Academics

A Deaconess Education

What Education Do Deaconesses Receive?

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The primary area of study is theology, including six courses designed exclusively for deaconesses. Courses in grieving, counseling and education are required. Complementary areas of study include psychology; sociology; social work; education; church music; Biblical languages; Spanish; and multi-cultural, youth and family ministries. Classroom theory is translated into meaningful service through fieldwork and a one-year paid internship.

This completion of this training and approval of the Synodical Placement Approval Committee allows the student to be certified as a deaconess in the LCMS and to receive Calls to LCMS parishes, agencies and missions as a “minister of religion, commissioned.”

Undergraduate Deaconess Program

The Undergraduate Deaconess Program is a 5-year program that includes a 1-year paid internship.

Theology Major:
Courses in Old and New Testament, Christian faith, Christian history, world religions, and biblical studies.

Minor:
Choose a minor from the following options: Biblical Languages, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology.
Other minors will be considered by special petition to the Deaconess Program Director and the Theology Department Chairperson.

Deaconess Specialization:
Deaconess classes in skills, foundations, field experience, grief, counseling, leadership, youth work, and teaching.

 Paid Internship:
Internship classes and seminar

Supplemental Coursework or Requirements:
Annual Deaconess Conference
Deaconess community participation
Supplemental requirements may be assigned to address unique student needs.  

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Application to the Deaconess Program is separate from Concordia University Chicago's application. Students apply for official acceptance into the program in the spring of their sophomore year.
 

Deaconess Certification Program

The Deaconess Certification Program is designed for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree.

Class requirements vary according to the previous experience and educational background of the student. Most full-time certification students complete the academic requirements in 2 years and then complete a 1-year paid internship. Some students complete a portion of the requirements via distance learning, but it is not a distance learning program.

Up to one half of the course requirements, excluding the internship, may be fulfilled through transfer of credit into the program, as approved by the Deaconess Director and the Theology Department Chairperson.

Up to one-fourth of course requirements, excluding the internship, may be completed by some combiniation of credit for prior learning and distance learning methods with members of faculty, as approved by the Deaconess Director and the Theology Department Chairperson.

Theology Major:
Courses in Old and New Testament, Christian faith, Christian history, world religions, and biblical studies.

Minor:
Choose a minor from the following options: Biblical Languages, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology.
Other minors will be considered by special petition to the Deaconess Program Director and the Theology Department Chairperson.


Deaconess Specialization:

Deaconess classes in skills, foundations, field experience, grief, counseling, leadership, youth work, and teaching.

Concentration 1:
Psychology, social work, sociology, language, church music, nursing, youth ministry, family ministry, missions, parish education, management, or other, as approved by the Deaconess Program Director and Theology Department Chairperson.

Concentration 2:
Can be continuing study in the same area as Concentration 1 or a different area.

Paid Internship:
Internship classes and seminar

Supplemental Coursework or Requirements:
Two annual Deaconess Conferences
Deaconess community participation
Supplemental requirements may be assigned to address unique student needs.

 

 

Master of Arts in Religion with Deaconess Certification

Most Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) with Deaconess Certification full-time students complete the academic requirements in 2 years and then complete a 1-year paid internship.
Courses are in Old and New Testament, Christian faith, Christian history, world religions, and biblical studies.

Deaconess Specialization:
Deaconess classes in skills, foundations, field experience, grief, counseling, leadership, youth work, and teaching.

Concentration 1:
Psychology, social work, sociology, language, church music, nursing, youth ministry, family ministry, missions, parish education, management, or other, as approved by the Deaconess Program Director and Theology Department Chairperson.

Concentration 2:
Can be continuing study in the same area as Concentration 1 or a different area.

Paid Internship:
Internship classes and seminar
 

Supplemental Coursework or Requirements:
Two annual Deaconess Conferences
Deaconess community participation
Supplemental requirements may be assigned to address unique student needs.

Additional M.A.R. Requirements:

Research & Capstone Experience

For more information on Concordia University Chicago's Graduate Program, click HERE.

Click HERE to apply online to Concordia University Chicago as a graduate student

Application to the Deaconess Program is separate from Concordia University Chicago's application.

Deaconess Colloquy Program

The Deaconess Colloquy Program is designed for graduates of non-LCMS deaconess programs who desire synodical certification. Time required to complete the program varies according to the previous experience and educational background of the student.

To address your specific situation, please contact:
Deaconess Kristin Wasskilak
Email: Kristin.Wasskilak@cuchicago.edu
Office: 708-209-3136