Theological Studies: Christian Education Leadership Major

Christ College


The Theological Studies: Christian Education Leadership major at Concordia University Irvine is for students who are interested in a full-time church ministry role such as Director of Christian Education (DCE), youth group leader, camp director or serving as a missionary nationally or internationally. You will have the opportunity to be mentored in your area of study and gain first-hand experience through extensive fieldwork as you serve in a variety of local churches.

Concordia’s Christian Education Leadership program resides in Christ College which ensures a strong theological foundation and courses that are taught through the lens of family ministry and cross-generational ministry.


Students who desire to be a DCE in the LCMS will complete a paid internship at an LCMS congregation immediately after graduation. Students will spend 200 hours on-site with a serving DCE to acquire experience and skills related to DCE ministry, including a study of current DCE ministry trends, resources, and philosophies. Your fieldwork is intended to feel like a home-away-from-home experience, while at the same time challenging your predispositions or assumptions so you can grow in wisdom and faith.

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