Certified Christian Educators
Certified Christian Educators
What is a Christian Educator?
Christian educators are persons called by God to a ministry of education who demonstrate their faith in and love for Jesus Christ, are dedicated to the life of faith and are serious in purpose, honest in character and joyful in service. It is expected that Christian educators be persons with skills and training in biblical interpretation, Reformed theology, human development, religious education theory and practice, and the polity, programs and mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Application for Educator Certification
Download information about the educator certification process, an application, and become connected to an Education Certification Advisor here.
2016 Educator Certification Handbook Now Available
To assist Christian Educators in becoming familiar with the process and steps involved in becoming a Certified Christian Educator or Christian Education Associate, this Handbook has been revised for 2016.
Congregations can serve an important role in encouraging and supporting educators as they become interested in and pursue educator certification. Find out how to assist in the professional development of educators.
Continuing education for volunteers
Opening Doors to Discipleship, the free online training resource, offers four courses:
- Course A, Teaching Skills
- Course B, Bible Background
- Course C, Presbyterian/Reformed Faith
- Course D, Discipleship
Each course provides 12 sessions of interactive learning for training, leader development, or faith formation. Contact your presbytery resource center or email Congregational Ministries Publishing (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the PC(USA) log-in code. For security purposes, this number is unavailable on the Web. Please note the policies for educator certification regarding these courses meeting the knowledge and skill area requirements for the Christian Education Associate level (formerly Enrolled Educational Associate) of the Educator Certification process.
Support and advocacy for Christian Educators
The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators is a professional association concerned with the advancement of education in the church and is committed to the on-going witness of our faith in the Gospel.
News & Statements
March 23, 2016
Last year, Paula Zavitz completed a goal that she had been working toward for nearly a decade: becoming a certified Christian educator in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Zavitz, who works as director of children’s ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Rapid City, South Dakota, is the only certified Christian educator in her presbytery and state.
These pages are for educators, congregations, certification advisors, presbyteries, and others interested in educator certification.
- Mid Council Ministries
- Certified Christian Educators
- Church Leadership Connection
- Commissioned Ruling Elders
- Constitutional Interpretation
- Mid Council Relations
- Ministers/ Teaching Elders
- Preparation for Ministry
- Ruling Elders