EDU Course Catalog

Courses for Educators


EDU 100: FIRST AMENDMENT APPROACHES TO RELIGION & PUBLIC SCHOOLS

This blended learning course equips educators and administrators to apply First Amendment principles to the real-life challenges that teachers and administrators face each day in religiously diverse classrooms. This course blends online coursework with a 3-day conference at the Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, DC.


EDU 200-A: HISTORIES OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN AMERICA

This online-only course examines the major religious organizations, ideas, movements, and personalities as they express themselves in particular religious settings as well as the manner in which they have influenced other aspects of American culture. Students will trace the development of religious liberty in the United States from the colonial era to present day by examining the changing religious demographics that impacted development.


EDU 300: TEACHING ABOUT RELIGION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In this course, educators will examine the theories, methodologies, and issues involved in the academic study, research, and teaching of religion. They will study the legal/political consensus reached by educational, civil liberties, and religious organizations that agree that public schools can, and should, promote the academic study of religions across the curriculum. This course blends online coursework with a 3-day conference at the Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, DC.


RLIT 100-I: RELIGIouS Literacy: Theory and practice

In this intensive course, students will survey theories and methods associated with the academic study of religion. Students will gain content knowledge related to religions of the world as a vehicle for mastering the disciplinary concepts and tools of religious studies. Religions studied include those originating in the Near East, India, China, Japan, Africa, and the Americas. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a critical, scholarly understanding of religion as a worldwide human phenomenon.