Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will offer a week-long certification course for Christian educators Oct. 25-29, 2010 entitled “Human Growth and Faith Development.” Kathy Dawson, associate professor of Christian education at Columbia Theological Seminary and certified educator will lead the course.

This course will explore developmental theory from a faith perspective. Educators will be encouraged to apply these theories to the way they teach in the church to all ages. Through multimedia and a wide variety of teaching models participants will learn together the breadth of the human condition and its relationship to faith. There will be some pre-course reading and the requirement of conducting a faith interview with a child or youth.

Program cost is $245 ($270 after Oct. 4). Reasonably priced meals are available on campus. Limited housing is also available at an additional charge. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu to register.

Dawson became a certified educator in 1996 and currently serves as associate professor of Christian education at Columbia Theological Seminary. Additionally she is active in her home congregation, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Ga. Her alma maters include California State University, Long Beach (B.A. with elementary teaching certificate), Presbyterian School of Christian Education (M.A.), Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Princeton Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). Her writings include Confessing Faith: A Guide to Confirmation in the Presbyterian Church, “When Does Faith Begin?” in Children Among Us: Foundations in Children’s Ministries, and she has been the co-editor of the online journal @this point (www.atthispoint.net).

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.