Certificate of Sacred Theology

This directed reading course will immerse students in Anglican theology, history, and spirituality through intensive reading, writing, instructional gatherings, active parish participation (when available), and a proctored written examination.  These formal, graduate level courses will challenge the students and enable them to acquire a solid Anglican theological base, along with the ability to apply that knowledge. 

The Certificate of Sacred Theology course is self-directed.  This means the student is in control of his time commitment.  Most students are full-time professionals, retirees, teachers, students, or parents, and they are able to gain graduate-level formal education in Anglican theology during their evenings, weekends, and free blocks of time.

The curriculum is structured to be completed in six semesters covering three academic years. Tuition is due and payable prior to the start of each semester.  Once an applicant has been accepted into the program and tuition has been received, the student will be provided with the syllabus, listing course goals, objectives and requirements, and bibilography for the entire program, as well as a list of texts.  Each person is responsible for purchasing the required texts.  

Written examinations are administered at the conclusion of each reading period.  The grading scheme is as follows: P+ (pass with distinction); P (pass); P- (pass, below average), and F (fail).  Students may continue in the program carrying up to two failing grades.  If the student desires, he may attempt to improve them (once per course failed) later in the program.  (See "Policy", below regarding rewrites). Nevertheless, the student will be issued a Certificate at the conclusion of the course as long as he or she has not more than two failing grades.  

The program leading to the Certificate of Sacred Theology does not guarantee ordination.  All policies regarding ordination reside with the student's respective hierarchy.  In order to be considered for ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of Mid-America, Anglican Province of America, a student must successfully complete the course of studies leading to the Certificate of Sacred Theology, or hold an M.A. in Theology from an accredited institution recognized by CHEA or the USDOE.  However, a currently enrolled student who is a candidate for ordination in the Diocese of Mid-America may take his canonical examination for ordination to the transitional diaconate after he has completed the first five (5) modules and is enrolled in the final module at the discretion of the Bishop

POLICY

Each of the modules of study lasts five months, a four month reading period plus one month during which examinations are written.  A student must begin the program with the Fall module, which extends from October through Februrary of the following year.  The Spring module lasts from March through July.  To be considered for admission to the Fall module, the applicant's complete application package must be received by the Registrar no later than August 15.

Examination questions will be sent to the student at least one month prior to the date the completed examinations are due.  Completed examinations must be submitted to the appropriate Instructors on or before the deadlines given with the examination questions.  If necessary, the student may request an extension of the deadline from the appropriate Instructor and ONLY from the appropriate Instructor!

If a student desires to rewrite an examination for which he received a failing grade, he may do so with the consent of the mentor.  Only one rewrite per examination is permitted.  

For the Certificate of Sacred Theology to be conferred, all 6 modules must be completed with passing grades.  Please note: the Certificate of Sacred Theology will not be conferred any sooner than a three year period of academic study at the House of Studies. However, it is possible that the completion of the required modules necessary for conferral will take longer than the minimal three year period.  

The combinations of the academic curriculum and religious life demand a steady commitment on the part of the student. In addition to the course load, the student will be expected to to assist on Sundays at his local parish (when a local parish is available). 

HOW IT WORKS

The James Dekoven House of Studies Certificate of Sacred Theology will consist of three components, spread over 6 modules of study:

1) Intensive reading

2) Substantive writing

3) Proctored written examination