Program options

CHRISTIAN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP (CEL)/DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (DCE) PROGRAM

Concordia prepares Christian educators who equip people of all ages in congregations for their ministries in various contexts. The focus in preparation is on the individual as instructional leader, educator, consultant, administrator, care action minister, and researcher. DCE certification is an option for individuals who are members of an LCMS congregation and seeking designation as a DCE within the LCMS.

ADMISSION INTO DCE PROGRAM

Students with sophomore or junior standing are provisionally admitted into the DCE program after meeting the following requirements:

  1. completion of an application form, recommendations, and personality instruments
  2. minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50
  3. successful completion of an interview with a faculty screening committee
  4. minimum theology and CEL major grade point average of 2.75.

APPROVAL FOR DCE INTERNSHIP

Students who have been provisionally admitted and have junior or senior standing are fully admitted into the program and approved for the DCE internship after successful completion of the following:

  1. minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50
  2. minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in CEL major and theology course work
  3. successful completion of at least a semester of Educ 480 Practicum in DCE Ministry
  4. interview with the director of DCE Ministries and successful completion of assigned learning goals.

APPEAL PROCESS

If a student wishes to appeal the decision relative to admission to the program or approval for internship, a written appeal may be addressed to the commissioned ministers appeal committee through the university provost within three months of the decision to deny admission. Any student who is not satisfied with the decision of the appeal committee may appeal directly to the president of Concordia University.

RECOMMENDATION FOR PLACEMENT AS A DCE

Faculty approval of students for DCE placement is based upon their having:

  1. maintained a 2.50 GPA in all courses counted toward graduation
  2. maintained a 2.75 GPA in the CEL major/theology courses
  3. successfully completed Educ 481 (DCE Internship)
  4. obtained their advisor’s recommendation on the placement form.

CEL CURRICULAR OPTIONS

The following curriculum options have been developed by the faculty of Concordia. Students choosing the internship option (required for DCE students) require at least five years of course work, one of which is the year-long, off-campus internship. 

Flexibility for the student is a key component of the program. Students must choose one of the following options:

  • CEL+BS in Education (Elementary, Middle Level, Early Childhood, or Secondary)
  • CEL+BS in Education (Elementary, Middle Level, Early Childhood, or Secondary) + CTD
  • CEL+BS in Education (Elementary, Middle Level, Early Childhood, or Secondary) + LTD + DCE
  • CEL+BA (with additional major in Theology, Psychology or Behavioral Science and optional emphasis)
  • CEL+BA+DCE (with additional major in Theology, Psychology or Behavioral Science and optional emphasis)

1. General Education                                                                        

All majors are to be supplemented with the general education curriculum, supplemental requirements and if necessary additional electives to total 120 or more hours.

2. CEL Major                                                                                     

24-hour Internship is Optional

*Also required in General Education

Total Hours: 47-71

3. Foundational Major                                                                       

Education, Theology, Behavioral Science, or Psychology. See respective major in catalog for requirements.

4. DCE Certification Requirements                                                    

For LCMS students seeking a DCE certificate  

Total Hours: 34

Note: All undergraduate students seeking DCE certification must complete a minimum of six hours of 300 or 400 level theology courses on Concordia’s campus.

5. DCE Emphases (Optional)

CEL/BA or CEL/DCE/BA students may choose one or more of the following:

Adult Emphasis (12 hours)

Biblical Languages (16 hours)

Option for those planning on a seminary education

  • Greek 8
  • Hebrew 8

Child Emphasis (15 hours)

  • Educ 300 Outdoor Christian Education 2
  • Educ 332 Early Child. Educ. Curr. & Method. 3
  • Educ 430 School Community & Parent Involvement 2               
  • Psy 211 Child Development and Psychology 2
  • Psy 212 Child Develop. & Psych.: Young Children 1
  • Psy 422 Psychology & Develop. of Young Adoles. 2
  • Theo 482 Nurturing the Faith Through Family, School & Congregation 3  

Family Life Emphasis (12-13 hours)

  • Psy 211 Child Development and Psychology 2
  • Psy 212 Child Devel. & Psych.: Young Children or Psy 422 Psych. & Develop. of Young Adoles. 1-2
  • Psy 421 Psychology of Adolescence 3
  • Theo 482 Nurturing Faith Family, School & Congr. 3
  • Theo 483 Sexuality and the Family 3

Outreach Emphasis (12 hours)

  • Educ 358 Religious Education & Innov. Technology 2
  • Theo 375 Christian Denom. & Religious Move. or Theo 390 World Religions 3
  • Theo 385 Parish Visitation and Evangelism 3
  • Theo 399 Independent Study Evangelism Visitation 1
  • Theo 460 Factors in Congregational Growth 3

Parish Music Emphasis (20 hours)

Youth Emphasis (13 hours)

  • Educ 300 Outdoor Christian Education 2
  • Educ 358 Religious Education & Innov. Technology 2
  • Educ 379 Methods in Secondary Religion 2
  • Psy 211 Child Development and Psychology 2
  • Psy 422 Psychology & Develop. of Young Adoles. 2
  • Psy 421 Psychology of Adolescence 3

Worship Arts Emphasis (12 hours)

Self-Designed Emphasis (15 hours)

  1. A student may choose to design an individualized emphasis. The emphasis must meet the following criteria:
  2. The emphasis must be at least 15 hours of upper-level coursework (300 or 400-level).
  3. The emphasis must be directly applicable to the DCE program’s roles and sub-roles.
  4. The student must submit a written rationale for the emphasis, stating how it fits traditional DCE ministry roles and including a list of the proposed coursework.
  5. The emphasis must be approved in writing by the DCE Program Director, the student’s advisor, and the chair of the academic department housing the majority of the emphasis courses.
  6. A minimum of 50% of emphasis hours must be taken at CUNE.
  7. No more than three semester hours can be applied to the emphasis prior to the formal approval of the emphasis.
  8. A copy of the approved plan of study must be filed with the Registrar’s Office.
See also: Please check the course catalog for other information about programs in which you are interested.