Graduate Certificate Programs at UUC are designed to educate and train Christian leaders who are not seeking a degree, but wish to focus on specific ministry skills at a graduate level. In the future UUC plans to offer 6 programs. For 2017, UUC will offer these two:  

 

Graduate Certificate in Christian Education

·         CED-501 Christian Education

·         EDU-501 Philosophy of Education

·         EDU-503 Teaching & Learning: Foundational Issues in Adult Education

·         SFM-501 Spiritual Life Practices: Developing A Life of Devotion

·         Elective: Choose any two (2) courses in 500 level courses

 

Graduate Certificate in Spirituality.

·         ETH-501 Ministerial Ethics

·         LDR-503 Foundations of Personal Leadership

·         MIN-507 Understanding Vocation in a Changing World

·         SFM-501 Spiritual Life Practices: Developing A Life of Devotion

·         Elective: Choose any two (2) courses in 500 level courses

Graduate certificates equip pastors but also other leaders such as church elders, deacons, Sunday School teachers, mission trip leaders, denominational officers, or officers or managers in faith-based or secular organizations. 

Admission requirements for the UUC Graduate Studies Certificate programs are the same of those of the two Master’s level graduate degree programs. After completion of a certificate program, students may opt to continue their education in a Masters’ level program.

 

FAQ’s about Graduate Certificates

o   What is a “graduate certificate”? As in most universities, after completion of a bachelor’s degree, leaders choose to learn more by selecting and completing a set of courses that leads to a “Graduate Certificate”.  

o   What’s the difference between a “Graduate Certificate” and a Master’s Degree? The basic differences are length of time, price and level of learning.  The program for a graduate certificate is 18 credit hours vs. 42 for an MA and 84 for the MDiv. Since the cost of the programs is calculated per credit hour, the price of completion is relative to the number of credit hours.

o   Why take classes to earn a “Graduate Certificate”? Each certificate program offers Master’s level specialization for a specific sphere of Christian ministry.

o   What ministry specialties are currently offered in the UUC programs for Graduate Certificates? In the future we plan to offer 6 programs. For 2017, UUC will offer these two: the Certificates in Christian Education and in Spirituality. [put links to the courses for each of these]

o   What is the admission process? Admission requirements for the UUC Graduate Certificate programs are the same of those of the two Master’s level graduate degree programs