Certificate of Theology Program (C.Th.)

The Certificate of Theology (C.Th.) is a 30 credit undergraduate program in theology. It is intended to give students a basic understanding of theology for personal interest, as a component in preparation for ministry, or in preparation for further study.  

There are four routes for this program, namely a General Lay Route, a Sacred Scripture Route, a Diaconate Route, and an Anglican Route. The requirements for candidates of the diaconate include additional formational and ordination requirements.

Note: The Certificate of Theology is not intended to qualify a student for ministry on its own.

Instruction delivery mode: The program can be taken fully online, fully on-campus, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.

Completion timeline: The program can be completed on a part-time basis over 2 years, or by tacking as few as one course per academic year.

Cost of Tuition: based on tuition fees for the 2018-2019 Academic Year, the total amount of tuition for the ten courses is $6630.00. Additional fees apply. 

Bursaries available: please contact the Dean of Students for details

Transfer Credits: students who have completed modules from the Certificate of Catholic Studies (CCS) faith formation program at Newman Theological College will be granted advanced standing of 3 credits for each 6 unique CCS modules, to a maximum of 6 credits towards the C.Th. program. This is subject to the approval of the NTC Admissions and Evaluations Committee. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Certificate of Theology must have an Alberta High School Diploma (with English 30) or its equivalent. Applicants, 30 years of age or older, who do not have a high school diploma may also be admitted upon successful completion of English 30 or an acceptable equivalent.  At present we are not able to offer Distance Education courses to residents of the U.S.A., but we welcome inquiries from anyone so interested.

This program is not Designated and ineligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit.

Procedure for Admission
  • Submit a completed Application Form and $45.00 non-refundable application fee (International Student Application Fee $250.00).
  • Arrange for official high school transcripts and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office from the issuing educational authority.
  • Letters of reference from two persons qualified to judge the applicant’s character and intellectual ability.
  • Applicants for the diaconate route also require a letter of permission from their bishop or his designate.

When all required documentation is received the applicant’s file will be reviewed by the Admissions & Evaluations Committee.

Transfer Credits

Students who enter the program having completed courses from the Certificate in Catholic Studies (CCS) program at Newman Theological College will be granted advanced standing of 3 elective credits for each 6 unique C.C.S. courses towards their undergraduate studies at Newman Theological College, to a maximum of 6 elective credits towards the C.Th. program. Students may transfer in a maximum of 6 credits towards the C.Th. program from other recognized colleges and universities. The transfer of credit is subject to the approval of the NTC Admissions and Evaluations Committee.

Students on the Anglican route may complete the Formation for Missional Ministry Program of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton. This program has been pre-approved for transfer of three (3) elective credits towards the Certificate of Theology Anglican Route upon submission of a certificate showing successful completion.

Most undergraduate courses are offered in conjunction with graduate courses, with an appropriate distinction in workload and expectations. In addition to the courses listed above, students who have been admitted to the C.Th. program may take certain courses for credit from the graduate course listing with the approval of their Faculty Advisor and the Academic Dean.

Course Descriptions

Foundational Theology

FND 100 Early Church History

3 Credits

The historical development of the Church from the second century to the rise of Islam. The relationship of Church and Empire, the beginnings of monasticism, the contributions of women, the development of institutions and doctrine, and the missionary activity of Christians beyond the Greco-Roman World.


FND 101 Medieval Church History

3 Credits

The historical development of the Church in the Medieval Era from the beginning of the eighth century to 1500. Monasticism and religious orders, heretical movements and popular religion, intellectual development, Church and State relations.


FND 102 Modern Church History

3 Credits

The church from the end of the fifteenth century until today. Calls for reform. Key reformers: Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Cramner. Catholic reforms and the Council of Trent. The Enlightenment and its aftermath: liberalism, anti-clericalism, ultra-montanism and Vatican I. Byzantine churches. Missionary movements and North American Protestantism. The church as global: Latin America, Asia, Africa. Modernism, ecumenism, Vatican II and toward the 21st century.


FND 118 Anglican Tradition

3 Credits

Anglicanism from the 16th century to the present with a view to identifying theological direction and emphasis which have been characteristic of this community. The role played by formularies, representative writers and liturgy in the formation of Anglican self-understanding will be examined. Anglicanism and the ecumenical movement.


Sacred Scriptures

SCR 100 Introduction to Sacred Scripture and their Interpretation

3 Credits
This course introduces students to the Sacred Scriptures of the Christian faith, their academic study and their interpretation.  The various books of the Old and New Testaments of the Catholic Bible are introduced in relation to their historical, cultural, and religious backgrounds, with timely references to geographical and archaeological data.  Concurrently, students are introduced to the concepts of biblical inspiration, biblical inerrancy, and the formation of the canon.

This course also includes a seminar that explores the question of the interpretation of scripture with the Mind of the Church, during which key Church documents will be analyzed while some major contributions from the world of academia to the field of biblical interpretation will be considered.  The aim is to equip students with a range of exegetical tools and building blocks that will be necessary in subsequent scripture courses in their chosen program, and indeed in their various ministries as exegetes of Sacred Scripture.


SCR 131 Psalms and Wisdom Literature

(Prerequisite: SCR 100)

3 Credits
This course considers the Canonical corpus of the Old Testament traditionally referred to as the Psalms and Wisdom literature (Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Qoheleth/Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon and Sirach/Ecclesiasticus).  The Psalter and Wisdom Literature are covered in turn, with specific emphasis given to historical, literary, exegetical and theological questions.  In particular, the themes of faith and hope, human condition and suffering, and perceived absence of God, in selected texts form the Psalter and the book of Qoheleth/Ecclesiastes are examined for their contribution to pastoral ethical contemporary issues.

The seminar component of this course will invite students to engage, at a level pertinent to their program of study, with contemporary issues raised by the literature at hand.


SCR 132 The Prophets

(Prerequisite: SCR 100)

3 Credits
This course considers the Canonical corpus of the Old Testament traditionally referred to as the Prophets.  The literature is investigated as a distinct body and in relation to the Canon of Scripture, with particular emphasis given to historical (pre-exilic), literary (including text critical), exegetical and theological questions.  The relationship between the Israelites and God—as portrayed by the biblical prophets—is explored from the perspective of messianism and ‘new covenant theology’.

The seminar component of this course will invite students to engage, at a level pertinent to their program of study, with contemporary issues raised by the literature at hand.


SCR 151 Matthew and Mark

(Prerequisite: SCR 100)

3 credits
This course considers the Canonical Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Initial considerations of the historical backdrops to these gospels lead to a closer examination of the literature. Both gospels are read in their entirety, with particular attention given to their Christology, Pneumatology, Discipleship, Ecclesiology,
Missiology, Eschatology, and overall theological perspectives within and in relation to the Canon of Scripture.

The seminar component of this course invites students to investigate, at a level pertinent to their program of study, questions arising from a consideration of the interrelationship between the two gospels.


SCR 152 Luke-Acts

(Prerequisite: SCR 100)

3 credits
This course considers the Canonical compositions attributed to St. Luke: the Gospel and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. An initial consideration of the historical backdrops to these literary compositions leads to a close sequential examination of the Gospel and the Book of Acts. Both works are read in their entirety, with particular attention given to their Christology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Missiology, Eschatology, and overall theological perspectives within and in relation to Salvation History.

The seminar component of this course invites students to investigate, at a level pertinent to their program of study, historical and theological questions arising from a consideration of the Lukan material.


SCR 154 The Synoptic Gospels

(Prerequisite: SCR 100)

3 Credits
This course focuses on the Canonical Gospels of the Synoptic tradition.  The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are introduced, with particular attention given to their structure, their specific characteristics and historical circumstances, as well as their presentations of Jesus Christ and their teachings on Christian discipleship. This course also includes a seminar, during which students will investigate, at a level pertinent to their program of study, questions arising from a consideration of the interrelationship between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.


SCR 155 Pauline Literature

(Prerequisite: SCR 100)

3 Credits
This course considers the epistolary literature of the New Testament attributed to the Apostle Paul.  A brief survey of the Apostle’s life and gospel gives way to a close reading of the Pauline Letters.  Although all Pauline Epistles will be read (1 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Romans), students will in particular consider central Pauline themes (Christology, Ecclesiology, Soteriology, Pneumatology) as expounded in the First Letter to the Corinthians and the Letter to the Romans. 

The seminar component of this course will invite students to engage, at a level pertinent to their program of study, with contemporary issues raised by the literature at hand.


SCR 156 Johannine Literature

(Prerequisite: SCR 100)

3 Credits
This course considers the Canonical literature traditionally attributed to the Fourth Evangelist (Gospel of John; 1, 2 and 3 John, the Book of Revelation).  An initial consideration of the milieu from which the Johannine Community/School emanated (date, authorship, and provenance) serves as a backdrop to a closer examination of the literature.  The entirety of the Johannine corpus will be read, with particular attention given to the distinctive Christology (Signs, “I AM” Sayings), Pneumatology (the Spirit-Paraclete), Ecclesiology, Missiology, Eschatology, and overall theology of this Canonical body of literature.

The seminar component of this course will invite students to engage, at a level pertinent to their program of study, with contemporary issues raised by the literature at hand.


SCR 163 The Pentateuch and Historical Books

(Prerequisite: SCR 100)

3 Credits
This course considers the Canonical corpus of the Old Testament traditionally referred to as the Pentateuch (the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and their cognate literature known as the Historical Books (Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah). The literature is investigated as a distinct body and in relation to the Canon of Scripture, with particular emphasis given to historical, literary (including text critical), exegetical and theological questions. The relationship between the Israelites and God—as portrayed by the biblical authors of the Pentateuch and Historical Books —is explored through the theme of covenantal love.

The seminar component of this course will invite students to engage, at a level pertinent to their program of study, with contemporary issues raised by the literature at hand.


Systematic Theology

SYT 100 Introduction to Theology

3 Credits

The nature of theology. The relationship between theology and the following: revelation (Scripture and Tradition), spirituality and liturgy, philosophy and the human sciences. Faith and reason. The high points of theology throughout the history of the Church. The importance of theology for the Church. Theology and the teaching office of the Church. Theology and Church before and after Vatican II. Writing skills in theology.


SYT 108 The Theology of Revelation

(Prerequisite: SYT 100)

3 Credits

The modern problem of the compatibility between an authoritative divine revelation and human knowledge, freedom and experience. The development of a “theology of revelation” from Vatican I to Vatican II. Revelation and the Enlightenment. Dei Verbum. Jesus Christ as the revelation of God and humanity. Pluralism and the unity and universality of the Christ event. The Church's teaching on revelation and faith. The Christian act of faith. The question of truth and of on-going revelation.


SYT 110 Liturgical Theology

(Prerequisite: SYT 100)

3 Credits

The biblical origins of the Christian Liturgy. The development of distinct rites in the Eastern and Western Church with a special attention to the ongoing development of the Roman Rite. The theology of Liturgy as a work of the Trinity, an Action of Christ and the Church. The sanctification of the Year and the Day through the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours. The liturgical movement prior to and following the Second Vatican Council. Cultural, pastoral, and ecumenical considerations.


SYT 114 Introduction to the Sacraments and Christian Initiation

(Prerequisite: SYT 100)

3 Credits

The sacraments of initiation. Their biblical roots and their historical and theological development in the Christian Church. Contemporary revisions, pastoral applications and ecumenical consideration.


SYT 184 Christology

3 Credits

The contemporary problematic in Christology. The claims and challenges posed by Jesus in his preaching and life. His rejection, death and resurrection. Jesus Christ as divine and human. Traditional and contemporary Christologies.


SYT 185 Theology of God

(Prerequisite: SYT 100)

3 Credits

Aspects of the problem of God in the modern era. Preparations for belief in the Trinity in the history of Israel. The Christ event and the Trinity. The Trinity and the early Church Councils. “Explanations” of the Trinity old and new. Special questions regarding the Trinity (the Trinity and the immutability of God, creation, modern science, evil, gender, Christian worship and spirituality). Pneumatology.


SYT 188 Ecclesiology

(Prerequisite: SYT 100)

3 Credits

The Church before and after Vatican II. The vision of the Church underlying the basic biblical images (People of God, Body of Christ, Temple of the Holy Spirit). The Church as constituted by the Word of God. The Church as constituted by the Word made flesh. The Church and holiness (including Mariology). The Church as one and apostolic. The Church and the world.


Moral-Pastoral-Spiritual Theology

MPS 100 Introduction to Pastoral Theology

3 Credits

Biblical and historical roots of pastoral theology; theological foundations; current understanding; initial exploration of a theology of ministry and the study of specific ministries; introduction to theological reflection; formation for ministry.


MPS 120 Introduction to Moral Theology

3 Credits

The basic elements of moral theology since Vatican II. Biblical and theological themes that define the person in Christ. The Christian meaning of sin, virtue, conscience, law and moral discernment. The Christian experience of conversion and reconciliation in the way of discipleship.


For Elective Courses please go to Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Lay Certificate Requirements

This C.Th. is awarded upon completion of 30 credits including:

  • 21 core credits./li>
  • 9 elective credits.

General Outline - C.Th. Lay

Lay Formation THEO 020 - optional

Core Courses

* Courses must be taken in the First Year of Studies
** Students who take SCR 151 or SCR 152 cannot take SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels for credit. 


Foundational Theology

(3 Credits)

One of:
FND 100 Early Church History
-OR-
FND 101 Medieval Church History


Sacred Scriptures

(6 Credits)

SCR 100 Introduction to Sacred Scriptures and their Interpretation*
SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels**


Systematic Theology

(9 Credits)

SYT 100 Introduction to Theology*

plus two of:

SYT 110 Liturgical Theology
SYT 114 Introduction to the Sacraments and Christian Initiation
SYT 184 Christology


Moral, Pastoral, and Spiritual Theology

(3 Credits)

MPS 120 Introduction to Moral Theology


Electives

(9 Credits)

see Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Please consult your Faculty Advisor as to which elective courses would be most appropriate.

Sacred Scripture Certificate Requirements

The Sacred Scripture route is ideal for all who have a strong desire to engage at a deeper level with the study of Sacred Scripture and their interpretation in the Catholic tradition, whether for personal growth and faith development, or as part of an on-going professional development within their ecclesial ministry.

In particular, the C.Th. Sacred Scripture route will further equip catechists, youth ministers, deacons, chaplains, and those involved in supporting the mission of the Church, with the skills to approach the task of interpreting Sacred Scripture with the mind of the Church for the good of the People of God in our time.

This C.Th. is awarded upon completion of 30 credits including:

  • 18 core credits.
  • 12 elective credits.

General Outline - C.Th. Sacred Scripture

Core Courses

* Courses must be taken in the First Year of Studies
** Students who take SCR 151 or SCR 152 cannot take SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels for credit.


Sacred Scriptures

(18 Credits)

SCR 100 Introduction to Sacred Scriptures and their Interpretation*

plus five courses from the following:

SCR 131 Psalms and Wisdom Literature
SCR 132 Prophets
SCR 151 Matthew-Mark**
SCR 152 Luke-Acts**
SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels
SCR 155 Pauline Literature
SCR 156 Johannine Literature
SCR 163 Pentateuch and Historical Books


Electives

(12 Credits)

Can be taken from any undergraduate course. The following courses are recommended options:

Systematic Theology

SYT 100 Introduction to Theology
SYT 108 Theology of Revelation
SYT 184 Christology

Moral, Pastoral, and Spiritual Theology

MPS 120 Introduction to Moral Theology

Certificate in Catholic Studies Courses Transfer Credit

Possibility to transfer 6 CCS courses for one elective course (3 credits) or 12 CCS courses for two elective courses (6 credits)

see Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Please consult your Faculty Advisor as to which elective courses would be most appropriate.

Diaconate Certificate Requirements

Candidates for the diaconate route of the C.Th. program must be sponsored by their diocese. This route forms one part of the participating diocesan diaconate formation program and is not meant to be comprehensive. The usual ordination requirements apply.

This C.Th. is awarded upon completion of 30 credits including:

  • 24 core credits.
  • 6 elective credits.

General Outline - C.Th. Diaconate


Core Courses

* Courses must be taken in the First Year of Studies
** Students who take SCR 151 or SCR 152 cannot take SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels for credit. 


Sacred Scriptures

(6 Credits)

SCR 100 Introduction to Sacred Scriptures and their Interpretation*
SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels


Systematic Theology

(15 Credits)

SYT 108 The Theology of Revelation
SYT 114 Introduction to the Sacraments and Christian Initiation
SYT 184 Christology
SYT 185 Theology of God
SYT 188 Ecclesiology


Moral, Pastoral, and Spiritual Theology

(3 Credits)

MPS 120 Introduction to Moral Theology


Electives

(6 Credits)

see Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Please consult your Faculty Advisor as to which elective courses would be most appropriate.

Anglican Certificate Requirements

The Anglican studies route of the C.Th. is designed to form one part of a ministry formation program in preparation for various lay and ordained ministries in the Anglican diocese of Edmonton. Additional educational, formational, and ordination requirements may apply, as determined by the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton. Students interested in the Anglican studies route C.Th. should consult with the Faculty Advisor for Anglican Students at NTC prior to beginning their studies.

This C.Th. is awarded upon completion of 30 credits including:

  • 21 core credits.
  • 9 elective credits.

General Outline - C.Th. Anglican


Core Courses

* Courses must be taken in the First Year of Studies
**Students who take SCR 151 or SCR 152 cannot take SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels for credit. 


Foundational Theology

(6 Credits)

FND 118 Anglican Tradition

One of:

FND 100 Early Church History
- OR -
FND 102 Modern Church History


Sacred Scriptures

(6 Credits)

SCR 100 Introduction to Sacred Scriptures and their Interpretation*
SCR 154 Synoptic Gospels


Systematic Theology

(6 Credits)

SYT 100 Introduction to Theology*
SYT 184 Christology


Moral, Pastoral, and Spiritual Theology

(3 Credits)

MPS 100 Introduction to Pastoral Theology


Electives

(9 Credits)

Please consult your Faculty Advisor as to which elective courses would be most appropriate. 

Students will complete 3 elective courses for a total of nine (9) credits.  Preference will be given to the following when available:

MPS 282 Ritual in the Anglican Tradition
MPS 283 Preaching in the Anglican Tradition

see Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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