BBC: Christian College Master of Arts Degrees | Current Schedule
Eight-week sessions begin each August, October, January, March, and May.
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The area of study requirement satisfied by each course is listed below.
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spring 2014—session 1
January 13–March 7
BI523–A Chronological Interpretation of the Life of Christ– 3 credits –Roger DePriest
This course surveys the life and teachings of Christ in chronological order from the four gospels. Students use a harmony of the gospels to analyze the events in the life of Christ. Students will gain insight into how to become committed disciples of Jesus through this course.
BI550–Principles of Bible Teaching– 3 credits –Diane Lytle
This course is a practical overview of the purpose of Bible teaching and essential factors for achieving that purpose. Through interaction with expert sources and fellow teachers, the student will understand the distinctiveness of Bible teaching and develop practical skills for effectively and creatively communicating God’s Word to learners. As a result, the student will be able to design and teach appropriate Bible sessions for any age group.
CO502–Biblical Theology of Counseling – 3 credits – Dr. Cary Lantz
This course covers the centrality of the Bible in its relationship to biblical counseling, student development of a theology of counseling with respect to counseling philosophy and methodology; and the church’s role in counseling from the perspective of pastors and non-clergy.
CO519–Evaluating Research– 3 credits – Dr. Barry Smith
An introduction to research methods and statistics. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative research.
CO530–Human Development– 3 credits – Dr. Gerlin Valencia
This course covers lifespan learning and development with respect to human personality formation; developmental processes and adjustment functions within cultural contexts; and interplay between human development, personality formation, and the role of learning in formulating life constructs.
CO535–Introduction to Group Counseling– 3 credit
This course is a study of the process involved in group development, dynamics, counseling, and closure. Leadership styles, elements of cohesion, issues of confidentiality, and various theories of group approaches; ethics and moral guidelines, as well as analysis of long-term effectiveness from group experiences, and includes an experiential component which includes voluntary self-disclosure activities.
CO550– Ethics and Professional Orientation to Counseling – 3 credit
This course is an investigation of legal, ethical, and moral issues germane to professional counseling, as well as credentials and professionalism, affiliation, professional membership, licensure, and certification. Malpractice and legal responsibilities in relationship to counselor trainees and professional counselors is covered.
ED568–Curriculum Leadership–3 credits – Dr. Janet Hicks
Exploration into the approaches to developing, organizing, implementing, supervising and evaluating PreK to 12 curricula. Emphasis on interaction among curriculum, integration, instruction, and assessment..
ED588–Teaching Strategies in the Content Area– 3 credits – Dr. Ritchie Kelley
This course provides instruction in the teaching of reading when using expository text. Expository text has its own specific structure and each content area contains its very own vocabulary. The student is taught how to match students to appropriate reading materials, determine students’ prior knowledge, assist students during the reading of expository material, and how to reinforce learning after the reading. Useful strategies and techniques are learned.
PH540–Reason & Revelation III– 3 credits –Dr. Steve Shumaker
An exploration of Job, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, and Psalms through the reading of select New Testament general epistles and philosophic texts from Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Modern thinkers. The course will focus on the themes of suffering, wisdom, love, meaning, and confession. Our intention will be to wrestle with the biblical worldview while exploring various prominent thinkers from several periods of Western history.
TH516–Christology– 3 credits –Don Done
A study of the person and work of Christ. It will deal with the question of all ages “Who do you say that I am?” which Jesus asks his disciples two thousands years ago. The course provides an examination of the biblical and theological evidence concerning the identity of Jesus Christ and His life, work, teaching, death, resurrection, present work and second coming.
TH517–Survey of Doctrine– 3 credits –Allen Mickle
This course is an overview of the ten major theologies of the Bible spread over an eight-week online course. Examination of the major issues behind Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pnuematology, Angelology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology will be covered in a systematic approach.
TH524–Dynamics of Spiritual Growth– 2 credits – Dr. David Lackey
This course is a study of biblical texts concerning sanctification and discipleship along with practical implementation through spiritual disciplines. Emphasis will be made on application to the student’s personal and ministry life.
spring 2014—session 2
March 7–May 9
BI526– Interpreting Prophetic Literature: Daniel, Revelation–3 credits
An examination of Daniel and Revelation as a basis for understanding how to interpret prophetic literature. Interpretive methods will be studied and contrasts will be made between the dispensational and covenant approaches to hermeneutics. These will include how to to deal with symbolism, types, and fulfillment of prophecy. The many differences between allegorical and literal interpretation will be surveyed and emphasized.
CO506–Biblical Philosophy of Counseling– 3 credit– Dr. Cary Lantz
This course covers student formulation and articulation of a personal philosophy of biblical counseling with emphasis on the Scripture’s sufficiency in meeting human needs. Analysis of various Christian counselors and philosophies toward biblical counseling and historical perspectives relative to contemporary issues in counseling will be taught.
CO508–Methods of Biblical Change–3 credit– Dr. Gerlin Valencia
This course covers elements for effective relationship-building between counselor and counselee, the process of affecting behavioral, attitudinal, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual heart change in counselees’ lives, and elements of spiritual dynamics, grace accountability, and follow up in their relationship to affecting biblical change in counselees’ lives.
CO532–Career Counseling–3 credits–Heather Hall
This course is a survey of developmental theories, decision-making paradigms, and principles for vocational guidance. Factors involving choice of colleges and/or other educational options as they relate to career planning, and information service tools as they relate to the career counseling process are included.
CO540–Abnormal Behavior–3 credits
This course is an in-depth examination of causes, classifications, referral procedures, and intervention strategies relating to character, personality, cognitive, and affective disturbances. The student will gain a working knowledge of the DSM 188.
CO542–Appraisal and Testing in Counseling–3 credits
This course is a survey of assessment instruments which are involved in appraisal and counseling processes, including intellectual, personality, and vocational interest inventories. Validity/reliability, report writing, and ethical practices in the use of assessment devices is included along with supervised opportunities to administer various assessment instruments to counselees. (Prerequisite: equivalent of an undergraduate or graduate course in tests and measurements or statistics.)
EV520–Personal Evangelism in a Postmodern Era–3 credits– Jimmy Stallard
This course will equip the student in doing personal evangelism in light of the rise of postmodernism in Western culture. The culture will be examined for the purposes of communicating to it the transcultural truth of the gospel of Christ. The study will ground personal evangelism upon biblical theology. Discussion will be given to various ways of presenting the gospel in the postmodern era in various cultural settings.
ED506–Philosophy of Learning–2 credits–James King
An overview of the development of the philosophy of learning and how each philosophy impacts teaching. The course will focus on the what, why, and how of learning. Various philosophies of learning will be compared and evaluated as well as how the student’s view of learning impacts their style of teaching. The theological implications of the philosophy of learning will also be discussed.
ED531–Learning Disabilities–3 credits–Diana Kelley
This course is an introduction to the exceptional child with emphasis on the area of learning disabilities. Intellectual function, attention-deficit hyperactivity, and childhood behavior disorders, including their characteristics and educational implications are covered.
ED569–Writing Practicum–1 credits–Teresa Ingalls
This course is an exploration of theory, research, and practice related to the educator as an academic and professional writer. Study of the writer’s craft, including issues of voice, audience, revision, conventions and style, and editing are a main focus. Participants may begin their writing for ED 591, assignments for their profession, and/or for publication. Notes: Runs all year long! Can be taken for 1 or 2 credits.
ED582–School Finance–3 credits–Howard Hicks
Examination of the solid financial base essential for an educational institution, including proper budgeting, financial planning, development processes, fund raising, endowments, and financial management that form the building blocks for this base. General principles for oversight and coordination of these areas will be examined.
LI520–Readings in American Realism and Naturalism–3 credits–Janet Hicks
PH545– Reason & Revelation IV– 3 credits– Dr. Steve Shumaker
An inductive exploration of Paul’s New Testament Epistles through a comparison and contrast with the Bhagavad Gita and selections from the Upanishads. Our intention will be to better understand and appreciate the distinctive Judeo-Christian worldview in light of some of its contrasts with one version of Eastern monism.
TH521– Apologetics– 3 credits– Gregory Gifford
This course is designed to present the truths of biblical Christianity in comparison to other religions and world views. Students have the opportunity to explore the biblical and philosophical basis for knowing and communicating their Christian faith. The course seeks to help students understand their Christianity and joyfully share their lives with others around the world.
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