Christian Education

Bachelor of Science127 Credits

Students successfully completing the major in Christian Education will have a foundational knowledge in Bible, Christian philosophy of education, foundations of education, local church ministry, and other essentials designed to develop skill in local church education. This major is designed to prepare the student for ministry in the local church as an associate or minister of Christian education.

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  1. The student will be able to communicate the biblical text in oral and written forms in an audience appropriate manner.
  2. The student will be able to locate, evaluate, and utilize biblical, theological, and related information in ministry related endeavors.
  3. The student will be able to establish and maintain professional demeanor and relationships within the church and community
  4. The student will be able to articulate and model essential spiritual disciplines for personal growth.
  5. The student will be able to coordinate, instruct and oversee the Christian Education in the local church.
Course Code
Course Name
6 cr
2 cr
Fine Arts Course
3 cr
HIS 213, 223, 233, 243
History Course
3 cr
Culture and Society Courses
6 cr
Literature Course
3 cr
Math Course
3 cr
Activity Course
1 cr
Science Course
3 cr
64 credits
Course Code
Course Name
Age-level Elective Courses
6 cr
9 cr
Education Courses
6 cr
Elective Courses
12 cr
Philosophy Course
3 cr
Professional Studies Courses
6 cr
63 credits

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

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Course Requirements

BIB 103 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation 3 credits

A practical introduction to the study of the Bible. The course provides an overview of fundamental issues of interpretation, inspiration, manuscripts, and translation. Emphasis is on basic approaches to Bible study and appropriate use of biblical reference tools.
Only required for non-ministry majors.

BIB 200 Biblical Theology 3 credits

A study of the major biblical and theological themes of both testaments. Emphasis on discovering the flow of ideas that bind the different books of the Bible into a unified whole.
Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113.

BIB 303 Teaching the Bible Creatively 3 credits

A course for all who desire to teach the Bible more effectively and creatively. Designed to develop basic principles and practices in the teaching of the Bible as well as studying methods, materials, learning theory, and meeting individual differences in all age groups.

COM 123 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 credits

A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research.
A passing grade of C- or higher is required.

HIS 213 Ancient and Medieval World History 3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the beginning of civilization to the Renaissance. Special attention is given to major events, individuals, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 223 Modern and Contemporary World History  3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the Enlightenment to the present. Special attention is given to major events, individuals, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 233 U.S. History – Colonization to Reconstruction 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIS 243 U.S. History – Reconstruction to the Present 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, Imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, etc.

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHE 281 Health and Nutrition 1 credit

This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. Maybe taken one time only.
This course is required of all students.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PSY 223 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits

An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credits

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

THE 233An Introduction to the History & Theology of the A/G 3 credits

An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.

Major Requirements

CMS 233 Educational Technology 3 credits

This course provides an in-depth examination of technology used in the educational setting. Included are digital media applications, along with projected, non-projected and audio media. The integration of media into the lesson planning process is a crucial component of the course. A student portfolio is developed in association with concurrent or previous field experience. All Secondary English Education majors will complete their field experience concurrent with this course.

CRE 113 Introduction to Christian Education 3 credits

This course offers an explanation of historical and philosophical foundations for church education. It provides an overview of the Christian education ministry to all ages in the local church, and explores such topics as materials and teaching methods, curriculum instruction and evaluation, leadership and training, the recruitment and supervision of volunteers, etc.

CRE 342 Small Group Ministries 3 credits

Presents methods for establishing small group ministries within the local church. This course covers the dynamics of small group interaction; developing fellowship, support and outreach groups; and skills in organization and leadership.

CRE 422 Leading Missions Trips, Camps & Retreats 3 credits

Two of the most powerful tools for shaping lives are mission’s trips and camps/retreats. This course is an interactive study on the philosophy, objectives, and administration of these tools. Three key phases preparation, outreach, and debriefing – will all be addressed to maximize discipleship opportunities. Training of leadership, budgeting, promotion, and organizational principles will be covered. Additional fees may be charged for using off-campus facilities.

ICS/CRL 223 Outreach and Discipleship Programs 3 credits

A study of the total church program of evangelism and follow-up ministry. Provides a theoretical and practical basis for the establishment of outreach and discipleship programs in the church. Evaluates the philosophy and design of several established programs.

CRL 243 Developing Strategic Outreaches 3 credits

A practical study of outreach strategies with special attention to awareness of specific people groups, interface with community organizations, prayer, outreach designing, team building, financial issues, follow up, and evaluation. Fieldwork will be an integral part of this course.

PST 443 Disciple Making & Equipping Ministry 3 credits

A biblical foundation for understanding Christian discipleship through both academic study and a community lab experience. Attention is given to both personal development and the discipleship of others.

PST 313 Principles of Leadership 3 credits

A study of the basic principles of leadership philosophy, goals and strategies. Includes an overview of leadership styles, time management, conflict resolution, communication, legal issues, development of mission statements, and professional etiquette and ethics.

PST 471 Internship Seminar 1 credit

This course is to prepare the student for his/her internship. Emphasis will be placed upon self understanding, conflict resolution, and the practical concerns faced by interns. Time will also be given to formalize the specifics for each internship.
This course is a Prerequisite for PST 481.

PST 481 Internship1 credit

This phase of the student’s education is to provide a supervised experience in direct ministry. All internships must be approved and processed through the Internship office. Internships can range from 6 to 15 weeks. Students are required to complete practical field work in addition to written work, and field supervisors will assess student performance during the internship. Internships must be major-specific.
Prerequisite: PST 471.

PST 483Senior Capstone Experience1 credit

The culminating preparation for ministerial vocation for seniors in practical ministry majors. In com- munity, students reflect on their experiences, refine skills, prepare portfolios, and work on job placement. (Theological and Biblical Studies Majors take THE 483, Theological Studies Capstone, instead.)

PSY 283 Lifespan Human Development 3 credits

A survey of human development from conception to death. Focus is on the biological, intellectual, and psycho-social development of the individual person.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.