Certificates in Theology

OVERVIEW

These online theology programs are based on the philosophy that effective ministry requires a solid theological foundation, grounded in solid Catholic doctrine, with a deep spiritual and pastoral orientation.

The programs serve Catholic deacons and lay ecclesial ministers in their families, parishes, diocesan agencies, hospitals, work places, retreat/spiritual centers, or social service agencies.


CURRICULUM

Certificate in Catholic Catechesis

The Certificate in Catholic Catechesis is 6, 1-credit undergraduate courses that are ideal for the Parish Catechetical Leader, Director of Religious Education, and the advanced catechist. Students develop an understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith. The curriculum is derived from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The required texts are the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The course provides links to both resources at the USCCB website.

Bachelor’s Certificate in Catholic Theology

The online Certificate in Catholic Theology enables students who are interested in Catholic Theology and service to the Church to obtain a college level certificate as a stepping stone toward an eventual Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies.

Bachelor’s Certificate in Ministry to Black Catholics

This 21-credit online undergraduate certificates is for those involved with or interested in pastoral ministry and religious education among Black Catholics, especially largely African-American communities. The certificate can be a stepping stone towards the B.A. in Theological Studies, as all credits earned may be applied to the degree program.

Bachelor’s Certificate in Ministry to Latino Catholics

The 21-credit online undergraduate certificate applies to those who are involved with or interested in pastoral ministry and religious education among Latino Catholics, especially among those communities that self-identify as Latino or Hispanic. The certificate can be a stepping stone towards the B.A. in Theological Studies, as all credits earned may be applied to the degree program.

Graduate Certificate in Theology

This 18-credit online graduate certificate in theology enables students who have a bachelor’s degree who are interested in Catholic theology to obtain an advanced certificate as a stepping stone toward an eventual Master of Arts in Theology. The purpose of the certificate is to develop the student’s understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith, rooted in God’s revelation and embodied in the living tradition of the Church. The courses can be used toward credit fulfillment of the master of arts degree.

Graduate Certificate in Ministry to Black Catholics

This 21-credit online graduate certificate allows students to apply the credits earned towards a master’s degree in theology. The certificate program is for those who are interested in pastoral ministry and religious education, and the history and cultural diversity of among Black Catholics in the United States.

Graduate Certificate in Ministry to Latino Catholics

This 21-credit online graduate certificate allows students to apply the credits earned towards a master’s degree in theology. The certificate program applies to those who are involved with or interested in pastoral ministry and religious education among Latino Catholics, especially among those communities that self-identity as Latino or Hispanic.


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SOME OF OUR FACULTY

Carmina Magnusen Chapp
Carmina Magnusen Chapp
Ph.D., Duquesne University
M.A., Providence College
B.A., University of Notre Dame
The Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C.
The Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C.
D.Min., The Catholic University of America
M.Div., Washington Theological Union
M.S., Villanova University
M.A., The Catholic University of America
B.A., The Catholic University of America

STUDENT STORIES

Catherine Mackey
Catherine Mackey Syracuse, NY
“The professors were second to none. They were professional, brilliant, compassionate, loving. By the end, they were my friends. I could reach out to them at any point. I ended up developing professional, educational, and personal relationships throughout this program.”
Mariann Gilbride
Mariann GilbrideCherry Hill, NJ
“I was told the Moral Theology would be the hardest, but most rewarding course. It was challenging and invigorating. It stretched me to understand what God is asking of us, morally.”

CAREER MOVES

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, directors of religious activities and religious education direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of participants. These individuals plan, direct, or coordinate church school programs designed to promote religious education among church membership. They may provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, or religious problems. Learn more about what you can do with this major.

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