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Department of Education and Professional Studies Courses and Descriptions

Business Administration Courses

BUS1431 Microeconomics – 3 hours

Microeconomics covers principles concerning how individuals and corporations work within broad economic systems to determine the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Particular attention is given to biblical principles that relate to microeconomic issues.

BUS1531 Macroeconomics – 3 hours

Macroeconomics provides an introduction to broad nation-wide systems for determining the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Particular attention is given to biblical principles that relate to macroeconomic issues.

BUS1831 Financial Accounting – 3 hours

Financial Accounting gives students a foundation in accounting concepts and financial statements.

BUS1931 Managerial Accounting – 3 hours

Managerial Accounting demonstrates how accounting information is used in the management process. (Prerequisite: BUS1831)

BUS2431 Management – 3 hours

The Management course provides an introduction to what is required to successfully manage organizations. Elements of personal character as well as professional skills are addressed as they relate to management effectiveness. Particular attention is given to biblical principles relevant to management.

BUS2831 Marketing – 3 hours

The Marketing course equips students with skills to assist them in becoming knowledgeable of the needs of the marketplace, in determining how to supply products that meet the market’s needs, and in presenting to the marketplace products that it values.  

BUS2931 Business Communication – 3 hours

Business Communication addresses the nature of communication issues that arise in work-oriented settings. Students practice skills in writing messages and reports and in oral conversations and presentations.

BUS3431 Business Finance – 3 hours

Business Finance emphasizes long-term business planning based on financial issues such as cash flow, capital investments, risk management, and liquidity.

BUS3531 Legal Environment of Business – 3 hours

Legal Environment of Business informs students in how the legal system relates to business enterprises. The course provides a basic understanding of contracts, liability regulations, and business entities.

BUS3831 Business Statistics – 3 hours

Business Statistics demonstrates the relevance of the use of statistics in business contexts. The course introduces the students to descriptive statistics, probability, statistical inference, and regression analysis. (Prerequisite: MTH2131)

BUS3921 Business Internship – 2 hours

Professional experience working within a commercial or ministry context that facilitates the application of business principles and best practices learned within the academic setting. Management Information Systems and how these tools can be utilized for business success will be covered during the internship experience.  (Prerequisite: CIS1330)

BUS4431 International Business – 3 hours

The International Business course addresses issues related to functioning in a global economy. A foundation is provided for navigating in the political, economic, cultural, ethical, and monetary distinctions that are experienced in international business relationships.

BUS4531 Business Ethics – 3 hours

Business Ethics assists students in exploring both personal and corporate decision making based on values and morals. Particular attention is given to biblical principles related to ethics in business settings.

BUS4831 Human Resource Management – 3 hours

Human Resource Management describes processes for hiring, training, and caring for an organization’s employees.

BUS4931 Strategic Management Seminar – 3 hours

The Strategic Management Seminar is a senior-level course which culminates the business administration curriculum. Students draw on the knowledge they have gained throughout the program to analyze business settings and problems and to determine strategies to move organizations forward to success.

Children’s Ministries Courses

CHMN, CHED, COUN, YTMN 3610 Directed Study

This course is designed to offer the student the opportunity to add Church Education elective hours to a program or course. This course will follow the regular academic calendar and requires pre-approval from the course instructor. The instructor will determine the subject and requirements.

CHMN1230 Foundations of Education – 3 hours

A survey of historical, philosophical, sociological and psychological influences in American education, and includes the role of the school in American culture. A personal Christian philosophy of education is developed. Observation in local school classrooms is a basic part of this course. (Same course as ELED1230)

CHMN2120 Curriculum Development – 2 hours

Designed to expose education students to basic curriculum design. Emphasis will be placed on  various types of curriculum design and study of procedures leading to sound curriculum change. Various curriculums including the Alabama courses of study will be examined, test construction will be studied and practiced; objectives will be described and written. (Prerequisite: ELED1230) (Same Course as ELED2120)

CHMN2130 Introduction to Children’s Ministry – 3 hours

An introduction to ministry to children and families through the local church and children’s organizations.  The course examines the context of ministry to children, the current philosophies or models of children’s ministry, and the ministry practices associated with each.  It addresses the development of children from birth to 6th grade with a focus on ministry implications, and the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to minister to children effectively in various size ministries.  It also explores career options in children’s ministry.

CHMN2131 Technology and Learning – 3 hours

Surveys technologies available for aiding teachers in instruction and management of the classroom. The student learns the basics of several computer-based programs and is introduced to trends in educational technology. (Same course as ELED2131)

CHMN3520 Classroom Management – 2 hours

Designed to study management of time, space, paperwork, and student behavior. Classroom management theories, behavior modification and approach to discipline are some of the areas explored in depth. (Prerequisite: ELED1230) (Same course as ELED3520)

CHMN3230 Ministry Skills for Children’s Ministry – 3 hours

This course is designed to develop appropriate ministry skills for children and their families in a variety of ministry settings.  Attention will be given to program planning, program leading in large group and small group settings, administration and organization, recruiting and training volunteers, resources, and staff relationships. (Prerequisite:  CHMN2130)

CHMN4330 Children’s Ministries Practicum 1 – 3 hours

The student will assist in a local Youth Ministries for a minimum of 30 hours during the semester. An exposure to children’s ministries of the local church, students will participate in each ministry, observing the programs, methods, and purposes. The student will gain an onsite understanding of the problems and challenges of ministry in an actual church setting.

CHMN4332 Children’s Ministries Practicum 2 – 3 hours

The student will assist in a local Youth Ministries for a minimum of 30 hours during the semester. The student will complete a ministry project in a local church. With the help of the instructor, the student will create clearly defined ministry goals and will take the project to completion, carefully monitoring progress along the way. (Prerequisite: CHMN4330)

Church Education Courses

CHED1230 Introduction to Church Education – 3 hours

Introduces the student to the total field of church education from the perspective of a church leader.  The student discovers the place of education in the local church and is guided through the various educational ministries. The student is to be introduced to the basics of teaching and working with children, youth, and adults through a Christian educational ministry.

CHED1420 Drama in Ministry – 2 hours

A performance course designed to provide students with a general knowledge of dramatic elements in a ministry setting. General aspects including character development and production elements will be explored with a focus on creative arts ministry. Various in-class performances will be required, as well as at least one public performance in chapel or an off-campus site.

CHED2130 Introduction to Women’s Ministry – 3 hours         

An introductory course exploring the philosophies of women’s ministries and the unique needs and contributions of women.

CHED2720 Church Education Curriculum Resources – 2 hours

A survey of the basic concepts that undergird curriculum development in the church’s educational ministry. The course provides a foundation for:  (1) analyzing, evaluation and writing curriculum materials used within the local church, and (2) determining the effectiveness with which these materials are employed. Objectives, methods, materials, and activities used by all denominations and independent presses will be compared and evaluated.

CHED3130 Teaching the Bible – 3 hours

Presents the pedagogical principles of teaching and learning as they relate to the communication of the Word of God. Individual skill in the application of these principles is developed through lesson planning and practice.

CHED3430 Personal Growth and Ministry – 3 hours

The course is designed to develop an understanding that the well-being of ministry leaders greatly impacts ministry itself. Students in a small group setting will explore, with the guidance of a licensed counselor or psychologist, family of origin dynamics, personality styles and traits, burnout, addiction risks, self-care strategies, and the necessity of grace and forgiveness.

CHED3420 Outreach Ministry – 2 hours

The focus of this course is on developing skills in reaching the local community with the Gospel through non-traditional church programming. Students will learn to effectively communicate the Gospel message with the awareness of context and audience. Students will participate in planning, organizing, funding, and publicizing an outreach event.

CHED3520 Adult Development and Ministry – 2 hours

Introduction to a biblical philosophy for teaching adults. Begins with a study of characteristics and needs of adults covering the life span from young adulthood to senior adulthood. Also teaches the practical application of meeting adult needs biblically.

CHED4120 Marriage & Family – 2 hours

Designed to present the Biblical goal of the Christian home, the roles of each member of the family unit, and examination of the problems of Christian family life and the relationship of the home to the church. Representative units of study include: developing a Christian lifestyle for marriage, meaningful family worship, Biblical principles of finances and child training education.

CHED4211 Educational Ministries Seminar – 1 hour

This course is designed to prepare the student for entry into an educational ministry position and the first few years of ministry. The course will cover the following issues:  resume writing, interview process, leadership style, and roles within a team. The course will also review ministry philosophies and on-going issues within church and parachurch ministries. (Open to students after completion of the junior year.)

CHED4330 Educational Ministries Internship 1 – 3 hours

This internship is designed to provide supervised ministry experience either in a local church or parachurch organization.  Two important goals of the internship are ministry skill development and clarification of ministry giftedness and passion.  The student may be required to meet on a weekly basis with both the campus supervisor and the on-site supervisor.  Students must be Junior status to enroll in this course.     

CHED4332 Educational Ministries Internship 2 – 3 hours

This second of two Educational Ministries Internships is designed to provide supervised ministry experience either in a local church or parachurch organization.  The student will have the opportunity to learn through actual ministry experience under the joint supervision of the College faculty and experienced ministry leaders.  The student may be required to meet on a weekly basis with both the campus supervisor and the on-site supervisor.  Students must be Senior status to enroll in this course.

CHED4520 Principles and Practices of Discipling – 2 hours

Provides an opportunity for the student to focus in on the subject of making disciples. The student will begin with a study of the meaning of discipleship and move through a philosophy of building a Biblical discipling ministry.

CHED4531 Group Dynamics – 3 hours

Presents the theory and practice of the group process which is so important to the work of church education in the areas of leadership, counseling, fellowship, and teaching. Deals with group formation and maintenance and especially emphasizes ways in which spiritual growth can be fostered by small group environments.

CHED4611 Independent Study in Church Education – 1 hour

Allows the student to study areas of personal interest not covered in other courses in church education. The student will be working closely with the course instructor. This course stresses the need for creative, high quality work. (By approval of instructor)

CHED4720 Biblical Principles of Leadership – 2 hours

Focuses on the basic skills needed in being an effective leader including time management, planning, organizing, leading and evaluating. Through practical exercises, the student is helped to become an effective, positive leader and administrator.

Counseling Ministries Courses

COUN2130 Introduction to Counseling and Personality Theory – 3 hours

An overview of the historical, biblical, and theoretical foundations of counseling in the 21st Century. Christian and secular theories of counseling will be surveyed.

COUN3120 Counseling Ethics – 2 hours

An overview of ethical issues common to the counseling scenario. Legal and ethical guidelines established for counseling professionals will be examined. (Prerequisite: COUN2130)

COUN3220 A Biblical View of Persons – 2 hours

A theological study of human nature and the image of God. Contrasted with alternate religious views of humanity, a biblical perspective will be established and applied to the analysis of counseling relationships. (Prerequisite:  COUN2130)

COUN3230 Counseling Techniques and Practices – 3 hours

An introduction to basic techniques of counseling and active listening. Role play and self-discovery exercises will be utilized in this experiential course. (Prerequisite: COUN2130)

COUN3310 Counseling Practicum 1 – 3 hours

The student must take 6 personal sessions with a professional counselor who is approved by the Counseling Ministries advisor. The experience of being the client will facilitate the student’s ability to empathize with those he/she counsels in the future and will help identify areas and issues of strengths and weakness that could affect the student’s counseling approach. It is the student’s responsibility to pay for any and all counseling fees. Restricted to Junior and Senior level students. (Prerequisite: COUN2130)

COUN3731 Marriage/Family/Child Counseling – 3 hours

An introduction to components of premarital, marital, child and family therapy. (Prerequisite: COUN2130)

COUN3733 Conflict Resolution – 3 hours

A study of biblical, Christ-oriented approaches to resolving conflict in churches, organizations, relationships, and families in the spirit of God’s grace and God’s truth. Nonreligious materials, as well as concepts from other religions, are examined. (Prerequisite: COUN2130)

COUN3734 Basic Counseling Techniques for Ministry – 3 hours

An overview of basic theory behind helping relationships, including practical steps to biblical change. The development and practice of counseling skills will be emphasized. (Also recommended for the student who is not a counseling minor)

COUN4110 Senior Counseling Seminar – 1 hour

A weekly meeting designed to address practical concerns of graduating senior counseling students. Selections of graduate schools, preparation of resumes, writing cover letters, choice of specialty areas, discussion of professional opportunities, and continuation of personal process issues will be addressed. (Prerequisites:  COUN2130, COUN3120, COUN3310, and COUN4130)

COUN4120 Crisis Counseling – 2 hours

An overview of crisis situations that require special attention such as suicidality, domestic violence, grief, and trauma. Specific techniques will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the self-care of the counselor in the face of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue. (Prerequisite: COUN2130)

COUN4121 Statistics – 2 hours

An overview of statistical concepts as they apply to research of human behavior. Mathematical work will be required. (Prerequisite:  COUN2130)

COUN4130 Person of the Counselor – 3 hours

An experiential study of the integrity and all-around health of the counselor. Self-examination in the context of group discussion, personal process exercises, personality assessment, and formational reading will be emphasized. Guest speakers will address various topics. (Prerequisite: COUN2130)

COUN4221 Experimental Design – 2 hours

An introduction to methods of scientific research, especially as they apply to the study of human behavior and issues relevant to the church and Christian living. Skills in conducting, evaluating, and summarizing research will be emphasized. APA format writing will be introduced. (Prerequisite: COUN2130)

COUN4320 Counseling Practicum 2 – 2 hours

An onsite experience of gaining exposure to professional counseling and counseling organizations. The student is allowed to provide administrative services, but only observe counseling as it is provided by licensed clinicians. Sites must be approved by the Counseling Ministries advisor. Restricted to Senior level students. (Prerequisites: COUN2130, COUN3120, COUN3310)

Elementary Education Courses

ELED1230 Foundations of Education – 3 hours

A survey of historical, philosophical, sociological and psychological influences in American education, and includes the role of the school in American culture. A personal Christian philosophy of education is developed. Observation in local school classrooms is a basic part of this course. (Same course as CHMN1230)

ELED2120 Curriculum Development – 2 hours

Designed to expose education students to basic curriculum design. Emphasis will be placed on  various types of curriculum design and study of procedures leading to sound curriculum change. Various curriculums including the Alabama courses of study will be examined, test construction will be studied and practiced; objectives will be described and written. (Prerequisite: ELED1230) (Same course as CHMN2120)

ELED2131 Technology and Learning – 3 hours

Surveys technologies available for aiding teachers in instruction and management of the classroom. The student learns the basics of several computer-based programs and is introduced to trends in educational technology. (Same course as CHMN2131)

ELED2530 Arithmetic Education – 3 hours

Designed to introduce the prospective teacher to the principles, methods, and materials of teaching mathematics in the elementary school. The major components of curriculum planning and implementation will be presented. The format of the course includes lecture, discussion, demonstration lessons, in-class presentations and use of mathematics materials, and participation in field observation experiences. (Prerequisite: MTH1231)

ELED3130 Educational  Psychology – 3 hours

An in-depth study of the human learning process. Educational theories, motivation, student diversity, learning styles, classroom climates conducive to learning, assessment (self and student), and current issues in education will be discussed. Secular educational theories will be compared with a Christian worldview. (Prerequisites: PSY2132)

ELED3320 Elementary Education Practicum 1 – 2 hours

Designed to give education majors experience in elementary schools by participation primarily in non-teaching responsibilities: aiding teachers by grading papers, copying work, supervising children, creating bulletin boards, and assisting in other ways by working with children. (Prerequisite: at least 9 semester hours of methods courses)

ELED3430 Reading Skills – 3 hours

Students are introduced to the basic concepts of the reading process by studying and using the major approaches to reading instruction (Intensive Phonics, Language Experience, Basal Reader, Linguistic, and Eclectic approaches including changed alphabets, words in color, and other means of individualizing instruction). Readiness, work recognition, and assessment of levels of comprehension are emphasized in lesson planning and practice teaching. (Prerequisites: ELED1230, ELED2120, PSY2232)

ELED3520 Classroom Management – 2 hours

Designed to study management of time, space, paperwork, and student behavior. Classroom management theories, behavior modification and approach to discipline are some of the areas explored in depth. (Prerequisite: ELED1230) (Same course as CHMN3520)

ELED3521 Literature for Children – 2 hours

A reading course in which the selection and evaluation of literature for the elementary school child is emphasized. Students are encouraged to make value judgments as to appropriate literature for the elementary classroom.

ELED3530 Language Arts – 3 hours

An extensive study of methods for teaching the areas related to language areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing and spelling. Emphasis will be on the practical application of the language arts in the curriculum. Lesson preparation and practice teaching are a vital part of this class. (Prerequisites: ELED1230, PSY2232)

ELED3531 Teaching Methods 1 – 3 hours

Emphasizes methodology for teaching science and social studies in the elementary classroom. Concepts and methods which enhance children’s learning processes such as inquiry, discovery, cooperation and collaboration will be explored. (Prerequisites: ELED1230, PSY2232)

ELED4230 Teaching Methods 2 – 3 hours

Emphasizes methodology for teaching art, music, health and physical education in the elementary classroom. Concepts and methods which develop the total child through the use of interactive education processes will be explored. (Prerequisites: ELED1230, ELED2120)

ELED4320 Elementary Education Practicum 2 – 2 hours

Provides the opportunity to gain additional experience in school settings prior to actual Student Teaching experience. The student participates in teaching experiences such as tutoring, small group instruction, and in teaching whole classes in arrears in which methods course(s) has been or is being taken. Other duties may be assigned by the supervising teacher. (Prerequisites: at least 20 hours of methods courses and ELED3320)

ELED4390 Student Teaching – 12 hours

Student involvement in the total learning situation of a local school under the supervision of the Department of Teacher Education and the local cooperation teacher. The competencies demonstrated by the student in the classroom will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the teacher training program. This course requires the student’s full time involvement for a twelve-fifteen week period.

ELED4430 Introduction to Special Education – 3 hours

An introductory survey course describing various types of exceptionalities commonly encountered in classroom teaching. The course includes an analysis of physical, social, mental and emotional factors of students as well as techniques involved in screening for exceptionalities, referral, and teaching of exceptional children in the regular classroom setting.

Music Courses

Applied Music – Voice, Piano, Guitar, or Other – 1 hour each

Basic performance technique will be explored as well as music fundamentals during private lessons.

Piano: MUSIS3115, MUSIS3215, MUSIS4115, MUSIS4215

Voice: MUSI3117, MUSI3217, MUSI4117, MUSI4217

Guitar & Other: MUSI3119, MUSI3219, MUSI4119, MUSI4219

MUSI1710 Worship Team – 1 hour

The Worship Team is made up of students who desire to use his/her musical gifts to glorify God, making a number of both on-campus and off-campus performances during the year.  Membership is open to all students on the basis of private audition with the music director.  Each semester culminates in a concert/dramatic presentation and/or a tour.

MUSI2122 Fundamentals of Music – 2 hours

Designed to give practical experience in reading and understanding musical notation. For students who do not understand or read music. Required for music students whose score on a music placement test indicate a need for further study of music fundamentals.

MUSI2430 Musicianship 1 – 3 hours

An in-depth course designed to deepen student’s abilities, talents, and musical skills. Students will review music fundamentals and skills related to musicianship, including ear-training, sight-singing, rhythm, keyboard skills, and basic harmonic structure. (Prerequisite: Applied Music or MUSI2122 Fundamentals of Music)

MUSI2530 Musicianship 2 – 3 hours

A continuing study in the area of musicianship, including aspects of advanced and contemporary theory and song writing.  (Prerequisite:  MUSI2430 Musicianship 1)

MUSI2731 Worship Technology – 3 hours

Practical training in sound systems concepts and techniques.  Students will gain a basic understanding of audio components, mixing and monitoring for church services, including an introduction to MIDI, recording equipment, multimedia, and music technology.

MUSI3230 Music Appreciation – 3 hours

This survey course is designed to help the student experience and appreciate Western Art Music from the Medieval Period to the present, as well as music from other cultures.

MUSI4420 Directing and Conducting Principles – 2 hours

A study of basic choral, band, and orchestral conducting techniques. The course will include developing skills in giving cues, conveying musical expression, and clear direction of cut-offs. (Prerequisite:  MUSI2430 Musicianship 1)

Worship Leadership Courses

WOR1130 Foundations of Worship – 3 hours

This course presents a historical survey of the development of music and worship in the church and a theological survey of music and worship as presented in Scripture. Through the survey, students will gain appreciation for music and worship by developing a philosophy of worship and aesthetics. Attention will also be given to developing and maintaining the heart of a worshiper.

WOR2520 Worship Leadership and Planning – 2 hours

A course designed to prepare the student to organize a total church music program in any size church, and to keep such a program going effectively. This course includes discussion on the purpose of church music, personnel involved in church music and programs to follow.

WOR4310 Worship Leadership Practicum 1 – 1 hour

An opportunity to gain experience in some level of music ministry.  The area of service must be approved by the music advisor. Students will meet weekly with music advisor.  

WOR4311 Worship Leadership Practicum 2 – 1 hour

A continuing opportunity to gain experience in some level of music ministry.  Students will meet weekly with music advisor.  (Prerequisite: WOR4310 Worship Leadership Practicum 1)

WOR4600 Worship Leadership Project – 0 hour

This is a required event for the student in the Worship Leadership minor. The student must develop and participate in a worship gathering involving different aspects of music. He/She will create, coordinate, lead, and promote the event.

Youth Ministries Courses

YTMN2132 Foundations of Youth Ministries – 3 hours

In this course students will work through their personal call experience and perspective of Youth Ministries. Foundational topics and the impact they have include: the historical, biblical, theological and philosophical bases of Youth Ministries, youth culture, adolescent development, and the impact these issues have on Youth Ministries.

YTMN 2231 Counseling Youth and Families – 3 hours

This course is designed to develop appropriate counseling skills for the ministry setting with adolescents and their families. Attention will be given to counseling theory and techniques, legal and ethical issues, and relevant issues facing youth today. (Prerequisite YTMN2132)

YTMN 2321 Youth Ministries Practicum 1 – 2 hours

This practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on Youth Ministries experience either in a local church, camp ministry, or parachurch organization. Students will spend a minimum of 140 hours working with youth and assisting the youth pastor or supervisor. The goal is to expose the student to all facets of Youth Ministries and to confirm the student’s interest, passion and readiness for Youth Ministries. Students will be required to meet on a weekly basis with both the campus supervisor and the on-site supervisor. (Prerequisite YTMN2132)

YTMN 3131 Advanced Issues in Youth Ministries – 3 hours

The following issues will be addressed in this course: programming a balanced Youth Ministries; promoting and advertising events, planning retreats; mission trips; camps; budgeting and financial issues; building a ministry team; staff relationships; risk management; and methods of  evaluation and follow-up. (Prerequisites: YTMN2132, YTMN4230)

YTMN 3321 Youth Ministries Practicum 2 – 2 hours

The second of two courses that will give the students hands-on ministry experience either in a local church, parachurch organization or camp ministry. Students will spend a minimum of 140 hours at their ministry site. Tills course is designed as an educational experience, providing the student the opportunity to learn through observation and actual ministry experience under the joint supervision of the college faculty and experienced youth ministries veterans serving as mentors. The goal is to provide thorough practical training and preparation for full time ministry to youth. (Prerequisites: YTMN 2132, 3131, and 2321)

YTMN3730 Dynamics of Youth Culture – 3 hours

This course examines the elements of today’s youth cultures and the influences that are shaping them.  The study is not limited to Western youth culture but is designed to analyze youth cultures around the globe.  A primary focus is on formulating an effective strategy for the Youth Minister to engage and influence the culture with the Gospel.  

YTMN 4230 Comparative Philosophies of Youth Ministries – 3 hours

This course is a study of current philosophies or models of Youth Ministries. The student will evaluate the effectiveness of current approaches and learn how to implement concepts from these philosophies into a Youth Ministries program. Students will also develop their own working model/philosophy of ministry.

YTMN 4321 Youth Ministries Practicum 3 – 2 hours

The third of three courses that will give students hands-on ministry experience either in a local church, parachurch organization, or camp ministry.  Students will spend a minimum of 140 hours at their ministry site. This course is designed as an educational experience, providing the student the opportunity to learn through actual ministry experience under the joint supervision of the College faculty and on site minister supervisor. The goal is to provide thorough practical training and preparation for full-time ministry. The student will be given a Practicum Handbook that will give guidance to the requirements for the student.  (Prerequisites: YTMN 2132, 3131, 2321)