Christian Education Courses

Christian Education (R-CE)
CO = Co-requisite ● POI = Permission of Instructor ● PR = Prerequisite ● RE = Recommended ● XL = Cross-listed

301 Introduction to Christian Education (3) A survey of the foundational issues underlying Christian education with an emphasis on biblical, theological, philosophical, historical, and psychological themes. Significant time will also be dedicated to curriculum and design and the selection of curriculum resources. Activities and discussions take place against the background of observations in a local church.

310 Education Across the Ages (3) This course examines the distinctive theories and practices for the developmental stage of faith and life (children, youth, and adults) and provides students with the opportunity to focus on skills for one area while understanding how each part relates and integrates with the whole.

320 Theory and Theology of Christian Education (3) (PR: R-CE 301) This course is a survey of educational theories that form and inform the field of Christian education and the theological foundations that sustain it and equip students to effectively engage in conversation with and employ theory and theology as it relates to educational ministries.

323 Christian Education of Children and Families (3) (PR: R-CE 301 or POI) An analysis of practices and programs in family and child education in the church from a developmental perspective. Emphasis on lesson planning and the development of teaching skills.

324 Christian Education of Youth (3) (PR: R-CE 301 or POI) An analysis of contemporary culture and the role Christian education can play in the lives of young people. Emphasis on program design and the development of teaching skills.

325 Christian Education of Adults (3) (PR: R-CE 301 or POI) An analysis of contemporary culture and the role Christian education can play in the lives of adults and older adults. Emphasis on program design and the development of teaching skills

326 Recreation Leadership in Christian Education (3) (PR: R-CE 301 or POI) A study of recreational resources and materials, the philosophy of recreation, and its place in the church. Emphasis on development of leadership skills.

330 Leadership in Congregations and Organizations (3) This course is an analysis of leadership styles, systems theories, and practices that strengthen congregations and non-profit organizations. Emphasis will be given to planning, visioning, working with governing bodies and boards, and fiduciary responsibilities.

340 Advanced Teaching and Curriculum (3) (PR: R-CE 301) This course expands the capacity of teaching through intentional exploration and experience of various methodologies and considers the congregation‘s curriculum, overt and hidden, with special attention given to evaluating, designing, writing, and adapting print curriculum.

405 Field Work in Christian Education (1.5-3) (PR: R-CE 301 or POI) Supervised field work in a church or institution done in the area of the student‘s interest (youth, handicapped, children, etc.) and approved by the professor. May be completed in one or two semesters or a summer.

440 Christian Education Capstone: Program and Leadership Development (3) (PR: R-CE 301 or POI ● XL: RELG 440) An analysis of the profession of Christian education and how educational programs and leadership are exercised in the church. Students will do research projects and make public presentations of their findings.

442 Directed Studies (3-6) A directed study requires a minimum GPA of 2.25 with course approval by the Provost. A maximum of nine hours credit may be counted towards graduation. Each directed study will culminate in a research paper or its equivalent. A department may, at its option, allow the hours earned in a directed study to count toward its major.

444 Internships (1-6) Internships require a minimum GPA of 2.00 at the time of application (or higher if specified by the department in which the internship is taken). A maximum of six hours credit may be counted towards graduation. Internships are graded on a pass/fail basis only. A department may, at its option, allow the hours earned in an internship to count toward its major.

446 Readings (1-9) Selected readings are open to students with sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Hours earned in these readings cannot be used to meet requirements for the major. A maximum of nine hours credit may be counted towards graduation.

448 Research (1-9) Research requires a minimum GPA of 2.50 (or higher if specified). A maximum of nine hours credit may be counted towards graduation. A department may, at its option, allow the hours earned in an internship to count toward its major.

450 Seminar (1-9) Seminars are regularly offered by various departments of the College. The requirements for these courses are individually listed.

452 Special Projects (1-9) Special Projects are open to sophomore, junior, or senior students who have a GPA of 2.25 and approval by the Provost. A maximum of nine hours credit may be counted towards graduation.

458 Special Topics (1-6) Special topics courses are those that cover subject matter that is not part of the regular curriculum. A special topics course must have the prior approval of the department and the Provost and may be offered twice. Students may enroll in and receive credit for an unlimited number of special topic courses as long as any prerequisites or other requirements are met.