Diploma in Educational Leadership (DEL)


The Diploma in Educational Leadership is a two-year program offering training and skill development in the education-related areas of church ministry. The objective of this degree is to prepare students for non-preaching professional ministry positions in church and para-church organizations.

Courses offer opportunity to sharpen leadership skills for serving in teaching, discipleship, small groups, large groups, college ministry, youth ministry, children's ministry, singles' groups, men's ministry, women's ministry, leadership development, and church administration.

The Diploma in Educational Leadership requires 49 hours of study.

Course Requirements

This section is designed to help you keep a record of courses taken and courses needed to complete the Diploma in Educational Leadership degree.

Course Title Course # Hours
Leadership Discernment
Leadership in Ministry Practicum I* P1121 2
Leadership in Ministry Practicum II* P1122 2

Biblical Foundations
Old Testament Introduction I S1112 3
Old Testament Introduction II S1113 3
New Testament Introduction I S1312 3
New Testament Introduction II S1313 3

Theological Foundations
Christian Theology I L1211 3
Christian Theology II L1212 3
Baptist Heritage and Practice or Church History II L1113/L1112 2/3

Educational Leadership Skills
Foundations for Educational Leadership E1111 3
Life Span Development E1112 3
Principles & Approaches to Bible Teaching E1113 3
Ministry Leadership E1312 2
Administration and Church Growth E1314 2
The Educational Ministry of the Church E1412 3
Public Speaking for Christian Educators or Introduction to Preaching E1211/P1411 3

Select from the following courses or any E electives to complete 49 hours:
Basic Evangelism I1311 2
Worship and Music in the Faith Community P1916 3
Introduction to Missions I1211 3
Christian Counseling E1114/P1512 3

*P1121 & P1122 (TFE) must be taken in two consecutive terms in a fall-spring sequence only. A total of 4 semester-hours credit for the courses will be given at the end of the second term. No credit is earned if both courses are not completed. Variable credit is available by contracting with the TFE Office and identified on the TFE Application. Students must remain in the same Peer Reflection Group for the two terms.

For full-time student verification, students must be registered for 9 semester hours in any given semester and 24 hours for the year. VA students, please see Registrar for full-time student verification and additional information.