Christian Education (CED)

CED 501   Introduction to Christian Education: Theory and Practice   3 Units

Students will be introduced to the biblical, theological, and historical foundations of Christian education within the church. Students will meet and observe Christian education practitioners, create a philosophy of ministry, begin a professional portfolio, and explore their personal interests, giftedness, and skills in relation to those needed for success in Christian education leadership as well as determine their commitment to The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Director of Christian Education program.

CED 502   Church Leadership and Administration   3 Units

This course teaches planning, administration and leadership skills important to the development, management and evaluation of Christian education ministry programs.

CED 532   Methodology of Christian Teaching   3 Units

Examines theory and practice discipleship, catechesis, and spiritual formation as conducted in the ministry of the church. Focuses on planning, managing, delivering, evaluating, and integrative Christian teaching into the life of the church.

CED 550   Counseling in Ministry   3 Units

A foundation course providing an understanding of the content and process of counseling specific to a ministry setting. Specific aspects of the counseling process addressed include basic skills, legal and ethical issues, crisis intervention, cultural sensitivity, how and when to refer, and the integration of psychology and theology.

CED 560   Adult Ministry   3 Units

This course will look at adult learning theories, faith development, and discuss andragogy as it relates to the planning of effective adult education programs in a local congregation.

CED 570   Children's and Family Ministry   3 Units

A study of the church’s ministry with children from birth to twelve years of age. Emphasizes faith development theories; family and intergenerational ministry; teaching techniques related to children’s and family ministries; involving children along with their families in the total life of the church; and planning, administering, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive ministry to children and families.

CED 580   Youth Ministry   3 Units

A course which provides students basic foundations of parish youth ministry and an opportunity to better understand the current youth culture. Supplies a variety of organizational models and an opportunity to develop programming skills needed for successful parish youth ministry. A fieldwork component is required.

CED 590   Internship: DCE   1-6 Units

A mentored, full-time, year-long experience in a congregation in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) or ministry under the supervision of a called LCMS minister, enabling students to experience as many aspects of a congregation’s educational ministries as possible. This may include children’s, youth, family, adult and other congregational ministries (e.g., evangelism, church music, etc.). The internship is designed to be a mutually cooperative ministry relationship between students, congregations and the university. Twelve (12) months of internship are required for DCE certification. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of academic program requirements and preliminary theological approval from the LCMS Church Vocations Council. This course may be repeated in additional terms.

CED 591   Practicum I: DCE   1 Unit

In this course students will spend time on-site in a LCMS ministry to acquire experience and skills related to DCE ministry, including evaluation of the fieldwork experience, with an emphasis on the development of knowledge of the profession through careful observation and reflection.

CED 592   Practicum II: DCE   2 Units

In this course students will spend time on-site in a LCMS ministry to acquire experience and skills related to DCE ministry, including evaluation of the fieldwork experience, with an emphasis on the development of skills vital to DCE ministry through practice and reflection. Prerequisite: CED 591.

CED 593   Practicum III: DCE   3 Units

In this course students will spend time on-site in a LCMS ministry to acquire experience and skills related to DCE ministry, including evaluation of the fieldwork experience, with an emphasis on the development of leadership skills vital to DCE ministry through hands on ministry projects. Prerequisite: CED 592.