Introduction and Course Description
When one looks within the life and ministry of the church, the role of religious education becomes prominent. It is the area of ministry that embraces the spiritual, educational, and developmental growth of all persons in the community. Education is called upon to enable people to develop into whole persons, and meets them at different ages, needs, family structures, and life experience. Because of its unique role in the life of the church, it is imperative that we understand the theological, and theoretical aspects of religious education as well as the practical elements and programs that help us to carry our the ministry of education in the PC(USA).
The purpose of the course is to explore the foundational elements of religious educational theory, and its role in equipping the children of God in living the covenant call. Exploring educational theory will enable participants to develop ways to evaluate religious education programs, establish vision and mission principles, and consider methods and practices in carrying out the ministry of education in the church.
The Certification Partners will:
- Through reading and the use of reflection questions, consider the foundational elements of religious educational theory.
- Identify key elements of educational theory which may serve to strengthen personal educational ministry in the church, develop a mission statement utilizing those elements, and an event that reflects the work of particular theory/ies.
- Partner key educational theory elements with personal written plans for evaluation, curriculum development, educational approach.
- Compare and contrast several general approaches to church educational ministry, noting the theory behind each approach, and appropriate educational settings for each approach
- Explore the theory of Multiple Intelligences and write an educational plan for incorporating the theory into the programmatic offerings of the church.
- Create a teaching/learning event, choosing from a number of educational settings provided to the learner.
By the end of the certification process, in order to successfully complete the examination, the educator will be able to identify at least one religious education theorist and critically engage that theorist’s perspectives with their own educational event, identifying how the theory informs the design, implementation, and evaluation of that event. They will also be able to build and present a lesson plan for an educational event that could be easily picked up and used by a third party. Certification course students are required to participate in all aspects of each course. Successful course completion will include engagement in 30 contact hours of coursework, including online assignments given in hybrid courses.
Participants must prepare required reading before the course meets at Montreat. After you register, you will be sent more information. If you have any questions, please email Tracy Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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