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EDU 5312 Psychology of Religious DevelopmentThis 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. Dr. McMahon.
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. Dr. King or Dr. Hickman.
EDU 5421 Ministry with Youth and AdolescentsThis 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 MinistryThis 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. McLeod or Dr. Isaacs.