Our plan is to delegate each course to competent men and women who have experience, knowledge, and expertise for that area of study. These men and women will then develop a syllabus for the course which will include: course objectives, lesson plans, suggested reading, a comprehensive test over the reading material, and ideas for term papers or projects. In some cases, women may develop particular courses for women. For example, the course on spiritual disciplines and character development may lend itself to women teachers developing a course for women on that subject. The board of the ICOC MTA will review each course syllabus and give its approval.
We also want to develop videos that record the twelve hours of classroom teaching for each course so that they can be distributed to MTAs across the world. Certain academies might fly an instructor in to teach the course instead of using the videos. If so, the videos will be available for supplemental learning. If an academy is unable to bring in an on site instructor, then the videos will provide the required classroom teaching hours needed for the course.
We want to designate a team of people to work on each course. Each team should be aware of the fact that we are an international movement of churches and space should be given within each course for the development of lessons at the individual academies that might speak to needs within their local setting. For example, the course on church history should be developed with the understanding that an academy in Russia might want to spend more time discussing the history of the Russian Orthodox church than would an academy in Australia. Of course, an academy may add classroom hours to a class to teach more on a topic. For example, an academy might decide to spend eighteen hours of classroom time on church history instead of 12.
The completion of the 12 core courses plus the MTA Discipling Plan satisfies the requirements to receive a certificate from the ICOC MTA board. Individual academies may wish to go beyond these 12 courses and require their students to take other courses. This will be left to the discretion of the director of each academy. A list of suggested electives follows. Many of these will be developed into courses by the ICOC MTA board as both supplemental courses and continuing education courses.