Biblical & Theological Foundations of Education – CLED 720

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/17/2022

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

Discussion are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. The only exception to this length requirement will be Discussion 2 where the student will simply craft a thesis statement for the Research Paper (see below for more detail.)

In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates per discussion (thus making a total of 4 replies.) Each reply must be at least 200 words. 

Each discussion spans two modules: weeks. The initial threads are during the odd modules: weeks (1, 3, 5, & 7.) The replies are during the even modules: weeks (2, 4, 6 & 8.) (CLO: A, B, C, D)

Research Paper: Discussion, Proposal, Draft, and Final Submission Assignments

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:

Discussion: Research Proposal Thesis Statement

This is one of the course discussions (see above) that allows students to craft the thesis statement for the research assignment that will help guide the 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.


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.).

(CLO: A, C, D)

Book Review Assignment

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.

(CLO: D)

Quiz: Reading Report

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

(CLO: A, B, C, D)