All Distance Learning Courses

Below is a list of the courses that are a part of the EDL program. Please note that not all of these courses are available year round; it is solely a list of those that have been or will be offered. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at!

An introduction to the task and methodology of Christian apologetics. This course will explore common objections to the Christian faith and prepare students to respond in reasonable and appropriate ways. Students are also introduced to the impact of postmodernism in our culture and the challenge it presents for the apologetic enterprise.

Business as Mission 
An introductory course explaining what Business as Mission is, and how to do it. Topics include an examination of strategies and platforms including Tentmaking; Marketplace Ministries; Enterprise Development; and Business as Mission, Kingdom and Great Commission Companies. The focus is on how these strategies in a properly motivated and managed business can draw attention to Christ and have a profound spiritual, physical, and economic impact on the neediest and less reached in a community. Case studies are used to present examples of how Kingdom Professionals have successfully integrated their faith with the goals of the business and the call to share the Gospel, whether in restricted or limited access countries or a neighborhood in the United States.

College Mathematics
This course is designed to expose the student to a wide range of general mathematics with a desire to help them develop and appreciation for the beauty of mathematics, and the value of mathematical thinking. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking skills, along with the use of technology, will be emphasized and reinforced throughout the course as the student becomes actively involved in solving applied problems. Topics to be covered include: Algebra review, Problem Solving, Sets, Logic, Numeration Systems and Number Theory, Equations and Functions, Basic Geometry, and Basic Statistics.

Counseling Foundations 
An introductory course in biblically-integrated counseling. The student will gain an understanding of counseling with a biblical foundation while being exposed to various techniques and theories of counseling. A foundation will be set for basic skill and technique in counseling. Ethics, referral training, and available resources will be addressed.

Developmental Psychology 
Developmental psychology studies the continuous process of human growth and development throughout the lifespan. This course will utilize a Christian worldview to examine the major theoretical perspectives that pertain to the biological (bio-social), cognitive, psycho-social, and spiritual changes from conception through death. Students will consider the biological influences (such as genetics), the environmental aspects (such as parenting techniques or the cohort effect), and the Christian theological propositions (such as the imago Dei) that shape who we are as individuals. Developmental disabilities and the effects of atypical development are considered but not emphasized.

Educational Technology 
The student will be introduced to the several best practice uses of technology in education. Special emphasis will be placed on teaching methods used to integrate technology into instruction, as a communication tool, and to enhance and assist the teacher's productivity and professional development. The following course objectives will be emphasized: 1) to enhance understanding of the basic computer operations and communication and productivity tools, 2) to integrate basic and advanced technology tools into instruction and professional growth, and 3) to demonstrate competence in the use of computer and other technologies in research and problem solving.

First Corinthians 
An exposition of Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians with careful attention being paid to the argument of the book, its problem passages, and its contribution to New Testament church practices.

Methods and Techniques of Counseling 
A study of the major techniques and strategies that can be appropriately and effectively used in counseling individuals or families, including ways of determining, defining, and treating problems. Prerequisite: COU 121 Counseling Foundations

Missions and Evangelism 1
An introduction to the Great Commission, the biblical and theological foundations of the Gospel, and the practical implications of these for every Christian. Practical assignments help students become bold, articulate, and creative in sharing their faith.

Multicultural Counseling Techniques 
A study of cultural and cross-cultural issues as they relate to counseling. The course will investigate the society and the church in terms of the role of ethnic groups, lifestyle traditions and change, populations patterns and counseling in various societies and mission fields.

New Testament Survey 
An overview of the New Testament, including an emphasis on the distinctive message, historical setting, and theological contribution of each book. Geographical and archaeological support for each book is also considered.

Old Testament Survey 1 
A survey of the books of the Old Testament covering the period from Creation through the Davidic monarchy. Attention will be given to the distinctive message and major features of each book with an emphasis on the Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic Covenants as they pertain to God’s purposes for Israel and the world. This is the first of two courses that together provide a survey of the entire Old Testament. The present course will cover the content of Genesis through 2 Samuel, 1Chronicles, the book of Job, and the Psalms. 

Old Testament Survey 2 
A survey of the books of the Old Testament covering the period from Solomon through the post-exilic prophets. Attention will be given to the distinctive message and major features of each book with an emphasis on the events leading up to Israel’s captivity, as interpreted by the prophets, and on the nation’s return from exile. Special consideration will be given to the prophetic expression of hope with respect to Israel’s future

Survey of Doctrine 
A basic foundation in theology is provided through a study of the major themes of the Bible, including Theology Proper, Bibliology, Christology, Pneumatology, Angelology, Soteriology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology. A personal Statement of Faith is required of each student as a term project.

Theology 1 
An examination of three foundational areas of Christian theology: (1) Theological prolegomena, that is, a study of the nature and method of systematic theology, (2) Bibliology, that is, a study of divine revelation as well as the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture with an evaluation of contemporary views on these topics, and (3) Theology Proper, that is, a study of the existence and attributes of God and the biblical evidence for Trinitarianism with an evaluation of contemporary views on these topics.

World Religions 
An exploration of the major world religions will be undertaken along with a comparison of their teachings with the teachings of orthodox Christianity. Religions such as Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam will be analyzed for the purpose of determining how best to reach adherents of these faiths with the gospel.


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