SCHOOL OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Program Description

The Religious Education is a degree designed to equip women and men called to vocational ministry in the local church or other ministry settings as Christian Education specialists such as Christian Education director, children’s ministry, youth ministry, adult ministry, family ministry, etc. The degree program provides a strong biblical and theological foundation while providing the specialized skills and preparation for educational ministry.

Religious Education Program trains students in the theory and practice of teaching for church and Christianity. They are given the information and training necessary to develop into skillful educators. Each education student is provided with foundational courses upon which the educational process is developed. The expectation is that students will develop into practicing teachers who are able to fully develop the students they will teach in the future

 

Mission Statement

Religious Education is to make disciples for Christ by teaching them to observe all things Jesus taught the early disciples and what the apostles concerning the doctrine of Christ.  We will accomplish this by growing our congregants of all ages  by means of bible study, training and enrichment activities which provide a caring and supportive loving environment with the goal of developing the total person—spirit, mind and body. 

Since the Religious Education Ministry co-labors with other ministries within the church and community with the purpose of giving individuals the opportunity to learn and demonstrate the fullness of Christian love and attributes toward others the following are areas of ministry covered by the Religious Education.

 

Vision Statement

The vision of Religious education is to equip servant leaders for Christian living and service worldwide through being an institution of academic and spiritual excellence. Providing opportunities for academic excellence; equipping and nurturing students to become life-long learners who know Jesus Christ and share His Word, His grace and His love with all people. To honor and serve God by providing a Christ-centered educational environment that is an extension of the Christian home, that is accessible to a broad cross-section of the Christian community, that meets the needs of students with varying scholastic aptitudes through a balanced emphasis on academic excellence and continual spiritual growth and service, and in doing so is widely recognized and respected.

 

 

Program Objective

 

The objectives of the Religious Education are:

  • Articulate the history, trends, and philosophies of education and formulate a Christian philosophy of education.

  • Comprehend and apply General Studies and subject matter content.

  • Plan and implement instruction and assess learning resulting from instruction.

  • Organize the learning environment appropriate to stages of child development and implement appropriate educational strategies.

  • Evaluate practical experience in observation, mentoring, and student teaching.

  • Demonstrate professional development including self-assessment and the ability to collaborate effectively with professional colleagues, parents, and community leaders.

 

 

 

Bachelor of Religious Education

The Bachelor of Religious Education is a degree designed to prepare students for various forms of Christian ministry. Students who take the BRE degree can focus on General Ministries, Pastoral Ministry, or Youth Ministry. This is an excellent degree for those already in ministry or for those planning to become involved in ministry.

  • Be competent in the interpretation and application of Scripture;

  • Be able to articulate doctrinal distinctives for themselves and others;

  • Be familiar with the issues related to various aspects of ministry

  • Develop a biblically-based philosophy of ministry;

  • Have a passion for the church and a determination of giftedness to serve;

  • Have a deep desire to study and teach God’s Word to others;

  • Have clearly developed skills in areas of interest;

  • Be able to contextualize and apply biblical material to contemporary issues;

  • Be competent in hermeneutics of the Bible.

 

 

Admission Requirement

 

Students seeking admission to Bachelor of Religious education program must provide an official transcript of their high school or college record and Personal Statement. Anyone possessing a high school diploma or its equivalent meets the basic requirement for ad-mission to the program.

  • A completed and signed application form

  • Signed enrollment agreement form

  • Copy of high school diploma and/or official transcript (or equivalent)

  • Secondary school and college-level transcripts (if applicable)

  • Personal statement (Childhood, vision, experiences and aspiring career path after graduation)

  • Passport Copy

 

Program Requirements

 

Students receive the Bachelor of Religious education degree when they fulfill the following program requirements:

  • General education and Religious studies course requirements: 57 semester units

  • Major requirements: 33 units

  • Elective requirements: 30 units

  • Unit requirement: A minimum of 120 semester units

 

 

General Education and Religious studies Requirement: 63 Units

GEB101

Intro to the Bible

3 Units

GEB102

Life in Bible Times

3

GEB103

Introduction to the New Testament

3

GEB104

Introduction to the Old Testament

3

GEB105

Introduction to Worship Service

3

GEB106

Introduction to Counseling

3

GEB107

Introduction to Missiology

3

GEB108

Spiritual Life in Community

3

GEB109

Oral Communication

3

GEB110

Introduction to Literature

3

GEB111

Counseling Psychology

3

GEB112

Biblical Interpretation

3

GEB113

Intro to the Torah

3

GEB201

Church Minister to Adults 

 

GEB202

Church Administration

 

GEB203

Introduction to Christian Education 

 

GEB204

Evangelism

 

GEB205

Missions

 

GEB206

Introduction to Sociology 

 

GEB207

Introduction to Ethics 

 

GEB208

Introduction to Philosophy

 

 

Major requirement: 33 units

REB301

Survey of Christian Education

3 Units

REB302

Survey of Youth Education

3

REB303

Preparation for Christian Home and Marriage

3

REB304

Spiritual Formation

3

REB305

Introduction to Christian Care and Counseling

3

REB306

Principles of Teaching in the Church

3

REB307

Church Leadership

3

REB308

Culturally Diversity in Education

3

REB309

Introduction to Current Issues in Education

3

REB310

Principles of Instruction & Methods

3

REB311

Teaching Methods and Material 

3

 

Elective Requirement: 42 Units

REB401

Foundations of Christian Education

3 Units

REB402

Theory of Christian Education

3

REB403

Developmental Foundations and Faith Development

3

REB404

Teaching and Learning Process

3

REB405

Counseling and Mentoring

2

REB406

Educational Ministry in Church

3

REB407

Children Educational Ministry

3

REB408

Youth Educational Ministry

3

REB409

Adults Educational Ministry

3

REB410

Advanced Teaching Methods

3

REB411

Christian Education Administration

3

REB412

Education Program and Curriculum Development

3

REB413

Family Life Education

 

REB414

Educational Psychology

 

 

 

Course Description (Bachelor of Religious Education)

 

GEB101 Intro to the Bible (3 units)

This course is an introduction to the historical, literary, and theological aspects of the Bible.  We will survey the central characters and events of biblical history, examine the variety of genres found in the Bible, and discuss key theological themes emphasized within the Bible.  Students will be introduced to methods of biblical criticism and interpretation that integrate skills developed in other disciplines.  The entire Bible – both Old and New Testaments – will be covered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB102 Life in Bible Times (3 units)

This course introduces students to the resources and methodological principles for studying and applying the finds of Bible backgrounds as an integral part of the process of biblical interpretation. Emphasis is given to the geography, history, and culture of the ancient Near East for the Old Testament and the Jewish and Greco-Roman world for the New Testament. This course can be credited as a Bible elective (OT or NT), with the exception of Biblical Studies majors. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB103 Introduction to the New Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the New Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB101

 

GEB104 Introduction to the Old Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the Old Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB101

 

GEB105 Introduction to Worship Service (3 units)

This course provides a framework for thinking together about vital and faithful Christian worship by exploring the Biblical and theological foundations of worship, reviewing the ways the church’s praise has been shaped over the centuries, and analyzing today’s worship spectrum. Key elements in the practice and leadership of worship will be explored including the ordering of worship, the role of prayer and music, and models of collaborative worship planning. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB106 Introduction to Counseling (3 units)

Recommended as initial course in a student’s program to serve as an introduction to the counseling profession. Roles of counselors and related professionals in various settings are presented. Professional goals and objectives; trends; professional associations; ethical and legal issues; history; credentialing; preparation standards for counselors; and essential interviewing and counseling skills, characteristics, and behaviors that influence helping processes are explored. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB107 Introduction to Missiology (3 units)

Missiology is the science of mission. It combines intercultural studies, anthropology, history, cross-cultural communications and theology. This introductory overview of the church's global mission will include a look at biblical motivations, historical background and current strategies. This course does not seek to transform everyone into a global missionary. It will, however, seek to motivate everyone to be a mobilizer for the cause of world evangelism. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB103, GEB104

 

GEB108 Spiritual Life in Community (3 units)

What is spirituality? How is it formed in private and in community? This course explores the meaning of Biblical Christianity and its relation to faith and practice within contemporary cultural contexts, giving special attention to the corporate dimensions of spirituality and spiritual formation as defined in the New Testament. The lectures analyze and discuss those historical and cultural factors that have led to the privatization of Christianity, and develop a paradigm of spiritual growth and maturity that focuses on the assembly rather than the individual. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB109 Oral Communication (3 units)

This one-semester basic course in speech is designed to develop each student's ability to communicate effectively in his or her academic, business, and social life. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of formal speeches, but many areas of the communication process are explored. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB110 Introduction to Literature (3 units)

An introduction to reading and analyzing these primary genres of literature: fiction, poetry, and drama. The course may also include creative nonfiction. Students will respond critically to readings of different historical and cultural contexts through class discussion and written work. These contexts may include different world views, politics, classes, ethnicity, races, genders, and sexual orientations. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB111 Counseling Psychology (3 units)

Introduction to the practices and concepts of counseling. Theories of counseling are covered along with basic principles necessary to understand the role of the counselor. The applicability of counseling theories to male and female clients from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and across the life span is examined. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB112 Biblical Interpretation (3 units)

A study of the methods of interpretation of the Bible with special attention to textual, historical and theological issues. . This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB113 Intro to the Torah (3 units)

An introduction to the first five books of Moses in the Hebrew Bible. Course will focus on the texts individually as well as corporately within the canon. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB104

 

GEB201 Church Minister to Adults (3 units)

This course is a study of the minister’s skills in church operations with attention given to such functions as funerals, the Lord’s Supper, weddings, baptisms, and dedications.. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB202 Church Administration (3 units)

This course is designed to hopefully get everyone on the same page so the church can accomplish the fulfilling of the Great Commission. Many new books and ideas are current to help us be more effective spreading the message with the same time honored commitments. Key among them are such books as Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven Church.” Though the heart may be in the right place, the head may need some help. Developing good management skills will certainly not hurt and will hopefully help. Organization and leadership skills will be of paramount consideration. Many of the churches you and I are associated with are by nature and history small, but they do not all have to stay that way. With the understanding that much church administration will be done in a small rural, suburban or urban setting, leadership development will equip the pastor for that role, all the while hoping for the day when the smaller local church will blossom and have a far reaching ministry and impact. Some few will either be assigned a larger, more prestigious church or grow one with the blessings of charisma, skill and the Lord. This course and instructor can do little about the first and the last, but the skills acquired will undoubtedly be adequate for the confident leadership in small, medium and larger sized congregations. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB203 Introduction to Christian Education (3 units)

An introduction to the aims, methods and principles of Christian education, with special note given to educational-mission the field. Includes practice in planning the religious educational activities of the rural church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB204 Evangelism (3 units)

This course is designed to prepare every student to share his/her faith boldly, without fear, in any and every situation publicly and privately; in addition, students will be prepared to teach and lead others in the biblical pursuit of evangelism for the glory of God. The course involves instructor-led evangelism outings outside the classroom. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB205 Missions (3 units)

A course designed to introduce the student to the biblical, theological, historical, and practical bases for Christian missions. Special attention is given to contemporary issues in missions as well as current ways to do missions. Recognizing the responsibility of all Christians to complete Christ’s commission, this course gives an overview of the strategic and historical progress of worldwide missions today. The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide biblical mandate are also considered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB206 Introduction to Sociology (3 units)

This course provides a broad overview of sociology and how it applies to everyday life. Major theoretical perspectives and concepts are presented, including sociological imagination, culture, deviance, inequality, social change, and social structure. Students also explore the influence of social class and social institutions, such as churches, education, healthcare, government, economy, and environment. The family as a social structure is also examined. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB207 Introduction to Ethics (3 units)

This course provides an introduction to those problems of philosophy that are problems of moral philosophy, or ethics. We will begin by examining certain problems that arise when we try to make moral judgments: problems such as cultural relativism (“What’s right for us is not necessarily right for them”), subjectivism (“What’s right for me is not necessarily right for you”), and the role of religion in morality (e.g., “What’s right is just what God says is right”). Second, we will consider several historically important and still-prominent theoretical approaches to ethics that purport (most of them, anyway) to provide systematic procedures for answering questions about right and wrong. In the third and final part of the course we will consider more concretely a variety of important moral issues such as famine relief, animal rights, euthanasia, and abortion. Throughout, we will seek not so much to form judgments about specific moral issues—most of us do that on our own anyway, albeit with varying degrees of certitude—but to improve our thinking about the considerations that may count as reasons for and against the moral judgments we are tempted to make. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB208 Introduction to Philosophy (3 units)

This course will introduce you to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each module a different philosopher will talk you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise. We’ll begin by trying to understand what philosophy is – what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects? Then we’ll spend the rest of the course gaining an introductory overview of several different areas of philosophy. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB301 Survey of Christian Education (3 units)

A study of the historical, philosophical and theological issues of Christian education. Attention will be given to how Christian education is accomplished through the program organizations of the church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB302 Survey of Youth Education (3 units)

A study of the historical background and development of youth education in the local church. Emphasis will be given to program organizations, literature and methods of Christian education for youth. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB303 Preparation for Christian Home and Marriage (3 units)

An examination of biblical teaching on home and marriage. The course will include practical helps for healthy Christian homes and marriages. Programs to strengthen families in the Christian community will be reviewed. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB304 Spiritual Formation (3 units)

This course is designed to assist the student in determining the difference between being religious and being spiritual. The subject matter includes a study of various disciplines in the Christian experience (their history, their place in Christianity, their current expression) and historical figures who had unique lives and ministries. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB305 Introduction to Christian Care and Counseling (3 units)

An introduction to the theological, practical and philosophical distinctives of counseling from a Christian world view. Emphasis will be given to recognizing the scope and limits of appropriate care and counseling for professional and non-professional care givers and on practical helps for specific caring opportunities in the Christian community. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB106

 

REB306 Principles of Teaching in the Church (3 units)

A study of the various aspects involved in the teaching/learning process. Emphasis will be given to the various teaching opportunities within the local church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB307 Church Leadership (3 units)

A study of the meaning and value of good church administration including its basic functions along with principles of organizations and management. Emphasis will be given to basic leadership styles and how these relate to efficiency in group situations. Students will be given a working knowledge of the strategies and programs of local churches. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB308 Culturally Diversity in Education (3 units)

This course will examine and analyze current research and theories concerning the nature of culture and its relationship to the language development, cognition, learning, and academic achievement of the diverse student population in many of today’s church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB309 Introduction to Current Issues in Education (3 units)

In this course learners will be presented with various issues influencing current thought and practice in elementary and secondary education. The issues will be examined in light of their philosophical roots and their impact on traditional Christian education. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: REB301

 

REB310 Principles of Instruction & Methods (3 units)

This course is designed to expose the Christian educator to a variety of successful instructional techniques and methods. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of proven methods of traditional Christian education. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB311 Teaching Methods and Material (3 units)

This course facilitate for the student to identify, describe, and model a variety of methods for teaching based upon social interaction, information processing, the personal sources, and behavior modification. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB401 Foundations of Christian Education (3 units)

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. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB402 Theory of Christian Education (3 units)

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. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB403 Developmental Foundations and Faith Development (3 units)

This course will enable the student to distinguish, explain, and utilize the life-long developmental stages of spiritual formation; understand and explain the view of major developmentalists and demonstrating guidance of parents and workers. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB404 Teaching and Learning Process (3 units)

This course will analyze theories of teaching and learning and lead the student to implement appropriate teaching and learning strategies for effective Christian education in various ministry settings. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB405 Counseling and Mentoring (3 units)

Investigation of foundations for Christian counseling and mentoring to care individuals, families, and communities in ministry settings. Study of psychological theories and a vision for church community will be followed by the development of personal counseling and mentoring skills for listening with compassion, caring with love, and guiding with wisdom. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB106

 

REB406 Educational Ministry in Church (3 units)

This course offers the general knowledge of an evangelical foundation of Christian education ministry so they can identify principles and practices for teaching and developing programs in the local church, and lead and implement the total discipleship ministry. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB407 Children Educational Ministry (3 units)

This course equips the student to demonstrate the ability to understand and implement a discipleship ministry for children (birth to eleven) through study of development, curriculum, teaching/learning strategies, and children with special needs. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB408 Youth Educational Ministry (3 units)

This course equips the student to demonstrate the ability to create spiritual development for youth (twelve to eighteen) and implement a discipleship ministry through study of developmental needs, methods, curriculum, and activities for ministering to their unique needs. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB409 Adults Educational Ministry (3 units)

This course equips the student to demonstrate the ability to create spiritual development in adults (ages 18 up) and implement a discipleship ministry through study of developmental needs, methods, curriculum, and activities for ministering to their unique needs. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB410 Advanced Teaching Methods (3 units)

This course develops an understanding of the basic principles and techniques of effective instruction in the various subject areas taught and activities conducted by the elementary classroom teacher. Emphasis will be given to the practical implementation of sound educational practices in classroom materials, methods, and management in a traditional, church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: REB311

 

REB411 Christian Education Administration (3 units)

This course offer an introduction to the biblical principles and current practice of management: planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and evaluating with special emphasis upon the application of these functions to church, para-church, and Christian day-school administration. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB412 Education Program and Curriculum Development (3 units)

This course presents the theory and process of development of a quality program and curriculum. The study will involve the critical analysis of several available curriculum series with the purpose of planning, designing, and writing a curriculum to meet the needs of the student’s own particular culture. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB413 Family Life Education (3 units)

A course that develops a general philosophy of family life education and ministry, and trains students to design and implement educational programs. These may include programs for marital enrichment and parent education and guidance. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REB414 Educational Psychology (3 units)

A study of psychology as applied to education. Theories of learning and how these can be applied in the classroom from the standpoint of a Christian philosophy of life are considered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB111

 

 

 

Master of Religious Education

Program Description

Master of Religious Education program is the professional theological degree in Christian education and discipleship ministries, and is well-suited for individuals seeking a broad, foundational graduate degree in church ministry. This program is designed to equip men and women called by God to serve as professional Christian workers in such capacities as associate pastor, discipleship pastor, and small group pastor, as well as other positions that require a general knowledge of church educational programs and discipleship ministries.

 

Admission Requirement

 

Anyone possessing a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent meets the basic academic requirement for admission to the program. An Application File must include the following:

 

  • A completed and signed application form

  • Signed enrollment agreement form

  • College-level transcript which indicates bachelor degree is granted

  • An overall GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate study. (A provisional admission status can be granted below GPA of 2.75)

  • Copy of bachelor Certificate of Graduation

  • Personal statement (Childhood, vision, experiences and aspiring career path after graduation)

  • Passport Copy

 

Program Requirements

 

Students receive the Master of Religious education degree upon a successful fulfillment of the following program requirements:

 

  • Religious core studies: 6 units

  • Major requirements: 12 units

  • Elective requirements: 6 units

  • Thesis 6 units or elective 6 units requirement

  • Unit requirement: A minimum of 30 semester units

 

 

Religious core studies: 12 units

RCM501

Intro to the Bible

3 Units

RCM502

Introduction to the New Testament

3

RCM503

Introduction to the Old Testament

3

RCM504

Introduction to Missiology

3

 

Major requirement: 12 units

REM601

 Introduction to Christian Education

3 Units

REM602

Philosophy and Principles of Christian Education

3

REM603

Evangelism, Missions, and Growth Through Education Ministry

3

REM604

Teaching Methodology

3

 

Elective Requirement: 21 Units

REM701

Transformational Education

3 Units

REM702

Student Care in College Ministry

3

REM703

Teaching Ministry

3

REM704

Christian Formation & Discipleship

3

REM705

Biblical and Educational Leadership

3

REM706

Secondary Christian Education

3

REM707

Research Methods

3

 

 

Course Description (Master of Religious Education)

 

RCM501 Intro to the Bible (3 units)

This course is an introduction to the historical, literary, and theological aspects of the Bible.  We will survey the central characters and events of biblical history, examine the variety of genres found in the Bible, and discuss key theological themes emphasized within the Bible.  Students will be introduced to methods of biblical criticism and interpretation that integrate skills developed in other disciplines.  The entire Bible – both Old and New Testaments – will be covered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RCM502 Introduction to the New Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the New Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RCM503 Introduction to the Old Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the Old Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RCM504 Introduction to Missiology (3 units)

Missiology is the science of mission. It combines intercultural studies, anthropology, history, cross-cultural communications and theology. This introductory overview of the church's global mission will include a look at biblical motivations, historical background and current strategies. This course does not seek to transform everyone into a global missionary. It will, however, seek to motivate everyone to be a mobilizer for the cause of world evangelism. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

REM601 Introduction to Christian Education (3 units)

This course provides an overview of the field of Christian education including basic concepts, organization and methods. Considerations will be given to current church practices and to developing a criterion for building a Great Commission driven education ministry for all age groups in the local church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

REM602 Philosophy and Principles of Christian Education (3 units)

This course includes an overview of the history of Christian education. Focus will be given to the biblical and theological basis of Christian education in the church and especially the purpose of New Testament churches as it relates to education and evangelism. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

REM603 Evangelism, Missions, and Growth through Education Ministry (3 units) 

This course will focus on the role of evangelism, missions, and growth in the education ministry of the church. It will include a study of church growth principles and their application in education ministry. The place of missions and mission activity development will be studied with special emphasis upon local community missions. Students will develop their personal testimony, learn to present the plan of salvation, and learn to teach lay leaders and members to witness. Some attention will be given to contemporary and innovative church growth methodologies. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

REM604 Teaching Methodology (3 units) 

This course is designed as an introduction to basic methods for teaching from a dynamic biblical viewpoint. The purpose of the course is to assist the theology students in understanding the essential elements of effective instruction and learning. Students will be introduced to different genres of writing in the Bible, as well as appropriate methods of interpreting each genre. For any given biblical passage to be taught, students will be encouraged to consider the big idea that needs to be conveyed to students, how to bridge the gap between the world of the Bible and the students� world, and problems that might be encountered at the planning and presentation levels for the lesson. Students will be challenged to think about how their own teaching can be improved in terms of fostering active learning, motivating learning, communicating clearly, personalizing biblical truth, and building a constructive classroom atmosphere. Students will be guided through the process of choosing a lesson topic and theme, leading students to discover the thematic and structural unity of the biblical passage through the method of inductive Bible study, and evaluating the results of instruction and learning. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

REM701 Transformational Education (3 units)

Considers historical educational theory and processes as well as current learning theory in light of the biblical genres. Includes various teaching methods and introductory curriculum development. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: REM601

 

REM702 Student Care in College Ministry (3 units)

An introduction to the basic concepts and skills involved in the student care aspect of residence life ministry at Wheaton, including a brief overview of historic and biblical foundations for caring ministry, categories of student struggle most commonly experienced in college residence life ministry, rudimentary person-to-person helping skills, and small group supervision. This course is limited to residence assistants. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

REM703 Teaching Ministry (3 units)

Investigation into the major issues of educational psychology, including learning theory, motivation, learning styles and instructional methodologies with direct application to classroom use. Integration of theology and psychology an emphasis. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

REM704 Christian Formation & Discipleship (3 units) 

A study of the relationship between faith, intellect, personality, morality and culture as it relates to spiritual formation and development. Provides biblical, theological, psychological and sociocultural knowledge about human nature and development for the purpose of assisting students to develop holistic ministry implications for various teaching contexts. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

REM705 Biblical and Educational Leadership (3 units) 

This course will explore the practice of leadership from a biblical and educational leader point of view and the various styles of leadership. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal set of leadership principles reflecting those of a teacher in church. Considerations will also be given to developing people skills, team building skills, and conflict management skills. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

REM706 Secondary Christian Education (3 units)

This course reviews development of teenagers and young adults in several dimensions: cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual. Parental, family, church, and institutional-agency ministry critically reviewed with the purpose of encouraging students to develop a starting theology of ministry to persons in this age group and to practice skills fundamental to such ministry. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

REM707 Research Methods (3 units)

This course introduces students to a number of research methods useful for academic and professional investigations of information practices, texts and technologies. By examining the applications, strengths and major criticisms of methodologies drawn from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions, this course permits an understanding of the various decisions and steps involved in crafting (and executing) a research methodology, as well as a critically informed assessment of published research. The course offers an overview of the different approaches, considerations and challenges involved in social research. In addition to reviewing core human research methods such as interviews, ethnographies, surveys and experiments, we will explore methods used in critical analysis of texts and technologies (discourse /content /design analysis, historical case studies), with an emphasis on the digital (e.g. virtual worlds, videogames, and online ethnographies). We will also discuss mixed method approaches, case studies, participatory and user-centered research, as well as research involving minors. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: REM604

 

 

 

Doctor of Religious Education

Program Description

This program is for those who wish to opt for a very thorough study and specialization in Christian Education. This program is one of the heaviest in workload among all our doctoral programs. The program is suitable for those who plan to make Biblical Education and Training a major part of their ministry. The Doctor of Religious Education Degree Program offered by Conservative Theological University is unique among graduate degree programs available today. The program design is for academic scholarship and is exclusively a research program in variously designated fields. Research includes the areas of history of Christian education, theology of Christian education, philosophy of Christian education, and related fields. While practical throughout, the program's primary purpose is extensive research in the candidate's selected field with the view to a product monograph that will contribute substance to that area of investigation

Doctor of Religious Education degree programs are designed for individuals who seek to develop their ministerial abilities and teaching skills in a specific religious faith.

 

Admission Requirement

 

Anyone possessing a master’s degree or its equivalent meets the basic academic requirement for admission to the program. An Application File must include the following:

 

  • A completed and signed application form

  • Signed enrollment agreement form

  • College-level transcript which indicates master degree is granted

  • An overall GPA of 3.0 in graduate study. (A provisional admission status can be granted below GPA of 3.0)

  • Copy of master certificate of graduation

  • Personal statement (Childhood, vision, experiences and aspiring career path after graduation)

  • Passport Copy

 

Program Requirements

 

Students receive the Doctor of Religious education degree upon a successful fulfillment of the following program requirements:

 

  • Religious core studies: 6 units

  • Major requirements: 21 units

  • Elective requirements: 18 units

  • Dissertation: 12 units

  • Unit requirement: A minimum of 57 semester units

  • The program requires 45 units of course work, plus 12 units of a dissertation..

 

Religious core studies: 21 units

RCD801

Introduction to the New Testament

3 Units

RCD802

Introduction to the Old Testament

3

RCD803

Systematic Theology

3

RCD804

Biblical Foundations of Mission

3

RCD805

Revitalizing Church and Community

3

RCD806

Healthy Church & Church Growth

3

RCD807

Theology of Ministry

3

 

Major requirement: 21 units

RED901

Survey of Christian Education

3 Units

RED902

History and Philosophy of Christian Education

3

RED903

Theology of Christian Education

3

RED904

Teaching Methodology 

3

RED905

Curriculum Development in Christian Education

3

RED906

Administering the Church Christian Education Program

3

RED907

Learning Theory Applied to Christian Education

3

 

Elective Requirement: 33 Units

RED908

Clinical Pastoral Education

3 Units

RED909

Transformative Pastoral Leadership

3

RED910

Equity and Justice in Education

3

RED911

Ethical Perspectives on Educational Leadership

3

RED912

Legal Perspectives on Educational Policy and Finance

3

RED913

Theological Foundations for Christian Education

3

RED914

Preschool/Childhood Christian Education

3

RED915

Adolescent Christian Education

3

RED916

Adult Christian Education

3

RED917

Present Issues in Christian Education

3

RED918

Research Methods

3

 

 

Course Description (Doctor of Religious Education)

 

RCD801 Introduction to the New Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the New Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD802 Introduction to the Old Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the Old Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD803 Systematic Theology (3 units)

This course is to help the student gain, by his or her own efforts, a profound knowledge of the principal topics of the theology of the universal church, especially as these topics are understood in the Reformed tradition and in comparison with other contemporary theologies. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD804 Biblical Foundations of Mission (3 units)

An advanced examination of the biblical and theological foundations of mission, encompassing the mission of God expressed in his relationship with his people, the mission of Jesus Christ, and the mission of the Church from Pentecost onward. This course also examines various modern theologies of mission from the evangelical perspective. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD805 Revitalizing Church and Community (3 units)

This course explores theories and theologies of congregational and community changes and transformation. Students will analyze how the changes occur and discover various methods church leaders can use in during the transformations in church and in community. The framework for these learning will be the student’s congregation in its social, political, economic, cultural and religious context. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD806 Healthy Church & Church Growth (3 units)

A survey of the biblical principles and crucial factors in church growth, including an analysis of theological, sociological, and missiological elements. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD807 Theology of Ministry (3 units)

This course seeks to equip students with theological foundations for church ministry. It offers students an opportunity to pursue theological inquiry in view of a ministry-specific need, problem or challenge they are facing. It serves as a research tool related to the student’s dissertation project, informing the theological/biblical foundations component. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RED901 Survey of Christian Education (3 units) 

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to Christian education ministries. Students will consider the evangelical foundation of Christian education ministry with an understanding of theology, philosophy, and history of Christian education; will identify distinctive principles and practices for teaching and developing programs in the local church; and will lead and implement the total discipleship ministry of the local church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RED902 History and Philosophy of Christian Education (3 units) 

This course is a study of the historical development of educational thought and practice in the church with emphasis on the emerging and contemporary educational philosophies. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RED903 Theology of Christian Education (3 units)

This course is a study of how to develop a theology of Christian education which can be used in implementing a program of Christian education in the local church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RCD803

 

RED904 Teaching Methodology (3 units)

This course is designed to offer detailed examination of methods for teaching from a dynamic biblical viewpoint. The purpose of the course is to study how to teach different age students, including adults, youth, children and pre-schoolers. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RED905 Curriculum Development in Christian Education (3 units)

This course is designed to study the principles and goals of curriculum development. Emphasis is placed on developing course outlines, then creating course units and lesson plans to fulfill the education task of the church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RED906 Administering the Church Christian Education Program (3 units)

This course is a study of practical principles and procedures in effective administration of a complete program of Christian education in the church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RED907 Learning Theory Applied to Christian Education (3 units) 

This course is a study of major learning theories and theorists with major emphasis on cognitive and behavioral theories. The difference between a secular approach versus a Christian approach to theories of human learning will be explored with a focus on the implications of such differences for the church educational programs environment. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RED903

 

RED908 Clinical Pastoral Education (3 units)

Additional units of CPE build upon the teachings of the final unit and provide pastoral education over a full year. Prerequisite: Basic unit of CPE. Note: The maximum number of credits one may apply to the M.Div. degree is twelve. Additional credits earned may be applied to another degree program. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RCD807

 

RED909 Transformative Pastoral Leadership (3 units)

Explores the role of the pastor as spiritual leader embracing key adaptive issues for personal, congregational, and communal transformation. Acknowledging that leading a congregation through processes of deep change may be risky and costly, we explore current interdisciplinary ministry approaches for pastors leading congregations through processes of transition involving time and learning where identity, mission, culture, and operating procedures are fundamentally altered. This class is a seminar for students to work on actual case studies from their church and ministry contexts. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RED910 Equity and Justice in Education (3 units)

This course will examine theories and practices of educational equity in relation to various forms of social inequality and marginalization in the American context. The course will present a systematic view of, among others, race, class and gender in American society and how they intersect/interact to produce divergent experiences and outcomes for various segments of the American student population. Close reading and analysis of contemporary educational research will offer students an opportunity to explore how social justice issues play out in contemporary educational contexts and their implications for practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RED911 Ethical Perspectives on Educational Leadership (3 units)

This course examines how belief structures undergird the methods educators use to motivate people to learn. Through the light of ethical theory, students examine how organizational leaders respond to the situations they face. Students also reflect on and apply their own values and ethical understanding to shed light on case studies that represent situations they often face as educational leaders. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RED912 Legal Perspectives on Educational Policy and Finance (3 units)

This course focuses on legal issues that arise in elementary, secondary, and collegiate institutions. The course provides educators with knowledge and analytic skills needed to apply legal frameworks to educational policy including the statutes regulating financial policy. The course investigates creative ways in which law can be used to help address current problems in schools, and helps educators think through questions of ethics and policy that legal disputes raise but do not resolve. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RED913 Theological Foundations for Christian Education (3 units)

This course is an exploration of the theological perspectives concerning the educational questions of content, teacher, pupil, context, methodology, and objectives. It will examine the ways in which differing theological concepts affect the nature and purpose of Christian education practices. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RED903

 

RED914 Preschool/Childhood Christian Education (3 units)      

This course is an advanced study of the church‘s educational program for children, birth to 11 years old. Spiritual, physical, psychological and educational maturation principles will be examined. Aims, methods, materials, evaluation, and programs of ministry to children will be studied. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RED915 Adolescent Christian Education (3 units)

This course is an advanced study of the church‘s educational program for youth 12-17 years old. Spiritual, physical, psychological, and educational maturation will be examined. Aims, methods, materials, evaluation, and programs of ministry for youth will be studied. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RED916 Adult Christian Education (3 units)  

The unique characteristics of the stages of young, middle and senior adults will be studied in the context of implications for adult religious programming. Emphasis is given to special categories of adults such as married, single, and widowed. Objectives, methodologies, administration and emotional concerns will be considered.  This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RED917 Present Issues in Christian Education (3 units)

This course is a study of some contemporary issues in Christian education, including Biblical, theological, philosophical, historical, sociological, psychological, and current issues. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RED901

 

RED918 Research Methods (3 units)

This course introduces students to a number of research methods useful for academic and professional investigations of information practices, texts and technologies. By examining the applications, strengths and major criticisms of methodologies drawn from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions, this course permits an understanding of the various decisions and steps involved in crafting (and executing) a research methodology, as well as a critically informed assessment of published research. The course offers an overview of the different approaches, considerations and challenges involved in social research. In addition to reviewing core human research methods such as interviews, ethnographies, surveys and experiments, we will explore methods used in critical analysis of texts and technologies (discourse /content /design analysis, historical case studies), with an emphasis on the digital (e.g. virtual worlds, videogames, and online ethnographies). We will also discuss mixed method approaches, case studies, participatory and user-centered research, as well as research involving minors. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None