Certification inDirector of Christian Education (DCE)

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.

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Director of Christian Education (DCE) Curriculum Overview

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.

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.

Meet Your Professors

Heath Lewis, DCE Faculty, Theology & Ministry; Director of DCE Program

Heath Lewis will be involved in reinvigorating the historically strong Christian Education programs at Concordia University.

Dr. Mark Schuler Department of Theology and Ministry Chairperson, Professor of Theology

Schuler passes on his passion for Biblical Greek and the New Testament to Concordia students in the classroom.

Dr. Rhoda Schuler Term Faculty in Religion

Dr. Schuler’s research passions are liturgical theology and ritual studies, which she views as more than academic disciplines.

Mark Koschmann Fiechtner Chair in Christian Outreach
Instructor in Theology & Missiology

In addition to his teaching, Koschmann leads the mentoring program of the Hoffmann Institute in urban and cross-cultural outreach.

Career Potential

  • DCE
  • Adult Ministry Director
  • Children's and Family Ministry Director
  • Lifespan Christian Educator
  • Camp Director
  • Outdoor Ministry Director
Student Success Stories Anna Dauffenbach ’15 - Director of Christian Education

"With CSP being in such an urban location, I learned so much about the need of God's love in all places, and how many opportunities there are to share the Gospel."

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