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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:

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION THEORY AND PRACTICE (ONLINE)
Instructor: Cindy Kissel-Ito
Dates: April 18, 2022 – June 10, 2022
Course Provider: Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond
Contact: Theda Wortman
For More Information: Available online
Presbyterian Polity (ONLINE)
Instructor:  Gary Eller
Dates: June 6 – August 26, 2022 (and beginning in September 2022 for Fall Term)
Course Provider: University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Contact: Becky Shellabarger
For More Information: Available online
Worship & Sacraments (ONLINE)
Instructor: Richard Shaffer
Dates: June 6 – August 26, 2022 (and beginning in September 2022 for Fall Term)
Course Provider: University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Contact: Becky Shellabarger
For More Information: Available online
HUMAN GROWTH & FAITH DEVELOPMENT (ONLINE)
Instructor: Cindy Kissel-Ito
Dates: July 11 – August 28, 2022
Course Provider: Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond
Contact: Theda Wortman
For More Information: Available online
REFORMED THEOLOGY (ONLINE)
Instructor: David Congdon
Dates: Begins in September 2022
Course Provider: University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Contact: Becky Shellabarger
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.
 
2022 Projected Courses:
Worship & Sacraments—Montreat
Religious Education Theory & Practice—University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (fall)

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)


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.


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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