Certificates

Master of Divinity Certificates

Candler offers the following certificates in conjunction with a Candler degree. Non-degree and special students are not eligible to participate in Candler certificate programs.

Baptist Studies

Through the Baptist Studies Program, students may earn a certificate in Baptist studies, which prepares students for ordination in Baptist churches. Students should declare their interest upon matriculation, or as soon as decided, to the director of Baptist Studies and the registrar. The certificate is 11 hours in length, and the requirements include:

Academic

  • DS522: Systematic Theology in Baptist Perspective (2 hours)
  • DS521: The Baptist Tradition: History and Theology (2 hours)
  • DS523: Baptist Traditions and Church Praxis (2 hours) 

Placement

  • Supervised placement in a Baptist setting for Contextual Education II (4 hours)
  • BAPS500: Baptist Studies Reflection Seminar during the Contextual Education II year (0 hours, both fall and spring semesters of Con Ed II enrollment)

Integrative Colloquy/Formation

  • A fifth semester evaluation by the director of Baptist studies
  • BAPS501: Baptist Studies Colloquy in the final semester of coursework (1 hour)

For further information email Shelby Haggray, Director of Baptist Studies.

Learn more about the Baptist Studies program.


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Black Church Studies

Candler students who desire to expand their knowledge of the black church may earn a certificate in black church studies in conjunction with the MDiv or MTS degree programs. The Black Church Studies (BCS) certification process provides an opportunity to develop theoretical and practical knowledge about black religion and black church studies. Certification requirements include:

  • BCS504: Black Church Studies Retreat (no credit) at least once
  • BCS505: Black Church Studies Portfolio (no credit)
  • Seventeen hours of course credit, including:
    1. BCS501. Introduction to Black Church Studies (3 hours)
    2. Contextual Education II, in an approved ecclesial setting (4 hours) or other contextual experience taken for credit
    3. BCS500. Black Church Studies Reflection Seminar (no credit, must register both fall and spring semesters of Con Ed II)
    4. BCS502. Black Church Studies Colloquy, in the final semester (1 hour, graded S/U)
    5. Nine additional hours in approved BCS coursework from the following list:
      • BCS500: Black Church Studies Reflection Seminar
      • BCS501: Introduction to Black Church Studies
      • BCS502: Black Church Studies Colloquy
      • BCS504: Black Church Studies Retreat
      • BI617: African American Biblical Interpretation
      • CC617000: Memory, Culture, and Redemption OPUS class # 9541 (cross listed with SR617)   
      • CC519: Nonviolent Strategies of Social Change
      • CH661: The Black Church
      • CM620: Music and Worship in the Black Church
      • DS551: Polity of the AME Church
      • ES560: Principles and Practices of Moral Leadership (cross listed with LA560)
      • ES625: Sexuality in the Black Church
      • ES628: The Civil Rights and the Black Consciousness Movement
      • ES629: Religious and Ethical Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement
      • ES660: Moral Perspectives in the Black Church
      • HC633000: African American Religion & Culture OPUS class #9567 (cross listed with SR633)
      • P631: Contemporary Black Preaching
      • P642: Women and Preaching
      • PC501CE001: Contextualized education to Pastoral Care OPUS Class #8889
      • PC501CE002: Contextualized education to Pastoral Care (OPUS # 8890)
      • PC628: AUG Caring for Marginalized Populations OPUS class #8725
      • PC650CEE00P: Con Ed; International Perspective on Pastoral Care (teaching two sections 000 & 00P…OPUS course #8832)
      • LA560: Principles and Practices of Moral Leadership(cross listed with ES560)
      • LA612: Leadership and Administration in Black Church Traditions
      • SR617000: Memory, Culture, and Redemption OPUS class #9534 (Cross listed with CC617)
      • SR621: Howard Thurman: Spirituality and Community
      • SR624: Nonviolent Strategies of Social Change
      • SR632: The Black Church as Social Institution
      • SR633000: African American Religion and Culture OPUS class #9566 (Cross listed with HC633)
      • SR698: Issues in Sociology of Religion: African American Moral Thought
      • SR698: Issues in Sociology of Religion: Theoretical Issues in the Study of Black Religion
      • ST620: Black Theology and Ethics
      • ST636: Contemporary African Christian Theology
      • ST653: Christology in Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Theologies
      • ST660: Black Religion and Culture
      • WR698: Studies in World Religions: Rastafari Religion

A number of other Candler courses offer modules that examine traditions in black religion. Candler students also may take courses in African American Studies or in other areas throughout the University.

How to Enroll

To participate in the program, interested students must submit an Application for Certificate Enrollment Form to the Candler Registrar.

For further information, email The Rev. Toni Belin Ingram, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology and Director of Black Church Studies, or call 404.727.4180.

Learn more about the Black Church Studies program.


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Episcopal Studies

The Certificate in Episcopal Studies enables MDiv students seeking ordination in the Episcopal Church or another church in the Anglican Communion to certify their preparation for ordination. Participation in the certificate program requires that a student be a postulant or have the written permission of his or her bishop. The certificate is 32 hours in length, and certification requires the following:

Academic

  • DS531: History and Polity of the Episcopal Church (3 hours)
  • DS533: Anglican Theologians (3 hours)
  • DS534: Episcopal Prayer Book (3 hours)
  • W622: Practica in Liturgical Leadership: Services of the Word and Baptism (1 hour)
  • W623: Practica in Liturgical Leadership: Eucharist (1 hour)
  • W624: Practica in Liturgical Leadership: Weddings, Funerals and Services of Confirmation (1 hour)
  • Course in Liturgical/Sacramental Theology (3 hours), as determined by the Director of Episcopal Studies. (Example: HT669)
  • Course in Pre-Reformation Theology (3 hours), as determined by the Director of Episcopal Studies. (Examples: HT609, HT623 or HT625)

Placement/Integrative Seminar

  • Supervised placement each semester
  • CE551a/b (2 hours each semester), CE552ANGa/b (3 hours each semester), CE553ANGR (2 hours each semester): participation by students, faculty, and supervising parish priests in a weekly reflection seminar

How to Enroll

Those wishing to enroll for the Episcopal Studies certificate must first be accepted and registered for classes in Candler’s MDiv degree program, and typically be a postulant under the supervision of a bishop or obtain the written permission of a bishop (normally students should consult with a bishop before applying to Candler). Those preparing for ordained parish ministry under the supervision of a bishop may enroll in the Episcopal Studies Certificate program in conjunction with the MDiv degree. All academic courses in the program are open to any Candler student.

For further information, email Lang LowreyDirector of the Episcopal Studies Program; Professor in the Practice of Church Leadership.

Learn more about the Episcopal Studies program.


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Religious Education Ministries

The Certificate Program in Religious Education Ministries prepares persons for ministries related to teaching and learning in faith communities, schools, and the wider society. It is designed for Candler MDiv and MTS students who see some aspect of Christian religious education as central to their vocational identity, whether that be in ministry with youth, college students, and young adults; in popular education initiatives in their communities; in academic settings; or in congregations.

  • Most requirements for the certificate may be met within a student’s program of study, adding minimal additional burdens to a student’s schedule. Requirements include:
  • Eight hours of professional development through workshops, conferences, and retreats reported to the director of the Religious Education Program. (RExxx. 0 credit hours)
  • Design of a curriculum or other educational event, submitted as an assignment in an elective course and forwarded to the director of the Religious Education Program. This requirement is most easily met with work produced for religious education electives (not RE501) or contextual education electives (CEEs).
  • 15–18 credit hours, allocated as follows:
    1. RE501. Religious Education as Formation and Transformation (3 credit hours);
    2. Contextualized educational ministry experience: For MDiv students, Contextual Education II meets this requirement; for MTS students, a ministry internship (placement approved by the director of the Religious Education Program) of at least three credit hours meets this requirement. This placement may include serving on the staff of the Youth Theological Initiative Summer Academy. (Six hours for MDiv students enrolled in Contextual Education II; minimum of three hours for MTS students enrolled in ministry internships).
    3. 9 credit hours in electives, including at least six hours of religious education (RE) electives and an additional three hours in a religious education elective or other elective from the following preapproved list (Other electives may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the program director.):
      • HC609. Early Monastic Thought and Practice
      • HC633. African American Religion and Culture
      • ST631. Christian Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Renewal
      • ES/RP649. Psychology of Moral Development and Education
      • ES671/672. Skills in Conflict Transformation
      • M/CC660. Short-Term Missions and International Development
      • RP601. Dynamics of Identity and Faith
      • RP655. Erik Erikson: The Life Cycle and Generativity
      • SR/CC515. Methods of Congregational and Social Analysis
      • SR/CC617. Redeeming Memories: Cultural Memory, Christian Witness, and Social Genocide
      • SR621. Howard Thurman: Spirituality and Community
      • SR/CC622. Ethnographic Research for Ministry in Congregations and Local Communities
      • CC501. Church and Community Ministries
      • CC619. Nonviolent Strategies for Social Change
      • PC628. Care for Marginalized Populations
      • PC630. Pastoral Care with Adolescents
      • PC640. Pastoral Care of Women: International Perspectives
      • LA501. Introduction to Religious Leadership and Administration
      • LA503. Leading the Congregation
      • LA505. Leading the Small Membership Church
      • LA645. Nonprofit Leadership and Management
How to Enroll

To participate in the program, interested students must submit an Application for Certificate Enrollment with the Candler Registrar.

For additional information, email Dr. Jennifer Ayres, Associate Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Program in Religious Education, or call 404.727.6329.

Learn more about the Religious Education program.


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Women's Studies in Theology and Ministry

MDiv and MTS students who desire to focus attention on women in theology and ministry may enroll in Candler’s Women’s Studies in Theology and Ministry (WTM) Certificate Program. This program integrates required and elective work and seeks to (1) create an intellectual and supportive community focused explicitly on women in theology and ministry; (2) explore critical issues and enlarge perspectives on women and religion; and (3) nurture students’ professional identities and assist vocational discernment. Students in the MDiv and MTS degree programs may enroll in the WTM Certificate Program. A total of 13 hours is required, including:

  • WTM502. Special Topics in Women, Theology and Ministry (3 hours) or PT503. Vocational Discernment for a Sustained Life in Ministry (3 hours)
  • WTM505. WTM Integrative Project (1 hour taken after the completion of 12 hours of coursework.)
  • WTM500. Professional Development. Met either through participation in an Academic Conference (5 hours) or the WTM Mentoring program (5 hours.) {No credit hours given for either requirement}
  • WTM501. Women’s Forum. Attendance at the WTM Forum once during the student’s academic program
  • Nine hours of elective credit from the approved list of electives:
    • OT670: Bible and Care of the Earth
    • NT639: Sexuality in the Bible
    • ST607: Doctrine of God - Women's Voices Past and Present
    • S653: Christology in Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Theologies
    • ST660: Womanist Theology
    • ST683: Theological Anthropology in Womanist Thought
    • ST687: Womanist Theology and Narrative Identity
    • ES621: Christian Sexual Ethics
    • ES624: Feminist and Womanist Ethics
    • ES625: Sexuality in the Black Church
    • ES632: Pastoral Ethics
    • ES663: Religion, Violence and Peacebuiliding
    • SR613: Gender in US Religion
    • PC640: Pastoral Care of Women
    • P620: Prophetic Voices for a New Century
    • P642: Women and Preaching
    • RE501: Religious Education as Formation and Transformation
    • LA613: Women in Religious Leadership and Administration

Check the current course schedule for courses are offered in a particular semester. Students may petition the WTM Director for approval of additional courses meeting the following criteria:  (1) The topic of study is relevant to the mission of the WTM program and/or the primary perspective of the course is informed by Feminist/ Womanist theory or theology (broadly defined); (2) A majority of the assigned readings present feminist/Womanist perspectives and/or deal with issues related to women, theology, and ministry; (3) A major project on women and religion, or feminist/womanist perspectives on theology or practices of ministry is completed for the course.

How to Enroll

To participate, interested students must submit an Application for Certificate Enrollment Form to the Candler Registrar.

For additional information, email Dr. Ellen Shepard, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology and Director of the Women, Theology, and Ministry Program. 

Learn more about the Women, Theology, and Ministry Program.


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Religion and Health

The certificate in Religion and Health provides an opportunity for the interdisciplinary study of health and health promotion practices as they intersect with various religious or spiritual traditions and practices. Through the integration of perspectives from a variety of disciplines in the health and social sciences, particularly those in nursing, public health, theology, and religion, students will develop theories and practices in which the personal, communal, and social dimensions of health intersect. This interdisciplinary perspective will provide students with resources to analyze the way in which faith, understood as constituted by a set of religious and/or spiritual beliefs and practices, may contribute to the promotion or inhibition of health of persons and communities from various religious traditions.

Students in the MDiv and MTS programs wishing to complete the certificate must meet the following academic requirements:

  • One of the following courses: CC/SR650. Faith and Health: Transforming Communities (3 hours), or SR658. Health and Healing: Understanding the Role of Religion (3 hours)
  • Nine additional hours of Religion and Health approved electives. Students are encouraged to take at least two elective courses either cross-listed outside of Candler or outside of Candler.
  • FH503. Religion and Health Integrative Paper (1 hour)
  • MDiv students must participate in a Contextual Education I or II site which allows the student to address issues of faith and heath and actively engage these issues.

For further information, please refer to the Religion and Public Health Collaborative website, or email Dr. Emmanuel LarteyL. Bevel Jones III Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling, and the certificate coordinator.


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Human Rights

The Emory Graduate Certificate in Human Rights is an integrated, innovative, and cooperative approach to human rights scholarship and training. The certificate combines the teaching and research strength of Emory University with the applied programs of Emory’s professional partners, including CARE USA, The Carter Center, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention among others. The Certificate is available to students in all of Emory’s professional schools, pending approval by each school, and is awarded by each professional school.

The Human Rights Certificate is overseen by the Executive Director of the Emory Institute for Human Rights, Dabney Evans, a faculty member at the Rollins School of Public Health. The certificate is available to students in all of Candler’s degree-seeking programs and only awarded in conjunction with a Candler degree.

Students are required to complete three courses and a practicum or final paper. The director approves the available courses and the practicum, and confirms that requirements have been met.

For additional information, refer to the Emory Graduate Certificate in Human Rights website, or email Dabney Evans, Director.


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