Certificate Programs (School of Theology)

CERTIFICATE OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES 

The Certificate of Christian Studies offers students an opportunity to complete a personalized, short-term nondegree program to meet a wide range of goals, from training for a specific church or parachurch ministry to personal and spiritual enrichment. It can be designed as a focused course of study or a sampling of master's-level courses from the Schools of Theology, Intercultural Studies, or Psychology. By enrolling in convenient daytime or evening courses at any Fuller location, or in any of the courses available through Fuller's Distance Learning Programs, or any combination of these, students pursuing the certificate can gain an introduction to theological, biblical, or missiological basics at the graduate level. The program may help students assess the possibility of pursuing a seminary degree. Although the certificate is not awarded to students already admitted to degree programs, all courses earned toward a certificate can be credited toward a degree program upon later admission to that program (if appropriate to the curriculum, and subject to certain degree requirements, such as residency or distance learning limits). 

Admission standards for the Certificate of Christian Studies are the same as for admission to a master's degree program.

The Certificate of Christian Studies requires the completion of six master's-level courses (24 units). All work must be completed at Fuller; no transfer credit is accepted toward the certificate. At least 16 units must be taken in the School of Theology to earn the certificate from that school.

All work for the certificate must be completed within seven years.


 CERTIFICATE IN ANGLICAN COMMUNION STUDIES  

The Certificate in Anglican Communion Studies is designed for students who are preparing for ordination or who simply want to deepen their understanding of Anglicanism/Episcopalianism. Taught by a team of scholars from around the world, courses will emphasize the practical implications of Anglican Communion studies as well as their academic basis. The emphasis requires 24 units. All of the courses are available only online. 

Required courses

  • DP516 Anglican History and Polity 
  • PM546 Pastoral Theology, Ministry, and Ethics from an Anglican Perspective
  • SP526 Anglican Spirituality
  • TH560 Anglican Theology
  • TM531 Anglican Mission in Global Context
  • WS523 Anglican Liturgy and Worship


CERTIFICATE IN RECOVERY MINISTRIES 


The Certificate in Recovery Ministry is designed for people who wish to develop their understanding and skills in working in situations of additions and abuse. Because addiction and abuse are among the largest public health problems on the planet, it is difficult to do ministry of any kind without feeling the impact of these problems. This certificate provides students an opportunity to study some basic insights into the dynamics of addiction and abuse and help them respond in productive ways to persons struggling with these issues. Although the certificate is not awarded to students already admitted to degree programs, all courses earned toward a certificate can be credited toward a degree program upon later admission to that program (if appropriate to the curriculum, and subject to certain degree requirements, such as residency or distance learning limits).

Admission standards for the Certificate in Recovery Ministry are the same as for admission to a master's degree program.

The Certificate in Recovery Ministry requires the completion of six master's-level courses (24 units). With the exception of NS500, which is available at most Fuller locations and through distance learning, the coursework for this certificate is only available in Pasadena. All work for the certificate must be completed within seven years.

Curriculum 


Biblical Studies (4 units)

  • NS500 Gospels

Recovery Ministry (20 units)

Choose three of the following (12 units) 

  • EV532 Recovery Ministry in the Local Church
  • CN553 Pastoral Care and Abuse
  • CN557 Pastoral Care and Addictions
  • CN558 Pastoral Care and Sexuality
  • YF509 Handling Crisis in Youth and Family Ministry
  • YF511 Ministry to At-Risk Youth

Choose one of the following (4 units) 

  • CN504 Family Therapy and Pastoral Counseling
  • FS500 Family Systems Dynamics

Choose one of the following (4 units) 

  • Any course with the CN prefix
  • Any course designated as SPIR in the quarterly schedule
  • Any of the course listed above not already taken

CERTIFICATE IN THEOLOGY AND THE ARTS 

The Certificate in Theology and the Arts is designed for people with an academic interest in culture, art, and theology, and for practicing artists who want a theological and biblical foundation for their work. Students prepare to be theologicalinterpreters of culture and/or artists able to bring art and cultureinto conversation with theology. Although the certificate is not awarded to students already admitted to degree programs, all courses earned toward a certificate can be credited toward a degree program upon later admission to that program (if appropriate to the curriculum, and subject to certain degree requirements, such as residency or distance learning limits).

Admission standards for the Certificate in Theology and the Arts are the same as for admission to a master's degree program.

The Certificate in Theology and the Arts requires the completion of six master's-level courses (24 units). Some or all of the coursework may be completed online. Applicable courses may be offered in special locations, such as New York City. All work for the certificate must be completed within seven years.

Curriculum 

  • Four courses (16 units) that fall under the categories of Theology and Culture (TC) or Worship Studies (WS) One of these four courses must be from the following
    • TC516 Worship, Theology, and Art
    • TC517 Theological Method for Worship and the Arts
    • TC581 Worship, Theology, and the Arts Touchstone Course
  • Two elective courses (8 units)

CERTIFICATE IN YOUTH MINISTRY 

The Certificate in Youth Ministry provides youth ministers in church and parachurch organizations with practical and theological training foundational to effective youth ministry. This unique nondegree program can be completed with a minimum of time away from ministry commitments. Although the certificate is not awarded to students already admitted to degree programs, all courses earned toward a certificate can be credited toward a degree program upon later admission to that program (if appropriate to the curriculum, and subject to certain degree requirements, such as residency or distance learning limits).

Admission standards for the Certificate in Youth Ministry are the same as for admission to a master's degree program.

The Certificate in Youth Ministry requires the completion of six master's-level courses (24 units) essential for effective youth ministry, including two six-month field education practica conducted in each student's home ministry area under the supervision of a qualified mentor (for a total of 4 units of credit). All work for the certificate must be completed within seven years.

Curriculum 

Required (12 units):

  • YF500 Foundations of Youth Ministry
  • YF502 Leadership in Youth Ministry
  • YF503 Youth Outreach and Evangelism

Biblical Studies Elective (any course with the OT, NE, or NS prefix)  (4 units)

School of Theology Elective (4 units)

Youth Ministry Practica (4 units)