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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:

Reformed Theology
Instructor: William Yoo
Dates: December 12, 2022 – January 25, 2023 (in person in Birmingham, AL January 23–25)
Course Provider: Association of Partners in Christian Education
Contact: Billie Sutter
For More Information: www.apcenet.org
Worship & Sacraments (Online)
Instructor: Rebecca Davis
Dates: February 6 – March 21, 2023
Course Provider: Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond
Contact: Theda Wortman
For More Information: Available Online
HUMAN GROWTH & FAITH DEVELOPMENT (ONLINE)
Instructor: Cindy Kissel-Ito
Dates: June 5 – July 28, 2023
Course Provider: Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond
Contact: Theda Wortman
For More Information: Available online
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, THEORY & PRACTICE (ONLINE)
Instructor: Cindy Kissel-Ito
Dates: August 21 – October 13, 2023
Course Provider: Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond
Contact: Theda Wortman
For More Information: Available online
Presbyterian Polity, Program & Mission (Online)
Instructor: Carson Rhyne
Dates: September 11 – November 3, 2023
Course Provider: Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond
Contact: Theda Wortman
For More 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.
 
2023 Projected Courses:
Reformed Theology—Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Annual Event
Religious Education Theory & Practice—Montreat
Polity, Program, & Mission—Union Presbyterian Seminary (spring)
Worship & Sacraments—Union Presbyterian Seminary (spring)
Reformed Theology—Union Presbyterian Seminary (fall)

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.

Requirements for the Christian Education Associate level (formerly Enrolled Educational Assistant) have changed as of February 2021. Click here to learn more about the process.

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