Certification for educators
Educator Certification Committee Meetings and Exam Deadlines
Educator Certification Committee Fall Meeting: October 22, 2015
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.
Additional resources you will find on this page:
Application for Educator Certification
Educator Certification Courses
Already a certified educator?
Educator Certification Committee
Spread the word about Certification
Educators reflect on their experience in the certification process
If you are interested in finding out more about the educator certification process and plan to submit an application, read this overview.
Download an application for Certified Christian Educator or Christian Education Associate once you have determined the level at which you will enter. The applications are fillable PDF forms and should be filled out electronically. Applications must be completed on Adobe Reader 9 or above. Do not use the built-in application found on your computer. If you do not have, or are unsure if you have, Adobe Reader 9 or above, you can install it from Adobe's website. When completed and saved as a PDF, application should be submitted electronically to Martha.Miller@pcusa.org.
To become connected to an Education Certification Advisor in your presbytery or a surrounding presbytery, if necessary, use this presbytery map and this list of presbytery-approved Educator Certification Advisors. This connection is required at the time of application.
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.
Educator Certification Advisors are appointed by the presbytery and approved by the Educator Certification Committee. Resources, including the Educator Certification Handbook and online training components are available.
The Educator Certification Committee (ECC) is the elected body charged with establishing the certification standards, evaluating certification exams, and approving Educator Certification Advisors.
Current members of the ECC are:
- Class of 2016: Hugh Anderson, Susan Sharp Campbell, Sung Hee Chang, Kathy Dawson, Mary Marcotte
- Class of 2018: Jenna Campbell, Craig Foster, Don Griggs, Jon Reinink
- Appointed by Union Presbyterian Seminary: Cindy Kissel-Ito
- Appointed by Association of Presbyterian Church Educators: Priscilla Andre-Colton
- Office of Vocation Staff: Martha Miller, ex-officio member
Members of the Committee are nominated through the General Assembly Nominating Committee process. To apply for nomination, visit the nominations website.
Do you know an educator who is considering certification or who needs more information about the process? An educator certification bookmark may be just what is needed. Order these free bookmarks that introduce the process.
For a larger quantity, contact the Office of Certification.