15 semester credits in the following prescribed courses or approved substitutes.
THE1001Biblical 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.
THE1002Biblical 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.
THE2001Biblical History and Literature III 3 Credits A survey of God’s grace through the literature of selected New Testament epistles set in the context of the book of Acts.
THE3001Christian 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.
THE3002Christian 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.
3 semester credits in the following prescribed courses and a practical experience in a WELS early childhood setting.
EDU3116 Teaching Religion in Early Childhood Education 2 Credits
Materials and methods for effective Bible storytelling, for enabling children’s retelling, and for learning memory treasures.
EDU8103Developing 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.
EDU8114Roles 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.
EDU9109Bible 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.
Professional Experience A five-week student teaching 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.