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Oklahoma City University Offers New Graduate Degree in Religious Education
OKLAHOMA CITY— Oklahoma City University students can now prepare for Christian education positions in churches through a new professional degree program in religious education. The Master of Religious Education degree, offered by OCU’s Wimberly School of Religion, is designed to prepare students for jobs such as director of Christian education, director of program ministries, director of youth or children’s ministries and other religious education ministries. About half of the program’s 59 required credit hours are offered through the Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. Mark Davies, religion dean at the United Methodist-affiliated university, said the program is an exciting result of OCU’s partnership with Kansas City-based Saint Paul School of Theology. The seminary opened full time on the OCU campus last fall. Davies said the program meets all requirements of the United Methodist church for certification as director of Christian education or director of youth ministry. “It also serves others who wish to strengthen their skills and knowledge in religious education through the study of major sources of biblical, theological, historical, ethical and cultural studies and integrating those studies into the ministry of education,” he said. The Wimberly School of Religion will offer the program this fall.