THE1001   Biblical History and Literature I          3 Credits
A survey of God’s grace through the literature of the Old Testament’s historical and wisdom writings, with a focus on the promises God made throughout the history of ancient Israel.


THE1002   Biblical History and Literature II          3 Credits
A survey of God’s grace through the literature of the Old Testament major prophets and the New Testament gospel accounts set in the context of exilic, post-exilic literature and Intertestamental historical record.


Choose One Doctrine Course

THE3001   Christian Doctrine I          3 Credits
A study of those truths that the Bible, as the divinely inspired source of doctrine, presents concerning the author, the object, and the mediator of salvation.


THE3002   Christian Doctrine II          3 Credits
The scriptural truths concerning the blessing the Holy Spirit showers on believers, individually and collectively, in the presentation and appropriation of the gift of salvation.


Christian Education 


5 semester credits in the following prescribed courses.

EDU8103   Developing Home & School          1 Credit
Emphasis on developing a family-oriented classroom, techniques of communication, methods of actively engaging families, and resources to benefit family nurturing and school interaction. A family take-home kit and plan for implementing partnerships will be developed.

EDU8114   Roles and Responsibilities of the Lutheran Early Childhood Educator          1 Credit
An examination of the role of the early childhood educator in a Lutheran early childhood ministry setting.

EDU9109   Bible Story Telling in Early Childhood          1 Credit
Materials and methods for effective Bible storytelling and for enabling children’s retelling.

MUS8101  Music and Worship in ECE          1 Credit
Spiritual, musical, psychosocial, and cognitive aspects of music learning in early childhood. Participants will survey early childhood music learning theories and music teaching methods. The course will include the use of the WELS music curriculum, Sing and Make Music.

THE8112   The Role of ECE in Mission Outreach          1 Credit
Strategies to increase gospel outreach through early childhood education.


4 semester credits in the following prescribed courses.

EDU8101   Intellectual, Social, & Emotional          1 Credit
The social and emotional development of preprimary children and its impact on cognitive functioning and instructional approaches.

EDU8102   Operation & Management of ECE          1 Credit
An overview of the operation and management of early childhood education programs.

EDU8105   Encouraging Literacy Development          1 Credit
Theoretical and practical approach to promoting children’s emergent language development in early childhood settings.

EDU8106   Play and Learning Experiences          1 Credit
A study of young children’s learning through play. Includes identifying active learning experiences, establishing and maintaining an environment for play, and identifying teacher roles in play-based learning.

EDU8108   Preprimary Curriculum Essentials I          1 Credit
Theory, research evidence, standards, teaching practices, Christian ECE philosophy, an active early learning environment, and a consistent daily routine that underlie and support a quality ECE curriculum.

EDU8109   Preprimary Curriculum Essentials II          1 Credit
Theory, research evidence, standards, teaching practices that underlie and support the ECE curriculum areas of mathematics, science and technology, social studies, and the visual and dramatic arts.

EDU8112   Health and Safety in Early Childhood          1 Credit
Planning for safety, first aid, health, and nutrition in the early childhood learning environment.

EDU8113   Assessment of Young Children          2 Credits
The knowledge and skills necessary to establish a practical approach for the observation and development assessment of young children and communication of progress to parents.

PED8101   Physical and Motor Development for Pre-primary          1 Credit
Teachers of young children play a vital role in fostering their physical and motor development. This two-day course addresses the physical needs of children from conception through childhood. Participants will plan for a week of physical education classes using a format presented in class.


A five-week experience in a WELS early childhood setting to be arranged on an individual basis.  This experience should be pre-approved by the director of teaching ministry certification. It may take place in the teacher’s own classroom.