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Certified Christian Educators

For Christian Educators


Educator Certification Committee Meetings and Exam Deadlines

Educator Certification Committee Fall Meeting: November 15, 2017

Exams will be read at the time of submission with evaluations sent to educators within two months of submission. Certification will take place only at biannual meetings of the Educator Certification Committee.

Certification for Christian educators recognizes the preparation and performance of persons serving as church educators in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), sets standards for Christian educators, and provides support for professional development.

This process is an affirmation of the importance of education to the total ministry of the Church.

The process toward educator certification includes several steps

Application for Educator Certification

If you are interested in finding out more about the educator certification process and plan to submit an application, begin by reading the overview of the process. Connect with a Certification Advisor in your presbytery, and download the appropriate application once you have determined the level at which you will enter.

Leigh Anne Ring leading Vacation Bible School

*These applications are fillable PDF forms and should be filled out electronically. Do not use the built-in reader program found on your computer but, instead, save the document to your computer’s hard drive before completing it. If you do not have the latest version of Adobe Reader, you can install it from Adobe’s website.

Please note that we are in the process of some exciting changes and will soon be using a new comprehensive data system for collecting applications and updating information. Detailed instructions for this new system will soon be available. This update does not include changes to the requirements for the educator certification process itself but to the way we track those requirements. 

Educator Certification Courses

Requirements for educator certification include fulfilling knowledge and skill area coursework. As courses are approved, they are added here and are listed by date, subject and location.

Already a certified educator?

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For assistance in seeking a call as a Christian Educator, these resources are provided for you

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  1. The first step in beginning the educator certification process is to fill out an application (available at the link above). As a part of completing this, you will need to be connected to a Certification Advisor in your presbytery/area (contact list available with the application) and will need to provide information about ministry experience, current church membership. current position description, educational transcripts, and courses taken to meet the educational requirements. Upon submitting this information you are officially in the process and your information is updated as requirements are met. An overview of what is required and the steps of the process is also available along with the application.

    by Martha Miller

    January 25, 2016


  2. I am currently an interim youth director in at Dorchester Presbyterian Church in Summerville, SC and am interested in becoming a certified Christian Educator. I have an undergraduate degree in English and an MBA. Please advise on how I an begin this process. Thank you

    by Andi Stem

    January 24, 2016


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