Coursework Required for a Certificate in Christian Leadership

Eighteen semester hours of coursework as follows:

PHED 236 Christian Camp Leadership (3)

THL 226 Christian Leadership (3)

THL 326 Christian Service and Leadership (3)

THL 327 Working with Christian Youth (3)

THL 342 Christian Marriage and Family (3)

THL 428 Working with Elderly in the Church (3)

To the right is a list of those courses that a student must complete for a Certificate in Christian Leadership. This certificate normally requires one academic year (two semesters) to complete on a part-time basis (see Suggested Schedule). Those who plan to complete the certificate over two or more years can take one or two courses a semester. These courses are not available in the summer session. Admission to this program requires upper division standing.

Program Purpose

The purpose of this certificate program is to prepare men and women for Christian leadership and service.

Program Objectives

On successful completion of this program, a student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to serve in the capacity of a Christian camp counselor or camp activity leader;
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to originate, generate, and lead a program for youth in a local congregation;
  • Demonstrate the qualities of a servant leader in a variety of settings;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and practices of servant leadership and display the qualities of a servant leader in a congregational setting;
  • Explain examined theories related to marriage and family, summarize factors involved in mate selection and readiness for marriage, and articulate principles of establishing and maintaining healthy family relationships; and
  • Show sensitivity to and elect to be proactive in dealing with the challenges and needs of an aging population, e.g., spiritual/religious, social, biological, physiological, and psychological.

Program Prerequisite

Admission to this program requires upper division standing.

Program Requirements

For graduation, a student must have completed a minimum of 18 semester hours consisting of PHED 236, THL 226, 326, 327342, and 428 with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the 18 semester hours applicable to the certificate. A student can not apply more than 15 semester hours credit to a certificate when earned through the Open Learning Program. Generally, it is best for one to apply for admission as a regular (matriculated) student upon deciding on a specific certificate, diploma or degree. See Applying for Online Study or Applying for On-Campus Study.

Program Advisement

Each student entering the Certificate in Christian Leadership program has an assigned adviser who will be available for program advisement and career information. An adviser helps a student create a workable plan to meet his or her educational objectives within a reasonable time period.

Application for Graduation

For the conferring of the certificate students should apply for graduation in the semester they plan to graduate. An Application for Graduation must be filed with the Registrar by midterm for graduation that semester.