Online Courses for Credit

CDSP offers online graduate courses for credit each semester. If you are not currently a student at CDSP or one of the other seminaries in the Graduate Theological Union, you must be admitted to CDSP as an online student to register for an online class. This requirement includes students at seminaries outside the GTU who wish to transfer credit to another school. To receive an application form as an online student, contact the CDSP admissions office.

Orientation to Online Learning

All students are required to participate in a mandatory Orientation to Online Learning offered online prior to the beginning of each course or to have completed it within the past year. Anyone who does not complete orientation will not be enrolled in the course. The orientation is available at http://moodle.gtu.edu/ and requires a User ID and Password, available from the registrar of your school. Completion of the orientation requires about three hours.

Computer literacy level: familiarity with word processing, search engines, internet browser, e-mail.

FALL 2013

Deadline to submit application for admission as an online student for this course is August 30, 2013.  Deadline to submit application for fall: August 30

ST 8218      Theology I: Introducing the Practice, Marion Grau

Tuition for this class is $2,100.00.  Course fee must be paid before a student can enroll.
Class duration for fall: September 3,2013 - December 13.,2013
Deadline to submit application for admission as an online student for this course is August 30, 2013.

This course aims to give students a good working base of theological method and content. The particular doctrines treated include: theological method and hermeneutics, doctrine of God, creation, theological anthropology, Christology, death, suffering and evil, soteriology, pneumatology, and eschatology. The course brings traditional theological methods and doctrinal loci into dialogue with contemporary approaches to theology. Students will engage themes developed during the formative periods of Christian theology, and be introduced to theological developments and challenges (including issues of economy, ecology, race, class, gender, and sexuality) of past and present. Students learn to constructively link scriptural, historical and theological sources and develop creative constructive theologies for teaching and proclamation in the context of their communities. Requirements: Active oral participation in discussion, weekly moodle posts, four short papers (longer options available for MA, DMin, etc.). Previous courses in the history of Western Christianity are highly recommended.

 ED 8110     Postmodern Christian Education, Susanna Singer

Tuition for this class is $2,100.00.  Course fee must be paid before a student can enroll.
Class duration for fall: September 3,2013 - December 13.,2013
Deadline to submit application for admission as an online student for this course is August 30, 2013.

This foundational course in Christian Education attends to the plural cultures of the postmodern world, which form the context within which Christian faith must be formed and nurtured. Using approaches that integrate theory, practice and critical reflection within the course's pedagogy, students will be enabled to foster the same capacities for critically-reflective and committed Christian praxis in persons of all ages, within their particular contexts for ministry. Lecture, discussion and student presentation class format. Evaluation of regular reflection papers and book reports, in-class presentations, and an ethnographic site observation. Participants are expected to complete the Orientation to Online Learning offered on Moodle prior to the first class session. Intended audience: MDiv and MTS students second year and above. [25 max enrollment; PIN code required; Auditors excluded] Before registering, students must contact the instructor at ssinger@cdsp.edu for the PIN code.

OT 8175     Intro to the Old Testament, Steed Davidson

Tuition for this class is $2,100.00.  Course fee must be paid before a student can enroll.
Class duration for fall: September 3,2013 - December 13.,2013
Deadline to submit application for admission as an online student for this course is August 30, 2013.

This online course provides a survey of the Old Testament, focusing on the texts in their historical and literary contexts. Students will learn to read the texts from various perspectives and evaluate the notion of the literature as sacred texts both for ancient readers as well as contemporary faith communities. Evaluation will be based on participation in interactive discussions, content quizzes, written assignments and examinations. [PIN code required; Auditors excluded] NOTE: This course is jointly offered by PLTS & CDSP.

SPRING 2014

HSST 8115  History of Christianity II, Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski

Tuition for this class is $2,100.00.  Course fee must be paid before a student can enroll.
Class duration for Spring: February 3, 2014 - May 23, 2014
Deadline to submit application for admission as an online student for this course is January 31, 2014.

This course will survey the development of Christianity as a world movement from the 15th to the late 20th century. Format: Lecture. Requirements: Two 6 page papers, final paper/project, class participation.

CE 8210      Introduction to Christian Ethics, Bradley Burroughs

Tuition for this class is $2,100.00.  Course fee must be paid before a student can enroll.
Class duration for Spring: February 3, 2014 - May 23, 2014
Deadline to submit application for admission as an online student for this course is January 31, 2014.

This course introduces the field of Christian ethics by (1) studying major theoretical approaches, in particular focusing upon Anglican and Lutheran conceptions, and (2) exploring how Christians might address contemporary ethical issues. The course thus aims to advance students' historical and theoretical knowledge but to do so in a way that provides resources for contemporary moral decision-making and pastoral leadership. The course will be conducted online and asynchronously. Students will required to read assigned texts, submit reflection papers on a regular basis, participate in online discussions, and write a final paper. NOTE: Participants are expected to complete the Orientation to Online Learning offered on Moodle prior to the first class session. [Auditors excluded] NOTE: This course is jointly offered by CDSP & PLTS.

Orientation to Online Learning: Students who take a CDSP online course must complete the Orientation to Online Learning before the course begins, or have completed it within the past year. It is available at http://moodle.gtu.edu/ and requires a User ID and Password available from your school’s registrar. Completion takes about three hours.

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