Christian Education (CED)

CED 220      INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN MINISTRY I      Credit: 1

This team-taught course is for all DCE and pastoral studies candidates during their first two years on campus. Candidates are introduced to principles and topics common to a variety of full time congregation and mission-based ministries, as well as to the undergraduate experience that will move the candidates toward their vocational choice. Topics include personal spirituality, community life, mentoring, field work connections, and future course work in their professional development. Includes a retreat experience.

CED 275      MISSIONAL OUTREACH, ASSIMILATION, AND VISITATION      Credits: 3

Candidates identify how they, as Christians, can participate and train others for outreach to seekers and the dechurched. Diverse components of a congregation's evangelism ministry are explored while considering methods and resources for that ministry. Primary emphasis will be on helping candidates understand the importance of the role of every Christian in evangelism, so that they can move into congregations to motivate and educate members, developing and implementing an effective and intentional ministry of evangelism.
Prerequisites: REL 211 or REL 221 with a C or higher.

CED 288      ISSUES IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION      Credits: 2

Timely and relevant topics for those serving in parish and social service ministries, or for those desiring to further their knowledge of current issues in Christian education.

CED 290      PRACTICUM/MISSION EXPERIENCE      Credits: 1-3

The candidate can earn one to three credits for work in a mission environment. Emphasis should be upon gaining experience in practice of skills and theories needed in ministry professions (DCE, teacher, missionary, pastor). A minimum of 45 contact hours is required for each hour of credit. A specific proposal must be made in the semester prior to the mission experience in which the practicum is outlined and a mentor is identified.

CED 291      SUMMER PRACTICUM IN A PARISH      Credits: 1-4

The candidate can earn one to three credits for work in a congregation or para-church organization. Emphasis should be upon gaining experience in practice of skills and theories needed in ministry professions (DCE, teacher, missionary, pastor). A minimum of 45 contact hours is required for each hour of credit. A specific proposal must be made in the semester prior to the parish experience, in which the practicum is outlined, and a mentor is identified.

CED 292      CAMP LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM      Credits: 1-3

The candidate can earn one to three credits for work at a camp. Emphasis should be upon gaining experience in practice of skills and theories needed in ministry professions (DCE, teacher, missionary, pastor). A minimum of 45 contact hours is required for each hour of credit. A specific proposal must be made in the semester prior to the camp experience, in which the practicum is outlined and a mentor is identified.

CED 310      CHILDREN'S MINISTRY      Credits: 3

Candidates will be introduced to theories related to children that will assist in developing an integrated ministry in a congregational setting, including development of the child, learning theories, the content of the child's learning in the church, and planning, administering, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive ministry to children, and resources, activities, and environments for children's ministries. Each candidate will be assigned to an area congregation for weekly participation and leadership in children's ministry activities.

CED 311      HISTORY AND PRACTICE OF A DCE I      Credits: 2

This course assists the future Director of Christian Education in developing a conceptual framework from which the candidate can operate in a congregation, while also moving the candidate to more greatly identify themselves as a lifespan Christian educator, focused on equipping disciples to live their faith in word and action. In order to help the DCE think like a DCE, the class allows for in-congregation experiences.

CED 312      HISTORY AND PRACTICE OF A DCE II      Credits: 2

The course considers the historical roots of the profession, the issues with which field DCE's contend, the identities of current professional church workers, and the hoped-for outcomes for the DCE's work. Class assignments utilize readings, reflection papers, and personal exploration and evaluation. In addition, candidates are assigned to an area congregation with a DCE for weekly field work of a least five hours.

CED 315      YOUTH MINISTRY      Credits: 3

This course is intended primarily for those interested in developing or participating in congregational ministry to youth: particularly future Directors of Christian Education. Current theories and models of youth ministry are explored so candidates can create their own vision for congregational youth ministry. Each candidate will be assigned to an area congregation for weekly participation and leadership in youth ministry activities.

CED 320      INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN MINISTRY II      Credit: 1

This team-taught course is for all DCE and pastoral studies candidates during their first two years on campus. Candidates are introduced to principles and topics common to a variety of full time congregation and mission-based ministries, as well as to the undergraduate experience that will move the candidates toward their vocational choice. Topics include personal spirituality, community life, mentoring, field work connections, and future course work in their professional development. Includes a retreat experience.

CED 344      FIELD EXPERIENCE, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION      Credits: 1-2

Course provides candidates with a field experience in a church school classroom to better appreciate the role of the teacher. Candidates will practice competencies and skills required of teachers, developing the role of Christian educator. The candidate will spend 45 contact hours in the classroom and will teach a minimum of three religion lessons. Candidates must complete an application for this course in the College of Education placement office the semester before they are assigned.
Prerequisites: State Fingerprinting required; EDU 232 and EDU 260 and CED 395 with a C or higher; requires completion of an on-line application for placement.

CED 383      ADULT MINISTRY      Credits: 3

Candidates are introduced to theories related to adults that will assist in developing an integrated ministry in a congregational setting, including adult development, adult learning theory, the content of adult learning in the church, volunteer recruitment and management, and planning, administering, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive ministry to adults, and resources, activities and environments for adult ministries. Each candidate will be assigned to an area congregation for weekly participation and leadership in adult ministry activities.

CED 395      TEACHING THE FAITH      Credits: 3

Examines the role of the professional church worker as a teacher of the Christian faith in several agencies of the Church. Focus is upon methods, materials and curriculum. Includes field-work observation, participation, lesson planning and demonstration teaching.
Prerequisites: EDUG 240 and EDUG 250 with a C or higher.

CED 435      CONFIRMATION CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION      Credits: 3

The purpose, history, and current practices of Confirmation in the Lutheran Church are reviewed an assessed for the purpose of implementing strategies to be used in both Junior and Adult Confirmation programs.

CED 483      LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT      Credits: 2

This course considers the best in current theories, models, styles and strategies of secular leadership. The connection and the differences between secular and church leadership will be discussed. Candidates will then consider ministry issues and their own growth goals as they prepare for leadership roles in the church. A key component of the class includes equipping others to serve as leaders, particularly in a voluntary (church) organization.

CED 485      FAMILY MINISTRY      Credits: 3

An introductory course addressing the fundamental skills, theories, and understandings necessary to begin and sustain a ministry to and with families in a congregational setting. Family Ministries seeks to develop a holistic, intergenerational, lifespan understanding of ministry through the parish. This course builds upon and unifies theories developed in Children's Ministries, Youth Ministries and Adult Ministries. Each candidate will be assigned to an area congregation for weekly participation and leadership in family ministry activities.

CED 490      DCE INTERNSHIP      Credits: 8

An academic year spent in parish education activities in a Lutheran congregation, combining observation, teaching, training in administration, management, and other parish services. Candidate works for a monthly stipend under the supervision of congregational supervisor and consulting Director of Christian Education. Must acquire knowledge and skills are to be acquired in all educational agencies and services provided by parish. Required in order to receive certification as a DCE.
Prerequisites: Permission of Director of DCE program.