Educational Leadership in Faith Organizations

This major is designed for students who are interested in faith-based leadership and want to become leaders in community-based organizations related to faith, promoting the service, care, and education of children, adolescents, and life-long learners.

Career Opportunities

Students in Educational Leadership in Faith Organizations can work as Youth Ministries (e.g., at an institution like C3 – Covenant Community Church).


The Bachelor of Arts in Community Education degree program with Educational Leadership in Faith Organizations major at West Liberty University will be a 120 credit hour course of study.

The coursework includes:

  • 63 credit hours of general studies courses
  • 36 credit hours common core requirements
  • 21 credit hours of major studies

Included in the 36 credit hours of common core requirements are 4 credit hours of internship/international community experience in the Educational Leadership in Faith Organizations major.

Common Core Courses (36 Credit Hours)

  • EDUC 201 Human Development (3 hrs)Faith-Based-Leadership
  • SPED 241  Exceptionalities and Diversities (3 hrs)
  • EDUC 301  Educational Psychology (3 hrs)
  • ENT 350 Entrepreneurship and Law (3 hrs)
  • CEP 411 Formal & Non-Formal Education Models (3 hrs)
  • CEP 421  Promoting Creativity & the Arts (3 hrs)
  • CEP 422  Outdoor Learning Spaces (2 hrs)
  • CEP 433  Program Design & Implementation (3 hrs)
  • CEP 442  Community Empowerment & Engagement (3 hrs)
  • CEP 443  Fundraising & Grant Writing (3 hrs)
  • CEP 463  Rethinking 21st Century Education (3 hrs)
  • CEP 493  Internship/ International Community Experience (4 hrs)

Major Studies (21 Credit Hours)

  • CEP 312 Fundamentals of Educational Leadership in Faith-Organizations (3 hrs)
  • CEP 322 From Chants to Cymbals
  • CEP 333 Challenges of Educational Leadership in Faith-Organizations (3 hrs)
  • CEP 353 Curriculum and Service Learning (3 hrs)
  • CEP 363 Dealing with Skeptical Questions (3 hrs)
  • REL 250 Religions of the World (3 hrs)

Select 1 of the Following from List Below

  • REL 301 Literature of the Hebrew Bible (3 hrs)
  • REL 310 New Testament Literature (3 hrs) Prerequisite: ENG 102
  • REL 335 Religions of America (3 hrs)
  • REL 450 Philosophy of Religion (3 hrs)
  • REL 478 Special Topics (3 hrs)
  • REL 479 Special Problems (3 hrs)

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West Liberty University’s Bachelor of Arts in Community Education Program follows the 120 credit hour model for a bachelor’s degree and is designed for completion in three academic years. Despite the intention of this program to be an accelerated three-year program, students who wish to expand their studies to four years have the option to do so, by not taking summer classes but adding a fourth year of Fall IV and/or Spring IV classes.

Community Education’s Educational Leadership in Faith Organizations Partnership

  • Corpus Christi School, Wheeling, WV
  • Covenant Community Church, Wheeling, WV
  • West Liberty University Catholic Campus Ministry, West Liberty, WV

For more information, please contact:

Director of Community Education
Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas
West Liberty University
308 Main Hall
208 University Drive
Campus Union Box 162
West Liberty, WV 26074
Office: 304-336-8561
Fax: 304-336-8627
[email protected]