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Kepler’s Teacher Certification program prepares educators to engage students in the Great Conversation of the Western Tradition by providing the training, knowledge, and insights necessary to be a competent classical Christian educator in today’s market—and at the fraction of the time and cost of earning another degree.

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The Great Conversation

The Great Conversation harkens back to the writings of Robert Maynard Hutchins and Mortimer J Adler. What they meant by this term was the truth that there have been many great books written in the western world reflecting all academic disciplines that are arguably the standard of thinking about these disciplines. The Great Conversation is a call to engage with these great books and take part in the conversation with these intellectual giants as they converse with one another.

Teacher Certification at Kepler

Kepler's Teacher Certification offers both the understanding and training classical educators need in today’s market without the years or financial burden usually required to earn an additional degree.

In Kepler's three-track certification program, educators will be studying together with Dr. Robert Woods to “think Christianly” about how classical christ-centered education looks in the modern world. 


Each of the three tracks serve as a unique entry point into the Great Conversation.


Classical Christian Education Certification Track I

The Classical and Christian School Certification has been arranged with the person who is relatively new  to this way of educating. Individuals in Classical and Christian schools can greatly increase the value they bring to their calling by honing a common set of competencies in areas of the trivium and quadrivium (the seven Liberal Arts). With this goal in mind, the Classical and Christian certificate provides a six-module sequence that enables students to excel in precisely these core competencies and gain knowledge and wisdom from the Great Books. (Fall 2020)

The Great Books and Liberal Arts Certification Track II

The Great Books and Liberal Arts Certification has been designed to enhance the knowledge of people who want a wider understanding of liberal education. This certification has great value to those serving in a Classical and Christian school or homeschooling within the Classical Christian tradition. Individuals in Classical and Christian schools can greatly increase the value they bring to their calling by honing a common set of competencies in areas of the seven Liberal Arts or related to but moving beyond the seven liberal arts. With this goal in mind, The Great Books and Liberal Arts Certification provides a six-module sequence that enables students to excel in precisely these core competencies and gain knowledge and wisdom within the Great Tradition. (Spring 2020)

Paideia Pedagogy Certification Track III

The Paideia Pedagogy Certification has been crafted to maximize its value to those serving within a Classical educational setting. This may be homeschool, an online Classical program, an onsite educational institution and even a consortium. Teachers in these schooling cultures can greatly increase the value they bring to their calling by honing their skills and enriching their understanding of authentic teaching and learning. With this goal in mind, The Paideia Pedagogy Certification provides a six-module sequence that enables participants within this program to excel in precisely these core competencies and gain knowledge and wisdom within the Paideia approach to teaching and learning. (Fall 2020)


Certification Track Schedule

SemesterTrack
Fall 20201 & 3
Spring 20212 & 1
Summer 20213 & 2


Instructors

Dr. Robert Woods
Teacher
Dr. Woods has been a Classical Christian educator for nearly 20 years. He has a B.A. in biblical studies and ministry from Point University, an M.A. in religious studies from Barry University, and a Ph.D. in humanities from Florida State University. He developed and chaired the Great Books Honors College at Faulkner University for more than 15 years and is the author of “Mortimer Adler: The Paideia Way of Classical Education.”
Shawn White
Teacher
Shawn White is a Ph.D. candidate in Humanities at Faulkner University. He has an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University (2015), and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Southern Evangelical Seminary (2012). He and his wife married in 1996 and live in Phoenix, AZ where they love to read, watch films, and play board games. Shawn reads Chesterton’s Orthodoxy and The Man Who was Thursday at least once a year.



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Christ-centered Educational Methods

Not ready for a certification, but want to explore the vocation of Classical Christian Education? Dr. Christy Vaughan invites high school seniors, college students, and interested life-long learners to explore the vocation of Classical Christian Eduction in her course, Christ-centered Educational Methods.

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