|Courses and Dates|
Sept. 2-27, 2013
Major Themes in the Old Testament
Sept. 30-Oct. 25
|Beliefs: What Christians Believe and Why
Instructor: Karen Petersen Finch, Asst. Professor, Theology, Whitworth University
|Oct. 28-Nov. 22||Major Themes in the New Testament
Instructor: Keith Beebe, Professor, Theology, Whitworth University
|Nov. 25-Dec. 20||Teaching Skills 101
Instructors: Kathryn Picanco, Assoc. Professor, School of Education, Whitworth University/Janine Darragh, Asst. Professor, School of Education, Whitworth University
|Dec. 30, 2013-Jan. 24, 2014||Teaching the Bible to Children/Youth
Instructors: Anne Wilcox, Visiting Asst. Professor, School of Education, Whitworth University
|Jan. 27-Feb. 21||Teaching the Bible to Adults
Instructor: Roberta Wilburn, Assoc. Dean, Graduate Studies in Education, Whitworth University
|Feb. 24-March 21||Teaching through Catechesis and Mentoring
|March 24-April 18, 2014||Teaching the Bible in Small Groups
Instructor: Mike Ingram, Professor, Communication Studies, Whitworth University
Each session is divided into four sections that are spread over four weeks during the month the session is offered. Each student is asked to spend approximately two hours each week (eight hours/month total) engaged in the following learning activities:
Watching and taking notes on the lecture/discussions provided on the webstream (up to 60 minutes). There is a corresponding lecture outline that is included with each of the lectures for students to take notes on.
Reflecting on the teaching covered on the webstream and/or on articles, links, questions, etc, provided by the instructor (approximately 20 minutes).
Posting on the discussion board your answer to one of the questions that are given to you to reflect on and then responding to someone else’s posting. These postings will be made by Wednesday evening of each week and a response to someone else’s posting will be made by Friday evening. Each posting should be at least two or three paragraphs long. You will be given at least three questions to choose from (approximately 35 minutes). The session instructor will be available for comments and questions on-line during the month that the session is being offered.
Summarizing what you learned from this part of the session. You will post on the discussion board the answer to this question: “The most important thing I learned in this session is…” This “takeaway” question does not need a response by other students (approximately five minutes).
In addition to these required learning activities, students will be provided with required readings and resources for further study and reflection.
Why consider this program?
Have you ever wanted to facilitate a Bible study or teach a Sunday school class but felt that your understanding of basic theology and the Bible weren't deep enough? Are you tempted to teach a group of children, youth, or adults, but hesitant to do so because you don’t feel adequately prepared in the “nuts and bolts" of what it means to be a good teacher? Have you been putting off using your teaching gift because of fear, lack of training, or procrastination? Are you a seasoned teacher who feels called to sharpen your teaching and facilitation skills so that God can use you in even greater ways?
If you find yourself answering “yes” to any of these questions, then the Certificate in Teaching the Bible Program is for you! This program will give you an overview of basic Christian doctrine and the major themes of the Bible. You will learn the importance of catechesis and of being a mentor, and you will discover how to help mold children, youth, and adults into active followers of Jesus Christ. You will also learn valuable skills on how to teach others and facilitate small groups effectively.
What past participants have said about the program:
“The instructors were outstanding. I am so impressed with their quality.”
“I was among like-minded Christian adults who read, study, and write, as I wanted to be. I was exposed to passionate and very bright teachers – a really rare treat!"
“It is very affordable considering what it includes…a good value!"
“Great program and speakers.”
Statement of Student’s Financial Policy:
Submission of registration forms obligates the student for payment of tuition and fees including a 1.5-percent-per-month service charge that may be assessed on unpaid balances, as well as any subsequent collection expenses and fees, and implies acceptance of the university’s financial policies. It is the student’s responsibility to pay bills in a timely manner.
Hardware, Software & Internet Requirements for Whitworth University’s Online Classes
You are required to have a computer capable of running the software listed below as well as the following:
Whitworth University provides all current students with a Whitworth e-mail address and a Blackboard account. Students are required to check their Whitworth e-mail accounts; all Whitworth communication is through the Whitworth e-mail address. For assistance related to your specific equipment, contact Judy Dehle at 509.777.4387, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration: Registration will open in May 2014.
For further information: