH 522Theology II: Christ, Humanity, Sin, Salvation3
TTTH 623Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things3
Christian Education Specialization Courses
TTCE 508Organizational Leadership3
TTCE 523Teaching Ministry 23
TTCE 608Philosophy of Ministry3
TTCE 655Strategic Ministry Leadership3
TTCE 790Educational Practicum1
TTPT 592Field Education II0
TTPT 602Pastoral Ministry3
TTPT 691Field Education III0
TTPT 692Field Education IV0
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to World Missions
Evangelism and Follow-Up
The Church and Society
Elective Courses
TTCE elective courses6
Total Credits79