New Certificate Program at Church Divinity School of the Pacific Boosts Summer Enrollment

Clergy and lay students from 12 states and the Virgin Islands spending two weeks in intensive study through July 22

BERKELEY, CALIF. July 13, 2011 – Students from across the Episcopal Church converged on Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) this week for a two-week “immersion” in the history, theology and practices of the Anglican tradition.

The 12 men and18 women in CDSP summer courses at the Berkeley graduate school include clergy and lay people earning continuing education credits and graduate students taking daily courses for academic credit. They represent 12 states and one territory, from Hawaii to the Virgin Islands. Seven students are from California.

The summer classes began July 11 and continue through July 22, complemented by daily worship and community activities, including visits to local parishes on July 17.

The summer classes include a two-week Anglican Immersion, which offers daily courses for continuing education students as well as students in a new certificate program that combines summer school with distance learning via online courses. In the new “hybrid” program, students earn a graduate certificate in Anglican studies by taking half of the credits in two summer sessions, and the other half online.

“The response to our new ‘hybrid’ certificate program and to this year’s Anglican Immersion curriculum offers great evidence that CDSP is developing programs that meet the needs of a changing church,” said Dr. Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, CDSP professor of church history and director of this summer’s Anglican Immersion.

The CDSP summer school also includes 14 continuing education students taking one-week courses in financial management and “new models of ministry” through CDSP’s Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL).

CALL also offers distance learning options for continuing education students this summer, with a total of 35 students participating in six online courses.

Click here for more information about the Hybrid Certificate of Anglican Studies. Click here for more information about the Anglican Immersion. Click here for more information about the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership.

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