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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:

Instructor: Jennifer Pattee
Dates: September 7, 2021–December 17, 2021 (Course will also be offered in the spring semester of 2022)
Course Provider: University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Contact: Emily Blue 1.800.369.UDTS
For More Information: Available online
Worship and Sacraments
Instructor: Becky Davis
Dates: April 5 – May 12, 2021 (online)
Course Provider: Union Presbyterian Seminary
Contact: Tinsley Jones
For More Information and Registration:

*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.
2021 Projected Courses:
Reformed Theology—Union Presbyterian Seminary (fall)
Worship & Sacraments—Montreat

2022 Projected Courses:
Polity, Program, and Mission—APCE Annual Event
Religious Education Theory & Practice—University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (spring)
Worship & Sacraments—Union Presbyterian Seminary
Biblical Interpretation—Union Presbyterian Seminary
Religious Education Theory and Practice—Montreat
Human Growth & Faith Development—Union Presbyterian Seminary
Religious Education Theory & Practice—University of Dubuque Theological 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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