Offered in partnership between New Saint Andrews College and the Association of
Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS)
If you are committed to classical and Christian education, then you identify with a glorious tradition.
This tradition traces its beginnings back to classical antiquity and flourished with the rise of
Christianity in the west. Have you studied the landmark writings that shaped this tradition?
These writings are challenging, as all great texts are. Now you have the opportunity to study these works
together with other likeminded educators, and under the guidance of one of our movement’s leading
scholars. This is a rigorous graduate-level course, offered for credit, and open to qualified
individuals who desire to explore the educational roots of the Christian west.
NSA is offering this course in partnership with ACCS. While ACCS recommends this course for any ACCS
school board member, administrator, or ACCS certified teacher, it especially recommends the course for
those seeking a Master's Level of teacher certification.
Students will be expected to complete the readings on schedule. Readings will include the following texts:
Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria (selections)
Augustine, On Christian Teaching
Cassiodorus Senator, Institutes of Divine and Secular Learning
Martianus Capella, The Marriage of Philology and Mercury
Hugh of St. Victor, Didascalicon
Pier Paolo Vergerio, The Character and Studies Befitting a Free-Born Youth
Leonardo Bruni, The Study of Literature
Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini, The Education of Boys
Battista Guarino, A Program of Teaching and Learning
John Amos Comenius, The Great Didactic
John Milton, “Of Education”
Dorothy Sayers, “The Lost Tools of Learning”
C. Stephen Jaeger, The Envy of Angels: Cathedral Schools and Social Ideals in Medieval Europe,
Douglas Wilson, The Case for Classical and Christian Education
Robert Littlejohn and Charles T. Evans, Wisdom and Eloquence: A Christian Paradigm for Classical
Kevin Clark and Ravi Jain, The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical
Instructional Format and Assignments
The instructor will provide orientation for each reading. He will also meet with students in discussion seminars,
via video conference, once every two weeks. In addition, students shall participate in online discussion threads
and complete two graded writing assignments. The course culminates in an oral examination, conducted one-on-one
with the instructor, via video conference. For the College's commitment to sound pedagogy for all online
instruction, see our official position here:
Christopher Schlect, PhD, has worked in classical and Christian education for about 30 years. As Senior
Fellow of History at New Saint Andrews College, he teaches courses in classical rhetoric, education,
history. He is the director of the College’s graduate program in classical and Christian studies. For
many years Dr. Schlect taught history, theology and rhetoric at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, where he
also coached Logos’s Mock Trial team to seventeen state championships. He serves classical and Christian
schools around the country through his consulting and teacher training activities.
The course runs through the 2020-21 academic year--from September 14, 2020, to April 16, 2021.
Cost and Credit
Tuition is $1,000 per student, due at the beginning of the course. Students who successfully complete this course
will earn two graduate credits from New Saint Andrews College.
How to Apply
To apply, follow the button below where you will complete the online form and find instructions for submitting
materials, including all materials noted in the Eligibility Requirements detailed below.
History of Classical Christian Education Graduate-level Course Application Steps
Submit Application Starter Form
Please fill out and submit the starter form.
See Confirmation Email
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Applicants must document both their Christian commitment and sufficient academic preparation for graduate-level
course. This includes the following:
Letter summarizing applicant’s interest and educational goals;
Pastoral evaluation to be completed by applicant’s pastor or church elder; and
EITHER college transcript verifying applicant’s completion of college degree OR letter from applicant’s
employer testifying to his or her academic fitness for graduate-level study.
Deadline and Acceptance Process
Applications must be complete before they will be considered, and will be reviewed in the order in which they are
received. The College will promptly notify applicants of its decision on their acceptance and will provide
further instruction about enrollment and payment. Accepted applicants will secure their enrollment when the
College receives their tuition payment.
Space is limited. The College will consider applications until enrollment is full, or no later than September 1,