Educational Ministries & Studies Department Certificates

In light of the need for continuing education in the church, higher education, and organizational leadership, the Educational Ministries and Studies Department offers three Certificates – Certificate in Educational Ministries, Certificate in Teaching and Learning (both masters and doctoral levels), and Certificate in Organizational Leadership (both masters and doctoral levels). The Certificates are intended to engage learners who may not be interested in enrolling in a degree program, may wish to add it to their current master’s degree program, or are interested in postgraduate or postdoctoral studies.


The Certificate in Educational Ministries is designed for persons who desire to obtain advanced certification in educational ministries but do not wish to enroll in a degree program. Or for persons who may not possess a baccalaureate degree but have had intensive or extensive life experience with educational practice and are able to demonstrate the ability to do graduate level studies. It is also appropriate for those who wish to explore the area of educational ministries in addition to their other TIU degree program. Admission to the Certificate does not ensure admission to a Trinity degree program; however, it is designed so that courses completed may apply toward a future TEDS degree.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Certificate in Educational Ministries generally possess the following:

  1. Intensive or extensive life experience with educational practice in the church, parachurch, other Christian organization, or in the public education arena (generally five-plus years of full-time experience)
  2. Non-formal or informal preparation for theological study in educational ministries at the graduate level (theological education in a church or parachurch environment)
  3. Demonstrated academic ability through evaluation and interview by the EM Department (personal interview encompassing demonstrable skills, character, knowledge, and critical thinking)
  4. Completion of the Certificate Application with accompanying requisite materials

Advanced Standing in the Educational Ministries Department

Advanced Standing of not more than nine semester hours may be granted in the MA (Educational Ministries) program and not more than three semester hours in the Certificates on the basis of prior academic work in a formal or non-formal context. Such work shall be assessed by the Educational Ministries Department in light of the stated program objectives with evidence of knowledge, competence, and skills aligned with the degree program. Advanced standing with credit is not granted on the basis of ministerial or life experience. After consultation with the EM program adviser, petitions for advanced standing should be submitted to the department chair subsequent to completion of the first program course and prior to enrollment in the third semester. See the EM Department for details.

Completion Requirements

  • All 12 hours must be completed through Trinity with a cumulative GPA for course work of at least 2.0, with no course work graded below “C-“ applicable to the Certificate.
  • All coursework applicable to the Certificate must be completed within a five-year period.
  • When the Certificate is taken in combination with a TIU degree, all 12 hours must be in addition to program degree coursework.
  • Evidence of Christian life and character and recommendation by the faculty.
  • Completion of Certificate requirements required by the Catalog curricula in effect at the time of initial enrollment.
  • Settlement of all financial obligations to Trinity and any other ACTS seminaries with Student Financial Services.

Advanced Standing in the Certificate Programs

Advanced Standing of up to three semester hours may be granted in an Educational Ministries and Studies Department Certificates upon demonstration of competencies related to the Certificate of enrollment. Petition for assessment of advanced standing must be made after the first class, and before the seventh credit hour of enrollment. See the EM Department for details.

Courses may be completed on the Deerfield campus, through TEDS online courses, and at approved extension sites. Not all courses are available in all modes or every semester. The following requirements must be completed:

Required: 13-4
EM 5200Educational Ministries ( AND)2
EM 5210Christian Leadership and Administration2
EM 5100Educational Ministries and Leadership3
Additional Requirements:8-9
Select additional semester hours of courses prefixed EM or ES available at the master's level (8999 or below). Courses from other departments of the ED 8000 Current Issues Seminar may be applied which such substitutions are approved in advance by the EM Department.
Suggested curricular courses include but are not limited to:
EM 5510Christian Formation & Journey2
EM 5540Youth in Congregations2
EM 5560Adults in Congregations2-3
EM 6100Intergenerational Ministry in the Church3
ES 7524Children in Congregations1-2
ES 7535Nurturing Families in the Church1-2
ES 7560Program Planning Dynamics in the Local Church1-2
ES 8235Ministry with Aging Adults1-2
Other departmental courses offered regularly may apply