Gain the benefits of Central’s affordability, discipleship, and online education.
Are you a working adult? A student across the country? A minister looking to gain further education without leaving the ministry? By joining our online community, you will receive relevant biblical higher education with our first-class professors through our convenient, flexible online option.
What It Looks Like
- 8 week long intensive courses
- no set times to be on for class only course work deadlines
- 15-20 hours of class work a week
- reading assignments (~100 pages a week)
- video/audio lectures
- discussion forums
- writing assignments
- tailored per class by the professor
Online Degrees Available
- Associate of Biblical Studies – A two year degree focusing on Bible and ministry for those with no other College credits earned.
- Bachelor of Religious Studies (Christian Leadership) – A four year degree that utilizes credits earned from other colleges and two years of study to complete a Bachelor’s degree.
- Bachelor of Science in Biblical Ministry – A four year degree that offers a Bible major with selected courses in general studies and ministry. This degree can be completed entirely online.
- Bible Certificates – The Certificate of Bible & Ministry is a 15 credit certificate that can be completed in one semester of full-time study or two semesters of part-time study. The Certificate of Biblical Knowledge is a 30 credit certificate that can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.
Students enrolled in a distance education program at CCCB must first attempt to resolve any complaints informally by speaking with the appropriate faculty, staff, or administrator. If the complaint is unresolved, the student may file a formal grievance against the school and submit the complaint in writing to Shawn Lindsay, Vice-President of Academics, at email@example.com or by mailing it to him at CCCB, 911 East Urbandale Dr. Moberly, Missouri 65270. The school will review the grievance and make a determination within 21 days. If the student is dissatisfied with the resolution offered by the school, the student may contact the Missouri Department of Higher Education (Missouri’s SARA State Portal Entity) for information on filing a formal grievance. https://dhewd.mo.gov/policies/documents/POLICYONCOMPLAINTRESOLUTION-reviseddraft.pdf
Needed Technical Skills
In order to be successful in an online class, there are a few things you must have:
You need a basic computer and internet understanding. In addition to knowing how to use e-mail and messaging services, you will need the following skills:
- You need to be in the regular habit of checking your e-mail–minimally three times a day (morning, daytime, nighttime).
- Know how to browse and attach documents to e-mails and/or workspaces.
- Be able to download and use more than one internet browser (particularly Firefox).
- You need to know how to download and install additional (free) programs which may help you communicate and/or complete your work. i.e. Skype, Flash add on, Windows Live, etc.
- Know how to add people to your safe senders list.
- Be able to play various media formats (flash, mp3, mp4, etc.)
- Know how to use search engines.
You need to have good time management skills. Every college student is better off with good time management skills, but it is particularly important for an online student. 8 week intensive courses can quickly overwhelm students who do do not manage their time well. An 8 week intensive course is equivalent to taking two traditional classes concurrently. This means most students need about 15-20 hours a week to complete course work! Many students choose to do the bulk of their work on the weekends, but most classes have items that need time during the week days as well. Setting time aside for work periodically throughout the week as well as the weekend lessens the likelihood of receiving late penalties, puts less pressure on the weekends, and improves overall learning and retention. Additionally, although there are not set times to meet (like in the traditional classroom setting), CCCB does have an online attendance policy. Students are expected to keep up with their work or be in danger of failing a class due to Excessive Absences. Online students are free to complete their class work at any time of the day or night day, but assignments are intended to be completed at a weekly pace. Class work must be completed in a timely fashion to meet attendance standards. A student who does not complete an assignment within the first five days of class will be automatically dropped from the course. Within the first four weeks of class, a student who becomes two weeks behind on assignments may be dropped from the course and receive a grade of FW (“failure due to excessive absences and withdrawn”).
You need to have reliable high-speed internet access at all times. To have the best educational experience, you'll need access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. If your access to media files for classes is not reliable, it is easy to fall behind and become overwhelmed due to the short duration of the classes.