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Christian Education Leadership Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Semester 1

CEL 229
Introduction to DCE Ministries
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.
2
credits
PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology
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.
3
credits
REL 121
History and Literature of the Old Testament
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.
3
credits
SOC 101
Introduction to Sociology
Systematic analysis of culture, society, socialization, social control, social processes, and social institutions.
3
credits
FYE
First-Year Experience
A unique course designed to provide first-year college students with knowledge, tips and tricks to support their collegiate career.
1
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 2

CEL 329
DCE Ministries II: The Emerging DCE
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.
2
credits
EDPS 210
Educational Psychology and Child Development
A study of the psychological foundations of education with child development. Emphasis on developmental psychology and psychological foundations of relevant topics including, but not limited to, learning theories, individual variation and student diversity, planning, motivation, class management and assessment. Teaching as a form of ministry, psychology as a science, the use of research in education and the development of skills required to become a reflective practitioner. Field experience required.
3
credits
REL 131
History and Literature of the New Testament
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.
3
credits
CEL 235
CEL Field Experiences I
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, decision- making processes, participation levels, staffing and risk management.
1
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
4
credits
Total Credits
13

Semester 3

EDUC 362
Teaching the Christian Faith
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.
2
credits
PSY 341
Group Techniques
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.
3
credits
THEO 210
Faith and Life
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.
3
credits
CEL 335
CEL Field Experiences II
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.
1
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 4

THEO 241
Interpretation of Selected Old Testament Prophetical Books
Particular attention is given to developing interpretative skills and preparing devotions. This course focuses attention on selected Old Testament prophetical books.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
10
credits
Total Credits
13

Semester 5

CEL 484
Confirmation Planning and Implementation
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.
2
credits
PSY 442
Introduction to Counseling
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.
3
credits
THEO 361
Christian Doctrine I
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.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
4
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 6

CEL 388
Youth Ministry Theory and Methods
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.
3
credits
CEL 487
Planning Adult Education in the Parish
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.
3
credits
THEO 362
Christian Doctrine II
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.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
4
credits
Total Credits
13

Semester 7

CEL 480
Practicum in DCE Ministries
A course designed to expose DCE students to the history, philosophy, current research, and skills/attitudes of DCE ministry in addition to an on-site involvement with a DCE serving a congregation.
1.5
credits
CEL 485
Parish Education Program Administration
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.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
13.5

Semester 8

CEL 480
Practicum in DCE Ministries
A course designed to expose DCE students to the history, philosophy, current research, and skills/attitudes of DCE ministry in addition to an on-site involvement with a DCE serving a congregation.
1.5
credits
CEL 483
Leadership Development: Enabling Others to Lead and Teach
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.
3
credits
CEL 486
Family Life Ministry
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.
3
credits
THEO 450
Understanding and Teaching the Bible
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.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
13.5