How is the curriculum structured?
Video lessons are grouped into series. Series are grouped into courses. Courses are associated with one another in disciplines. Collectively, the disciplines comprise the curriculum.
This reflects the way an actual seminary traditionally structures its courses. Typically, a degree program requires students to study several different disciplines. Accordingly, it offers courses within each discipline. Courses are conducted by an instructor who provides multiple series of lectures or lessons on specific topics.
How is the curriculum used?
Schools, teachers, students, and other groups or individuals may obtain and implement series in any fashion they choose. Various series within the curriculum have been used succussfully for many years by seminaries, Bible schools, educators, churches, missionaries, and students.
Third Millennium Ministries is working to complete series and courses according to our projected curriculum outline. Users of the curriculum may design their own courses of study by grouping series in different ways to produce different courses, and by supplementing or altering the curriculum with other materials.
Third Millennium Ministries is a publisher, not an educational institution. We do not conduct courses with students, and we do not offer degrees.
A typical credit hour in an accredited seminary consists of at least 10 classroom hours. Classroom hours, in turn, commonly consist of instruction, discussion, testing, breaks, etc.
Third Millennium Ministries' curriculum is designed to replace these classroom instruction hours with video instruction that is roughly equivalent to the real-time instruction offered over the course of a semeseter in a typical classroom.
Because our videos are tightly scripted, each video hour contains approximately two to three times the content of an average live classroom hour. Thus, schools implementing the curriculum may determine to offer additional credit, or to require less work outside the classroom.
The curriculum is designed to be completed and implemented in three stages: a 27-credit certificate, a 54-credit M.A, and a 67.5-credit academic M.Div. core. It includes courses in Old Testament, New Testament, theology, practical theology, and church history.
This content is suitable to a biblical studies degree, but it can also serve as the basis for a theological studies degree. The M.Div. academic core is designed to be augmented with practicum courses and labs by local schools to create three-year Master of Divinity program. Educational institutions may also choose to incorporate individual series into their own courses, or to incoporate individual courses into their own curriculum.
The curriculum is designed for use by accredited institutions. All featured teachers are seminary professors from fully accredited seminaries. The total multimedia hours are sufficient to qualify for the credit listed. For use in accredited settings, these lessons would typically be accompanied by written assignments, discussions and testing. Study guides that accompany multimedia lessons outline and facilitate assignments and discussions.
What is the current status of the curriculum?
The curriculum is a work in progress. Series are made available as soon as they are completed. Third Millennium Ministries anticipates completing the curriculum in English in the next eight to ten years.
The course descriptions in the projected curriculum outline list series and lessons that are currently available. Available series and lessons are also listed in our eStore and on our download lessons page.
See our progress report for other details.