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RECOMMENDED FULL-TIME COURSE SCHEDULE

For a full-time student, the expectation is to complete the courses as follows:

  • Fall Term: 9 Credit Hours (3 courses)
  • General Assembly: 6 Credit Hours (2 courses)
  • Spring Term: 9 Credit Hours (3 courses)
  • Summer Term: 3 Credit Hours (1 course)
  • Summer Convention: 6 Credit hours (2 courses)

This schedule presents the opportunity for students to complete the certificate programs in 2-3 years and the Pastoral Certification program in 4-5 years. However, students are encouraged to study at their own pace.  

RECOMMENDED PART-TIME COURSE SCHEDULE

Part-time students may select courses at their own pace and may use completed credit hours toward a certificate program.

CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS REQUIREMENT

All COGBF pastors and ministers (both ordained and consecrated) must take continuing education courses as determined by the COGBF Executive Council of Elders over a two-year period.  Renewal of licenses are contingent upon completion of the required credit hours for the continuing education program.  A schedule of courses will be published in advance of each semester. 

NON-CERTIFICATE INSTRUCTIONS

Special courses may be offered at CTI to assist enrollees who seek to enhance their body of knowledge in other ministry areas. Enrollees must pay the same application and tuition fees as those enrolled in the certificate programs.
 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?

There are three semesters of instruction per year: Summer, Fall and Spring. Classes are also taught twice per year at the summer conventions and winter general conferences. A typical pace for full-time students is to complete 24-30-hours per-year and graduate in approximately 2-3 years. The Pastoral Certificate Program will take approximately 2-3 additional years for a total of 4-6 years. Students can also attend part-time and determine their own pace.

registrationMANDATORY CONVENTION ATTENDANCE

It is mandatory that every COGBF candidate registers and attends all summer conventions as well as the General Assemblies.   Any candidate not attending must be approved by the CTI staff at least two weeks before the start of the convention. Non-member students are welcomed to attend the COGBF assembly meetings but not required.  All students will have access to all courses taught at the assembly meetings via Adobe Connect.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENT

Students are required to have access to a computer system and the internet for course instructions delivered online. It is also recommended that students use a personal headset such as Logitech with USB connection for the best instructional experience. Those who lack computer skills should seek assistance from someone able to provide support throughout the educational process. Again, students are expected to sign-on to online training sessions so access to a computer is mandatory.  

FORMATTING OF COURSEWORK: 

All papers will be typed in Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri font at 12 pitch (standard spacing between characters) and referenced in APA style. It is recommended that candidates use this website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/08
for instructions and examples on how to write APA style. 

GRADING POLICY

Each course is worth 3-credit hours. The grading scale is “A – F” and only grades of a “C” or better will pass the course.  Students who do not pass must repeat the course before advancing to other courses.  Students who fail the same course twice must contact the registrar for counseling.

TUITION COSTS

The cost of each course is published each semester on http://cti.cogbf.org/ and may increase with notification. The due date for fees will be posted each semester and students who do not comply will pay late fees or potentially be dropped