The Foundations for Authentic Christian Teaching and Learning

Chesapeake, Virginia. Online or on campus July 12-17, 2020.

Ask yourself: How did you become a teacher?  Do you want to be a teacher at home or in school? What preparation have you been given for the privilege of forming the hearts and minds of the influencers and leaders of the next generation? To form the character of the nation multi-generationally?  Beyond curriculum or skill-building, how do you learn the methods of forming Christian character, of inspiring hearts, and building leaders?

The Foundations for Authentic Christian Teaching and Learning certification course relies on Biblical reasoning; the practice of the methods that form Christian character; mastery of the Biblical classical approach that measurably forms the Biblical worldview for all of life; preparation to be a living textbook to your students; use of Christian scholarship to cultivate effective communication skills; the emergence of the teaching gift that elevates the individual, imparts vision for the Kingdom, and rebuilds the culture for Christ.

Our training prepares you to serve God’s purposes for our children by His grace in profound hope.

Outcomes of the Foundations Course include:

  • A love of teaching that begets the love of learning
  • A genuine Biblical worldview in every subject
  • Mastery of methods that form Christian character and conviction
  • A providential view of history and life
  • The ability to impart life-long learning skills
  • Effective use of logic and reasoning 
  • Effective communication skills
  • Strategies for enabling every learner
  • Certification advancement

Three years of teacher summer training will culminate in certification as a Principle Approach Master Teacher. Click here for an overview.

Year One: The Foundations Course

Mission:  To impart the foundational philosophy, methods, and curriculum of Biblical classical Principle Approach teaching and learning for rebuilding the culture multi-generationally for Christ His Story.

The Foundations Course is the entry-level, five-day course in the Principle Approach philosophy, methodology and curriculum towards becoming a credentialed master Principle Approach teacher. The joy of forming like-minded study partnerships with Principle Approach teachers and fellow-students focuses upon authentic learning and the honing of the Biblical worldview and Christian scholarship. 

Teaching/Mentoring Method:  Direct instruction with participation by discussion and presentation; building the Foundations record for all future teaching; application of teaching to individual circumstances (levels, settings, subjects, families, etc.); development of plans for implementation in local teaching setting.

Attendees include:

  • Novice teachers in school or home
  • Experienced teachers seeking more 
  • Administrators who supervise instruction
  • Pastors seeking education solutions
  • Patriots concerned to rebuild the culture

Although many will want to take the summer training in order to become a certified master teacher, this may not be your desire. As always, you are welcome to take the summer training sessions without the pursuit of master teacher status.  

Teachers and parents may also take the summer training as a refresher or to continue to stay current on Principle Approach philosophy, curriculum and methods.

ACSI Christian Philosophy of Education

FACE desires to assist you to fulfill the ACSI Christian Philosophy of Education Requirement which is necessary for your ACSI teacher certification. By successfully completing our Foundations Course and Practicum, with a little additional work, you will also complete the ACSI Christian Philosophy of Education Requirement, saving you time and additional work. Read More

Your Instructors

The Foundations Course will be taught by master teachers and scholars. Dr. Carole Adams, President of FACE and architect of The Noah Plan Principle Approach curriculum; Dr. Max Lyons, Director of Teaching Services at FACE, author and co-author of six books; Gary Porter, constitutional lecturer; Dr. Mike Myers, headmaster and founder of Dayspring Christian Academy; Margie Lyons, homeschool expert; Martha Shirley, Director of Professional Development at StoneBridge School; and Chris Evans, Virginia historian and author.

Tuition and ACSI Credit

The five-day Year One  Foundations Course tuition is $275 per person, whether taking online or onsite. For those onsite we will begin with an opening reception on Sunday evening followed by five days of training, concluding with a Christian History Tour to Jamestown, Williamsburg on Friday.

ACSI CEU credit is an additional $10.
ACSI Christian Philosophy of Education credit is an additional $10. Read More.

Meals and lodging are not included. This schedule is subject to change.

Three convenient ways to study

The Foundations Course, the first year of the FACE Master Teacher Certification,  can be taken either onsite, online, or as an independence study on your own schedule. Year two, Applications and year three, Exhibition, must be completed onsite. Teachers may enroll in the Foundations Course at any time. The onsite/live online Foundations course will be held July 12-17, 2020.

The  Foundations Course is also available as an independent study; you may register for the Course, view the teachings, and complete the assignments at your convenience. The FACE teaching staff will assist you to create and complete your record of learning for future teaching assignments in your local setting. For those desiring the Master Teacher Certification, all assignments must be completed by March 31st in order to be eligible to enroll in the Applications Course for that summer. Questions? Contact Max Lyons at, 757-488-6601. 

Download a PDF of the 2020 Foundations brochure here.

Click here for a lookback at the 2019 schedule.

Click here for a report on the 2019 Foundations Course.

Recommended Hotels

Click here for a list of recommended hotels within 15 miles of the The Foundation for American Christian Education, The Hall-Slater Library and Training Center at 4225 Portsmouth Blvd, Chesapeake, Virginia 23321.