Christian Educator Certification

The Leadership Institute offers courses within a certificate program offered in Christian Education, in conjunction with the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Educator Certification program. To learn more about the certification process and how to apply to become a Certified Christian Educator (CCE) through the PC(USA), click here.

These courses are designed to increase skills and knowledge in a structured curriculum that leads to certification in that program area.

Note: Participants do not need to be seeking certification in order to take any of the courses offered. For those seeking certification, required courses are outlined in the below schedules.

Christian Educator Certification Courses

These online courses are designed to meet the requirements for Christian Educator Certification in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Courses offer both synchronous (scheduled live class meetings) and asynchronous work (at-home assignments posted on Blackboard, the seminary’s learning management system, with logins provided).

Two to three courses are offered through the seminary each academic year, with six (6) courses offered in total.

Course Syllabus: The course syllabus is shared after participants register, within two weeks of the course’s start date.

Approved Christian Educator Certification courses for 2022-2023:

  • Summer 2022 Human Growth & Faith Development (Online Course) – July 11 – August 28, 2022. Course will include four online, synchronous, weekly class meetings via Zoom web-conferencing in addition to at-home online assignments. This course is to be led by Dr. Cindy Kissel-Ito, Associate Professor of Christian Education, at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Participants will need access to a computer, with external or built-in microphone and web-cam, along with a sound internet connection. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


Additional Christian Educator Certification courses slated for 2022-2023:

  • Presbyterian Polity, Program, and Mission (Dates TBD)
  • Worship, Sacraments, and Education (Dates TBD)


Previous courses offered within the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • Fall 2021 Reformed Theology (Online Course)
  • Spring 2022 Biblical Interpretation (Online Course)
  • Spring 2022 Religious Education Theory & Practice (Online Course)


Note: Participants do not need to be seeking certification to take any of these courses.