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

Certificate in Baptist Studies

The certificate in Baptist studies 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 church 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 Rev. David W. Key, Director of Baptist Studies, or call 404.727.6350.


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Black Church Studies

Certificate in 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 Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program. The Black Church Studies (BCS) certification process provides an opportunity to develop theoretical and practical knowledge about black religion and black church studies.

Students enrolled in the Black Church Studies Certificate are required to complete the following:

  • BCS504: Black Church Studies Retreat (no credit) at least once
  • BCS505: Black Church Studies Portfolio (no credit)
  • BCS501: Introduction to Black Church Studies (3 hours)
  • Contextual Education II, in an approved ecclesial setting (4 hours) or other contextual experience taken for credit
  • BCS500: Black Church Studies Reflection Seminar (no credit, must register both fall and spring semesters of Con Ed II)
  • BCS502: Black Church Studies Colloquy, in the final semester (1 hour, graded S/U)
  • Nine additional hours in approved BCS course work, 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

Students interested in earning a Certificate in Black Church Studies must first be accepted and registered for classes in Candler's Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program. Once registered for classes, complete the Certificate Enrollment Form and return it to the Candler Registrar.

For further information, email Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, Professor of Homiletics 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 prepares students seeking ordination in the Episcopal Church and the broader Anglican Communion. The centerpiece of the certificate is the integrative sessions in which students meet with faculty, supervisors and other students to reflect on the work they are doing in their parish placements. This weekly "Episcopal contextual education" is enriched by the preparation for, and celebration of, the Eucharist. Episcopal/Anglican formation also includes ecumenical education in general theological studies; special academic work concentrating in liturgical studies, theology in the Anglican tradition, and worship from the Book of Common Prayer; and regular training in the spiritual practices of the priesthood.

Students enrolled in the Episcopal Studies Certificate are required to complete the following 30 hours of class work as part of the MDiv degree:

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 in a local Anglican/Episcopal parish church
  • CE551/2/3 (2 hours each, all semesters): participation by students, faculty, and supervising parish priests in a weekly reflection seminar

Biblical Languages

While biblical languages are not required for the Episcopal Studies certificate program, some study of Hebrew and/or Greek is usually required for ordination. Many students enroll in intensive summer courses, which are taught at Candler, Columbia Theological Seminary, and other seminaries, before beginning the Master of Divinity program.

How to Enroll

Students interested in earning a Certificate in Episcopal Studies must first be accepted and registered for classes in Candler's Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program. In addition, participation in the certificate program requires that a student be a postulant or have the written permission of his or her bishop (students should consult with a bishop before applying to Candler). Once registered for classes in the MDiv program, complete the Certificate Enrollment Form and return it to the Candler Registrar.

Learn more about the Episcopal Studies program.


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Faith and Health

Certificate in Faith and Health

The Certificate in Faith 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 Master of Divinity (MDiv) program 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)
  • FH503: Faith and Health Integrative Paper (1 hour)
  • Nine additional hours of Faith and Health approved electives. Students are encouraged to take at least two elective courses either cross-listed outside of Candler or outside of Candler.
  • 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 Lartey, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling and the certificate coordinator.


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Human Rights

Emory Graduate Certificate in 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 U.S. 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 3 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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Religious Education

Certificate in Religious Education

The Certificate in Religious Education prepares persons for ministries related to teaching and learning in faith communities, schools and the wider society. It is designed for Candler Master of Divinity (MDiv) students who see some aspect of Christian religious education as central to their vocational identity, whether that be in ministry with youth, college students, or 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. (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) upon permission of the course instructor.
  • 15-18 credit hours, allocated as follows:
    • RE501: Religious Education as Formation and Transformation (3 credit hours)
    • Contextualized educational ministry experience: For MDiv students, Contextual Education II 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.)
    • 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 pre-approved 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
      • ST683. Theological Anthropology in Womanist Thought
      • ST687. Womanist Theology and Narrative Identity
      • ES/RP649. Psychology of Moral Development and Education
      • ES671/672.Skills in Conflict Transformation
      • M/CC623. The Church's Mission with Children in Poverty
      • 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. Memory, Culture, and Redemption
      • 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
      • PC6xx. 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

Students interested in earning a Certificate in Religious Education must first be accepted and registered for classes in Candler's Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program. Once registered for classes, submit an Application for Certificate Enrollment with the Candler Registrar.

For additional information, email Dr. Jennifer Ayres, Assistant 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, Theology, and Ministry

Certificate in Women, Theology, and Ministry

The Certificate in Women, Theology, and Ministry offers an opportunity for focused study of issues relevant to women, theology and ministry within the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree. A total of 13 hours of required and elective courses provides: 1) focused academic study of women and religion 2) vocational discernment for women students pursuing diverse forms of ministry.

Requirements

  • WTM500: Professional Development (met either through participation in an Academic Conference or the WTM Mentoring Program (5 hours, no credit)
  • WTM501 Women's Forum (no credit)
  • WTM502: Special Topics in Women, Theology, and Ministry or WTM503: Vocational Discernment for A Sustained Life in Ministry  (3 hours)
  • WTM504 Colloquy (taken in the last year of the program) (1 hour)
  • WTM 505: WTM Integrative Paper (1 hour, taken after the completion of 12 hours of course work)
  • Nine hours of elective credit from the following list:
    • 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

Students interested in earning a Certificate in Women, Theology, and Ministry must first be accepted and registered for classes in Candler's Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program. Once registered for classes, complete the Certificate Enrollment Form and return it to the Candler Registrar.

For additional information, email Brenda Bennefield, Program Associate, or call 404.727.4180.

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


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