Students completing the program earn a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education Leadership. Getting started with a degree can sometimes seem complicated, but our staff will help make it easier. Whether it's support toward financial aid or application advice - we are here to help. Students without a prior bachelor's degree will need to complete general education and elective requirements to complete their degree. Students with an existing bachelor’s degree will receive a second BA in Christian Education Leadership (CEL) as part of this program.
Christ College offers the online Director of Christian Education certification for those who need to progress in their career as a DCE with the LCMS. After finishing the coursework for your CEL degree, you will complete an internship in an LCMS church to be eligible for a call as a DCE.
Study from anywhere
The CEL with DCE program gives you the option to study from wherever you live, and accommodate your schedule around extracurricular activities, such as family and work. Regularly scheduled classes will keep you connected to professors and course work. We provide schedules, virtual lectures, and a larger network to connect with other students.
Students will be required to complete a two-week residency on campus during the summer, one of which will be associated with CED 450 Counseling in Ministry. This is the perfect opportunity to experience the sunny shores of Orange County, network with like-minded students and meet your Professors.