Christian Education Leadership

 
B.A. Major

If you are interested in serving Christ’s church through education, then majoring in Christian education leadership might be a good fit for you.

At Concordia, we prepare Christian educators who equip people of all ages in congregations for their ministries in various contexts, such as director of Christian education, youth or camp ministry and national or international missionaries.

Professors

17:1
Student to Faculty ratio

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Christian Education Leadership Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • Middle School Director
  • School Counselor
  • Christian Education Leader
  • Director of Religious Education
  • Director of Youth Ministries

Graduate Schools

  • Clearwater Christian College
  • Concordia University Nebraska
  • Concordia Seminary
  • Oral Roberts University

Placement rate for geographically mobile graduates over the past 10 years

of all LCMS directors of Christian education are graduates of Concordia University, Nebraska

Christian Education Leadership Faculty

Christian Education Leadership Student and Alumni Reviews

Concordia University is focused on providing an exceptional experience and we ask our students to provide feedback on all aspects of their student experience. The ratings and comments below are from our annual survey of all graduating seniors regarding their experience in the Christian Education Leadership program, the academic department and the university.

 
 

Student Teaching

Concordia’s student teaching program gives you the opportunity to gain real-world experience in classrooms.
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First Semester

Teach in schools around Seward and continue to take classes on campus while learning the skills necessary to become an innovative and effective teacher.

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Second Semester

Assume more teaching responsibility and complete your training nationally, giving you valuable experience to take into your own future classroom.

Become a Director of Christian Education

Share the Gospel and use your teaching ministry in a congregational setting!

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The Ministry of Teaching

If you are a confirmed member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and wish to serve as a rostered member of the teaching ministry, Concordia can help you obtain a Lutheran Teacher Diploma, which will make you eligible for a call in a Lutheran school.

If you would like to be able to teach in a Christian school that is not associated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, you may wish to receive a Christian Teacher Diploma, which will prepare you for your teaching ministry.

Field Experience

At Concordia you're offered the opportunity to gain valuable field experience in local schools, camps, and at the People’s City Mission in Lincoln. This exposure gives you a chance to practice your educational skills and also equips you to be ministers of the Gospel.

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CASE

Concordia Association of Students in Education is a helpful, informative, and exciting organization for any aspiring teacher. In its monthly meetings, CASE provides opportunities for you to learn more about issues that may affect your future classrooms.

International Student Teaching
International Student Teaching

Opportunities are available for student teaching at Lutheran international or Christian schools in places like Hong Kong, Shanghai, Latin America, or Australia. Education students have also gained summer internship and practicum experience in Africa, Asia, eastern Europe, and Latin America.

Christian Education Leadership Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

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    CEL 229 Introduction to DCE Ministries
    2
    A study of church work roles in the LCMS with a focus on Director of Christian Education (DCE) ministry including its history, issues, and current practice. Students will also be given opportunity to reflect on their fit and commitment to training for DCE ministry within Concordia’s model of preparation.
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    Psy 101 Introduction to Psychology
    3
    The course is a survey of psychology as a natural science and a social science. As a study of human behavior and the mind, the course examines current sub-areas of psychology with attention to neurology, the environment, situation and experience, and the self. Throughout the content, the course also considers how presuppositions in philosophy and theology intersect, integrate, and conflict with views on the human condition.
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    Rel 121 History and Literature of the Old Testament
    3
    A historical and theological survey of the Old Testament era and the Old Testament writings with an emphasis on summarizing and communicating their major themes.
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    Soc 101 Introduction to Sociology
    3
    Systematic analysis of culture, society, socialization, social control, social processes, and social institutions.
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    Gen Ed 3 Credit Hours
    3

Semester 2

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    CEL 329 DCE Ministries II: The Emerging DCE
    2
    This course will address such topics as wellness for the DCE, the Call, conflict resolution and identifying and responding to emerging issues impacting congregational ministry. This course will be offered in a hybrid delivery of one mandatory weekend retreat and on-line work.
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    EDPS 210 Educational Psychology and General Methods
    2
    The essential conditions (factors) which facilitate learning and transfer; theories of learning, general and specific abilities, the importance of self-esteem, best practices in the evaluation of aptitude, achievement and other aspects of human development.
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    Rel 131 History and Literature of the New Testament
    3
    A historical and theological survey of the New Testament era and the New Testament writings with an emphasis on summarizing and communicating their major themes.
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    CEL 235 CEL Field Experiences I
    1
    An examination of the operational and administrative structures of the local congregation. The student will complete a guided, on-site analysis of a congregation, focusing especially on topics related to administrative structures, budgeting, vision/mission/goals, decisionmaking processes, participation levels, staffing and risk management.
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    Gen Ed 4 Credit Hours
    4

Semester 3

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    Educ 362 Teaching the Christian Faith
    2
    The course will enable participants to plan, develop, implement and evaluate religious instruction in Lutheran elementary schools and part-time agencies, such as mid-week school. Particular attention is given to the goals of church education, planning skills, methods, resource utilization, and curriculum concerns of teaching the Christian faith.
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    Psy 341 Group Techniques
    3
    A seminar–laboratory approach for the study of group work and the group process as they apply to the self, the classroom, youth work, business, and society.
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    Theo 210 Faith and Life
    3
    This course examines the implications of Lutheran Christian theology for an understanding of vocation at both the personal and corporate levels. The emphasis of the course is on the application to life of biblically based Lutheran theology. Topics to be explored will include, but will not be limited to: a survey of the Reformation era, the proper distinction between Law and Gospel, two-kingdoms theology, the priesthood of all believers, vocation, stewardship, ethics, and select contemporary issues in Christian theology.
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    CEL 335 CEL Field Experiences II
    1
    An examination of the educational ministries of the local congregation. The student will complete a guided, on-site analysis of a congregation’s educational efforts, focusing especially on volunteer recruitment and management, record-keeping, scope and sequence, evaluative efforts, teaching methodologies, participation levels and hoped-for outcomes.
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    Gen Ed 3 Credit Hours
    3

Semester 4

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    Theo 241 Interpretation of Selected Old Testament Prophetical Books
    3
    Particular attention is given to developing interpretative skills and preparing devotions. This course focuses attention on selected Old Testament prophetical books.
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    Gen Ed 10 Credit Hours
    10

Semester 5

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    CEL 484 Confirmation Planning and Implementation
    2
    The purpose, history, and structure of confirmation in the Lutheran Church is reviewed and assessed for the purpose of structuring and outlining implementation strategies for use in a local congregation. Adult and junior confirmation programs are considered.
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    Psy 442 Introduction to Counseling
    3
    This introductory course is designed to assist the student to 1) reflect upon attitudes as a helping person 2) increase ability to use a problem management model 3) acquire the various skills that undergird an effort to effectively listen and respond to another person and 4) develop a personal philosophy of helping.
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    Theo 361 Christian Doctrine I
    3
    This course examines Lutheran doctrine and applies it to the work, worship, and life of the Christian community. The topics are the nature and authority of Scripture, the nature of God, creation, the nature of man under grace and law, and the person and the work of Christ.
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    Gen Ed 4 Credit Hours
    4

Semester 6

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    CEL 388 Youth Ministry Theory and Methods
    3
    A course which provides students an opportunity to reflect upon an ongoing youth ministry involvement while developing parish-based youth work competencies and enriching their cognitive understanding of youth culture, varying models of youth ministry, current synodical resources, and the theology that underlies this activity.
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    CEL 487 Planning Adult Education in the Parish
    3
    In planning educational events for adults, this course gives attention to ways of teaching for faith, adults as learners, the ministry of the laity, the design of educational programs, and curricula.
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    Theo 362 Christian Doctrine II
    3
    This course examines Lutheran doctrine and applies it to the work, worship, and life of the Christian community. The topics are the Church’s mission and ministry, the means of grace (Word and Sacraments), the person and work of the Holy Spirit, justification, the Church, Christian living, predestination, and eschatology.
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    Gen Ed 4 Credit Hours
    4

Semester 7

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    CEL 480 Practicum in DCE Ministries
    2
    A course designed to expose DCE students to the history, philosophy, current research, and skills/attitudes of DCE ministry in addition to an onsite involvement with a DCE serving a congregation.
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    CEL 485 Parish Education Program Administration
    3
    An introduction to and exploration of the theory and processes associated with the administration of parish education programs. Special emphasis is placed on: idea generating, initiating change, leadership, promotion, evaluation, program planning, use of technology, creating ownership, explanation of pertinent systems, budget management, and curriculum review.
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    Gen Ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 8

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    CEL 480 Practicum in DCE Ministries
    2
    A course designed to expose DCE students to the history, philosophy, current research, and skills/attitudes of DCE ministry in addition to an onsite involvement with a DCE serving a congregation.
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    CEL 483 Leadership Development: Enabling Others to Lead and Teach
    3
    Pertinent theories, models, and strategies from the fields of management, leadership training, group process and education will be surveyed and evaluated in the light of the Biblical witness and the content of the Lutheran Confessions for possible implementation within local parishes to enable lay persons to become more effective leaders and teachers.
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    CEL 486 Family Life Ministry
    3
    A study of various models and strategies useful for initiating and sustaining a ministry to families in the context of a local parish. Emphasis will be placed upon family life ministry programs, evaluating curricula designed to be used in family life ministry, and family enrichment experiences.
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    Theo 450 Understanding and Teaching the Bible
    3
    This course gives attention to the role of the Bible in faith formation, hermeneutical principles, ways of teaching the Bible, Bible study programs, small group study, resources, and ways of promoting personal, family, and congregational involvement with the Bible.
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    Gen Ed 3 Credit Hours
    3