Continuing Education


Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership

CALL's online courses are offered throughout the year and are designed so that you can participate at your own pace and at your own time.

Each course is 7 weeks, each week a separate lesson. Continuing Education Units are offered at the rate of 2 CEUs per course. Students from across The Episcopal Church and beyond join experienced online instructors in creating a classroom environment of respect and mutual learning.

  • Courses are open to anyone, lay or ordained, of any denomination or none.
  • Review our FAQ's for more information about how online classes work.
  • All courses are subject to cancellation should the minimum registration limit not be met.
  • Contact the CALL office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 510-204-0727 with any questions.

Course fees:
$210 Standard Rate
$185 Association of Episcopal Deacons Rate


Winter 2016: January 25- March 14, 2016
Registration is now open


Spring 2016: April 11 - May 30, 2016. New courses still being added.

  • Introduction to the New Testament 
  • War in Faith and Film with Dr. Bradley Burroughs
  • Preparing Congregations for Mission: Moving from Reflection to Action with Caroline McCall
  • Survey of World Religions with Dr. Jennifer Snow
  • Church in Anglican History, Theology, and Practice with Dr. Scott MacDougall

Study with current CDSP Students this January

Intersession 2016

Appropriate Boundaries in Ministry with Lizann Bassham
Parish Management for Clergy with James B. Jordan

Organizing for Public Ministry

January 17 - 22, 2016 All Day

Taught by a team of experienced Industrial Areas Foundation community organizers, this class will cover conceptual studies and practical skillbuilding in how to engage the public mission of the church in the world.

Learn more and register

Listening for a Change: Sacred Conversations on Race and Justice
Trinity Institute Webcast hosted by CDSP

January 23, 2016
7:30am Check In and Coffee
8:30am - 7:30pm Program in Easton Hall
Easton Hall

For a full list of speakers and presentations, please see While the New York webcast is spread over 3 days, we will be offering the presentations and conversations in one Saturday to enable as many clergy and laypeople as possible to fully participate.

Learn more and register

CALL has developed two series, making it possible for students to focus their study in a programmatic way. Each series will enable students to receive an Online Continuing Education Certificate.

Students must enroll in the program by completing a very brief Enrollment Form and then completing the listed courses for that series in no particular order.

Essential Anglican Studies

Formerly known simply as Anglican Studies, this program has been CALL's core curriculum of study in continuing education for years. Designed by the CDSP faculty to provide fundamental Anglican education in six areas of religious study, the Essential Anglican Studies Program gives students just that – the essentials of basic Anglican ethos and practice. Instructors in this program include CDSP faculty as well as experienced lay members and clergy in the Episcopal Church, most of whom have extensive online teaching experience. Check the Online Course Descriptions for CEUs page for more information on these courses. Not all courses are offered every year.

  • The Anglican Approach to the Bible – offered Fall 2015
  • Introduction to Homiletics - offered Fall 2015
  • Facing Choices: Ethics in the Anglican Tradition – offered Winter 2016
  • What We Believe: Theology in the Anglican Tradition – offered Winter 2016
  • Church History: Wisdom for Mission Today - offered Winter 2016
  • Introduction to the New Testament - offered Spring 2016
  • Introduction to Pastoral Care - offered Summer 2016

Advanced Anglican Studies

For those students who want to continue to do more in depth work in Anglican Studies, CALL offers the Online Continuing Education Certificate in Advanced Anglican Studies. This program has been offered for a number of years and upon reviewing it, CALL has altered the design to make this a more flexible program for the student. These courses are often taught by faculty of other schools and seminaries, giving the student a wider exposure to the Christian tradition. All courses that qualify for this program will be designated as such on the Online Course Descriptions for CEUs page of the website.

Students enrolled in this program will be required to complete six courses in four combined areas of study listed below. No more than two courses in any single area of study will qualify toward requirements for the certificate. These areas of study are:

  • Area 1: Worship/Spirituality
  • Area 2: History/Theology
  • Area 3: Ministry/Ethics
  • Area 4: Scripture

What is required of you as a student in this program?
 Each course you complete will gain you 2 Continuing Education Units, which many dioceses require. Regardless of whether or not your diocese expects you to earn CEUs, as a student enrolled in one of the Online Continuing Education Certificate Programs, you will be held to the same requirements as students who must earn CEUs. This means you must: a) complete a final integrative assignment and b) participate in the weekly online discussions.

  • Final Integrative Assignment
 The instructor will assign an appropriate project or paper that he or she feels will demonstrate your ability to integrate the new information, knowledge and experience from the class and how it applies to your life of faith. There will be no grade given but each instructor will provide feedback on your project for your purposes.
  • Participation in Weekly Online Discussions
 Perhaps the most challenging aspect of online education is of developing community – a group of people who learn with and from one another. CALL's instructors work hard at encouraging and enabling community because they understand that people most often learn from how others take in the information. Therefore, weekly participation in online discussions is required. The instructor will monitor this but each student is responsible for being both courageous in offering their own interpretations and responses as well as encouraging and supportive of other students in the course. Participating in discussion therefore not only means that you post something each week, but that you take the time to read what other people post and respond thoughtfully and appropriately to what they have to say.

Time Commitment
:  CALL instructors design each course anticipating that you will devote a minimum of 3 hours/week between reading the materials and participating in the discussions. Often, instructors are able to work with you if you have vacation planned so please ask to talk with the instructor before deciding that you cannot participate.

In the event that CALL cannot provide required courses in a timely manner due to unforeseen course cancelations, CALL will work with the student to find a suitable substitute for the course.

Enrolling in the Online Continuing Education Certificate Program

If you would like to enroll in the Online Continuing Education Certificate Program, please email CALL. You will be asked to submit a very short Enrollment Form that will help us to understand your learning goals.


How do I register if my diocese/parish is paying for my tuition?
 Register as normal and when asked for the payment type, choose 'check.' Inform your diocese/parish that they must put your name on the check or send your name in a separate note with the check to the following address:
Church Divinity School of the Pacific
2451 Ridge Rd
Berkeley, CA 94709

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Class time/structure

How much time do I need to be able to give to the class each week? 
To earn 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), you need a minimum of 20 hours of contact time. Over the course of a 7-week class, this is approximately 3 hours per week. However, as you become engaged in the materials you may find yourself spending more time.

What times do the classes meet during the week? 
All of CALL's online classes are asynchronous which means that none of the classes 'meet' at particular times. The instructors post lectures (in the form of essays) each week along with readings and discussion questions. You work at your own pace throughout the week to complete the readings and respond to the discussion questions in written form in the forum.  Some instructors plan additional activities that may include conference calls or online chats. These are always enhancements to help people learn and never a part of the requirements of the class.

Don't I need to have a video camera on my computer to do an online class?
 No. Since the class doesn't 'meet,' there is no need for a video camera. You will only be asked to post a picture of yourself as a part of a profile.

If I work odd hours, can I still take the class?
 Yes. The work is assigned on a weekly basis and you work at your own pace over the week to complete it.

Do I have to download any software?
 You will need to access the internet and download and read .pdf files. If you can do that, you do not need to download any software. CALL houses all the course information on a server (called Moodle) that you will log into from your computer via an internet browser. The internet browsers we recommend are either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

Class participation and interaction

What does class participation look like? 
Most class participation is in the form of discussion forums. These forums begin with written discussion questions offered up by the instructor to which you will be asked to post responses to the questions as well as respond to the posts of other students in the class.

How much access will I have to the instructor? 
Instructors are available by email and by phone to answer your questions. Many instructors keep office hours, much like university professors.

Do I interact with the other people in the class? 
CALL instructors encourage interaction amongst their students and would prefer to have you read each other’s posts and respond to them, encouraging and challenging one another through the course as you would in a regular classroom.

What reading materials are required? For purchase?
 Approximately 2-4 weeks before the class, you will be sent an email from that gives you a listing of required books to purchase for the class. If you live in an area that requires more time for your book to arrive, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. explaining your situation and asking for the reading list.  In addition to those books you will need to purchase, the instructor will likely give you additional readings in the form of .pdf files that you can download from the Moodle server.

CEUs, grades, etc.

Is there a grade? How are CEUs distributed?
 The minimum participation required for an instructor to grant Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to a student is: regular participation in the weekly discussion forums and a completion of a final integrative project. The instructor will offer feedback on this project and will release a CEU certificate for you. You can then print the certificate on your own printer from the Moodle server.

If you need any clarification or have further questions, don't hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call .