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CTU's online learning opportunities afford the flexibility and convenience many need to pursue study in theology and/or ministry today, whether you are currently engaged in full-time ministry, a demanding career, or simply find yourself with a busy schedule.
CTU provides a variety of quality and affordable distance learning options. Online instructors at CTU are certified by the Catholic Distance Learning Network. Further, financial assistance - scholarships, loans, matching grants, etc. - are available to online learners as well.
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Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (M.A.P.S) 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.
Continuing Education and Professional Development (Online Course Offered)
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 upcoming distance education courses:
- Portraits of Jesus in Synoptic Gospels - Fall 2013
- History of Muslim-Christian Relations - Fall 2013
- Sacraments II: Eucharist and Sacramental Theology - Fall 2013
- Introduction to Old Testament - J-term 2014
- Christology - Spring 2014
- Foundations: Religious Experience in Context - Spring 2014
- Lay Leadership of Prayer and Preaching - Spring 2014
- Shaping Places for Worship - Spring 2014
CTU's course management system - a Moodle platform - provides users with a virtual learning environment. The Union, as it's called at CTU, is the virtual gathering space for online learning and community. The Union can be accessed online at: union.ctu.edu (no "www" needed).
CTU's The Union allows users to access documents and materials from instructors, post reading summaries, reactions, and responses in the message boards and forums, upload and submit assignments, message the instructor and classmates, etc.
Distance learning requires 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 (recommended, not required). Printer and/or access to print documents optional. Additionally, online learners will be made aware of free downloads (e.g., Adobe Reader) that are helpful to the online learning experience.
Before embarking on an online learning journey, it is important that students reflect on and assess whether or not they would be good online learners. Time management, for example, is extremely important for online learners. While online courses are usually asynchronous (e.g., you can do the work anytime of the day or night), they are not self-paced and there are deadlines.
To learn more about the technical and personal skills required of online learners, one can read about success as an online learner here.
Reflect on your own readiness for online learning by taking a short online questionnaire.
CTU recognizes that beginning an online program away from campus can be intimidating. CTU strives to welcome online learners into the learning community by holding virtual orientation sessions, supplying help desk technical assistance, making available best practices resources for online learners (e.g., etiquette and ethics for online learners), setting-up individual online meeting check-ins, providing online library access, resources, and tutorials, and the like. If you're a good candidate for online learning and are excited about the content material you'll have no problem learning online at CTU.