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Certificates

Certificate of Biblical Knowledge

The Certificate of Biblical Knowledge (CBK) introduces students to Biblical, spiritual, and theological issues necessary for basic servant-leadership in a church.  The 32-credit curriculum is designed to provide personal development as well as preparation to teach others.

The CBK can be completed in one year of full-time study either online or in the traditional classroom.  The CBK is NOT eligible for Federal Student Aid.  Online students pay a reduced tuition amount.  Certificate credits may apply towards an associate or bachelor’s degree.  Other CCCB certificates build upon the CBK requirements.

Certificate of Biblical Knowledge Goals

  1. Display knowledge of key Bible passages, characters, and events.
  2. Affirm and defend the truthfulness of the Bible and Christian faith.
  3. Discover the meaning and spiritual application of Biblical texts through the historical-grammatical method of interpretation.
  4. Identify the geographical, historical, linguistic, and cultural contexts of Biblical events and books.

Course Requirements

This thirty-two hour program is the equivalent of one year at Bible college.

Policies

  1. All certificate courses may apply towards an associate or bachelor’s degree.
  2. Online students may qualify for financial aid if they have completed the admissions process and paid the Matriculation Fee for the Associate of Biblical Studies. The first two courses, Foundations of Christianity and Christian Discipleship, may be taken prior to completion of the admissions process.
  3. Local students may complete the required courses in one academic year.
  4. Online students may complete the requirements in one calendar year. Online students must first complete Orientation to Online Studies prior to enrolling in the first certificate course.

Further Opportunities

After completion of this certificate, several options for further education from Central are possible:

  • One more year of courses at Central may lead to an Associate of Science degree.
  • One more year of courses at Central may lead to a Bachelor of Religious Studies degree for students who have earned 60 hours of college credit elsewhere.
  • Three more years of courses at Central may lead to a Bachelor of Science or Arts degree.

Certificate of Bible & Ministry

The Certificate of Bible & Ministry (CBM) allows online and international students to receive short-term training in Biblical, spiritual, and ministry matters that can be used for personal development and church leadership.  The 16-credit curriculum is designed to introduce students to Biblical higher education through a survey of Bible and ministry courses.

The CBM can be completed in one semester of full-time study in the traditional classroom or one year of part-time study online, taking one course at a time.  The CBM is NOT eligible for Federal Student Aid.  Online students pay a reduced tuition amount.  Certificate credits may apply towards an associate or bachelor’s degree.  Online students pay a reduced tuition amount.  Credits from the CBM may apply towards an associate or bachelor’s degree.

The requirements of the CBM are to take any four of the Bible courses from the CBK, one ministry course, and Orientation to Online Studies.

Children’s Ministry Certificate

This certificate prepares students to serve the church by specializing in the care and teaching of children from birth to sixth grade.  Potential service areas for the church include departmental leadership positions involving children or working in a parachurch ministry devoted to the Christian education of children.

Certificate Enrollment Fee:  $700

Children’s Ministry Certificate Goals

In addition to the goals of the Certificate of Biblical Knowledge, students completing a Children’s Ministry certificate will be able to:

  1. Examine the need for education in the church, recognize the role of a children’s minister, and describe their own involvement in that role.
  2. Recognize the fundamental components of a lesson and develop their own Biblical lessons for a church audience.
  3. Explain the age-specific educational and psychological needs that affect teaching within a local church.
  4. Design a children’s educational program to recruit and train volunteers for the educational ministry of a local church.
  5. Experience the educational ministry of the church in light of the principles and methods of effective children’s ministry.

This certificate can also be completed in two years as part of an ABS degree (63 total credits) or in four years as part of a BS degree combined with the Christian Education program (132 total credits), Christian Ministries program (132 total credits) or the Youth & Family Ministry program (135 total credits).

This certificate prepares students for jobs in:

Gainful Employment Disclosures – For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at https://cccb.edu/gainful.

Teacher Preparation Certificate

The Teacher Preparation Certificate (TPC) allows Central students to become public school teachers in states where the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence is approved.  The American Board is a non-profit organization established in 2001 through funding from the US Department of Education and endorsed by FloridaIdahoMississippiMissouriNevadaNew HampshireOklahomaPennsylvaniaSouth Carolina,Tennessee, and Utah as an official route to teacher licensure.  Those who have been graduated or will soon be graduated from Central with a bachelor’s degree are eligible for the TPC.

American Board provides preparation for teaching in the following areas:  Biology, Chemistry, English Language Arts, General Science, History, Math, and Physics.  Different states accept various subjects provided by American Board (www.abcte.org/teach).  Each state requires a minimum cumulative GPA in the bachelor’s degree and satisfactory completion of the American Board material for licensure.

Central utilizes the American Board training and testing as a portion of the Teacher Preparation Certificate.  This 48-credit curriculum includes the 30 credits of the CBK, as well as 18 credits in teacher education and general studies courses.

This certificate can also be completed in nine semesters as part of a BS degree in Christian Education or Christian Ministries (147 total credits). An additional fee applies for application to this program and for the independent study courses as they are taken.

This certificate prepares students for jobs in:

Click here to receive more information about the American Board program.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at https://cccb.edu/gainful.

TESOL Certificate

Certificate Enrollment Fee:  $900

This certificate provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge for teaching English to non-native speakers of English.  Successful completion of the certificate in conjunction with a baccalaureate degree will give students the tools they need to teach English while serving on a foreign mission field. Potential service to the church may also include outreach to immigrants, teaching English as an evangelistic tool, or teaching in a language school.

Because foreign countries require TESOL instructors to have a college degree, the TESOL certificate can only be received when students complete a bachelor’s degree from Central or if they have already earned a bachelor’s degree. 

TESOL Certificate Goals

In addition to the goals of the Certificate of Biblical Knowledge, the student completing a TESOL certificate will be able to:

  1. Prepare and teach lessons using materials appropriate for a variety of age groups.
  2. Understand the structural elements of the English language with an emphasis on how to assist others in second language acquisition.
  3. Discover resources and strategies for systematically presenting English instruction to non-native speakers.
  4. Experience instruction with non-native speakers to learn about the unique challenges these opportunities bring.
  5. Experience foreign language study to gain appreciation for the task of language instruction and learning.
  6. Practice communicating Biblical truths in cross-cultural contexts using sound principles and multiple methods.

This certificate can also be completed in four years as part of a BS degree combined with the Cross-Cultural Ministry program (141 total credits) or the Christian Ministries program (141 total credits).

This certificate prepares students for jobs in:

Gainful Employment Disclosures – For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at https://cccb.edu/gainful.