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Certificate in Christian Education

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Through our Certificate in Christian Education, you will study with one of the top Christian Education departments in the nation and develop skills for the practice of Christian education with adults, youth, and children in a wide variety of settings.

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Online and Intensive Courses Available $425 per Credit Hour with Student & Technology Fees Included Earn Up to 15 Credit Hours that can be Transferred into a Degree Program

A Certificate in Christian Education will help you:

  • Develop a foundational knowledge of the Bible and theology in Christian education
  • Reflect critically on the theory and practice of Christian education
  • Cultivate pedagogical skills for the practice of Christian education

Course Requirements

  Course Title Credit Hours Per Course
  Teaching for Biblical Faith 3
  Theological Education in the Parish 3
  Educating Christians for Social Change 3
  Introduction to Youth Ministry 3
 

Emancipatory Pedagogy*

3

*You must complete Teaching for Biblical Faith, Educating Christians for Social Change, or Introduction to Youth Ministry before you can enroll in this course.

Please click here to view upcoming course schedules by semester.


 

Course Descriptions

Teaching for Biblical Faith (CE 502)
In this course, participants will engage critical, creative, liberative approaches to reading and teaching the Bible in communities of faith. We will explore reading strategies from the margins, particularly as articulated by racial/ethnic biblical scholarship. Synthesizing this exploration of critical methods of biblical interpretation with knowledge of developmental and learning theories, we will construct teaching strategies for Bible studies that would enliven transformative, transgressive biblical faith.

Theological Education in the Parish (CE 606)
Examines the task of the pastor and educator as theological educators in the community of faith, relating theology, and teaching methods for the life and mission of the church.

Educating Christians for Social Change (CE 520)
This advanced course in Christian education considers the relationship between the church’s educational ministry and the ministries of social transformation. The course will examine personal commitments to social transformation, theologies of change, and educational skills for transformation.

Introduction to Youth Ministry (CE 510)
The aim of this course will be to broaden our understanding of Christian education and its role in engaging in spiritual development and faith formation with youth. The course will explore the human development and culture of today’s youth, the context necessary for spiritual development to take place, and various pedagogical models that can be used to guide youth from adolescence to young adulthood.

Emancipatory Pedagogy (CE 850)
Examine, engage, reflect, and expand the understanding of critical pedagogies, assessing how they can effectively help to interpret reality and encourage communities to meet the challenges of contemporary society. Becoming a critical, caring, and articulate educator who can use their skills to monitor and interpret the main trends and needs of local communities and society, in general, by using resources that cooperatively can contribute to social and community change. Cultivate critical self-understanding and enhance existing skills by applying newly acquired knowledge and abilities to develop pedagogical approaches that are emancipatory and liberating at the local and/or community level.

Admission Requirements/Application Process

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in any field

Application Process

  • Complete online application
  • Submit resume
  • Request undergraduate/graduate transcripts be sent to Garrett-Evangelical

For more information about the admission requirements and/or application process, please visit our FAQs webpage or contact our Admissions Office at GetAdmitted@Garrett.edu or 847.866.3998.

Apply Now Inquire

Use waiver code LAUNCH by August 1, 2019, to waive the application fee!

FAQs

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UMC Professional Certification Track

Through the Certificate in Christian Education UMC Professional Certification Track, you will earn both a Certificate in Christian Education from Garrett-Evangelical and complete the necessary academic courses set by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church for their professional certification in Christian education. 

Course Requirements

  Course Title Credit Hours Per Course
  Teaching for Biblical Faith 3
  Theological Education in the Parish 3
  Educating Christians for Social Change 3
  Emancipatory Pedagogy* 3
 

One of the following denominational courses:

  • United Methodist History
  • United Methodist Doctrine
  • United Methodist Polity
  • United Methodist Studies: Wesley and the 19th Century
  • United Methodist Studies: 20th Century to the Present

United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity are 2 credit hours each

Both United Methodist Studies courses are 3 credit hours each

*You must complete Teaching for Biblical Faith or Educating Christians for Social Change before you can enroll in this course.

Please click here to view upcoming course schedules by semester.


 

Course Descriptions

Teaching for Biblical Faith (CE 502)
In this course, participants will engage critical, creative, liberative approaches to reading and teaching the Bible in communities of faith. We will explore reading strategies from the margins, particularly as articulated by racial/ethnic biblical scholarship. Synthesizing this exploration of critical methods of biblical interpretation with knowledge of developmental and learning theories, we will construct teaching strategies for Bible studies that would enliven transformative, transgressive biblical faith.

Theological Education in the Parish (CE 606)
Examines the task of the pastor and educator as theological educators in the community of faith, relating theology and teaching methods for the life and mission of the church.

Educating Christians for Social Change (CE 520)
This advanced course in Christian education considers the relationship between the church’s educational ministry and the ministries of social transformation. The course will examine personal commitments to social transformation, theologies of change, and educational skills for transformation.

Emancipatory Pedagogy (CE 850)
Examine, engage, reflect, and expand the understanding of critical pedagogies, assessing how they can effectively help to interpret reality and encourage communities to meet the challenges of contemporary society. Becoming a critical, caring, and articulate educator who can use their skills to monitor and interpret the main trends and needs of local communities and society, in general, by using resources that cooperatively can contribute to social and community change. Cultivate critical self-understanding and enhance existing skills by applying newly acquired knowledge and abilities to develop pedagogical approaches that are emancipatory and liberating at the local and/or community level.

United Methodist History (DENOM 600)
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to become knowledgeable about the origins of the Wesleyan tradition and its expressions in The United Methodist Church. It explores the roots of the movement in the Anglican Church and the Wesleyan Revival of the 18th century, and the history of the institutional and theological development of American Methodist/Evangelical United Brethren tradition through the beginning of the 21st century.

United Methodist Doctrine (DENOM 601)
This course is designed to make the student familiar with the theology of John Wesley by becoming familiar with his sermons, a doctrinal standard in the United Methodist Church. This will become a starting point for understanding Methodist theology in general, which is characterized by a theological method that seeks to contextualize the Christian faith in a connectional structure of the church.

United Methodist Polity (DENOM 602)
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to fulfill the learning goals described by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church for fulfillment of the Polity requirement. We will focus on the broader ecology of the ecclesiological forms, governance configurations, membership, and orders as they are expressions of the United Methodist expression of Christian mission. The student’s use and growing familiarity with the Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions is an essential requirement and expectation of the course.

UM Studies: Wesley and the 19th Century (DENOM 603)
The foundational contribution of John Wesley to the history, doctrine, and polity of Methodism. The Methodist tradition in the U.S. through the 19th century.

UM Studies: 20th Century to Present (DENOM 604)
Developments within United Methodism, as related to the ecumenical movement, world mission, personal evangelism, and social justice. Evolution of polity, theology, and denominational structure.

Admission Requirements/Application Process

Garrett-Evangelical Admission Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in any field

Garrett-Evangelical Application Process

  • Complete online application
  • Submit resume
  • Request undergraduate/graduate transcripts be sent to Garrett-Evangelical

GBHEM Enrollment Process

  • Once you have received your acceptance letter from Garrett-Evangelical, download and complete the enrollment form from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) found here.
  • Send copies of your completed GBHEM enrollment form to your annual conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry and to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Certification in Specialized Ministry, P.O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203-0007.

For more information about the admission requirements and/or application process, please visit our FAQs webpage or contact our Admissions Office at GetAdmitted@Garrett.edu or 847.866.3998.

Apply Now Inquire

Use waiver code LAUNCH by August 1, 2019, to waive the application fee!

FAQs

What is the difference between a Certificate in Christian Education and a Certificate in Child Advocacy?

A Certificate in Christian Education provides a broad view of Christian education and its practices for persons of all ages. A Certificate in Child Advocacy focuses on ministries with children and youth more specifically.

Are there other requirements I need to meet for a UMC Professional Certification in Christian Education?

Yes. While Garrett-Evangelical provides you with the course work, The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) sets the requirements for UMC Professional Certification, which is granted to you by your Board of Ordained Ministry. Download Requirements


Click here to access FAQs about Garrett-Evangelical Certificate Programs and UMC Professional Certifications.