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Distance Education

Meeting you where you are

You can update your theological knowledge, enhance ministerial skills, and pursue a deeper understanding of your faith through online and blended courses. The CTU faculty makes their expertise accessible to you wherever you may be. CTU professors have successfully completed online teaching programs offered by the National Catholic Education Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison, CTU Faculty Online Teaching Workshop, and DePaul University's award-winning DOTS program.

Certificates Online

You can earn the Certificate in Pastoral Studies or the Certificate in Hispanic Theology and Ministry almost entirely online. These graduate ministerial credentials are designed to enhance your ministry.

Master of Arts Degrees

Through a combination of online and blended courses, you can now earn a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) degree or a Master of Arts in Hispanic Theology and Ministry (MA-HTM) degree. Both of these professional ministerial degree programs allow you to access CTU's quality education wherever you are. Blended courses meet online, with an on-site requirement for three Saturdays during a semester or a week of Summer Institute. In addition, degree seekers participate in the Emmaus Lay Formation Program online and during the summer residential requirement.

Online and Blended Courses

With new courses added each year, CTU’s distance education format (online or blended) courses cover a wide range of topics. The following list includes the dates for courses being offered in this academic year.

Online and blended courses:

  • Introduction to the New Testament - Fall 2016
  • Theology of Interreligious Dialogue - Fall 2016
  • U.S. Latina Feminist Theologies - Fall 2016
  • Christology - Fall 2016
  • Pastoral Ministries in U.S. Hispanic/Latino(a) Contexts - Fall 2016
  • History of Religions and Comparative Theology - Spring 2017
  • Reading the Bible in Espanglish: Latin@ Biblical Interpretation for Ministry - Spring 2017
  • Hope and Solidarity in Global Cinema - Spring 2017
  • Black Spirituality as Source for Ministry - Spring 2017
  • Sacraments I: Initiation and Reconciliation - Spring 2017
Courses that have been offered in the distance format include:
  • Lay Leadership of Prayer and Preaching
  • God Images in the Writings of Theologians of Color
  • Foundations: Religious Experience in Context
  • Introduction to the New Testament (Online)
  • A Biblical Approach to Mental Health
  • Sexual Ethics for the Christian (Blended) 
  • Foundations: Religious Experience in Context (Online)
  • Christianity in the Middle East (Blended)
  • Shaping Places for Worship (Online)
  • Pastoral Practice:  The Theology of Ministry (Online)
  • The Christian Spiritual Life: A Latino/a Perspective (Online)
  • Religion in Context:  Diversity in Dialogue (Online)
  • Medical Ethics (Blended)
  • Biblical Approach to Mental Health (Online) UIC
  • Israel's Prophets  (Online) LSTC
  • Communication Skills for Ministry: Intercultural Communications
  • Pentateuch (Online) LSTC
  • Spirituality and Leadership (Blended)
  • Guadalupe and Marian Spirituality (Online) 

Distance Education Requirements

Distance learners require access to a reliable internet connection (preferably high speed) with browser, updated anti-virus and word processing software, media player capability, microphone, and webcam for videoconferencing. See course schedules at registration for any additional requirements.

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