Curriculum – Worker Priest Track

Curriculum – Worker Priest Track

Number of Courses Required

(Minimum of 20 Courses for Certificate)

The Holy Scriptures (6 courses)

Required: Introduction to Old Testament, Introduction to New Testament, 2 Scripture Electives

History of the Christian Church (2 courses)

Required: Church History I, Church History II

Christian Theology (3 courses)

Required: Theology I, Theology II, 1 Theology Elective (Patristics)

Christian Ethics and Moral Theology (2 courses)

Required: Ethics I, 1 Ethics Elective

Christian Worship (3 courses)

Required: Prayer Book Studies, Liturgical Theology, 1 Christian Worship Elective

The Practice of Ministry (6 courses)

Required: Anglican Approaches to Ministry, Anglican Practical Theology, The Message of Mission, Christian Education and Formation, Homiletics, Deacons in Action (field placement for 6-8 months)


Recommended Course of Study: Priest Track

Semester Sessions

Weekend Orientation Session: in person, Friday through Saturday

Each Course: 10 weeks online work

Weekend Reorientation Session: in person, Friday through Saturday

Summer Sessions

One day Orientation Session: in person, Saturday 9am-3pm

Each Course:  10 weeks online work

Year One

Summer Session One

  • Anglican Approaches to Ministry

 Semester I Core Content

  • Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures
  • Church History I

Semester II Core Content

  • Introduction to New Testament
  • Church History II

 Year Two

Summer Session Two

  •  Anglican Practical Theology

 Semester I Core Content

  • Theology I
  • Prayer Book Studies

Semester II Core Content

  • Ethics I
  • Theology II

Year Three

Summer Session Three

  • Clinical Pastoral Education

 Semester I Core Content

  • Liturgical Theology
  • Homiletics

Semester II Core Content

  • Scripture Elective
  • Ethics Elective
  • Deacons in Action (field placement for 6-8 months)

Year Four

Summer Session Four

  • The Teaching Ministry: Lifelong Formation for Discipleship

 Semester I Core Content

  • Scripture Elective
  • The Message of Mission

Semester II Core Content

  • Theology Elective (Patristics)
  • Christian Worship Elective

Orientation and Reorientation Sessions (20 total for 4-year study)

Topics covered:

  • Anglican Spirituality I, II
  • Discernment
  • Introduction to Theology and Theological Reflection
  • Issues in Pastoral Care I, II
  • Spiritual Direction


Canonical Areas of Study for Ordination

 The canons (III.6.5.f and III.8.5.g) require that preparation for ordination in all orders shall include training regarding:

  • prevention of sexual misconduct.
  • civil requirements for reporting and pastoral opportunities for responding to evidence of abuse.
  • the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, particularly Title IV thereof.
  • the Church’s teaching on racism