Religious Education Degree Requirements

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.

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 23XX World History

Global/Cultural

HIS 1301 US History to 1877

Geography/History

 

Students seeking a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree must complete the following in addition
to The Concordia Common Experience curriculum and major requirements:

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)

  • AST 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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