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Academic Impact in Any Time Zone: The Doctor of Education in Intercultural Education (EdD)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


The explosive growth of majority world mission along with globalization had led to the increasing demand of trainers and teachers to engage in intercultural education amongst our global neighbors. Close proximity and high mobility doesn’t necessarily mean effective communication of the gospel or impactful education cross-culturally; Kingdom workers need to be professionally trained. This intercultural reality and the global scope of Christian mission convinced Dr. Enoch Wan that the time had come to launch a professional degree program in intercultural education⸺15 years in the making. Now it has happened:

In spring of 2018, Western Seminary introduces the 42-credit Doctor of Education program in Intercultural Education (EdD).

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Dr. Wan, Research Professor of Intercultural Studies at Western Seminary explains: “What separates this program from missionary field preparation is its intent to equip students for leadership positions in global or intercultural settings, specifically in teaching and research. In fact, students are expected to be actively engaged in teaching and training to begin studies in the program, demonstrating real need for advanced educational training. Their research, experiences, and final dissertation will make noteworthy and lasting contributions to the field of intercultural education. Their roles as followers of Jesus will help them become agents of gospel-centered transformation.”

In keeping with its design for active educators serving around the world, the class scheduling is user-friendly: 4 two-week trips for back-to-back classes at the Portland campus. Students can enjoy face-to-face learning with a diverse set of classmates and professors without resigning from ministry or relocating to campus. Instead, they can integrate academic pursuit, field ministry and career development while studying in the EdD program. Students can complete the program in three years.

Western Seminary has delivered a range of advanced, doctoral studies since 1981, focusing upon such disciplines as pastoral ministry, psychology, and missiology. This new EdD program will stand alongside our professional programs: Doctor of Ministry in pastoral service and Doctor of Intercultural Studies in “glocal ministries” (i.e. global Christian mission and local ethnic ministry). The new program will empower trainers, teachers, and leaders to engage in gospel-centered transformation through the ministry of intercultural education.



  • Contact Dr. Wan with your questions about the Doctor of Education in Intercultural Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1.503.517.1804.
  • Request more information about the program.
  • Apply for admission to the Doctor of Education program, beginning with the spring 2018 semester.



Western Seminary is an accredited graduate school founded in 1927. It offers trustworthy and accessible training for gospel-centered transformation at both the graduate credit and personal enrichment levels for those currently serving, or aspiring to serve, in key ministry leadership roles. The Western system consists of four campuses (Portland, OR; San Jose and Sacramento, CA; and Online) and a teaching site (Seattle, WA) that together serve approximately 950 credit students annually. For more information, please contact P.J. Oswald, Director of Marketing, at 916.488.3720 x308.