Certificates

Master of Theological Studies 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.

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 Theological Studies (MTS) 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 Theological Studies (MTS) 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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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 Theological Studies (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)
  • 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.

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 Ministries

Certificate in Religious Education Ministries

The Certificate in Religious Education Ministries equips persons for teaching and learning in faith communities, schools and the wider society. It is designed for Candler Master of Theological Studies (MTS) students who see some aspect of religious education as central to their vocational identity. Students in the certificate program may focus their studies in one of three tracks: Christian Congregational Education; Ministries with Youth; or Religion and the Academy.

Students may meet the requirements for the certificate with courses completed within the degree program requirements. All Religious Education Certificate tracks require the following:

  • Nineteen credit hours, allocated as follows:
    • RE501: Religious Education as Formation and Transformation (3 hours)
    • CE552: Contextual Education II or equivalent. Placement should have a significant educational ministry component. MTS students should consult with the Director of the Religious Education Program regarding appropriate contextualized education experience. This placement may include serving on the staff of the Youth Theological Initiative Summer Academy (4 hours)
    • Twelve more hours of coursework, according to a student's focus. See requirements and recommendations under "Areas of Focus," below.
  • Professional Conference: Students in the certificate program must participate in one professional conference sponsored or approved by the Religious Education Program.
  • Retreat: Students in the certificate program must attend at least one Religious Education Program retreat, normally offered each Spring semester.

Areas of Focus

As noted above, students in the certificate program focus their studies in one of three areas. Following are descriptions and additional course requirements for each of the three areas of focus.

Christian Congregational Education
This track is designed for students desiring to prepare for the educational dimensions of congregational ministry. Includes, but not limited to, students seeking to complete the academic requirements of The United Methodist Church for certification in Christian Education. Additional course requirements include:

  • RE/NT540: Teaching the Bible (3 hours)

  • Course in Church Leadership and Administration (LA501, LA505 or others, with approval) (3 hours)

  • Six credit hours in Religious Education, three of which may be an approved course from another field that relates to Religious Education.

Religion and Academy
This track prepares students for secondary and post-secondary academic teaching, campus ministry or other ministries in academic contexts. Additional course requirements include:

  • Course in pedagogy or educational theory (RE515, 5E517, RE/NT540, RE525 or others, with approval) (3 hours)

  • Course in comparative religion or study of at least one religious tradition that is not Christianity. May be taken in the Emory Department of Religion. (Note: Please refer to the Candler policy regarding enrollment in undergraduate courses in the Candler catalog.) (3 hours)

  • Course in Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 hours)

  • Elective course in Religious Education or an approved course from another field that relates to Religious Education (3 hours)

Ministries with Youth
This track prepares students for a range of ministries with youth in congregations, communities and schools. It helps prepare United Methodist students to meet the requirements for the youth ministry certificate in the United Methodist Church. Additional course requirements include:

  • Six credit hours in Youth Ministry courses (RE517, RE525, RE698Y, RE658R)

  • Course in Pastoral Care and Counseling related to ministries with youth (PC501, PC628, PC635 or others, with approval (3 hours)

  • Elective course or internship in Religious Education. May be an approved course from another field that relates to Religious Education. Contact the Director of the Religious Education Program for internship site approval. The internship may include serving as staff for YTI Summer Academy. (3 hours)

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 Theological Studies (MTS) degree program. Once registered for classes, complete the Certificate Enrollment Form and return it to the Candler Registrar.

Announcements about upcoming conferences and retreats, as well as lists of pre-approved electives in the certificate program, can be found on the blog for Religious Education at Candler.

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

Learn more about the Religious Education Ministries 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 Theological Studies (MTS) 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 Theological Studies (MTS) 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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