Program Overview

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Teaching degree is available to students in a hybrid format. Although the M.Div. degree is similar to the general M. Div. degree, this specific concentration focuses on providing students with adult level learning experiences that emphasize andragogical practice and engagement within a chosen field of study. Interested applicants should understand that this degree does not lead to any state teaching licensure.

Students should complete a minimum of 85 credit hours to fulfill course requirements for this degree. Courses are separated into specific subgroups: Interpretation, Spiritual Formation, Context and Mission, Teaching Concentration and electives. Due to the teaching concentration of this degree, students will take courses like Learning Styles and Taxonomies, Course Design and Evaluation and Teaching Lab, along with other biblical classes.

The biblical language is incorporated throughout this curriculum; therefore, students will select either a Greek or Hebrew language concentration. Through completion of this program, students should design and develop an adult-level academic course, be confident in their ability to lead in a virtual and traditional classroom, understand foundational educational and instructional theories and design effective assessments and activities.

Admission to the teaching concentration program requires students to maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher (after completion of 18 credit hours) and petition the academic dean for admission. Students also need to monitor their Advanced Teaching Cognate courses, as well as, taking 12 credits beyond the degree requirements in an area the student wishes to teach. Individuals pursuing a teaching concentration will also be required to work with the department head to determine practicum teaching opportunities.

Practicum experiences can be completed at a seminary or another location. The department head and academic dean must approve all practicum placements being completed at another institution.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools


    May require some face-to-face meetings.



    School Overview

    Wesley Biblical Seminary, located on an urban campus in Jackson, Mississippi, is a multi-denominational, graduate school of theology that is affiliated with the evangelical, Wesleyan-Arminian tradition.  WBS was founded in 1974, and was established as the result of the need for adequately prepared Methodist pastors. The school serves students from 30 denominations, from all across the country. The mission of WBS is to offer graduate-level, theological education for students preparing for Christian service and to create an understanding of and renewal in the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition. WBS nurtures the spiritual lives of its students, and divides the development of theological and biblical understanding and improves ministry skills.

    WBS offers master's and doctoral degree programs in theology and ministry. The seminary has a distance learning program that allows students located across the country and around the world to receive a WBS education. The distance learning program is designed for active professionals and lay ministers, and allow students to stay in their ministry and community while working toward their seminary degree.


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