Educational Philosophy

 

The quality of the educational experience at Western Covenant University is fostered by the close human and intellectual relationships between students and faculty and by the open exchange of ideas. The University is committed to creating a learning environment in which students from diverse backgrounds and cultures are valued for their perspectives and are encouraged in their intellectual pursuits.

The university’s instructional programs are designed to challenge students not only to acquire knowledge but also to develop the skills of critical analysis, careful reasoning, creativity, and self-expression. We are committed to effective teaching, promoting diversity, and ongoing educational development.

 

 

 Master of Arts in Religion

 

The M.A.R. program fosters the development of theological understanding as part of educational, professional, and spiritual growth. The M.A.R. is an academic/professional degree designed to give balanced exposure to the theological disciplines while allowing students to focus on an area of interest. It is suitable for students not seeking ordination but wishing to work in a church setting, and for those already ordained but needing further academic work in theological studies. It is also appropriate for those who wish to enhance their understanding of theological perspectives and religious practices for their own growth or to relate to another professional field.

 

 

   Master of Arts in Religious Education

 

The M.A.R.E program is intended to prepare students to function as competent educators within settings where religious and moral growth is primary concerns. Educational planning, organizational design, communication, and human development skills are emphasized. The program educates students for a wide variety of professional opportunities in religious education and for certification as religious educators by denominations.

 

 

   Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

                                       

The goal of the M.A.C.C. program is to produce men and women who understand God’s word as it applies to the exercise of the spiritual gift of counseling under the oversight of a local church. The graduate should be able to exegetic individual passages of scripture accurately, to systematize these data into a coherent, and comprehensive theology, and to understand how this theology applies to particular persons and the life contexts of counselled desiring greater conformity to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is not the purpose of this program to prepare candidates for ordination to the Ministry of the Word. The program is also not designed to meet education requirements for state licensure in counseling. Students who desire to develop skills in biblical counseling to be used in the context of the Church are encouraged to carefully select their courses to complement their course work in Christian Counseling.

 

 

  Master of Arts in Theological Studies

 

The M.A.T.S. program fosters development of theological understanding as part of educational, professional, and spiritual growth. The M.A.T.S. is an academic/professional degree designed to give balanced exposure to the theological disciplines, while allowing students to focus on area of interest. It is desirable for persons not seeking ordination but wishing to work in a church setting, and for those already ordained but needing further academic work in theological studies. It is also appropriate for those who wish to enhance their understanding of theological perspectives and religious practices for their own growth or to relate to another professional field.
The program allows for concentration in a field of study, for example, lay persons who work in church settings in nonordained or volunteer positions may use the program to develop their understanding of the church by concentrating in a field such as biblical studies, history of religion, theology, or the history and theory of worship and homiletics. International students may create an interdisciplinary emphasis in Asian theological studies, spirituality, missiology, or pastoral counseling.