Instructors include Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union (GTU) faculty, PSR and GTU doctoral students, and qualified professionals from a range of Christian denominations. These excellent instructors represent a variety of racial/ethnic backgrounds and many come from the same communities as TEL students.
TEL courses are about learning and community, not about technology. We want people across the country and around the world will have access to PSR’s excellent faculty, progressive theology, and a broad community of learners and ministry experiences. In keeping with our desire to make high quality theological education highly accessible, TEL technology requirements for individuals are very simple. As an additional means to remove potential technology barriers, we encourage churches to become a TEL Host Site for community and regional cohorts, taking on a large portion of the technical concerns.
- computer. Most computers purchased within the past three years will meet all technical requirements. Your computer should have:
- high speed internet connection
- computer headset with microphone
- email account
See the TEL Technology Guide for details.
New TEL students are offered one-on-one tutorials from TEL staff, and step-by-step instructions through the TEL Technology Guide and within each course in order to smoothly access the simple learning technologies.
TEL staff will send students necessary instructions, web addresses, usernames and passwords in advance of the course start date.
TEL courses may be taken for continuing education units (CEUs). One CEU is awarded for each ten hours of contact and study. Foundations courses award 1.6 units and seminars award 0.3 units.
TEL courses do not provide academic (college or graduate school) credit. CTEL graduates who already possess an associates degree or higher may petition to transfer up to 3.0 credits toward a PSR graduate certificate or degree program by the end of their first semester at PSR. CTEL graduates must apply and be accepted to PSR graduate programs separately from the TEL program. Request transcripts here and follow credit transfer procedures to apply CTEL credits to your PSR program. Credits must be transferred in students’ first semester of PSR graduate study. The maximum time allowed to complete the CTEL is seven years from program admission.
Certificate of Ministry Studies (CMS) graduates who wish to pursue further education at PSR may transfer up to 7.5 elective credits toward a PSR graduate certificate or degree program by the end of their first semester at PSR. No prior degree is required for credit transfer. Use the links above to request transcripts and indicate on your petition whether the program is CMS or CTEL. CMS students must complete their CMS by May 2016. After that period, the CMS program will be closed.
Some denominations or conferences may recognize TEL courses or the Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership (CTEL) as fulfilling requirements for certification or other needs. For the Certified Lay Minister (CLayM) program of the California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the Metropolitan Community Churches’ L.E.A.D. lay leadership program, CTEL is a provider of online coursework. Speak with your conference ministers if you wish to see TEL become a formal part of ministerial or lay leadership formation in your area.
Tuition costs are set as low as possible in order to encourage broad participation. Although no scholarships are available from PSR for TEL, students may find support from their congregations or denominations.
Students registered for TEL certificates receive a 40% discount on registration costs, as indicated above.
- $20 – 40 for certificate & PSR students
$30 – 60 for the general public
- $120 for certificate & PSR students
- $200 for the general public
Non-refundable processing fees of approximately 6% are charged in addition to the base cost.
To complete the twelve-month CTEL program, online course registration costs total $1260 plus approximately $75.60 processing fees. The cost of books is not included in the tuition total. Students can anticipate spending $150 – $200 for required reading materials. There is a $30 CTEL application fee.
To complete the Gender, Sexuality & the Bible certificate program, online registration costs total $820 plus approximately $49 processing fees. Students can anticipate spending approximately $140 for required reading materials.
You may request a refund for the cost of a TEL course or webinar, not including processing fees, one day (24 hours) before the start time of the course or webinar. Processing fees are determined by the vendor engaged to manage online sales and are not set by PSR. No refunds are available within 24 hours of the start of the course or webinar, and no refunds are available after the course or webinar begins. Requests must be made in writing and emailed to email@example.com.
TEL program application fees are non-refundable.
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