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Director of Christian Education, DCE

Learn more about this professional church work vocation

DCEs serve as lifespan (“cradle to grave”) Christian educators, who typically serve within congregations and their ministries. Through their leadership and service, they assist and support pastors as they teach the faith to children, youth and adults.

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Undergraduate programs for DCE certification are available from several of the Concordia universities. Explore the variety of DCE training programs offered by CUS schools.

Note: The following undergraduate information has been provided by each of the universities. Total costs will vary based on a variety of factors. Admissions staff at each Concordia will work to help you find grant and scholarship opportunities to assist you in pursuing church work education. Contact the Concordia admissions staff listed below.


Concordia University Chicago

Overview — 2024-25 academic year

  • Tuition: $10,430 (after Church Professional/Leadership Scholarships are applied—actual tuition cost may differ based on entering high school grade point average)
  • Room and Board: $11,510 (for basic, complete plan—variations are available)
  • Fees: $1,058
  • Students may be eligible for additional awards
  • Contact: Rachel Gates | | 708-209-3536

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Concordia University Irvine

Overview — 2024-25 academic year

  • Tuition: $8,500 (after the Church Vocations Scholarship is applied—actual tuition cost may be higher if one does not qualify for the Church Vocations Scholarship)
  • Room and Board: $13,482 (max for Freshman—other variables may apply)
  • Fees: $980 + $250 New Student Fee + $300 Parking Fee
  • Contact: Carrie Donohoe | | 949-214-3389
    Concordia Irvine Director of LCMS Recruitment

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Concordia University Nebraska

Overview — 2024-25 academic year

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Concordia University St. Paul

Overview — 2024-25 academic year

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