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SYLLABUS Mid-America Christian University PMIN 1203 – Christian Education Ministries Spring 2007 T/TH : 8:00-9:15, CP 102 INSTRUCTOR: Steve Seaton. MACU phone ext. 134. E-mail: sseaton @macu.edu TEXTS: Anthony, Michael J. Introducing Christian Education: Foundations for the Twenty-First Century. Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Books, 2001. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an overview of what Christian Education is and how it is accomplished. It will include the study of biblical and historical foundations, materials and methods, and administration of the education ministry of the church. COURSE OBJECTIVES: To become familiar with biblical teaching and mandates of education in the context of the church. To become familiar with the major movements and developments that have effected Christian education throughout the history of the church. To be able to recognize Christian Education as a historical and contemporary tool through which Christ’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) may be accomplished. To understand the administration and interrelatedness of the various education ministries of the church. To draw upon the best of tradition, history, and modern research to be able to plan and coordinate an effective ministry of education in a local church. ATTENDANCE: Appropriate grasp of this subject requires active participation in all class sessions. Absolutely necessary absences will be evaluated in keeping with the guidelines of the MACU catalog. The instructor must be informed of all excused absences, in writing, at least one class session prior to the absence in question. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class session. Tardy students will be responsible for informing the instructor at the end of the class period in question, otherwise the student will be considered absent. Three tardy arrivals may be considered as an absence. 1 (The following section is copied from the MACU Academic Catalog, revised Fall 2005) ABSENCE POLICY PROCESS: The following process is to be used in relation to applying the university’s absence policy: 1) A list of students who are scheduled to miss any class or classes is to be e- mailed to faculty members teaching the affected classes. a. The e-mail list should be created by the initiating department and be submitted no later than seven (7) days in advance of the absence in order to allow for tests to be taken early if the instructor requires tests to be taken early. b. It is acceptable for initiating departments to send lists of students to faculty members earlier than seven days prior to absences. Since some instructors may require work to be turned in prior to the planned absence or may require tests to be taken prior to the planned absence, initiating departments should inform their students to make contact with their instructors no later than seven (7) days in advance of the planned absence to accommodate such requirements. 2) Any work assigned or quiz/test given while the student is absent may be made up upon the student’s return. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the instructor the very next class period after the scheduled absence. 3) If any list of students planning to be absent for a college related event includes any student or students with grade or other academic issues, the instructor of that class or classes is requested to inform the department initiating the absence request of these issues. Such information will aid the initiating department and the student in the decision-making process. 4) Please be advised that student grades cannot be affected simply because a student is participating in some college approved extracurricular activity. a. Faculty may or may not choose to allow perfect attendance incentives to be impacted by the absence but students cannot be required to do extra work simply because the student is absent for a college related activity. b. No points can be deducted from a student’s potential class grade due to absences for college related absences. Note: The intent of item # 3 is to communicate that college students have among their rights and responsibilities, the responsibility to make decisions regarding class attendance, i.e., faculty cannot make this decision for them. 2/19/03 ATTENDANCE Students are required to attend all classes in which they are enrolled. (See the Student Handbook for regulations on Chapel attendance.) The student will gain better mastery of 2 a subject if he/she is able to attend all of the class sessions and participate in the interaction with instructor and students. Realizing, however, that occasionally it may be necessary for a student to be absent from a class, a student is allowed ONE absence for each time per week the class meets. Upon missing additional class sessions, the student may have his/her grade lowered unless the absences are due to university related activities. The maximum number of absences for ALL causes is three absences for each time per week the class meets. One additional absence will cause an "F" grade to be recorded for the course unless the student officially drops the course within the time limits prescribed. The last day for dropping a class in any semester is two (2) weeks prior to the last day of classroom instruction. ENGL 1003, 1013, 1103, 1203 and may not be dropped. If the student feels that there are legitimate, extenuating circumstances beyond his/her control for some or all of the absences, the student may appeal in writing through the Registrar to the Academic Appeals Committee to have the absences "reviewed." 1. It is the student's responsibility to keep track of his/her absences. 2. If the student chooses to appeal excessive absences, he/she shall do so within 14 days after the date of the first absence that causes his/her failure of the course. 3. "The burden of proof" for absence appeals will require verifiable documentation. 4. The student is responsible for all work missed and all assignments made in his/her absence. Each instructor has the right to refuse to allow a student to be absent from his/her class for college-related activities if such absences, in the instructor's opinion, are affecting the student's grade for that class. CLASSROOM DECORUM: Students are expected to participate in all class sessions. Students observed sleeping in class, reading other materials, etc. will be considered absent for the day (see above attendance policy). The use of cellular phones, pagers, and other communication devices during class is strictly prohibited. The use of these devices observed during the class session will result in the student being considered absent for the session. The use of communication devices (see above) during an examination will result in the grade of “0” for the exam. All assignments will be submitted on the date assigned, unless arranged in advance with the instructor. 3 METHOD OF EVALUATION: A variety of tools will be used in order to evaluate the student’s grasp of the course material: Periodic exams over information found in the assigned readings, class lectures, and classroom discussion. This will include a mid-term and a non-comprehensive final exam. Quizzes may also be used to periodically check on student reading and progress. The writing of four (4) chapter summaries as assigned by the instructor. These will be typed, double-spaced, two to three pages in length, with an appropriate title page. They will consist of an abbreviated presentation of the salient points of the chapter, followed by a brief evaluation. The student is required to report on the chapters denoted with an asterisk (*) in the syllabus. The student will be expected to conduct two (2) interviews during the course of the semester: 1. Interview a Christian Education Minister or director in an evangelical church. The interview will cover the ministry’s mission statement, organizational plan, and the minister’s own philosophy of education ministry. Following the interview, the student will submit a detailed report of the interview, using the attached template. Other materials (brochures, etc.) gleaned from the interview may enhance the grade of the interview. 2. Interview a minister or director of a graded (children or youth), single adult, or other specialized education ministry. Follow the same format as above. Participation in two group discussion and presentation projects. Each student is required to be present in class on these days, to participate in the brainstorming process, and to effectively execute his/her portion of the class presentation. Class participation will be considered in your final grade. Preparedness for each class session will depend upon your timely reading of assigned materials. Participation in class discussions without proper preparation will be discouraged, in the interest of a more informed educational experience. Obvious habitual lack of preparation, or lack of proper classroom decorum may reflect negatively on the student’s final grade, at the instructor’s discretion. GRADING PROCEDURES: Letter grades will follow the percentages prescribed in the MACU catalog: Mid-Term Exam – 10% Final Exam – 10 % Written Chapter Summaries - 40% Interviews - 20% Group Projects – 20% 4 All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date due. No work may be accepted after the date due. This will be considered a no tolerance policy. Schedule of Activities – PMIN 1203 Spring 2007 Tues. Jan 9 Course Introduction and Orientation Thurs. Jan 11 Unit 1 - Christian Education Foundations Historical Foundations (Chapter 1) Tues. Jan 16 Theological and Philosophical Foundations (Chapters 2 & 3) Thurs. Jan 18 Cultural Diversity (Chapter 4) Tues. Jan 23 Evangelism and Discipleship (Chapter 5) Thurs Jan 25 Unit 2 – Developmental Issues Developmental Tasks (Chapter 6) Tues. Jan 30 Moral Development (Chapter 7) Thurs. Feb 1 * Faith Development (Chapter 8) Tues. Feb 6 *Spiritual Formation (Chapter 9) Thurs. Feb 8 Unit 3 – The Teaching Process Learning Theory (Chapter 10) Tues. Feb 13 Group Project #1 Thurs. Feb 15 *The Master Teacher (Chapter 11) Tues. Feb 20 The Role of the Holy Spirit (Chapter 13) Thurs. Feb 22 Learning Styles (Chapter 14) Tues. Feb 27 Creative Methods (Chapter 15) Thurs. Mar 1 Group Project #2 Tues. Mar 6 Mid-Term Exam Thurs. Mar 8 Unit 4 – Educational Leadership Organizational Models (Chapter 16) Tues. Mar 13 Recruiting and Motivating Volunteers (Chapter 18) Thurs. Mar 15 The Small Group Factor (Chapter 19) March 19 – 23 Spring Break 5 Tues. Mar 27 Legal and Ethical Issues (Chapter 20) Interview #1 Paper Due Thurs. Mar 29 Unit 5 – Family Education *Family Life (Chapter 21) Tues. Apr 3 Discipling Children (Chapter 22) Thurs. Apr 5 Discipling Teenagers (Chapter 23) Tues. Apr 10 Education of Adults (Chapters 24 and 25) Thurs. Apr 12 Unit 6 – Specialized Ministries Single Adult Discipleship (Chapter 27) Interview #2 Paper Due Tues. Apr 17 Recovery Ministries (Chapters 26 and 29) Thurs. Apr 19 Parachurch Ministries (Chapter 31) Tues. Apr 24 Wrap up and Review Thurs. Apr 26 Wrap up and Review Final: Tuesday May 1, 8:00 AM -All reading assignments reflect chapters from Anthony, the primary textbook for this class- This syllabus serves as a guide. To facilitate class needs as they arise, the professor reserves the right to make changes throughout the semester. The student who is absent is responsible for finding out what, if any, changes may have been made to assignments, etc., either through peers or by contacting the professor. 6
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