Adolescent Development

Course number: DEGS0913 • Credit hours: 3 hrs


Distance Education Course: Study adolescent development in both theoretical and practical approaches and supports application to youth ministry.

Course Description: The intent of this course is to introduce students to the scientific study of adolescent development and apply this knowledge toward effective youth work. Although the volume of material in print on these two areas is vast, we will survey the most important topics as they relate to youth and youth work. This course is introductory in nature so it will provide a basic understanding of adolescent development and foundational principles that will serve as a basis for further study. The course is both theoretical and practical. The student is encouraged to always ask, “How can I apply this information toward working with teens today?”

Course textbook:
Adolescence. 15th Edition.
 John W. Santrock. ISBN 9781259060847

    Instructor:  Ron Powell

Biography: Ron Powell has a passion to develop servant leaders for Christian ministry. After pastoring for ten years, he began teaching in higher education in the classroom and online. Over the past 20 years he has taught full time at Master’s College and Seminary, and adjunct at Tyndale Seminary, and Prairie Bible College. During this time he also taught online for Taylor University, in Indiana and developed dozens of online courses for IBOLT. At Vanguard College he has served as the Youth Ministry Institute Director, the Field Education Director, and the Graduate Studies Director. He takes great joy in seeing students learn, develop their gifts and use them to serve others.

Education: B.Th., Master’s College and Seminary; M.T.S., Tyndale Seminary; D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.