Doctor of Ministry in Educational Leadership

VTS is pleased to offer an electronic application form for the D.Min. program which you can complete on-line as the first step in the application process.  Click here for the application.
The D.Min. program in Educational Leadership was launched in 2005 to strengthen educational, organizational, and spiritual leadership in independent and religiously affiliated schools, universities, and education-oriented institutions—places where the formation of mind and culture are at the heart of ministry and mission. The program helps educational leaders hone their capacities to form and transform young lives, and to work creatively with parents, peers, and public to shape cultures committed to God’s transforming work in the world.
Core courses include:
  • History of Philosophy of Education in America
  • Sacred Texts in Education
  • Moral and Ethical Leadership
  • Governance and Mission
  • Theology and Psychology of Human Development
Students will also find a wide array of topical courses including “Religious Diversity in Schools and Colleges,” “Fostering Cultures of Spiritual Guidance,” “Dynamics of Conflict and Change,” “Information Technology in Classroom and Chapel,” “Holistic Environments of Integrated Faith and Learning,” “Spirituality, Liturgy, and the Arts,” and other courses on curriculum and other education-related topics.
Campus residency schedule:
  • Summer, year I: 3 weeks
  • Summer, year II: 3 weeks
  • Summer, year III: 3 weeks
 In order to prepare for the program, accepted students are expected to read the following books before the first residency:
  • The Practice of Adaptive Leadership, by Ronald Heifetz
  • A Failure of Nerve, by Edwin Friedman
  • Doing Local Theology, by Clemens Sedmak
  • Theologies of Religion, by Paul F. Knitter

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Course Offerings
Application process

Preparatory readings and assignments

9 total weeks of on-campus residencies at VTS

Daily worship and bible reflection

Reading at home

Self-selected training

Case studies

Community of discourse

Project thesis
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Doctor of Ministry in Ministry Development
Doctor of Ministry in Educational Leadership
Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality
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