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Christian Education and Ministry Certificates

The following certificates are available to all undergraduates through Christian Education and Ministry

The purpose of the Youth Ministry Certificate is to equip and empower college students for leadership in disciple-making youth ministry. This certificate involves 24-26 hours of course work in the Christian Education and Ministry Department.

Students who complete the certificate in youth ministry may choose to complete a major in Christian Education & Ministry or any other undergraduate major.

Students choosing to add the Christian Education major to this certificate must complete the following 20‐22 hours to fulfill the requirements for the major:

  • CE 115 (4)
  • HNGR 114 (4)
  • CE 222 (4)
  • CE 226 (4)
  • CE 251 (0)
  • CE 421 (4)
  • and 2 hours of electives in CE, if CE 337 (2) was completed instead of CE 339 (4)

Required Courses

  • COMM 221 Interpersonal Communication (4)
  • CE 223 Human Development & Ministry (4)
  • CE 234 Youth Ministry (4)
  • CE 346 Discipleship (4)

  • CE 337 Compassion in Ministry (2) (HoneyRock only)
    Or
    CE 339 Compassion & Crisis Ministry (4) (on‐campus only)
  • CE 461 Leadership in Christian Ministry (2)
  • CE 494 Senior Capstone (4)
  • CE 496 Internship (0)

 

(Revised 07/02/2018)

The Leadership Certificate seeks to foster the development of emerging leaders who seek a depth of character and skill that will enable them to contribute to effective and redemptive communities, organizations, and churches. This certificate integrates coursework with a progression of transformation experiences that involve hands‐on leadership in real world settings. Participation in the program will encourage students to deepen learning and transformation, cultivate character and personal integrity, explore the theology and theories of leadership, develop proven leadership competencies, and engage their learning in leadership of self and others. This certificate involves a minimum of 20‐22 credit hours, at least 8 of which are completed at HoneyRock, Wheaton College’s Outdoor Center for Leadership Development. Participation in Summer Leadership School at HoneyRock and completion of an approved additional leadership practicum or internship is also required. The internship can be taken in the CE Department (CE 496 (0)) or in the department of your major with CE Department approval.

Students who complete the certificate in leadership may choose to complete a major in Christian Education & Ministry or any other undergraduate major.

Students choosing to add the Christian Education & Ministry major to this certificate must complete the following hours to fulfill the requirements for the major:

  • HNGR 114 (4)
  • CE 115 (4)
  • CE 226 (4) if not already taken for certificate, CE 346 (4), CE 339 (4), if not already taken for certificate, CE 421 (4), CE 494 (4), and CE 496 (0).

 

Required Courses

Wheaton Campus

  • CE 131 Intro to Spiritual Formation‐Wheaton Passage(2)*
    Or
  • CE 226 Christian Spiritual Practices (4)

  • CE 222 Transformational Education (4)
  • CE 223 Human Development & Ministry (4)

  • CE 339 Compassion & Crisis Ministry (4) (if CE 337 (2) not already taken at HoneyRock)

HoneyRock Campus

  • CE 251 Ministry Practicum (0) in Summer Leadership School at HoneyRock
  • CE 241 Leadership Development (4)
  • CE 337 Compassion in Ministry (2)* (if CE 339 not already taken on Wheaton campus)
  • CE 353 Leadership and Human Systems (2)
  • CE 474 Integrative Leadership (2)

  • *CE 131 (2) and CE 337 (2) are also offered at HoneyRock as part of Wheaton Passage and Summer Leadership

 

(Revised 07/02/2018)

The Discipleship Certificate is an interdisciplinary program designed to facilitate students’ growth as disciples and disciple-makers. It seeks to cultivate the knowledge, dispositions, and skills necessary to take part in the work of discipleship both here at Wheaton and in the broader Church. The goal of the program is to provide a deep and experiential education for those students participating in discipleship ministries, blending theory and practice in significant ways.

The program’s academic home is the Department of Christian Education and Ministry, though courses are also offered in Biblical and Theological Studies and Communications. Through these offerings, students will be equipped in biblical foundations, spiritual formation and ministry, and best practices for discipleship within the context of small groups. Students from any major are eligible for the Discipleship Certificate, but students must be participants or leaders within the Discipleship Ministries programs (DSG, Strongholds, and Family Groups) at Wheaton.

Total Required Credit Hours: 24 

Required Courses (8 hours)

  • CE 212 Discipleship and Small Groups (4)
  • CE 232 Spiritual Guidance and Discernment (2)
  • CE 216 Discipleship Practicum (2x1 credit each; 2 credits total)
    • Each practicum is 1 credit and will consist of 40 clock hours of discipleship experience within the Discipleship Ministries programs, either as a small group leader, coach, or cabinet member.
    • Practicum supervision will come from Ray Chang and Dan Haase.

Choose from the following elective courses (total of 16 hours)

Biblical Foundations (2-6 hours)

  • BITH 325: Biblical Interpretation and Hermeneutics (4)
  • BITH book studies: 332, 338, 341, 344, 356, 358, 362, 363, 364, 365, 368, 433, 434, 438, 454, 457, 458, 462 (2 or 4)
  • BITH 382: Church (2)

Spiritual Formation and Ministry (6-12 hours)

  • CE 222: Transformational Education (4)
  • CE 226: Christian Spiritual Practices (4)
  • CE 231: Evangelism (2)
  • CE 321: Teaching the Bible (4)
  • CE 339: Compassion and Crisis Ministry (4)
  • CE 421: Philosophy of Ministry (4)

Working with Groups (2-4 hours)

  • Comm 221: Interpersonal Communication (4)
  • Comm 362: Group Dynamics (2)
  • CE 216: Discipleship Practicum (up to 2 additional hours beyond required 2 credits)