The Certificate of Theology
The Certificate of Theology is a course that enables every Christian everywhere to be better equipped to read & understand the Bible. It’s practical, accessible and flexibly delivered to your computer through audio recordings, readings and forum participation. Like a first aid certificate, it is important training, equipping all Christians wherever they are, and can be completed in as little as 12 months.
How it works
How the Certificate works
The three core units in the Certificate in Theology are New Testament, Old Testament and Christian Belief. The elective units (ie you only need to choose three) are Religious Education, Teaching Faith in the Classroom, Christian Leadership & Management, Lay Ministry Field Education, Introducing Pastoral Care and Advanced Pastoral Care. The last two units are the Pastoral Care units needed to become a School Chaplain. Or, if you are an SRE teacher, then you should include electives like Religious Education, Teaching Faith in the Classroom.
Here’s a brief description of each of the units:
- New Testament – a study of New Testament writings in their original context with a view to discovering their meaning in the life of today’s Church. The unit includes a review of New Testament geo-political history, an overview of the gospel of Mark and a consideration of the emerging church.
- Old Testament – introducing students to Old Testament literature, deepening your understanding and strengthening your faith. The unit provides an historical outline of the Old Testament with a review of the interplay between history and prophecy.
- Christian Belief – an introductory study of the Christian faith, aimed at producing sound knowledge and an increase in faith and commitment. A review of the doctrines of God as Creator, the nature of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity and the nature of the Church.
- Religious Education – an introduction to the way people learn and methods of teaching. The unit looks at the psychology of learning and methods of teaching – particularly as they apply to the education of persons in the Christian faith.
- Teaching Faith in the Classroom – this is a specialised unit that considers more closely the implications and skills for teaching Christian material in contemporary secular classrooms. The unit examines the context in which the Christian faith is taught in government schools, the differences in approaches to learning, and preparing and delivering a lesson.
- Lay Ministries Field Education – a unit designed to enable experiential based supervised learning through observation, participation and reflection with a mentor and using a journaling process.
- Introduction to Pastoral Care – Establishes a biblical basis and characteristics of pastoral care, enables students to develop an understanding of people in social relationships, discusses the pastoral opportunities and approaches in crisis situations and enables students to begin to develop skills in pastoral care. This is a core unit for Chaplains.
- Advanced Pastoral Care – Deals with specialist issues in relation to mental health and referral. The unit introduces students to the major factors and contexts relating to mental health issues, the relevant standards and practices that inform and regulate provision of care, the needs of people facing mental health issues and the key steps in assessing when and where to refer. This is a core unit for Chaplains.
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