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This course takes a look at the historical and theological foundations of Christian education, beginning with the Sunday School Movement, and ending with the present-day approaches to Christian Faith Formation. It will include a look at the realities of differing learning styles, developmental stages, and approaches to faith formation. The primary focus this is course will be faith formation in the church, and options will be given for age level interests (children, youth, young adult, and senior adult).
Students are required to have the following book for this class:
- Teaching the Way of Jesus: Educating Christians for Faithful Living, by Jack Seymour
- Basics of Christian Education, Karen B. Tye
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: Yes (IFD Certification in Christian Education)
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About the Instructor
An Armenian educator and practical theologian from Syria, Tamar Wasoian (Ph.D.) is an independent scholar who teaches at several theological seminaries in the United States and the Philippines. Her interests and expertise include ‘Storied Learning’, communal memory, faith, and identity formation. She is actively involved with the Armenian community, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the Unitarian Universalist Association.