IPM has partnered with Christian University GlobalNet (CUGN) to offer affordable, 8-week online college courses in Correctional Ministries with focus areas in chaplaincy or reentry
We welcome you to a community of believers who share your passion for ministering to those affected by crime and its aftermath and who are interested in developing professionally.
Correctional Ministry Certificate* (18 credits + Capstone Project or Practicum)
The Correctional Ministries Certificate Program is designed for individuals seeking to establish a foundation in correctional ministries and receive specialized training in correctional chaplaincy or reentry. The certificate program can be completed in 18 months. Requirements are:
- CORE courses (9 credits) and
- Correctional Chaplaincy Track (9 credits) OR Reentry Specialist Track (9 credits)
|3||CM 301 Dimensions of Correctional Ministries||Semester|
|3||CM 302 Dynamics of Working with Offenders||Semester|
|3||CM 303 Leadership and Spiritual Formation of Offenders||Semester|
Correctional Chaplaincy Emphasis
|3||CM 401 Foundations of Correctional Chaplaincy||Semester|
|3||CM 402 Correctional Ministries Program Development and Evaluation||Semester|
|3||CM 403 Care and Counseling in Correctional Ministry||Semester|
Reentry Specialist Emphasis
|3||CM 404 Foundations of Offender Reentry||Semester|
|3||CM 405 Dynamics of Working with Offenders||Semester|
|3||CM 406 Leadership and Spiritual Formation of Offenders||Semester|
Capstone Project or Practicum (Offered through IPM)
If you are interested in completing a Capstone project or Practicum, please contact the IPM office via phone at 630.752.5727 or email at email@example.com
All courses are eight-week, cross-listed as undergraduate and graduate level (additional assignments) and available online through CUGN.
*Earning a Correctional Certificate does NOT automatically permit access to correctional facilities. Facility administrators determine who is allowed to minister in their facility.
Our vision is that equipped professionals and volunteers will effectively fulfill the Great Commission through service in jails, prison, and reentry ministries. Our core values, which include a strong biblical foundation, a calling to evangelize and disciple, a commitment to the unity of believers in Jesus Christ, and a devotion to excellence, help guide our program.
This program was built on the vision of Dr. Thomas Beckner, founder of the American Chaplaincy Training School and is recognized by national ministries such as Prison Fellowship, Good News Jail & Prison Ministries and Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association (CMCA).
As you consider enrolling in the Correctional Certificate program, the following practical benefits may help guide your decision.
The Correctional Certificate program is one of the few programs of its kind. Students receive specialized training in the focused areas of correctional chaplaincy and reentry ministry. Our faculty members are subject matter experts and are regionally and nationally recognized with years of practical experience.
Participating in courses provides a great opportunity to meet and learn from others around the country who share the same passion and ministry.
The learning gained from earning the credential demonstrates to your donors, employers, churches, and corrections and community agencies that you are specifically trained to meet the roles and responsibilities as a corrections chaplain, reentry leader or correctional minister.
The Institute for Prison Ministries values excellence and believes that quality equipping is needed for quality ministry. The inmates, former inmates, families, and staff served in correctional ministry deserve the highest quality ministry possible.