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CAS – Low Residence

The Certificate in Anglican Studies low-residence option is designed for students wishing to pursue the CAS primarily through distance learning, but with intensive periods of study and formation over two summers. Courses are taken online and in two consecutive on-campus summer residential programs of two weeks each, during which students form community and participate in worship and personal formation for ministry.

In addition to the standard requirements for the CAS, applicants for the low-residence option must show capacity to participate in online learning, and have access to appropriate computer technology.

For low-residence students, the equivalent of four 3-credit courses will be taken during the two on-campus summer residencies. Four 3-credit courses will be taken as online courses during the school year. At the discretion of the advisor, online courses may be taken at other GTU schools.

A total of 24 credits (the equivalent of eight 3-credit courses) is required, including Foundations for Ministry. The certificate program will normally include at least one course in each of the core areas listed above. Transfer credit for up to four semester courses (or the quarter system equivalent) completed while enrolled as a student at another accredited theological institution may be approved. Participation in two consecutive on-campus summer intensives is required.

January Intersession: Students may petition the faculty through their advisor to count courses taken in January toward the 8-course requirement for the CAS. CAS students are not required to take January courses.

Summer Coursework: In addition to the Summer Intensive, students may petition the faculty through their advisor to count courses taken at other GTU schools in the summer toward the 8-course requirement for the CAS.

Course Sequence

Typical CAS low-residence Course Sequence, showing required and elective summer intensive course offerings, and potential semester-long online course offerings:

Year One

Summer Intensive

Foundations for Ministry

Elective: Anglicanism, interfaith, or biblical exegesis

Fall Semester

Postmodern Christian Education (3 credits) OR Old Testament (3 credits)

Spring Semester

Ethics (3 credits) OR New Testament (3 credits)

Year Two

Summer Intensive

Leadership and Ministry (1.5 credits)

Liturgical Leadership (1.5 credits)

Elective: Anglicanism, interfaith, or biblical exegesis

Fall Semester

Theology I (3 credits) OR Liturgics (3 credits) OR History of Christianity I (3 credits)

Spring Semester

Theology II (3 credits) OR History of Christianity II (3 credits)