Non-degree and Graduate Certificate Programs

Equipping leaders for specialized ministry

TEEM program info

Because the mission of God’s people calls for many forms of specialized ministries, Luther Seminary is committed to offering non-degree and graduate certificate programs for students.

Luther concentrates on equipping leaders for specialized ministry. Each program offers a flexible balance between a grounding in the classical theological disciplines, concentration in one’s chosen area, and elective courses taken from any area of the curriculum.

Graduate certificates can be pursued in the following areas:

Bible, History of Christianity and Systemic Theology

The certificate program in Bible, History of Christianity, and Systematic Theology is designed for people who desire a basic grounding in Christian theology and tradition. A student may concentrate in Old Testament, New Testament, History of Christianity or Systematic Theology or choose a combination of courses in these areas.

Children, Youth, and Family Ministry

The certificate program in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry is designed for people who desire a basic grounding in children, youth and family ministry. A student may concentrate in Children, Youth, Family Ministry or choose a combination of courses in these areas. This certificate may be earned in a distributed learning or residential format.

Congregational and Community Care

The certificate program in Congregational and Community Care is designed for people who desire to focus on the various aspects of care giving ministry. A student may concentrate in a specific area of ministry or take a combination of courses from across the disciplines within Congregational and Community Care. Students interested in aging and health ministries or in Parish Nursing should refer to information on those certificate programs. This certificate may be earned in a distributed learning or residential format.

Congregational Mission and Leadership

The certificate program in Congregational Mission and Leadership is designed for people who are interested in deepening their theological knowledge and leadership skills for a variety of the outreach ministries of faith communities.

Methodist Studies

This certificate program in Methodist Studies is designed to meet the educational needs of people who are preparing for ministry in Methodist churches. Those seeking ordination are urged to meet with the point person for Methodist Studies or the Student Resource Center to ensure they meet denominational requirements. Find additional information on Luther Seminary's Methodist House of Studies.

Parish Nursing

The certificate program in Parish Nursing is designed for those in the health ministries to deepen their theological integration of faith and health. The program encourages the development of leadership skills through both course work and contextual learning, including the option of Clinical Pastoral Education. A unit of CPE may be substituted for 1.0 course in the student’s concentration area. This certificate may be earned in a distributed learning or residential format.

Admissions requirements for the certificate in parish nursing are the same as those for other certificate programs, with these exceptions:

  • Nurses without a bachelor’s degree may substitute a current RN license.
  • Students must have completed the Parish Nurse Preparation Course prior to enrolling in the graduate certificate program.

Graduate certificate programs are comprised of eight courses. The programs are designed to be completed in one year of full-time residential study or in two to four years through distributive learning and online courses. Through a new application process, students who have completed a certificate program may apply their course work toward a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree.

These graduate certificate programs are designed to equip lay leaders across denominational lines. When completed along with a Lutheran Confessions course, they also qualify as the educational requirement for certification as an Associate in Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. (See Candidacy Process for Professional Lay Ministry.)

TEEM

The Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM program) is a collaboration with Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) which helps committed lay people become ordained pastors:

  • those who are already functioning as leaders in their spiritual communities

  • those who are already leading God's people

  • those who have jobs and families and cannot leave their communities

  • those who for one reason or another cannot commit to pursuing an M.Div. degree

Yet they are called by God to become pastors! TEEM can help! Find out more.