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EDU 5441 Adult Learning and DevelopmentThis is an overview of theories of adult development for an understanding of adult education issues and practices and for enhancing the effectiveness of educators and ministers. The implications of the developmental literature are applied to three core areas of concern in adult education: how to acknowledge the experience of learners, how to promote autonomy and self-directedness, and how to establish an adult teacher-learner relationship. 3 credits. Mrs. Pineda.
EDU 5501 Character Education and Development This course explores the meaning and forms of character education and its potential for use in public education. Topics include: pluralism and the possibility of delineating universal values, abstinence and sex education, and theories of moral development and their applicability to educational methodologies and goals. Students will review character education curricula for different age levels to understand methodologies, goals and pedagogical issues. Strategies and tools for students who wish to start a character education initiative in their community’s schools will be discussed. 3 credits. Mr. Williams
EDU 5502 Sexual Ethics and the BibleThis course examines sexual ethics derived from the Old and New Testament and their application to ministry and counseling. Topics include: God’s purpose for sexuality, review of relevant research in specific areas of sexuality, the role of sex in marriage, among singles, and postmodern challenges to sexual morality including homosexuality, feminism and alternative sexual mores. 3 credits. Mr. Williams.
EDU 5511 Ministry for Marriage PreparationThe aspiration to lifelong marriage has lost its grip in the contemporary world. This course assumes a need to reach religious people who nevertheless are influenced by a secular society. Though referring to religious teaching, the course will investigate arguments from science and common sense. Students will learn the components of effective marriage preparation and explore their own ideas for an effective singles and engaged couples ministry. 3 credits. Mr. Williams.