Biblical & Theological Foundations of Education – CLED 720

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course builds on CLED 700 and is a study of the biblical and theological foundations of leadership as evidenced within Scripture. Learners examine theological themes and biblical assumptions that directly impact one’s philosophy and practice of leadership. Students learn to think theologically about issues and concepts drawn from the discipline of leadership. A framework for biblically-based integrative thinking is developed and practiced with regards to relationship between education, leadership, and theology.

Prerequisites

CLED 700, Enrollment in the School of Divinity EdD in Christian Leadership

Rationale

What makes education Christian? More often than not, the answer to this question is reduced to adding a Bible course or two to the curriculum. Often, despite the existence of some Bible courses in the curriculum, what remains is a pedagogy that, at its philosophical root, is driven by a worldview that is contrary to a biblical understanding of truth. What is needed is a grasp of the historical and philosophical development of education as well as a biblical and theological foundation for education on which modern educational methodologies can be built.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Trace and analyze key education themes throughout the Scriptures.
  2. Evaluate historic and current education trends from a biblical and theological foundation.
  3. Develop a theology of education that is grounded in a biblical worldview.
  4. Evaluate personal education assumptions and experience from a biblical perspective.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Research Paper

The student will write a 3,000-word, research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on his/her topic, which will be selected from a provided list of textbooks. The paper must follow current APA format and include at least 20 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. This paper will be due in the following stages:

Proposal

This assignment will include the presentation of the thesis being argued, limitations of the study, general progression of the argument, and a bibliography containing the primary sources that will shape the argument.

Draft

This assignment is intended to be the student’s best effort on a completed Research Paper.

Final Submission

This assignment will include requested edits and other finishing touches (such as the title page, etc.).

Book Review

The student will conduct a 4–6-page Book Review of The Benedict Option, using current APA format. The review must follow the specific guidelines provided. An added nuance to this review will be an evaluation of Dreher’s position in light of Carson’s Christ and Culture Revisited.

Reading Report

The student will submit a written Reading Report Form for this course, attesting to the fact that he/she completed all required reading.