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Certified Christian Educators

For Christian Educators


Educator Certification Committee Meetings and Exam Deadlines

Educator Certification Committee Upcoming Meetings: August 5, 2020; October 12–14, 2020; November 11, 2020; February 19, 2021; April 22–24, 2021

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 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. 

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Please note that to complete the CCE application, you will need an electronic copy of all academic transcripts as well as a current position/volunteer description. For the CEA application, three references are required along with a bio that serves as an introduction and a current position/volunteer description. Contact Martha Miller, PC(USA) educator certification manager at with any questions. Welcome to the educator certification process!

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 or currently in the certification process?

Connect to our new educator certification data system to keep your contact information up-to-date and to see your progress in the process at any time. Use these instructions to create your account and log in: Instructions for Connecting a Previous Certification and Instructions for Connecting Certification Information. Watch these instructional videos to assist you in creating an account and then updating your profile once the account is created and connected.


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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