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Christian Teacher Training Program

Program Objective
Shaw University Divinity School desires to enhance the quality of Christian Education being offered by denominations and local churches in North Carolina and surrounding areas. To address this concern, the Continuing Education Department of the Divinity School is offering denominational and local church educators adequate training through the Christian Teacher Training Program (CTTP). This program is designed to ensure a minimum level of Christian Education training for anyone wishing to teach in a local church or denominational setting. The CTTP program will bring together Christian educators from across the state of North Carolina and surrounding areas to present them with a systematic approach to teacher training for the Christian community. 

Program Goals
The goals of the program are to:

1. Provide adequate training for persons teaching in churches and denominations.
2. Certify persons to teach a given course.
3. Make Continuing Education Units (CEU=s) available for students taking courses taught by SUDS/CTTP Certified teachers.
4. Assist local churches to develop a curriculum to address the Christian Education needs of the church. 
5. Improve the quality of Christian training in the local church with qualified and certified teachers.

Program Overview

The CTTP program is designed to give participants a broad understanding of Christian teaching methods and course development. The teaching methods will consider the different teaching methods for children, youth, adults, and senior citizens. Some attention will be given to the philosophy of Religious Education and the use of Technology in Christian Education. For course development, participants will actually develop curriculum designed to satisfy the stated needs of the local church. Additionally, participants will develop the syllabus and lesson plans for the course they will be certified to teach in their context. The program consists of three modules of ten hours each as follows:

1. General teaching and learning principles
2. Teaching strategies and methods
3. Curriculum building, course design and lesson plan development

Individual Teaching Certificate

Upon completion of the CTTP program, each teacher will be certified to teach from the lesson plan developed during the training. Teachers may be certified for more than one class if they take the third module, which is aimed at a specific course to be taught. The certificates will permit the person to teach in the following courses:

1. Basics of Christian Worship
2. Teaching the Old Testament
3. Teaching the New Testament
4. Introduction to the Bible
5. Denominational Polity and Governance
6. Church Administration
7. Spiritual Formation
8. Church and the Law
9. Church Leadership
10. Pastoral Care and Concern
11. Church History
12. Introduction to Theology

Upon completion of the program, the participant will be certified by the Shaw University Divinity School Christian Teacher Training Program to teach a given course and offer CEU=s for the course. 

Christian Group Certification

In addition to the Individual Teacher Certificate mentioned above, the Continuing Education Department will work with a church, association, or denominational group to shape a special curriculum to satisfy the Christian Education needs of that group. Such a special program would be designed so that the group may offer a Certificate in a particular area, e.g., First Baptist Church Certificate in Christian Ministries; or Second Baptist Church Certificate in Diaconate Training. To achieve this level of offering, the group must ensure that all the persons teaching in the Group Certificate program must participate in the CTTP program and be certified to offer the class they will teach in the Group Certificate program. Persons completing all the prescribed courses in the Group Certificate Program will be awarded the Group Certificate. The Group Certificate will contain a minimum of ten CEU units and will be taught according to the calendar of the requesting group. With this program, an organization may offer a certificate program in Christian Missions. The certificates will be awarded by the Shaw University Divinity School. Only persons completing the CTTP program would be allowed to teach in the Group Certificate Program.

Teaching with a Certificate

Persons or groups completing the CTTP program and wishing to offer a course or a certificate program must communicate this information to the Continuing Education Department of the Shaw University Divinity School. The following information must be maintained in the Office of Continuing Education of the SUDS:

1. A copy of the curriculum/lesson plan for the class to be taught.

2.  A copy of the materials to be used in each class.

3.  A copy of the class roster, including student name and attendance record.

4.  A $25.00 administrative fee for each student enrolled in the class for CEU units.

When students complete the class being taught by the CTTP Certified Teacher, the students will be awarded the appropriate CEU units. A transcript describing the completed program will be maintained in the Christian Education Department at Shaw University Divinity School.

Continuing Education Units

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created to provide a standard unit of measure that would qualify continuing adult education and training activities that serve the diversity of providers, activities, and proposes in adult education. A Continuing Education Unit is defined by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) as “One CEU = ten contact hours of participation in organized continuing education/training experience under responsible, qualified direction and instruction.@ Continuing Education Units will be used in two ways in this program. First, those persons participating in the teacher training will be awarded CEU units. Secondly, the students that are taught by the teachers will be awarded CEU units.

Upon completion of the program, teachers will be awarded three CEU units. The CEU=s will be awarded by the Shaw University Divinity School. Usually, a school that uses a portfolio approach to life-long learning will grant credits for CEU courses taken. It is anticipated these CEU=s will be negotiable in this situation. 

When an individual CTTP Certified teacher teach a course, or when a group certified by CTTP offers a Group Certificate, the students of the course(s) will receive CEU units. The CEU units will be awarded by the Shaw University Divinity School. The exact number of CEU units will vary with the course taught and the number of contact hours for the course. 

Who may apply

The CTTP program will prove beneficial to anyone who has a responsibility for leadership in Christian/Religious Education. This would include Sunday School Teachers, Bible Class Teachers, Vacation Bible School Teachers, Seminar and Workshop Leaders, Worship Leaders, and anyone who has a leadership role in Christian Education. 
High School Entrants
The minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma or the GED. The program will be adjusted to meet the needs of the cohort or class. Persons accepted into the program must have demonstrated an ability to do college level work. 

College Graduates
Persons with a bachelor’s degree or higher are encouraged to enter this program to qualify for teaching Religious Education classes in the local church or at the denominational level. This program should be very attractive to persons who are secular teachers or who possess a degree but does not have a Theological Educational foundation for teaching in a Christian setting. While completion of the CTTP program will certify persons with the ability and credentials to teach the course they have been trained in, persons interested in more serious teaching should explore the Masters in Religious Education of the Master of Divinity programs. 

MDiv and MRE Graduates
Persons with the MRE or MDiv degree will automatically be certified to teach Religious Education or the area of their concentration. To teach outside their concentration, persons with these degrees are encouraged to enroll in the third module of the CTTP training. 

Cost of the CTTP program

The CTTP program consists of three modules of ten hours each. The cost to participate in the program will vary according to the number of participants. The base cost will be $75.00 per CEU unit. To be certified to teach a given class, one must complete Module I, Module II, and at least one offering of Module III. This would make the cost of the CTTP program to be at least $225.00 per student. To be effective, a minimum cohort must be at least six participant; hence the minimum costs for the CTTP is $1350.00. An organization may have less than six persons in a group, however, they will be billed for the minimum of six person or $1350.

Should the institution have more than six persons in the cohort, the cost will be the number of participants times $225.00.

Delivery Options

The program can be delivered through three different options; on campus, in context; or Distance Education. The On-Campus approach will use the facilities of Shaw University Divinity School and classes will be held in Raleigh at the Divinity School campus. Students will be required to come to Raleigh for the duration of the training. The In-Context option will use the facilities of the requesting organization. The requesting organization must provide the classroom environment and all the teaching needs of the faculty. In addition, the organization must make provisions for the faculty to be at the local facility. The Director of Continuing Education will negotiate with the organization to arrive at the best configuration. The Distance Education option will use the online facilities of the Internet and BlackBoard to deliver the classroom instruction. Students will be required to come to the Raleigh campus for the first gathering. All other classroom sessions will be conducted through BlackBoard over the Internet. 

When using the In-Context option, the program can be configured to suit the needs of the organization requesting the training. For example, an Association may want to schedule three different gatherings of 10 hours each; or a church may want to conduct the program in three consecutive days at their home church. The specific configuration must be worked out with the Director of Continuing Education and approved by the dean of SUDS. 


Persons wishing to apply for the CTTP program should submit an application along with transcripts and vita information to:

Shaw University Divinity School
Continuing Christian Education
118 East South Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

phone: (919) 564-8569/8570, 8575
fax: (919) 546-8571

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