TEDS Online-Distance Education (DE) courses provide students the opportunity to study on the graduate level anywhere in the world serviced with Internet access. Fully online distance education courses may be taken as a visiting student, and extension student, or part- or full-time Deerfield campus student. All DE courses are offered for graduate credit and may be applied to a Trinity program or transferred to another institution. (Check the specific stipulations of each program for DE course application.) Further information, including a current course listing and syllabi, is available on the TEDS Distance Education website.

Note: While TEDS has been granted “Comprehensive Distance Education” status by the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission, the number of courses a student may take in a program is limited by the number of online distance education courses offered by TEDS. In all cases, students must complete the prescribed program Residency Requirement.

Important Online Distance Education Registration Notes

Prior to registering for a DE course, contact the TEDS Online Office at: TEDSOnline@tiu.edu, 800.588.7705 or 847.317.6554, or visit the office in the Veenstra Wing of the Kantzer Center in Deerfield.

  1. Register for DE courses through the MyTIU Dashboard. Visiting Students who do not yet have access to the Dashboard may contact the TEDS Online Office for assistance.
  2. Florida Regional Center students should register through the coordinator for the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) program. Please call 954.382.6400 and ask for the program coordinator.
  3. Course registration is for a given semester. All Online Distance Education courses are tied to the regular semester schedule. 
  4. Course extensions may be granted by petition. Full-time Deerfield students are subject to the regular (very limited) extension policy for full-time Deerfield campus students through the Dean of Students Office.
  5. Visiting students may enroll for a maximum of 9 hours per semester.
  6. Full-time Deerfield students are expected to enroll in classroom courses; however, some Online Distance Education courses may be applied to some programs. Review the specific program curricula in the catalog for course requirements.
  7. Any TEDS student enrolled for a minimum of 5 semester hours during a given semester (whether Deerfield, Extension, or Online Distance Education courses) is considered “half-time” for reporting purposes and financial aid. Requests for letters of verification of enrollment status for loan deferment should be made to the Records Office.
  8. The semester in which the student registers (and pays the tuition) is counted as the semester of enrollment for reporting purposes. Students seeking deferment (loans, Veteran’s Administration, business reimbursements) should note that only the original semester of enrollment is eligible for deferment standing, even if an academic course extension is granted for completion of the coursework.

Online Distance Education Courses

Fully Online Distance Education courses provide a virtual classroom experience, while allowing students to fit their studies around their own schedule. Students watch lectures and complete assignments on a weekly basis, interacting with other students and the instructor to deepen their understanding of the subject. Courses follow the same semester schedule as courses offered at the TEDS Deerfield campus including registration, adds/drops, and withdrawal.

Further information regarding Online Distance Education Courses may be obtained from the TEDS Online Office: TEDSOnline@tiu.edu, 800.588.7705 or 847.317.6554, or visit the office in the Veenstra Wing of the Kantzer Center in Deerfield.

The TEDS Online Office anticipates offering the following courses on a rotating basis, with new courses being added as they are available. Please consult the TEDS course schedule on MyTIU for the list of courses available in a given semester. Please consult the Course Descriptions section of the catalog for a description of each course.

EM 5210Christian Leadership and Administration2-3
EM 6000Current Topics in Educational Ministries1-3
HM 5000Theology and Methodology of Biblical Preaching2-3
ME 6410History of Missions in the Modern World3
ME 8230Global Church Planting and Development3
NT 4030Beginning Greek I (undergraduate credit only)4
NT 4031Beginning Greek II (undergraduate credit only)4
NT 5000Intro to the New Testament4
OT 5000Intro to the Old Testament4
ST 5102Theology II: Christ, Man, Sin & Salvation3
ST 5103Theology III: Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things3