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Distance Education

Meeting you where you are

You can update your theology, enhance ministerial skills and pursue a deeper understanding of your faith through online and blended courses. Certified as online instructors by the Catholic Distance Learning Network of the National Catholic Education Association’s Seminary Department, the CTU faculty makes their expertise accessible to you wherever you may be. Begin your theological education with a course or two despite your busy schedule.

Certificates Online

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

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies Degree

Through a combination of online and blended courses, you can earn the M.A.P.S. professional ministerial degree. Blended courses meet both online and onsite for three Saturdays during a semester or during a week of Summer Institute. In addition, degree seekers will 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.

Upcoming online and blended courses:

  • Foundations: Theology and Practice of Ministry (Online) - J-Term 2014
  • Lay Leadership of Prayer and Preaching, Part A (Online) - J-Term 2014
  • Christology (Online) - Spring 2014
  • Foundations: Religious Experience in Context (Online) - Spring 2014
  • Lay Leadership of Prayer and Preaching, Part B (Online) - Spring 2014
  • Spirituality and Leadership (Blended) - Spring 2014
Courses recently offered in the distance format include:
  • God Images in the Writings of Theologians of Color
  • Ecclesiology/Mariology
  • Introduction to the New Testament (Online)
  • Introduction to the Old Testament (Online)
  • Latino(a) Methods in Theology (Online)
  • Sexual Ethics for the Christian (Blended) 
  • Foundations: Religious Experience in Context (Online)
  • Sacraments I: Initiation and Reconciliation (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
  • Portraits of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels (Online)
  • 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.

For more information contact:

Kathy Van Duser
Director of Recruitment
Tel: 773.371.5450
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