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Certified Christian Educators

Educator Certification Courses


There are a total of seven course areas required for educator certification (Presbyterian Polity and Presbyterian Program and Mission are typically taught together as one course). Although taught by a variety of instructors and in different settings, there is standard content for each. These standards for each course area are available here.

Educator Certification Readiness Summary
In order to successfully complete the requirements for educator certification in the PC(USA), educators should be prepared to meet these expectations prior to beginning the educator certification exam.

Approved Courses
These courses have been approved by the Educator Certification Committee as meeting the requirements for educator certification:

Instructor: Cindy Kissel-Ito
Dates: August 31–October 4, 2020
Course Provider: Union Presbyterian Seminary
Contact: Tinsley Jones
For More Information: Available online
Religious Education Theory and Practice (online)
Instructor: Jennifer Pattee
Dates: September 2, 2020 – December 11, 2020 (Course will also be offered in the winter semester of 2021)
Course Title: Foundations of Christian Education
Course Provider: University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Contact: Emily Blue 1.800.369.UDTS
Registration: Available online
Instructor: Stephanie Fritz
Dates: October 5–7, 2020
Location: Online as a part of the SCRAPCE Fall Workshop
Cost: $40
Registration: Available online
Note: This course fulfills the requirement for Program & Mission but does NOT meet the requirement for Presbyterian Polity
Human Growth & Faith Development*
Instructor: Rebecca Davis
Dates: January 4–31, 2021; In class February 1–3, 2021
Location: APCE Annual Event; Chicago, IL
Contact: Melissa Kirkpatrick
Registration and Information: Available online

*This hybrid model includes about 18 hours of in-home and online work before coming to campus for the additional 12 required hours.

Projected Courses
While the course designs and instructors have not yet been approved by the Educator Certification Committee, the following information is the anticipated course schedule listed for your planning purposes. Please keep in mind that the courses listed below are not official until the Educator Certification Committee has approved the course design.
2021 Projected Courses:
Religious Education Theory & Practice—Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Certificate in Ministry’s Teaching in the Church course (January)
Religious Education Theory & Practice—Union Presbyterian Seminary (spring)
Religious Education Theory & Practice—University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (spring)
Reformed Theology—Union Presbyterian Seminary (spring)
Worship & Sacraments—Montreat
Polity, Program, & Mission—Union Presbyterian Seminary (fall)
Religious Education Theory & Practice—University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (fall)

2022 Projected Courses:
Polity, Program, and Mission—APCE Annual Event
Religious Education Theory & Practice—University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (spring)
Worship & Sacraments—Union Presbyterian Seminary
Biblical Interpretation—Union Presbyterian Seminary
Religious Education Theory and Practice—Montreat
Human Growth & Faith Development—Union Presbyterian Seminary
Religious Education Theory & Practice—University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (fall)

BLENDED LEARNING Program at Union Presbyterian Seminary
Students in the Blended Learning Program at Union Presbyterian Seminary do course work in the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree at home. They come to campus for brief sessions in the summer or winter where they interact with fellow students and faculty and participate together in worship and fellowship activities. 

In addition to the approved courses, please be aware that the corresponding required courses in degree programs from PC(USA)-related seminaries will be accepted as meeting educational requirements for certification at CCE level. Electives will be considered on a course by course basis. For PC(USA) Ministers of Word and Sacrament, passing an ordination exam will meet its respective knowledge and skill area requirement in certification.

Educators seeking the Christian Education Associate level (formerly Enrolled Educational Assistant) will complete coursework through the Opening Doors to Discipleship online training resource. CEA candidates will also meet with their Certification Advisors after completion of each of the four modules to discuss their journals and ways this course informs their educational ministry.

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