Some ministerial situations do not demand an academic degree but require that certain skills be demonstrated to qualify for the position or for commissioning. Additionally, a certificate can help an individual transition into a new career area, gain confidence and background in a particular skill or pursue a new area of interest. Certificate programs are intended to meet these diverse needs.
A certificate typically represents the successful completion of a designated number of contact hours. Tuition for certification programs is 50% of degree program tuition. Certificate programs do not qualify for financial aid.
Students may opt to take certification courses for credit at full tuition. Any student opting to take certification courses for credit must be accepted as a Special Student through the Admissions office. Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or United Church of Christ students taking courses for credit can receive a 50% tuition scholarship reduction.
Anyone can audit courses at LTS. Auditors can take as many courses as they choose, although class size may limit their options. Persons who are interested in auditing one or more Seminary courses should contact Carol Devine, Director of Admissions: email@example.com. LTS Alumni are eligible to audit courses at a rate of 50% of the audit fee.
A Special Student at Lexington Seminary can take up to twelve credit hours of coursework. These twelve credits are restricted to coursework at the module level. The Special Student can only take elective modules if given written permission by the Dean and the faculty member teaching the elective module. After taking up to twelve credit hours, the Special Student may choose to transfer into an LTS degree program, transfer into an LTS certificate program, transfer to another institution, or leave the institution with twelve hours on her/his transcript.
For Special Student applicants, a completed application will include:
- Completion of the application form, with application fee.
- In place of the essay, a Special Student should submit a statement regarding his or her anticipated course of study.
- Receipt of one recommendation submitted electronically
- This letter must come from a minister, educator or employer who knows the applicant well and can speak to the applicant’s preparation for seminary work.
- Receipt of official transcripts in the Admissions office.
Continuing Education Programs
Lexington Theological Seminary understands itself to be a theological resource center for the church. Accordingly, both on-line and on-site education programs for clergy and laity offered through the Continuing Education Program are designed to enhance the life of the church while providing learning opportunities for diverse constituencies. Continuing Education Units of Credit as recommended by the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM) are awarded for all programs upon request of the participant. Continuing Education Programs are not available for degree credit.
The Lay School of Theology (LST @LTS)
The Lay School of Theology at Lexington Theological Seminary is a series of Saturday classes taught by the LTS faculty for lay persons interested in learning more about the subjects taught at LTS. Each course meets from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Lexington Theological Seminary and is also available online.
Creating Vital Congregations Webinars
Lexington Theological Seminary offers the Creating Vital Congregations webinar series to help equip pastors, church leaders and members alike with tools to address a wide variety of issues facing congregations today. The cost to register is $10 per log-in, with an unlimited number of participants for those who join online. Please register by 10 a.m. the day before the webinar. A link to the webinar will be emailed out the day before the webinar. Late registrants are not guaranteed live participation; a link to view recorded presentation will be available within one week of the presentation.
For information on any continuing education program contact Deena Ainslie, (859) 280-1219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.