Talbot School of Theology

13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada
(800) 652-4652
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Talbot School of Theology* is a theologically conservative, evangelical seminary in Southern California near Los Angeles. With almost a 60-year heritage of biblical fidelity, the seminary couples solid evangelical scholarship with intentional character development to prepare students for a lifetime of relevant, effective ministry. The seminary's six master's degree programs and three doctoral degree programs are led by a faculty of nationally renowned, widely-published and actively engaged ministry leaders.
General Description:
PH.D. in Educational StudiesThe doctoral degree, established in 1984, is offered within the Department of Christian Education at Talbot School of Theology.Those choosing Talbot's Ph.D. in Educational Studies degree are interested in combining educational ministry leadership and teaching with a strong emphasis in developing a competency in research and the contribution of theory to the practice of educational ministry. Research training in the Ph.D. program is strong in d areas of ongoing faculty research.Students come to the programs already having completed a graduate degree and significant ministry experience in the field of educational ministry. In general, doctoral students are established within a particular ministry organization and return following completion of the program. A few students are in transition in their career path. The curriculum particularly encourages critical thinking, integrative synthesis of Scripture and social science data, and original research. Courses typically follow a graduate seminar format requiring student initiative for significant participation in class discussion. Small class sizes of 8-12 students permit such a dialogical format, an important element for promoting critical and integrative thinking.
Academic Prerequisites:
Enrollment is limited and admission is on a ve basis, therefore applications should be made as early as possible. The Doctoral Program committee will process completed applications on a monthly basis. Applications submitted after the deadline will usually be considered for the following semester (residential program) or the next cohort (modular program).The doctoral program seeks to admit applicants whose background clearly demonstrate scholarly aptitude, a commitment to the historic Christian faith, personal character and integrity, a service-oriented motivation toward endeavors of educational ministry and a deepening relationship with God. Biola University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic group identification, gender, age or physical disability.In order to be admitted to full graduate standing, the applicant must comply with the following:Have completed at least three years of full-time vocational experience in educational ministry with evidence of leadership gifts and abilities.Have earned a Masters degree in Christian or Religious Education (MACE or MRE) or its equivalent an accredited educational institution. Equivalence is defined as an earned master's degree of 36 semester units of graduate study in areas related to the Christian education ministry, including 18 units of graduate Bible and theology.At least one course in each of the following areas should have been completed: Philosophy or History of Christian Education, Human Development or Educational Psychology, Educational Administration, Interpersonal Communication / Group Dynamics or Counseling, Curriculum Design and/or Methods of Teaching, Research Methods. A minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in all previous graduate work is required. Students whose formal educational preparation does not include all of the required prerequisite coursework may be admitted provisionally with a deficiency of master's level courses.Submit a completed Talbot School of Theology doctoral application form and $45 application fee. The form will provide a place to indicate either the residential or modular format.Submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (expected verbal score of 500 and analytic score of 4.5).Present evidence of potential for original academic research at the doctoral level by submitting a sample of scholarly writing (with citations and bibliography), preferably related to education, of at least 10, but no more than 15 pages. Applicants may be asked to be interviewed by the program director or the Doctoral Program committee as a requirement for admission. Note: Official documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student's academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.
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