The Deaconess Certification Program is designed for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree.

Class requirements vary according to the previous experience and educational background of the student. Most full-time certification students complete the academic requirements in 2 years and then complete a 1-year paid internship. Some students complete a portion of the requirements via distance learning, but it is not a distance learning program.

Up to one half of the course requirements, excluding the internship, may be fulfilled through transfer of credit into the program, as approved by the Deaconess Director and the Theology Department Chairperson.

Up to one-fourth of course requirements, excluding the internship, may be completed by some combination of credit for prior learning and distance learning methods with members of faculty, as approved by the Deaconess Director and the Theology Department Chairperson.

Theology Major:
Courses in Old and New Testament, Christian faith, Christian history, world religions, and biblical studies.

Minor:
Choose a minor from the following options: Biblical Languages, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology.
Other minors will be considered by special petition to the Deaconess Program Director and the Theology Department Chairperson.

Deaconess Specialization:
Deaconess classes in skills, foundations, field experience, grief, counseling, leadership, youth work, and teaching.

Concentration 1:
Psychology, social work, sociology, language, church music, nursing, youth ministry, family ministry, missions, parish education, management, or other, as approved by the Deaconess Program Director and Theology Department Chairperson.

Concentration 2:
Can be continuing study in the same area as Concentration 1 or a different area.

Paid Internship:
Internship classes and seminar

Supplemental Coursework or Requirements:
Two annual Deaconess Conferences
Deaconess community participation
Supplemental requirements may be assigned to address unique student needs.

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