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Why study for the Certificate of Theological Studies at TEDS?

Our Certificate of Theological Studies allows you to choose what master’s-level courses you need in order to strengthen your ministry. And since it is available at our Deerfield campus, entirely onlineand through our extension sitesyou gain another layer of flexibility. You may be a leader who wants to grow in your teaching ability, or at a career transition and wondering about going into ministry. Or you may want to improve at what you’re already doing. Whatever work you’ve been given, our Certificate program can help you do it better.

What are the prerequisites for
admission to this program?

Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree (or the educational equivalent) from a recognized, accredited institution.

What will I study?

An admissions counselor will help you customize a unique program of courses to fit your interests. TEDS is known for its world-class faculty who will instruct and interact with you throughout your program of study. In general, the Certificate of Theological Studies requires the following coursework:

Biblical Studies–3 hours
Theological Studies–3 hours
Electives–15 hours
TOTAL–21 hours

If you want some suggestions, four possible degree tracks are shown below along with recommended courses to get you started. Contact one of our admissions counselors to find out what will work best for you.

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Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Title Credits
ST 5201 Theology 1: The God of the Gospel 3 hours
ST 5202 Theology 2: The Gospel of God 3 hours
NT 5000 Introduction to the New Testament 3 hours
OT 5000 Introduction to the Old Testament 4 hours
Spiritual Formation
Course Title Credits
PT 7280 Christian Worship 3 hours
EM 5100 Educational Ministries and Leadership 3 hours
PT 5100 Spiritual Formation for Ministry 2 hours
ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
Missions, Evangelism, and Discipleship
Course Title Credits
EM 5100 Educational Ministries and Leadership  3 hours
ME 5000 Foundations of Christian Mission 2 hours
ME 6760 Theology of Mission and Evangelism 3 hours
ME 6410 History of the Expansion of Christianity 3 hours
Ministry Leadership
Course Title Credits
PT 7280 Christian Worship 3 hours
PT 6500 Money and Ministry 3 hours
EM 5210 Christian Leadership and Administration 3 hours
EM 5125 Teaching and Learning 2 hours


ECFA Ministry Staff Certificate Program

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Certificate of Theological Studies Faculty

The Certificate in Theological Studies is taught by a variety of faculty across several disciplines. Our faculty are committed Christians who challenge you to apply your faith to the complexities of life, while also guiding you toward academic success.