What are Certificates?
Certificates are widely recognized credentials given by many universities for short-term training in a variety of areas.
What are the benefits of Certificates?
Certificates allow individuals to pursue specialized study or training without having to commit to a full course of graduate level study. They can be beneficial in a variety of ways. Some individuals pursue certification simply to deepen their knowledge of the Bible and the Catholic faith. Others do it to test the waters of graduate school. Professionals in Church ministry pursue certificates to deepen their knowledge in a specific area of ministry, enhance their own ministry, or receive the skills and credentials they need to prepare for the next step in their careers.
What kinds of Certificates are offered?
At the Augustine Institute, there are two kinds of certificates offered:
I. Graduate Certificate
The graduate certificate program may be taken either on-campus or through our distance education program. This program is intended for those seeking a substantive graduate theological certificate for purposes of catechetical and/or ministry leadership. Admission into this program is the same as those specified for the Master of Arts in Theology program and the required courses may be applied to the Master of Arts program. All courses are graded at a graduate level according to the published standards of the Student Bulletin. Students must earn a 2.75 cumulative GPA to receive the graduate certificate and a 3.0 cumulative GPA to be admitted into the Master of Arts program.
Prerequisites: 6 credits
- PHIL 501 (D) Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits
- THEO 500: Introduction to the Graduate Study of Theology 3 credits
Courses: 15 credits
- SCRP 501 (D): Salvation History
- SCRP 502 (D): Jesus and the Gospels
- THEO 502 (D): The Creed-Christ and the Trinity
- THEO 504 (D): Moral and Spiritual Theology
- THNE 501 (D): Theology of the New Evangelization
II. FORMED Certificate Program
Will be available during 2013-2014 Academic Year
The FORMED curriculum is intended for those seeking adult formation as evangelists and catechists or for personal enrichment. The program provides self-paced learning modules, taken on-line, on a pass/fail basis, which may be taken for a specific concentration that results in a certificate or on an at will basis for personal formation. This training will help students focus on developing the right vision, the relationships, and principles for dynamic evangelization and catechesis. Designed by veteran catechetical leaders throughout the country, this curriculum will help students focus on the essential areas that lead to fruitful, disciple-making outreach.
A. Basic Certification
This certificate is intended for students seeking entry-level training or personal formation. Students pace themselves through a series of one-hour on-line learning modules. All learning modules must be passed to receive the certificate. These courses may not be applied toward the completion of a Master of Arts; however, they do serve as a prerequisite to entry into our catechetical certificate program. Those not seeking a certificate may enroll in the courses at will through our on-line store.
|1. Personal Spirituality and the Call to Holiness (Overview of Spiritual Formation)||Spiritual Formation|
|2. An Introduction to Scripture and the Catechism||Intellectual Formation|
|3. Salvation History: The Father’s Plan for Salvation||Intellectual Formation|
|4. Jesus, Source of Life and Freedom||Spiritual Formation|
|5. The Human Vocation of Love (Overview of Human Formation)||Human Formation|
|6. The Liturgical Nature and Sacramental Life of the Church||Intellectual Formation|
|7. Our Life in Christ: The Basics of Catholic Morality||Intellectual Formation|
|8. The Holy Spirit, Converter of Hearts||Spiritual Formation|
|9. The Church’s Mission||Intellectual Formation|
|10. John Paul II and the New Evangelization||Intellectual Formation|
|11. Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization||Pastoral Formation|
|12. Canon Law||Intellectual Formation|
|13. Church History||Intellectual Formation|
|14. Catholic Social Teaching||Intellectual Formation|
Concentration in Youth Ministry
- The Church’s Vision for the Family
- A Vision for Effective Youth Ministry
- Engaging Youth Culture
- Incarnational Ministry: Relational Ministry with Teens
- Recruiting, Training and Developing Teams
- Methods and Practical Skills for Youth Ministry
- Moving from Evangelization to Catechesis
- Leading Community Prayer and Preaching
- Effective Catechesis in a Youth Ministry Setting
- Adolescent Development
- Counseling and Pastoral Care with Teens
- Theology of the Body: Teaching Catholic Sexuality to Teens
- Fostering Service, Leadership and Vocations Among Teens
- The Church, the Body of Christ: Working with Bishops, Pastors, Staff and Parents