Christian Teacher Diploma Program

Christian Teacher Diploma (CTD)

Teacher candidates preparing for the teaching ministry in a Christian school shall complete the Elementary, Middle level, Secondary, Special Education programs or the Education minor with successful completion of certification requirements in content areas approved for Concordia University Texas by the Texas Education Agency. Additional requirements are listed in the Pre-Professional Programs section of this catalog.

Religious Education (Director of Christian Education) (128 credit hours)

The Bachelor of Arts major in Religious Education provides basic educational, religious, and interpersonal foundations for the student, as well as specialized training to develop individual interests in areas such as youth ministry, family ministry, children's ministry, music and the arts, theology, missions, and outdoor ministry.

Concordia Common Experience/General Education (42-44 credit hours)

Within the Common Experience, the following courses are recommended for students pursuing this major. While students are not required to take these courses to fulfill Common Experience Requirements, these courses are required in order to graduate in Religious Education. These courses provide the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge required to pass the state accreditation exam.

Religious Education Course Requirement

Common Experience Area Fulfilled

MTH 1351 College Algebra

Quantitative Reasoning

PSY 1311 Intro to Psychology

Behavioral Sciences

Any Physical Science with Lab (CHE, PHY, SCI)

Natural Science (with lab)

HIS 2311 World History

Global/Cultural

HIS 1301 US History to 1877

Geography/History

Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree requirements (at least 9 credit hours)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete the following:

3 hours from one of the following courses;

ENG 2301 World Literature: Classicism

HIS 2311 World History to 1500

HIS 2322 Western Civilization from 1715

HIS 3308 Asian History and Culture

HIS 3301 History of Mexico

HIS 3314 Traditions/Values of Classical Civilizations

HON 3311 Critical Thinking about Great Texts

PHL 3301 Survey of Western Philosophy

Modern or Classical Language

Complete two consecutive terms (at least six credit hours) of a non-English language.

Major Requirements (61 credit hours)

COM 3325 Interpersonal Communication

PSY 3331 Introduction to Counseling

REDU 3341 Leadership Development

REL 2352 History Philosophy of the Reformation or REL 3342 Lutheran Confessions or REL 3354 History of Christianity (for non-LCMS students)

REL 3333 Introduction to Christian Ethics
REL 3353 American Christianity or REL 3381 Major World Religions
PSY 1311 Introduction to Psychology
One of the following:
REL 3302 Luke-Acts
REL 3303 Major Pauline Epistles
REL 3312 Wisdom Literature
REL 3313 Isaiah

REL 3335 Christian Apologetics

COM 3303 Communications in the Church or COM 3304 Group Dynamics
REDU 1111 Spiritual Disciplines I
REDU 1112 Spiritual Disciplines II
REDU 2220 Introduction to DCE Ministry
REDU 3250 The Christian Witness and Evangelism
REDU 3310 Youth Ministry
REDU 3315 Confirmation Planning Implementation or REDU 3319 Middle School Ministry (for non-LCMS students)
REDU 3317 Children's Ministry
REDU 3320 Parish Administration
REDU 3330 Family Ministry
REDU 3340 Adult Education in the Parish
REDU 3350 Curriculum Methods in Religious Ed.

REDU 4210 DCE Practicum I

REDU 4211 DCE Practicum II

REL 3341 Lutheran Doctrine or REL 3335 Christian Apologetics (for non-LCMS students)

Concentration Areas

Students in the Religious Education major shall select one of the following concentration areas:

Missional Emergent (18 credit hours)

ANT 1301 Introduction to Anthropology

COM 3308 Persuasive Communication
HIS 2306 Race and Ethnic Relations

REL 3335 Christian Apologetics
REDU 3345 Emergent Theory

REDU 3240 Missional Leadership

REDU 3198 National/International Studies:

Theology (18 credit hours)

From the following courses:

COM 2317 Cinema and Religion

GRE 2311 Greek I

GRE 2312 Greek II

GRE 4215 Advanced Greek Readings

GRE 3313 Greek III

GRE 3314 Greek IV

HEB 3401 Biblical Hebrew I

HEB 3402 Biblical Hebrew II

HEB 4201 Hebrew Bible Readings

REDU 3198 National/International Studies

REDU 3240 Missional Leadership

REDU 3313 Special Topics in Youth Ministry

REL 3334 Christian Foundations of Healthcare Ethics

REL 3335 Christian Apologetics

REL 3345 Theology of Worship

REL 3346 A Christian View of Nature

REL 3355 History of Christian Mission

REL 3361 The Writings of C.S. Lewis

REL 3362 The Christian Imagination

Children's Ministry (18 credit hours)

REDU 3316 Leadership Admin in Children's Ministry

EDU 3343 Educational Psychology
ECE 3320 ECE Curriculum, Materials Methods

COM 3302 Non-Verbal Communication
SOC 3331 Sociology of Children and Childhood
KIN 3313 Motor Development and Learning

Outdoor Ministry (23 credit hours)

SCI 1401 Intro to Astronomy

ESC 1302 Intro to Environmental Science
REDU 3232 Outdoor Christian Education

BADM 3350 Principles of Marketing

BADM 3311 Principles of Management
KIN 1302 First Aid and Safety

REL 3346 Christian View of Nature

Any 1 credit hours from the following courses:

BIO 1101 Field Biology East and Southeast Texas

BIO 1102 Field Biology: Rio Grande Valley

BIO 1103 Field Biology: Southwest Texas

BIO 1104 Field Biology: Panhandle Northwest Texas

BIO 1105 Field Biology: Central Texas

BIO 1106 Field Biology: Guadalupe Mountains

Youth Ministry (20 credit hours)

COM 3304 Group Dynamics

COM 3307 Media Analysis and Criticism OR COM 3317 Production I OR REL 2317 Cinema Religion

REDU 3319 Middle School Ministry

REDU 3311 Cultural Influences on Youth Ministry

REDU 3313 Special Topics in Youth Ministry

REDU 3240 Missional Leadership

REDU 3198 National/International Studies

KIN 1302 First Aid and Safety

Worship and the Arts (18 -19 credit hours)

MUS 3362 Worship and Music *

REL 3345 Theology of Worship *

REDU 3230 Leading Contemporary Worship *

COM 3317 Production I OR MUS 2234 Music Technology

MUS 2118 Aural Skills

THEA 3321 Theatrical Performance or ART 1311 Design

MUS 2119 Vocal Lessons

MUS 2334 Music Theory NOTE: Prerequisite for this course is MUS 1332 Music Fundamentals or consent of instructor

*Offered every other year

Or choose a concentration from one of the existing minors in the following programs:

Behavioral Sciences

Broadcast production

Business

Communication/Interpersonal

Computer Science

Education

Marketing

Music

Political Science

Public Relations

Additional Information

The GPA of 2.5 must be maintained each term to continue in the program.

All courses in The Concordia Common Experience curriculum, Concentrations, and Major must be completed with grades of C or above.

Upon successful completion of all requirements for the DCE Major, the final requirement for certification by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is a year-long internship, normally following graduation, in a congregation, agency, or mission site of the LCMS.

Certification as a DCE in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod requires successful completion of two terms of an internship in a LCMS congregation.

REDU 41210 Internship I
REDU 41211 Internship II

Applications for admission into the DCE major are available on the Concordia website.

Elective Hours
A sufficient number of credit hours to bring the total number of hours to 128 of which 27 must be upper level.

Outcomes

Students with an undergraduate degree in Religious Education (DCE) will:

  • Exhibit Christian character
  • Nurture a personally maturing faith in Christ grounded in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions
  • Relate well with people of all ages
  • Express a passion for teaching and learning
  • Manifest a servant heart
  • Balance personal and professional life effectively
  • Model a team orientation
  • Strive for excellence
  • Lead to equip leaders
  • Perform in a self-directed manner

Director of Christian Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program (70 credit hours)

Purpose:

The Concordia University DCE Specialist Certification Program is a means through which individuals holding an earned Bachelors degree may complete certification requirements for the Director of Christian Education (DCE) ministry of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and be included on the roster of the Commissioned Ministry.

Students interested in an introduction to this discipline are advised to take REDU 2220 Introduction to DCE Ministry. This course counts toward the requirements for the major.

DCE Specialist Certification Requirements (56-70 credit hours)

Religion (18 credit hours)

REL 1301 New Testament History and Reading

REL 1311 History and Literature of the Old Testament

REL 2352 History and Philosophy of the Reformation or REL 3354 History of Christianity

REL 3341 Lutheran Doctrine

REL 3353 American Christianity or REL 3381 Major World Religions

REL 3333 Introduction to Christian Ethics or REL 3335 Christian Apologetics

Professional Preparation (any 24 credit hours from the courses listed below)

COM 3303 Communications for Church Workers COM 3304 Group Dynamics

REDU 2350 Curriculum Methods in Religious Education

REDU 2220 Introduction to DCE Ministry

REDU 3230 Leading Contemporary Worship

REDU 3232 Outdoor Christian Ministry

REDU 3240 Missional Leadership

REDU 3250 Christian Witness and Evangelism

REDU 3310 Youth Ministry

REDU 3311 Cultural Influences in Youth Ministry

REDU 3313 Special Topics in Youth Ministry
REDU 3315 Confirmation Planning

REDU 3316 Leadership Administration in Children's Ministry

REDU 3317 Children's Ministry

REDU 3319 Middle Level Ministry

REDU 3320 Parish Administration

REDU 3330 Family Ministry

REDU 3340 Adult Education in the Parish

REDU 3341 Parish Program Leadership

REDU 3345 Emergent Theory

REDU 3398 Natl/Intl Studies: Mission Trip

PSY 3331 Introduction to Counseling

 

Field Experience (4 hours)

REDU 4210 DCE Practicum I

REDU 4211 DCE Practicum II

 

Internship (24 hours)

REDU 41210 DCE Internship I

REDU 41211 DCE Internship II

Capstone

The Capstone Course for this major is REDU 4211 DCE Practicum II.

Elective Hours

A sufficient number of credit hours to bring the total number of hours to 128, of which 27 must be upper-level.

Outcomes

Students with an undergraduate degree in Religious Education (DCE) will:

  • Exhibit Christian character
  • Nurture a personally maturing faith in Christ grounded in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions
  • Relate well with people of all ages
  • Express a passion for teaching and learning
  • Manifest a servant heart
  • Balance personal and professional life effectively
  • Model a team orientation
  • Strive for excellence
  • Lead to equip leaders
  • Perform in a self-directed manner

Additional Information

Curricular Structure:

The DCE Specialist Certification Program requires a total of up to 70 hours of credit, depending on prior coursework and experience. A one-year Internship in a LC-MS parish will give 24 credit hours of credit. The Internship is required to receive the DCE Certification. Course work could be taken on a part-time basis over two or three years and would be followed by a full-time Internship.

 

Program Entrance Requirements:

  • Completion of a Bachelors degree at a regionally accredited institution
  • Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 or better
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from an LCMS professional church worker)
  • Official copies of all college transcripts
  • Completion of the Concordia University and DCE Certification application forms
  • Membership in a congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
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