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In this course, you will learn what it means to have a biblically integrated curriculum and why biblical integration is essential to a meaningful Christian education. You will explore how a biblical worldview serves as the foundation for a biblically integrated curriculum, and you will learn about various curriculum orientations and how they can be applied in light of a biblical worldview. You will also discover practical ways to create a biblically integrated curriculum.
- Explain the pivotal role a biblical worldview plays in Christian education and how it should influence your curriculum.
- Discuss the importance of a curriculum that is biblically integrated in every facet, beginning with the overall curriculum plan, moving to the unit plans, and working all the way down to individual assignments.
- Describe traditional, process/mastery, and constructivist curriculum orientations; and identify ways educators can pull positive ideas consistent with a biblical worldview from each.
- Explain why intentional curriculum planning tasks are essential, and utilize specific techniques to create biblically integrated units and lesson plans.
- Create biblically integrated assignments and assessments.
- Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Post-doctoral work
- Temple University in Philadelphia, EdD
- Texas A&M, MEd
- Eastern Mennonite University, BS
I think I got more out of the Christian Philosophy of Education course. This follow up was ok but I think my school has hit on this topic quite a bit and so it wasn’t new material. The last few lessons seemed to resonate with me more, while the first lessons just seemed like topics I’ve discussed and heard lectures on often.Albany
I dreaded taking this course as I have not been a student for many years, and I was terrified. What I learned was I really enjoyed being in the student role again. It gave me a better understanding of what my students may be feeling. It also helped me to better understand how I can grow as a teacher. When I took these courses the first time in college, I was a mere 18–19-year-old student. Now as a 40+ year old I have so much more perspective and have a greater understanding of how my philosophy of education and how including biblically integrated lessons impact my teaching. Thank you for creating this tool to help improve us educators.Kimberly
I love the set up of this course. I like that each lesson was set up the same way. I love to be able to look at the transcripts in addition to the lectures, as I am a visual learner rather than an auditory one. The lectures were interesting and just the right length.Rachel
I have really enjoyed this course and would highly recommend it.Rachel
Thank you for making this course available. The layout, design, and structure made covering biblical integration achievable, inspiring, and even refreshing.Faith
I thought the courses were inspiring, fair, and well planned!Kimberly
I have learned so much from Dr. Black and the book “Truth Weaving.” I came into our Christmas break burnt out, but the lessons and readings have helped me refocus on what the true purpose of Christian education is: “to enable [my students] to develop a biblical vision of life that will guide them to think and act for God’s glory and their own abundant living.” (from “Truth Weaving” by D. P. Johnson) I cannot wait to begin planning out biblically integrated lessons and encouraging my students to seek the truth found in God’s Word, even in math class!Anna
This is a great place to begin in thinking about how Scripture informs our curricular goals as educators.Aaron
Interesting review of concepts.Daniel
Great course. I am going to try to implement the guiding questions we learned in lesson 11 and integrate more biblical strategies.Manuel
Thank you so much! I’ve learned so much about biblical integration and Christian philosophy of education. I can’t wait to put it to use in class.Sandy
I really enjoyed this course and feel I learned a lot.Heidi
I understand the necessity of taking this course for ACSI certification. It is helpful to have each teacher who has that certification to have had consistent teaching on this subject. I just feel as if I am not quite equipped from the lectures or the reading to do this well. I realize this will take time to develop. I think it would be more helpful to walk us through the actual planning of a unit or lesson that is biblically integrated so we at least have an idea of where to begin.Pamela
This course was different than I thought it would be. It dealt a lot with the philosophy behind biblical integration. It was very valuable.Jane
The course was great. It was easy to complete and convenient since I didn’t have to borrow DVDs from my school administrator to complete the course.Joan
Overall, this course was good. I do wish the course could be done in groups so that there is some interaction. Although I can read others comments, it would be helpful to dialogue with others more.
Also, I am in-between schools right now. I am not sure how I will complete this without a supervisor observing me teach when I may not even be teaching next semester. I wish this was clearly stated before I registered for this course.
Thank you for helping me to further integrate God’s truth into my lesson plans.Emily
Thank you Dr. Black for sharing your knowledge and love for biblical integration. Your heart shown through during the lectures, causing your audience to be encouraged in walking out our faith as educators.Marcia
This course was a great way to fulfill the needed requirements for ACSI certification. While I could have watched a video and read a book on my own, this course actually helped me improve my practice, and gave me important guidance. I also liked the pacing of the course- each section was appropriate in length and assignment.Megan
I really enjoyed the focus on how to integrate the Bible and the importance of being intentional to study the Word of God yourself. I love the teacher’s prayerful heart and a reminder to pray that the Holy Spirit would be at work in the classroom.Courtney
I really liked Dr. Ellen Lowrie and believe she is invested in the spiritual well-being of our children and the next generation. Her lessons were clear and inspired. I think God is doing a mighty work through her to insure students will learn Biblical principles to guide every aspect of their lives. I think her assessment of the public education system was accurate. I like how we could work at our own pace, think about what we’ve learned, and apply the knowledge to our own scope and sequence, units and lessons.Laura
I really enjoyed the material, even though as a School Counselor I don’t have to teach academic subjects. I am a firm believer in integrating God’s word into ALL subjects and wish all our teachers took this CPoE course.Anne
This course is highly recommended. It learned a lot and gave me a lot of value-adding, meaningful, and informative biblical concepts. I truly appreciate our daily read university team putting up such empowering course. Thank you and God bless you.Remedios
Really interesting Lectures!Laura
I wish this course had been available when i first started teaching. It should be part of any in-service at a Christian school.Winston
Again, I like the fact that I could go at my own pace. It was nice to have reading choices as well. I purchased my reading materials on Amazon a while back, and it was, again, nice to have my own time scale for completing the required reading. Thank you.Timothy
This is an exciting course that keeps people in a continuous learning mindset, and I would recommend it to my colleagues.Yan
The course was very informative and I will walk away with many nuggets to implement in my classroom.Laquitia
It was a very interesting course. It challenged my level of engagement.Tracie
This was very well put together and enjoyable. The elements taught resonated so much with me. Thank you for a wonderful experience.Daniela
I gained numerous ideas to improve my Biblical integration.Tony