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DCE Specialist Certification (Post-Bac)

Empower Your Ministry with a Director of Christian Education Degree from Concordia University Texas

Concordia’s DCE Specialist Certification program is designed to meet the requirements for the Director of Christian Education (DCE) ministry of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It is open to graduates from non-LCMS colleges and universities. Our experienced faculty will guide you through the program, providing you with the skills and knowledge you need to excel in your ministry career. At Concordia University Texas, you'll be part of a supportive and dynamic community where you can grow personally and professionally. Take the first step towards enhancing your ministry career by enrolling in our DCE Specialist Certification program today.

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Take your teaching ministry to the next level

Start Your Journey to Becoming a Director of Christian Education with Concordia University Texas.

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Become a Ministry Leader

The DCE Specialist Certification program equips graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a leadership role in Christian ministry and meet the requirements for the Director of Christian Education ministry of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

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Caring and Committed Faculty

The experienced faculty at Concordia University Texas provide personalized attention and guidance throughout the program, ensuring that graduates are well-prepared to excel in their ministry careers.

Career Outcomes
  • Director of Christian Education (DCE) in a church or school
  • Youth ministry director
  • Christian education coordinator
  • Family ministry coordinator
  • Campus ministry leader
  • Mission trip coordinator
  • Christian camp director
Lizz Massey
Lizz Massey

"The CTX DCE Specialist Certification Program is exactly what I needed and what God had planned for me. It was flexible with my previous experience and work schedule. The university and my classmates made me feel right at home and part of the family from day one. I am so grateful for my time at CTX and how it prepared me for DCE ministry."

Dr. Jacob Youmans

The DCE Specialist Certification is a non-degree earning program that is designed for people who are passionate about sharing the Gospel and serving others. Upon completion, students are placed in full-time paid internships in ministries all over the world. Alumni have served on every continent and over 30 states. With a 100% placement rate, the need is great! As Jesus said, “The Harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

Dr. Jacob YoumansCoordinator, DCE Program




    Concordia University Texas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees along with the Doctorate in Education (Ed.D). Contact the SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Concordia University Texas. 


    Students coming to Concordia directly from high school with no full-time college experience must have: 

    • GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) 

    Students who fall below the above requirement will be evaluated by the Office of Admissions and may still be eligible for admission to Concordia. Please contact your Admissions Counselor if you have questions about achieving admission. 

    If you are transferring to Concordia: 

    • Transfer students with 12 or more college-level credit hours completed must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. 
    • Transfer students with fewer than 12 college-level credit hours completed must meet freshman admission requirements. 

    Visit our admissions page to learn more. 


    At Concordia, 100% of our students receive financial aid. View our Financial Aid page  to see how affordable private education can be at Concordia. 

    We also offer the Tornado Textbooks program, which can save you money every semester on books and access codes.


    At Concordia, we offer additional resources to ensure your success, including the writing center, math center, speech center and peer tutoring. The CTX Library's eBook collection of over 180,000+ items is available 24/7. The library also provides several Research Guides and Tutorials and you can chat with a librarian 24/7 for additional help. Because you’re a person and not just a student to us, mental health screening, resources and support are also available. Check out our mental health page for more information. 

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