Certification inDirector of Christian Education (DCE)

Program Overview

A Director of Christian Education (DCE) is a synodically certified, called, and commissioned lifespan education leader prepared for team ministry in a congregational setting. During the five-year DCE program, you’ll take 86 credit hours to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Director of Christian Education certification by majoring in Christian ministry, minoring in Lutheran Theology and completing a DCE internship. It will be a relevant certification if you’re seeking to serve in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

DCE certification requires majoring in Christian Ministry. This program is designed to equip students for exemplary service in Christian ministry settings in the areas of education and/or outreach. It presupposes the minor in Lutheran Theology, which represents the theological core of the program and is taken by most church work students.

For Certification in the LCMS as a Director of Christian Education (DCE), add 12 credits of internship and 8 credits of additional coursework (as specified in the course listings). The DCE certification also requires completion of the Lutheran Theology minor.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Certification for Church work is the process by which the faculty
approves candidates for placement in the public ministry of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS); including teacher, Director of Christian Education, Director of Christian Outreach, and Director of Parish Music.

Required Courses

View Director of Christian Education (DCE) required courses on our academic catalog website.

Career Potential

  • DCE
  • Adult Ministry Director
  • Children's and Family Ministry Director
  • Lifespan Christian Educator
  • Camp Director
  • Outdoor Ministry Director