CDSP's CALL program works actively with dioceses to develop curricula and courses that support local formation for ordained ministry. Our close relationships with partner dioceses means that we can offer new courses as needed, track students through their program, evaluate students, and work together on improving students' experiences.
Why partner with CALL for local formation?
Partnering with CALL for local formation means that students on alternative theological education tracks can learn with others from throughout the country, broadening their sense of the meaning of their call and their Anglican identity. Students are taught by experienced instructors, often seminary professors, and can work directly with their instructors as well as fellow students. In addition, students in local formation partnership programs receive extended evaluations from course instructors that are shared with diocesan coordinators of their programs. CALL at CDSP develops new courses and constantly evaluates current courses and instructors with partner dioceses.
What courses are regularly used by local formation partners?
In addition to our Anglican Foundations courses, CALL offers the following courses yearly or biannually for our local formation partners:
How does partnership work?
Most diocesan local formation program have an in-person, diocesan-based components focused on mentorship, spiritual growth, and collegiality, and offers local courses or retreats focused on those parts of formation for ministry that are most effectively accomplished by face-to-face teaching. CALL at CDSP complements these diocesan-based experiences by offering courses that teach students the canonical areas for ordained ministry. Partners choose which courses they need their students to take, and if necessary, CALL at CDSP develops new courses at partners’ request. Partners talk regularly with Director of Extended Learning Jennifer Snow about their course and curriculum design, programmatic needs, student experiences, planning for the future, and more. Partners pay a consultation fee, while partner students receive a discounted registration rate.
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.
$220 Standard Rate
$195 Partner Rate
Registration opens November 16
January 16 - March 6, 2017
Facing Choices with the Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger
Introduction to the New Testament with Dr. Peter Ajer
Church History with Dr. Bradley Peterson
Homiletics with the Rev. Dr. Donald Schell
Theological Images of Diakonia with the Rev. Maylanne Maybee
English Spirituality and Mysticism with the Rev. Dr. Daniel London
March 27 - May 15, 2017
What We Believe with the Rev. Dr. John Kater
Introduction to Liturgics with the Rev. Dr. Walter Knowles
Book of Job with Dr. Donn Morgan
The Empty Way with the Rev. Brian C. Taylor
The Diaconal Hermeneutic with Dr. Rod Dugliss
Preparing Congregations for Mission: Moving from Reflection to Action with Caroline McCall
Online Video Course
To help continuing education and local formation students structure their programs, we offer a Continuing Education Certificate in Anglican Foundations. These courses are offered regularly to enable the student to complete the program in a timely fashion. The suggested courses include:
These eight courses are intended to be flexible and provide both a grounding in Anglican ethos and in Christian thought history. If courses needed for your program are not offered in a timely fashion, the CALL program will work with you to provide a substitute.
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.
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.
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
If the registration deadline is past, can I still register?
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.
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.
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.