Christian Education

Christian Education

Welcome to the school of Christian Education.

School of Christian Education

The School of Christian Education offers  the Bachelor of Arts, the Master of Arts in Christian Education, and the Doctor of Philosophy in School Administration. We prepare teachers and administrators for service in education broadly, but especially for service in Christian education. All our degrees can be earned from anywhere in the world.

Christian education studies at Louisiana Baptist University are particularly suited for those who need further credentialing and those who need to acquire a specific skill for serving in Christian schools. This is especially true of our master program and our doctoral program, each of which is built around a core curriculum that leaves room for customization and independent research.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education is recommended for those called to vocational education. Graduates will be prepared to teach, especially in a Christian school. The program is also preparatory to further graduate study for those who want to purse administrative positions within education. You will study Bible and theology to form a foundation. Then you will develop specific teaching skills within the concentration courses. Students specialize in elementary or secondary education by choosing the appropriate electives. A minor can be earned when a minimum of fifteen credit hours are completed in a particular discipline.

Recommended for those called to vocational education. Graduates will be prepared to teach, especially in a Christian school. The program is also preparatory to further graduate study for those who want to purse administrative positions within education.

You will study Bible and theology to form a foundation. Then you will develop specific teaching skills within the concentration courses. Students specialize in elementary or secondary education by choosing the appropriate electives. A minor can be earned when a minimum of fifteen credit hours are completed in a particular discipline.

 

Orientation: 3 Hours

 

General Studies Requirements: 30 Hours

         English I

         English II

         Literature Elective

         Fundamentals of Speech

         History Elective

         History Elective

         Science Elective

         Science Elective

         Social Studies Elective

         Social Studies Elective

 

Bible Requirements: 36 Hours

         Old Testament Survey

         New Testament Survey

         Hermeneutics

         Personal Evangelism

         Systematic Theology I

         Systematic Theology II

         Major and Minor Prophets

         Wisdom Literature

         The Four Gospels

         The General Epistles

         Pauline Epistles

         Acts of the Apostles

 

Education Requirements: 18 Hours

         Introduction to Education

         Foundations of Education

         Principles of Christian Education I

         Principles of Christian Education II

         The Ethics of Teaching

         Human Development

 

Elementary or Secondary Education Electives: 18 Hours

Student Teaching Practicum: 9 Hours

Graduation Workshop: 3 Hours

Global Missional Experience: 3 Hours

 

Total Degree Requirements: 128 Hours

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Christian Education is designed for those who want to influence the next generation of students. Pursuing a master’s degree will help you to gain the skills and confidence you need to meet your personal and professional goals.

Our graduates are equipped with advanced
knowledge, skills, and experiences that support successful teaching and learning in the elementary or secondary classroom.

The curriculum combines core requirements with the flexibility to pursue particular interests through electives and a capstone project. Your advisor will work within these parameters to meet your academic needs and vocational goals.

 

Core Curriculum: 15 Hours

         History of American Education

         Foundations of Education

         Educational Administration

         Developing the Curriculum

         Guidance and Counseling

        

Education Electives: 9 Hours

Graduation Workshop: 3 Hours

Global Missional Experience: 3 Hours

 

Total Degree Requirements: 30 Hours

Doctor of Philosophy

Our doctoral degree in Christian
School Administration can help you move forward in your career and inspire real
change as an educator. You will build the comprehensive skills and knowledge to
become an innovative leader in education.

In our program you will
study theories of teacher supervision, school budgeting and finance, and educational decision-making and leadership. You will also analyze
educational organizations from a variety of perspectives and theories and conceptualize
and complete research projects as an independent scholar.

The Doctor of Religious Education is a multi-disciplinary, applied research, terminal degree designed to equip and prepare demonstrated leaders for administrative or executive-level leadership in churches, mission organizations, faith-based organizations, non-profit organizations, denominational offices and Christian academic institutions.
 
A Master’s degree in a related field is required.

 

Core Curriculum: 15 Hours

         Conflict Management and Counseling
         Influential Leadership
         Christian Worldview and Apologetics
         Public Relations
         Supervision of Instruction

 

Directed Research: 9 Hours
Graduation Workshop: 3 Hours
Global Missional Experience: 3 Hours

Total Degree Requirements: 30 Hours

The curriculum is designed around your current work and your future goals. While the dean has prescribed a course of study for the program, your advisor will work within these parameters to design a curriculum for each student. A valuable tool in the customization of each student’s experience is independent research.

Independent research is the process of selecting a topic of interest or a subject in which your skills are lacking. Sometimes a need within your current organization prompts this realization. As projects occur to you, your advisor will guide you through the process of initiating an independent research project.

The value of independent research is that it allows you to customize the curriculum to receive maximum benefit from the learning experience. Further, it is similar to real-world applications in which a person coming into a new role must determine for oneself what information and skills must be acquired to perform well.

 

School Administration Requirements: 15 Hours

         Organization and Administration of Christian Schools

         Supervision of Instruction

         Records and Finance in School

         Curriculum of Christian Schools

         School Law Applicable to Christian Schools

        

School Administration Electives: 15 Hours

Applied Research Studies: 9 Hours

Dissertation: 15 Hours

Graduation Workshop: 3 Hours

Global Missional Experience: 3 Hours

 

Total Degree Requirements: 60 Hours

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Program Options

We offer On-Campus in-person courses, E-Campus live online courses, Synchronous Courses, Independent Study Courses, and Seminars.

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Dr. Mark Conn

Vice-President

Mark Conn is the Vice President of LBU and divides his time between Shreveport and the picturesque Ozark Mountains of southwest Missouri. With a career spanning over three decades in higher education, Mark has helped shape the minds and hearts of countless ministry students. His teaching portfolio encompasses a range of subjects, including Bible studies, Biblical Prophecy, Christian Ministry, Cultural Engagement, and Pastoral Studies. One of his foremost passions lies in guiding students to wrestle with the authentic message of the Bible, steering them away from interpretations based in cultural tradition. Mark is a sought-after contributor to various international publications, as well as radio programs and podcasts. His insights span an array of topics, from biblical prophecy to the intricate interplay between faith and culture, and even the enigmatic supernatural aspects within the pages of the Bible. In addition to his work in education, he has dedicated a significant portion of his career to church revitalization. Over the years he has worked with churches of various sizes and cultural settings to help them overcome challenges and reinvigorate their congregations. As a consultant in church revitalization, he has helped churches identify their strengths and weaknesses, develop strategies for growth, and implement effective outreach programs. He believes God’s desire is for every church to thrive, and he is committed to helping them fulfill the Great Commission. Beyond his professional endeavors, Mark boasts a diverse range of interests including writing, technology, cooking, old car restomodding, overlanding in a modified Jeep WJ, and embraces the title of a “coffee snob.”

Contact

mconn@lbu.edu | (318) 686-2360