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Theology 100: Free Course

Theology 100 is a free online course about Christian theology. Offered in our eLearning environment, this introductory one-credit course has been designed to encourage thought-provoking conversations among Christians. 

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What is Theology?

‘Theology’ is basically talk about God, and Christians talk about God in light of Scripture and their sense of God’s ongoing involvement in the world. In order to prepare you to contribute to this conversation, this course will introduce you to the biblical, historical and systematic aspects of theology. One reason for this sort of study is simply to get to know what a variety of Christians believe. Another more personal reason is to reflect carefully and consciously on our own lives in light of our beliefs about God and the character of the world.

Course Format

This free module is the first part of a larger course. Once enrolled, you will have two months (8 weeks) to complete the free one-credit portion. If you decide to purchase the second two-credit portion, you will have another four months (16 weeks) to complete that. Both sections of the course are continuous intake, so you can start whenever you want. Please note that you will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet and the two required textbooks to participate. Online lessons include video lectures, assigned textbook readings, forum discussions and quizzes.

Registration & Textbooks

We hope you will join us for Theology 100. We’ve tried to make it easy to register and convenient to participate even if this is the first post-secondary course you’ve ever taken. To confirm that inexpensive ebook versions of the two textbooks will be available to you as soon as you begin, please check the links below:

Graeme Goldsworthy, According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002).

Roger Olson and Adam English, Pocket History of Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005).

Our eLearning team is available to answer any additional questions you might have and to help you along the way. Contact us at elearning@prairie.edu or phone 1.800.785.4226.

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Arts & Science

HF 111 Thinking & Writing

Thinking & Writing is a three-credit online course designed to teach you how to critically engage with and counter viewpoints hostile to the Bible and Christian faith. Offered in our eLearning environment, this introduction to critical thinking, research, writing, and apologetics will equip you with skills necessary for serious study, critical analysis, formulating sound arguments, and communicating intelligently.

Isn't it Enough Just to Believe in Jesus?

Everything we read or listen to has a message. Especially in the realm of religion and theology, there are arguments that sound convincing but that are in truth lies that appeal to our sinful nature. Without a firm grounding in the faith and a working knowledge of argumentative fallacies, Christians will be ill equipped to assess and respond to the deceptive ideas encountered in the workplace and even in our churches. We need to be prepared to evaluate different viewpoints and to discuss spiritual questions. We need to know how to communicate credibly with family members, co-workers and friends.

Course Format & Registration

An internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet is required to participate in the course. Online lessons include audio and video segments, assigned reading, forum discussions, and a variety of writing assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you'll have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can audit the course for a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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SC 141 Health & Wellness

This three-credit online course teaches you how to improve your physical fitness and maintain good nutrition. Informed by course readings, students will develop and follow a personal workout program for 14 consecutive weeks and measure improvement. Workouts will focus on the aerobic activity of your choice, such as running, biking, or swimming.

Does Physical Fitness Really Matter?

God intended us to be physically active. Our bodies were constructed for activity and function best when we are in shape. The intrinsic connection between our physical being and our emotional, mental, spiritual, and relational well-being means that improving physical fitness provides rich benefits for every aspect of our lives. As we reflect on our responses to the discipline of exercise and the pain involved, we can also gain deeper insight into the motivations of our heart. Scripture encourages us to embrace challenges and hardships because they help us grow in character and maturity. Are we genuinely pursuing growth and development, or are we just seeking the path of least resistance?

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include video segments, textbook readings, application questions and fitness journal reflections. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. Please note that within that six months, you will need to dedicate a 14-week (3 and a half month) block of time to consistent workouts (minimum 3 times a week) to fulfill your fitness program. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can audit the course for a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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SS 210 Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology is an online course about human behaviour and mental processes. Offered in our eLearning environment, this three-credit course will give you a broad overview of the science, acquaint you with various theories and approaches, and give you the opportunity to carry out a research project of your own.

Can Psychology Inform our Faith?

Throughout our Christian journey, there are many places where we try to understand how life, and the realities of life, match with faith. This is an important aspect of becoming a maturing, discerning believer God can use to meet the needs of hurting people. As we seek to care for others, we will need to grapple with questions like, 'How does Scripture and the values that are espoused in Scripture relate to the things that are being discovered and promoted in psychology today?' 'What are the conflicts?' 'Where can we align ourselves with truth in this whole process?' Looking at the study of psychology from a Christian biblical perspective can help us develop a more holistic view of humanity.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, quizzes, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can audit the course for a reduced price. Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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SS 261 Leadership Foundations

This online course will help you formulate a theology of leadership, teach you how to approach practical tasks, and challenge you to develop the character, skills, and abilities necessary for godly, effective leadership.

Foundations of Effectiveness

As Christians, it is not enough for us to merely address leadership and organizational principles. We must consider the very foundations of effectiveness. God works in our world, and He is concerned about every avenue of life. He created humans for fellowship with Himself and to fulfill His purposes. He gave us responsibility and authority to govern and exercise leadership. We must recognize the person of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our world. Capable leadership begins with the character of the leader. It flows from a Spirit-given focus and vision consistent with the Word and character of God, and a commitment to enabling every person to develop and exercise their gifts with humility.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, forum postings, journals and other written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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SS 273 Cultural Anthropology

The goal of this course is to be more aware of personal worldview and the multiplicity of cultural perspectives that organize our global community. Equally important is an understanding of social structures and the ability to offer pragmatic solutions for addressing these diverse (and often contrary) perspectives—with love and truth for the purpose of Kingdom advancement.

Course Description

Cultural Anthropology is an introductory course, which explores the complexities of culture in a global environment. This course examines the diverse ways in which human beings express themselves relationally through social structures, and it introduces students to anthropological tools for interpreting and analyzing these diverse social structures.

Important topics in cultural anthropology include theories of cultural anthropology, worldview, social organizations and structures (e.g., ethnicity, class, marginalization, gender, kinship, and religion), ethnography, and the concept of culture as it relates to personal and corporate responsibilities.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include video segments, textbook and online readings, quizzes, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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Bible & Theology

NT 206 Introduction to Biblical Greek I

Introduction to Biblical Greek I will introduce you to the vocabulary and grammar of New Testament Greek so you can begin reading and studying the New Testament in its original language.

Offered in partnership with Zondervan and BibleMesh, this course will allow you to gain (a) a firm grasp of the Greek alphabet, pronunciation, and punctuation, (b) foundational knowledge of Greek nouns, pronouns, prepositions, and verbs, and (c) confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and interactive vocabulary building tools.

Course Format & Registration

All course material—including instructional videos by William D. Mounce, audio recordings, readings, and vocabulary exercises and review—is available online for study at your own convenience. Purchase of the textbook, Basics of Biblical Greek, 3rd Edition, supports learning retention and remains your personal resource after you have completed the course.

You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course.

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NT 307 Introduction to Biblical Greek II

Introduction to Biblical Greek II picks up where Introduction to Biblical Greek I leaves off, digging deeper into the vocabulary and grammar of New Testament Greek.

Offered in partnership with Zondervan and BibleMesh, this course will allow you to gain (a) more extensive knowledge of Greek verbs and their various forms, (b) confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and cutting-edge vocabulary building tools, and (c) the foundational knowledge required to begin studying the New Testament in its original language.

Course Format & Registration

All course material—including instructional videos by William D. Mounce, audio recordings, readings, and vocabulary exercises and review—is available online for study at your own convenience. The textbook you previously purchased for Greek I, Basics of Biblical Greek, 3rd Edition, supports learning retention and continues to be your personal resource after you have completed the course.

You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course.

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NT 318 Encountering Jesus in John's Gospel

This course offers a literary, historical, and theological engagement with the Gospel of John—one of the most influential writings in the whole of Scripture. For John, the disclosure of God in and through his unique Son, portrayed in the Gospel, is the climactic event of history. Through a combination of audio, video, and reading, this course will feature a survey of John’s Gospel, noting significant distinctive themes along the way, such as Jesus’ “signs,” divine “glory,” and the relationship of John’s Gospel to the Old Testament. It will also highlight the main issues involved in reading and interpreting John’s Gospel, and some scholarly debates which affect our understanding.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, forum discussions, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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OT 206 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I will introduce you to the vocabulary and grammar of classical Hebrew so you can begin studying the Old Testament in its primary original language.

Offered in partnership with Zondervan and BibleMesh, this course emphasizes understanding the structural pattern of the Hebrew language rather than rote memorization. You’ll gain (a) a firm grasp of the Hebrew alphabet, numerical system, pronunciation, and punctuation, (b) foundational knowledge of Hebrew nouns, prepositions, adjectives, pronouns, and other parts of speech, (c) an introduction to Hebrew verb forms, and (d) confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and interactive vocabulary building tools.

Course Format & Registration

Course material—including instructional videos by Miles Van Pelt, readings, interactive practice exercises, quizzes, and vocabulary review—is available online for study at your own convenience. Please note that you will need to use Google Chrome browser for correct display of the Hebrew font. Purchase of Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Workbook 2nd Edition, is required for completion of translation assignments.

You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course.

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OT 243 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature

In contrast to the narratives and speeches that we find in the historical and prophetic books, the poetic format of the Psalms and wisdom texts may make it difficult to discern their unity and message. Beyond knowing an isolated verse here or a random proverbial saying there, readers of the Bible often are not well-acquainted with these books and their relationship to other parts of the Old Testament, let alone their links with the New Testament. Intended to redress this scenario, this course facilitates a guided, first-hand encounter with the biblical text and is geared toward fostering your ability to read Psalms and wisdom material with academic soundness and personal dedication.

Course Description

This course offers a survey of the Psalms and Old Testament wisdom literature (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs). Over the course of twelve sessions, you will receive a general introduction to these books, including their historical backgrounds, literary structure, and theological themes, and the hermeneutic approaches suitable to interpreting them. The course also highlights some of the main issues in the scholarly debates and leads you towards discerning the ways of worship and wisdom that these books provide for personal devotion and church ministry.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, audio and video segments, forum discussions, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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ST 100 The Christian Life

This online course is designed to help you connect your heart, soul, and mind to God. Explore how people of different temperaments experience closeness in their walk with God and spiritual disciplines that can be helpful.

Connecting with God’s Heart

Ever wonder why you feel so close to God in some settings and so far away in others? Or why some people love doing certain things such as journaling, rather than hiking in the mountains? Our God loves diversity and has created us to be unique individuals. That’s why we each see God and experience Him a little differently at times. Rather than allowing ourselves to become discouraged or disillusioned by devotional styles or practices that just don’t seem to work for us, we can discover the ones that really tap into how God designed us to connect our hearts with His. We need to keep reaching out to Him as we journey through life together.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. Due to the nature of assignments, completion will take a minimum of four months. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology

Theology 100 is a free online course about Christian theology. Offered in our eLearning environment, this introductory one-credit course has been designed to encourage thought-provoking conversations among Christians. 

Download Syllabus

What is Theology?

‘Theology’ is basically talk about God, and Christians talk about God in light of Scripture and their sense of God’s ongoing involvement in the world. In order to prepare you to contribute to this conversation, this course will introduce you to the biblical, historical and systematic aspects of theology. One reason for this sort of study is simply to get to know what a variety of Christians believe. Another more personal reason is to reflect carefully and consciously on our own lives in light of our beliefs about God and the character of the world.

Course Format

This free module is the first part of a larger course. Once enrolled, you will have two months (8 weeks) to complete the free one-credit portion. If you decide to purchase the second two-credit portion, you will have another four months (16 weeks) to complete that. Both sections of the course are continuous intake, so you can start whenever you want. Please note that you will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet and the two required textbooks to participate. Online lessons include video lectures, assigned textbook readings, forum discussions and quizzes.

Registration & Textbooks

We hope that you will join us for Theology 100. We’ve tried to make it easy to register and convenient to participate even if this is the first post-secondary course you’ve ever taken.

To confirm that inexpensive ebook versions of the two textbooks will be available to you as soon as you begin, please check the links below:

Graeme Goldsworthy, According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002).

Roger Olson and Adam English, Pocket History of Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005).

Our eLearning team is available to answer any additional questions you might have and to help you along the way. Contact us at elearning@prairie.edu or phone 1.800.785.4226.

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TH 343 History of Christian Thought I

History of Christian Thought I surveys the first 1400 years of the development of Christian theology—from the post-apostolic era to the late Middle Ages and the dawn of the Protestant Reformation. Gain a greater understanding of Christian theology as it has been moulded and shaped throughout the centuries.

What Does History Have to Do with Theology?

The doctrines that Christians believe in and hold to did not appear out of thin air. They have a history and many of them have changed in various ways over time, whether for good or for ill. Learning why and how they were formulated in the first place, and their relevance to the Church in every context in which it proclaims the gospel, helps us better understand what we believe, confess, and allow to influence our own lives. When we situate ourselves within the greater living tradition of the Church’s theology, we discover that we too have the opportunity to critically engage with primary sources that have powerfully influenced the Church and its ministry to the world.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, forum postings, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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TH 353 Apologetics

Apologetics is a three-credit online course about defending the Christian faith. Offered in our eLearning environment, it builds on the foundation laid in Thinking & Writing to expand your understanding of apologetic methods, their historical development, and their place in contemporary society. Attention is also given to the limitations of apologetics and the impact of postmodernism on this branch of theology.

What is Apologetics?

Apologetics is a ministry. It is dealing with other people—people who have needs, points of view and experiences. We must recognize that those we talk to are created in God's image and treat them as such. As a ministry, apologetics must always be done prayerfully... it has no effect whatsoever unless the Holy Spirit works in the heart of the person with whom we are speaking. It must also be done holistically. Holistically means that everything is involved—not only the words we speak but the life we live. Apologetics is relational and incarnational: our lives must reflect what we believe and the One in whom we believe.

Course Format & Registration

An internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet is required to participate in the course. Online lessons include video lectures, assigned reading, forum discussions, and a variety of writing assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you'll have six months to complete the course. Those wishing to take the course for college credit will need to meet the Thinking & Writing prerequisite first. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can audit the course for a reduced price and we will waive the prerequisite! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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Major/Church & Ministry

IS 140 World Religions

Offered in our eLearning environment, this introductory three-credit course surveys the ideas, philosophies, doctrines, and practices of the major world religions. Students will discover how our Gospel witness can and should be contextualized to people from a particular religion.

What Can We Learn from People of Other Faiths?

To be an effective witness for Jesus, we must first share His heart of love for people. We need to take a genuine interest in others. We need to listen to them and seek to understand what they believe and why. If we aren't interested—if we don't care to hear what people of other religions believe and why they do the things they do—we should not be surprised if they are not interested in hearing about what we believe either. An attitude of respect that seeks to learn and understand how someone lives out their religion builds bridges. It lays a foundation for friendship and meaningful conversation.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, quizzes, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can audit the course for a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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PA 314 Advanced Preaching

This is an advanced preaching course designed to help equip each student in the preparation and delivery of expository, Christ-centered, Bible messages empowered by the Holy Spirit, expressed from the heart, properly interpreted according to various biblical genres, with bare notes, as an act of worship for God's glory. Acts 6:4 is a foundational text. Course prerequisite is PA 111 Passionate Preaching and Teaching or a comparable introductory course in expository Bible preaching, and students are expected to be familiar with Haddon Robinson, Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages or a comparable text.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, audio and video segments, forum discussions, written assignments, and delivery of two expository Bible messages. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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PA 372 Missional Leadership

Throughout Scripture, there is a very real assumption that God is a missional God. As a missional God, Scripture is filled with a grand adventure of God’s incarnational working in the world. God is on mission and we are called to be catalysts, joining Him in his Kingdom work. No matter where you live, what you do, you are called to work with God, in this grand adventure. Dallas Willard put it this way: “Every church needs to be able to answer two questions. One, do we have a plan for making disciples? Two, does our plan work?”

Course Description

Missional Leadership focuses on a Biblical understanding and appreciation of God, as a missional God and the church as God’s missional agent in the world. We will explore the genesis and development of new initiatives, as a substantial ministry in the life of a Christ follower. Students will have hands on training and study in the observation, development and rebirth of new missional initiatives. As well, students will formulate a personal missional philosophy for ministry.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include video segments, textbook and online readings, quizzes, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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SS 261 Leadership Foundations

This online course will help you formulate a theology of leadership, teach you how to approach practical tasks, and challenge you to develop the character, skills, and abilities necessary for godly, effective leadership.

Foundations of Effectiveness

As Christians, it is not enough for us to merely address leadership and organizational principles. We must consider the very foundations of effectiveness. God works in our world, and He is concerned about every avenue of life. He created humans for fellowship with Himself and to fulfill His purposes. He gave us responsibility and authority to govern and exercise leadership. We must recognize the person of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our world. Capable leadership begins with the character of the leader. It flows from a Spirit-given focus and vision consistent with the Word and character of God, and a commitment to enabling every person to develop and exercise their gifts with humility.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, forum postings, journals and other written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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ST 100 The Christian Life

This online course is designed to help you connect your heart, soul, and mind to God. Explore how people of different temperaments experience closeness in their walk with God and spiritual disciplines that can be helpful.

Connecting with God’s Heart

Ever wonder why you feel so close to God in some settings and so far away in others? Or why some people love doing certain things such as journaling, rather than hiking in the mountains? Our God loves diversity and has created us to be unique individuals. That’s why we each see God and experience Him a little differently at times. Rather than allowing ourselves to become discouraged or disillusioned by devotional styles or practices that just don’t seem to work for us, we can discover the ones that really tap into how God designed us to connect our hearts with His. We need to keep reaching out to Him as we journey through life together.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. Due to the nature of assignments, completion will take a minimum of four months. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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YO 224 Creative Teaching Methods

Are you tired of trying to keep your students’ attention? Struggling to bring your lessons to life? Having a hard time disciplining your class? Then please let me help. Sign up for this class today.

Course Description

This course examines the teaching methodology of Jesus, in principle and practice, for teachers of youth and adults. You will be introduced to several curriculum design processes that will help you become more effective teachers. We will explore several teaching methods that are guaranteed to bring your lessons to life with feeling and impact.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, forum discussions, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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