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Course Requirements - Christian Education Program

Christian Education Major (35 hours in addition to the Moral Inquiry LAE requirement)

Requirements:

  • Religion 220 or 226, 260, 301, 303 or 304, 385, 393, 397, 494
  • Education 110, 112, 314
  • Psychology 101

Electives: Courses from Philosophy offerings with option of two from Religion offerings, excluding LAE requirement.

Course Descriptions:

Religion

220. History of Christianity: Ancient and Medieval (3) studies Christianity from its origins to the Reformation.  Key people, events, ideas, and the relationship of the church to the world in which it existed will be examined.

226. History of Christianity: Reformation and Modern (3) studies Christianity from the beginning of the Reformation in the sixteenth century to the present. Key people, events, ideas and the relationship of the church to the world in which it existed will be examined.

260. Introduction to Christian Theology (3) studies the central doctrines of Christianity as they have developed through the history of the church. Key points of discussion and major thinkers will be covered and students will be led to identify and articulate their stance with regard to each doctrine. The contemporary theological scene will be introduced as well.

301. Old Testament Literature (3) studies the library of books bequeathed to us in words from ancient Israel. Through literary and historical criticism the message of the Law, the Prophets and the Writings is discovered in the world of biblical literature. Offered in alternate years.

303. New Testament Literature (3) studies the library of books bequeathed to us in words from the early Christian church. Through literary and historical criticism the message of the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Letters and the Revelation is discovered in the world of biblical literature. Offered in alternate years.

304. Jesus in the New Testament (3) studies the person and work of Jesus as presented in the entire New Testament. Offered in alternate years.

385. Teaching Christian Education (3) studies the aims, curriculum, methods and materials of Christian education. Prerequisites: Religion 301 or 303 or 304, Education 240.

393. Global Issues and Values (3) surveys selected natural issues (such as energy, population, food supply), political issues (such as human rights, refugees, peace) and particular problems (such as those concerning the Palestinians, South Africa, multi-national corporations)—asking what values are operative and what values are required for responsible citizenship in the global village.

397. Internship in Christian Education (2) provides the opportunity to work under supervision in a church, school or other agency during one semester or in the summer. Open to juniors and seniors. Prerequisites: two courses in Religion and Education 110.

494. Senior Studies in Christian Education (2) provides the opportunity for study and writing in a major area of religious education.

Education

110. Introduction to Education (3) studies the purposes and practices of education, helping students determine whether they wish to become professional teachers. Topics include history of education, philosophy of education, careers in education, motivation and discipline, analysis of teacher behavior, organization and goals of schools, the teacher and the law. Required field experience: 12 hours.

112. Educational Implications of Diversity (3) presents a picture of the increasing diversity found within educational institutions and the implications it has for educators in developing both policy and practice. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: 110. Required field experience: 12 hours of observation and and 10 hours of tutoring.

314. Multi-Age Curriculum and Instruction (3) provides a foundation in curriculum and instruction for teachers of multi-age subject aras, i.e., foreigh language, music, physical education and visual arts.

Psychology

101. Introduction to Psychology (3) presents basic concepts in the scientific study of behavior including motivation, sensation and perception, learning, cognition, development, social and personality.