Religious Education

 

EDU 5101 Foundations of Religious Education: Religious Education encompasses both the educational ministries of the church and interfaith education for the sake of building peace and mutual understanding. The course surveys the Religious Education movement and seeks to apply its original vision to the contemporary church and to a pluralistic society. It investigates various models of religious education in terms of their conceptual frameworks and foundational operating principles. Students will investi­gate what it means for their own faith com­munities to educate religiously in today's complex interreligious world, and also explore ways for people of faith to cross over in sympa­thetic understanding to the religious other and gain insight into how to be religious inter­religiously. 3 credits. Dr. Winings or Dr. Hickman.

EDU 5111 Models of Teaching: Children and Adolescents: This course is designed to offer an overview of the variety of models, strategies, and theories that are utilized to enhance the effectiveness of teachers and educators entering the ministry. Identifying and under­standing these models and the theories which support them, along with assessing student needs, will advance the student's instructional competence in selecting the model(s) most appropriate for learning in the given context, as well as in formulating models specific for religious education in the student's denomination. This course will focus on the methods and issues relevant to children and adolescents. 3 credits. Dr. Winings or Dr. Iparraguerre.

EDU 5112 Models of Teaching: Young Adults and Adults: This course offers an overview of models, strategies, and theories that are utilized to enhance the effectiveness of teachers and educators entering the ministry. Identifying and under­standing these models and the theories which support them, along with assessing student needs, will advance the student's instructional competence in selecting the model(s) most appropriate for learning in the given context, as well as in formulating models specific for religious education in the students' denomination. This course will focus on the methods and issues relevant to teaching young adults and adults. 3 credits. Ms. Pineda.

EDU 5113 Models of Teaching for Peace and Justice: This is a methods and models course that covers various educational techniques and practices appropriate for children, youth, adolescents, and adults. Practical skills and techniques are developed, especially those applicable to challenge of interreligious, multicultural and dialogical forms of education. 3 credits. Dr. Winings

EDU 5190 Religious Education Colloquium: The Religious Education Colloquium provides graduating students with the opportunity to present and discuss their culminating Religious Educa­tion projects. Throughout the term, students will not only have an opportunity to refine their projects, but will also be able to continue their efforts to integrate their Seminary coursework and activities. The Colloquium will thus provide the means for the students to refine their R.E. Project as well as recognize the role played by Religious Education throughout the many diverse areas of personal and public life. 3 credits. Dr. Winings.

EDU 5301 Educational Planning and Administration: This course addresses how to develop effective programs that educate faithfully. Students will study existing educational ministries and programs with an eye toward evaluating these programs for effectiveness and relevance for today's society. Students will then investigate the components of what makes a successful educational program suitable to specific age groups within a con­gregation. Students will also consider issues of curriculum and program design for faith-based contexts. 3 credits. Rev. Carolina

EDU 5302 Programming and Curriculum Design: Understanding the basics behind the curriculum that one teaches from is essential in any faith community. It is one thing to know diverse methods of teaching. It is another, however, to be able to design an educational program that appropriately challenges and motivates students to learn. This is the purpose of this course. Students will explore the principles of curriculum design including how does one decide what needs to be learned, in what order should one learn a certain set of ideas, and what should be avoided in planning for learning religiously. Curriculum design is a vital course in any religious education program. 3 credits. Faculty

EDU 5311 Spiritual Development: This course examines various meanings of spirituality in the context of a suffering pluralistic world and the poten­tial of developing a spirituality that is grounded in the ordinary, everyday world and can become a force for peace building. Different spiritual traditions and practices will be covered in an experiential and dialogical manner so all become enriched through the collective spiritual wisdoms of the great religious traditions. Particular attention is given to the topics of human destiny after death, eternal life, the transforming power of spiritual experience, and spiritual discipline. 3 credits. Faculty.

EDU 5312 Psychology of Religious Development: This course examines the stages of faith development, the search for meaning and the psychology of religious experience as it relates to spiritual formation through the life span. Topics include: the search for meaning among young adults, the psychology of guilt and redemption, and issues in facing the end of life. 3 credits. Faculty.

EDU 5411 Children's Ministry: This course will explore how children learn and develop—intellectually, emotion­ally and religiously—referring to the devel­op­mental work of Erikson, Piaget and Goldman. Study of learning environments in families and churches will lead consi­deration of how to nurture the learning process. 3 credits. Faculty.

EDU 5421 Ministry with Youth and Adolescents: This course is designed to explore the critical area of ministry with youth and adolescents. Recognizing that most teens begin to formulate their own faith choice during this turbulent time of their lives, future ministers and religious educators need to be aware both of the dynamics of the adolescent years and of how to design an effective ministry for that age group. Through this course, therefore, students will be able to assess the period of adolescence in depth and explore effective and non-effective means of youth ministry and teen outreach. The course will allow students to further integrate religious education, theology, unification studies, teaching and counseling into their ministerial designs. Students will focus on development issues, spirituality of adolescents, and current forms of youth ministry in order to design their own youth ministry curriculum. 3 credits. Dr. Isaacs.

EDU 5431 Ministry with Young Adults / Campus Ministry: This course paints the postmodern young adult landscape and the distinct needs of young adults to embrace their own faith in an unstable world. The course prepares young adult ministers to create dynamic ministries that can spark, spur, and most importantly, empathize with and secure young adult faith. Campus ministry will be a particular focus. 3 credits. Dr. Isaacs.

EDU 5441 Adult Learning and Development: This 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 Bible: This 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 Preparation: The 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.

EDU 5512 Marriage and Family Enrichment: The course offers practical and pastoral approaches to enriching marriage and family life. Teachings on marriage and family within the Christian tradition, including the Unification perspective, will be examined, drawing upon historical and contemporary resources, Christian and interreligious perspectives, and insights from the social sciences. However, the focus of this course will be on skills and strategies for healing and improving dimensions of the marriage relationship, with a lesser emphasis on parenting and other family-related issues. 3 credits. Mrs. Walsh, Mr. Williams or Dr. Seidel.

EDU 5521 Perspectives on the Family and Peacebuilding: This course considers the conjunction between the private and public spheres and the wisdom of regarding healthy family life as a resource for peacebuilding. The course also examines changing family values and controversies surrounding abstinence and sex education, interfaith marriage and gay marriage—both in themselves and as causes for strife in the larger culture. By examining best practices in marriage preparation, counseling marital problems, parenting, caring for the elderly, and ministering to families, the course will empower students to deal with this important but often neglected dimension of peacebuilding. 3 credits. Mrs. Walsh.

EDU 5601 Practicum in Teaching Divine Principle: The purpose of this course is to develop fundamental methods and skills necessary to teach the Divine Principle. Students will outline and present the essential content of the Divine Principle in lecture format. They will investigate various teaching methods and develop teaching skills through supervised practice. 2 credits. Dr. Noda.

EDU 5602 Teaching Korean as a Second Language I: With Rev. Moon's emphasis on learning Korean as the primary language of the Unification faith, teaching the language is a core responsibility for native speakers who live in the mission field. This course prepares native Koreans and others fluent in that language to teach the Korean language with skill and confidence by training them in the appropriate pedagogy. It includes a practical component where students mentor beginning English-speaking students in the Korean language. 3 credits. Faculty.

EDU 5603 Teaching Korean as a Second Language II: The course will be taught in seminar style. Students will do comparative research on pedagogical aspects with other language education pedagogies, for example teaching Japanese or teaching English. They will learn how to assess learners' ability and how to support learner's needs in depth. Prerequisite: EDU 5602 or experience in teaching Korean language. 3 credits. Faculty.

EDU 5611 Teaching the Bible as Liberating Word: Through this course, students will study the place and role of the Bible with regard to issues of oppression and liberation from oppression. In this light, they will assess their own use of Scripture and recognize ways that Scripture can motivate a liberating life and examine how to effectively teach the Bible as liberating word. 3 credits. Dr. Jones.

EDU 5661 Presentation Skills: Students will learn how to make visual presentations using PowerPoint to aid in teaching and public speaking. Skills include: creating graphs and diagrams, working with clipart images, and simple animation. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop computer to class, but it is not required. Students should have PowerPoint 2000 or higher. 1 credit. Ms. Delaney.

EDU 5664 Voice Presentation Skills: Effective ministry relies on the quality of voice communication, for both preaching and singing. This course helps students use their voice effectively, through learning correct breathing, making sounds without harming the throat, good posture and natural gesturing. 1 credit. Faculty.

EDU 5671 Introduction to Website Development: Designing and developing a website presents new and difficult challenges. Typography, images, sound and video must all be incorporated into a user friendly environment. Navigation must be intuitive and quick. Technical issues, such as bandwidth, file size and format are important considerations during the design process. This course will introduce these topics for their basic understanding, through the exploration of Websites and a series of assignments. Students will create their own Websites and refine them through group critique. 1 credit. Mr. Kevin Yoon.

EDU 5672 Online Ministries: This course is a comprehensive exploration of the internet as a new frontier for ministry and will examine many of the existing technologies. The course offers a hands-on approach in using the tools and online software. Students will develop a clear understanding of and confidence in the use of such basic tools as building a website, email newsletters, online video presentations, flash presentations from PowerPoint shows, and podcasts. Each student will build a basic website and set up tools needed to communicate with their congregation/community. 3 credits. Faculty.

EDU 5701 Spirituality of Golf: This course examines Golf as a "hobby life" activity and a strategy for kingdom-building. Golf can be a method of mind-body discipline, an avenue for encounter with the spirit world, and an environment for personal evangelism and network building. Students will play two rounds of golf and participate in oral and written reflection. 1 credit, Dr. Hendricks.

EDU 5801 Ministerial Self-Discovery: After an orientation to the programs and possibilities for ministry at UTS, the primary focus will be on developing a vision for study at UTS that is relevant to the student's personal and career goals and leads to greater competency in religious leadership. Students will evaluate, discuss and analyze a contemporary context for their own future missions and ministries. 0 credits. Faculty.

EDU 5811 Research Methods: This course is designed to develop competency in information literacy, including skills in formulating questions; finding, accessing, retrieving, and evaluating information in print and electronic sources. Topics include: classification of information; indexing and controlled vocabularies; Library of Congress subject headings; search engines and search techniques; introduction to databases including ProQuest and OCLC; search aids such as indexes and book reviews; general and special references; introduction to research papers. 1 credit. Dr. Noda.

EDU 5390 Independent Study in Religious Education: 1‑3 credits. Faculty.

EDU 6390 Thesis/Project in Religious Education: 4 credits. Must be accompanied by the Divinity Colloquium, MIN 5801. Faculty.