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Certified Christian Educators

Educator Certification Courses


There are a total of seven course areas required for educator certification. Although taught by a variety of instructors and in different settings, there is standard content for each. Rubrics 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.

Reformed Theology (Hybrid Course*)
Instructor: Dawn DeVries
Dates: Begins at home – April 22, 2019; In Class – May 14–16, 2019
Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary; Richmond, VA
Contact: Tinsley Jones (
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Presbyterian Polity, Program, and Mission (Hybrid Course*)
Instructor: Carson Rhyne
Dates: Begins at home – September 2, 2019; In Class – October 1–3, 2019
Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary; Richmond, VA
Contact: Tinsley Jones (
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Religious Education Theory and Practice (Hybrid Course*)
Instructor: Cindy Kissel-Ito
Dates: Begins at home – January 6; In Class – January 27–29, 2020; Final paper due February 16, 2020
Location: APCE Annual Event
Contact: Renda Brinson (
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*This hybrid model includes about 18 hours of in-home and online work before coming to campus for the additional 12 required hours.

Alternative course options

Distance Education Courses at Dubuque Seminary
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary admits unclassified students, who can take up to 12 credits online or in residence without enrolling in a degree program. Selected M. Div. coursework from the Distance Education Program will be accepted as fulfilling requirements for Biblical Interpretation, Reformed Theology, Worship and Sacraments and Presbyterian Polity, Program and Mission at CCE level. These courses include “English Exegesis” offered each spring, “Presbyterian History and Confessions” offered every fall and summer, “Polity and Program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offered every spring and summer and “Worship in the Reformed Tradition”. CLP coursework (currently at one credit) will not fulfill the entire requirement for certification.

Extended Campus Program at Union Presbyterian Seminary

Students in the Extended Campus 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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