Graduate Certificate in Catholic Theology
The ICT Graduate Certificate in Catholic Theology program aims to introduce the student to the study of theology. Theology, within the context of the Catholic Church, is the academic study of the Word of God, directed at deepening one’s faith in Christ. To achieve this, the study of theology is both spiritual and academic:
Theology, for its part, gains, by way of reflection, an ever deeper understanding of the Word of God found in the Scripture and handed on faithfully by the Church's living Tradition under the guidance of the Magisterium. Theology strives to clarify the teaching of Revelation with regard to reason and gives it finally an organic and systematic form.
Students who meet the requirements can transfer up to 18 graduate credits towards either Franciscan University’s Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry program or Master of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization program.
Graduate Certificate in Catholic Theology Program Description
Benefits of the Program
The ICT Graduate Certificate in Catholic Theology program is designed to assist adult Catholics—regardless of their age or vocation—to strengthen their love for Christ by introducing them to core theological concepts. The program will help students to:
- Deepen their Love of Christ: The primary goal of the program is to deepen the student’s love for Christ through the study of Catholic theology.
- Build Christian Community: Students in the program meet in-person in the ICT classroom, allowing for the authentic building of community and Christian fellowship supported by instructors from the Phoenix area.
- Strengthen their Vocation: The formation helps students to articulate their faith in order to strengthen their Christian witness through prayer and charity.
- Prepare to Engage the Culture: To support the New Evangelization, the program helps students to live and renew the Christian life in today’s complex world.
- Be Equipped for Service to the Church: For those who serve in Catholic Schools, parishes or as deacons, this formation helps them to articulate the faith in a variety of ecclesial situations.
- Prepare for Further Studies: For those considering a theological degree, the program prepares them to study theology academically at the masters level.
The ICT Graduate Certificate in Catholic Theology courses are graduate level; however courses are designed to be accessible to students with little or no formal theological formation.
The program is specifically geared towards:
- Kino Institute Adult Faith Formation Graduates
- Parish Catechetical Leaders/Youth Ministers
- Religion Teachers (Primary and Secondary)
- Adult Catholics looking to study theology
Course of Studies
First-Year Students/Courses Offered Annually
Fall—Ministry of the Word
Spring—Word of God: Scripture and Tradition
Rotating Courses Offered on a Three Cycle (2 per year)
Philosophy for Theology, Deposit of Faith, Biblical Catechetics
Church History, Church and Sacraments, Moral Foundations
All instructors in the program are in full communion with the Catholic Church and will receive the mandatum from our local bishop and make the Profession of Faith as outlined in Ex Corde Ecclesia. Instructors have at least a masters, licentiate, or doctorate degree.
Students can expect up to two hours of readings and assignments for every hour of class. Students who complete all courses with at least a “B” average or greater will receive a Graduate Certificate of Catholic Theology from the ICT.
Schedule and Location
Courses will be on Saturdays from 9am-5pm six times each semester and offered in-person at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Parish.
Distance education option available for students in the Southwest. Classes available for live participation via video conferencing.
Tuition and Books
ICT Tuition is $1,000/course. Payment in full due by beginning of class. ICT will discuss payment plans upon request. Tuition does not include textbooks. Students are responsible for obtaining textbooks/class resources.
ICT501: Word of God—Scripture and Tradition*
This course serves as a pre-requisite to prepare for graduate studies, for deeper study in Scripture and Tradition. This course studies God's Word as it has been expressed and handed on in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition with a special focus on the central teachings of the Catholic faith (such as creation, fall and redemption, Trinity and Incarnation, the Church and the Holy Spirit). Emphasis is placed on reading primary sources, including principal Biblical texts, writings of Church Doctors and Fathers, major theologians, Magisterial documents and writings from the Franciscan tradition.
ICT502: Ministry of the Word
This course serves as a pre-requisite to prepare for graduate studies, for deeper study in the nature of catechesis and theology. This course provides a survey of the content, purpose and functions of the ministry of the word, the particular focus on the nature of catechesis and theology. "The ministry of the word, within the context of evangelization, transmits Revelation, through the Church, by using human words (GDC #50)." This course surveys the history, methods, content and contemporary practice of catechesis, inspired by God's Pedagogy of Revelation and the Response of Faith. This course introduces the student to the graduate study of sacred theology by examining the nature and mission of theology as an ecclesial vocation, in light of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's 1990 document, "Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian" (Donum Veritatis). The nature of theology is examined as a "science" in the classical sense, that is, an intellectual habit which certitude is available through rational reflection, in the light of faith, on divine revelation.
ICT 601: Philosophy for Theology
The proper task of theology "is to understand the meaning of revelation and this, therefore, requires the utilization of philosophical concepts which provide a solid and correct understanding of man, the world, and God" (The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Donum Veritatis). This course will introduce the students to the need of a suitable philosophy for theology by examining the relationship and nature of philosophy and theology as "sciences" in the classical sense. This course examines the teaching of the Church's Magisterium on "perennial philosophy" and investigates a number of the more important fundamental philosophical insights critical for theology. Topics may include: physical motion, matter, form, privation, substance, accident, being, act, potency, the good, natural law, the end of man, natural knowledge of God, among other matters. The goal is for the student to attain a genuine philosophical understanding of these realities so that what God has revealed may be understood theologically and scientifically.
ICT 602: Biblical Catechetics
"The 'study of the sacred page' should be the very soul of sacred theology. The ministry of the Word... pastoral preaching, catechetics, and all forms of Christian instruction... is healthily nourished and thrives in holiness through the Word of Scripture" (DV 24). This course focuses on the centrality of Scripture in the work of evangelization and catechesis. The content of the apostles' teaching and their use of Scripture, the scriptural basis of the catechesis of the Fathers and current magisterial documents related to Scripture and catechesis will be covered. Finally, this course explores the implementation of Scripture for evangelistic and catechetical purposes.
ICT603: Deposit of Faith
This course will explore the effective delivery of the content of the Deposit of Faith for the purpose of promoting conversion to Jesus Christ. Kerygmatic catechesis and its emphasis on the means of insertion into the Mystery of Christ will provide the foundation for this exploration. A technique for analyzing doctrine for effective delivery will be employed with specific emphasis on the way in which such a delivery informs the faith, hope and love of the prospective disciple. Finally, the challenges to employing a doctrinal delivery in the catechetical field today will be discussed.
ICT604: Church and Sacraments
This course examines the doctrines--and their sources in Scripture and Tradition--of the Church with Christ as its founder and head, the Holy Spirit as its soul, and the Blessed Virgin Mary as its model, and of the seven Sacraments. While the primary focus will be on divine revelation and teaching of the Church's Magisterium on these sacred mysteries some attention will be devoted to currently unresolved questions in these matters.
ICT605: Moral Foundations
This course explores the fundamental themes of Catholic moral theology, such as Christian discipleship, the human vocation to beatitude, freedom, law, conscience, virtue, sin, the proper understanding of human acts, and moral absolutes, in order to identify the principles of Catholic morality. The course will focus on the manner in which these principles are rooted in the New Testament teachings on Christian discipleship and are expressed by the magisterium of the Catholic Church and by theologians in union with the magisterium, while also considering current controversies and debates regarding these principles. The course will also examine how the principles of Catholic morality apply to various perennial and contemporary moral issues.
ICT606: Church History
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the two-millennium history of the Catholic Church. The major figures, spiritual movements, and theologies in the history of Christianity will be studied in this course. It will provide a perspective on the origins of the principal aspects of Christian faith, life, and worship; on the sources of division among Christians; and on other important topics essential to the understanding of Christianity.
Application and Admission
Applications Now Open
Students will apply online, and admissions is rolling.
Fall Semester — Applications open January 15
Spring Semester — Applications open September 15
Pending availability, courses can be taken individually or can be audited.
Registration for individual/audited courses opens one month after program applications are available.
Admission to Franciscan University of Steubenville Graduate Programs
While all the courses of the ICT Graduate Certificate in Catholic Theology are transferable to Franciscan University of Steubenville, acceptance into the ICT Graduate Certificate in Catholic Theology does not mean a student is enrolled in either Franciscan’s Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry or the Master of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization. A separate application for admissions to those programs is required. For more information on admissions to those degree programs, please visit www.franciscan.edu/admissions/online/.
Obtaining Academic Credit
Students who transfer to Franciscan University will pay no additional cost for the credit.
Students who transfer to other universities will pay Franciscan University $450 per ICT course for 3 graduate credits. Payment to Franciscan University happens at the beginning of the ICT course.
ICT graduate courses correspond to the following Franciscan University courses:
|Institute of Catholic Theology Course||Franciscan University of Steubenville Equivalent|
|ICT 501: Word of God—Scripture and Tradition*||THE 510 Word of God: Scripture and Tradition|
|ICT 502: Ministry of the Word||CAT 517: Catechetics or THE 519: The Ecclesial Nature and Mission of Theology|
|ICT 601: Philosophy for Theology||THE 600: Philosophy for Theology|
|ICT 602: Biblical Catechetics||CAT 601: Biblical Catechetics|
|ICT 603: Deposit of Faith||CAT 602: Deposit of Faith|
|ICT 604: Church and Sacraments||THE 607: Dogmatic Theology 2: Church and Sacraments|
|ICT 605: Moral Foundations||THE 615: Moral Foundations|
|ICT 606: Church History||THE 613: Church History|
* Waived for graduates of the Kino Catechetical Institute's two-year Adult Faith Formation certificate program. Requires official transcript sent to the ICT director from Kino.
Frequently Asked Questions
Franciscan University offers two different online master's degrees, the MA in Theology and Christian Ministry (MATCM), the MA in Catechetics and Evangelization (MACE). The MATCM and MACE programs both are grounded in the study of Catholic doctrine and help a student more effectively live and share his or her Catholic faith. However, each field of study has a different emphasis. The MATCM is for those students whose primary desire is to know their faith more deeply and so to respond to the universal call to holiness in their everyday lives as spouses, parents, friends, and co- workers. The MACE is for those who have a professional desire to hand on their faith in Church positions such as high school theology teachers, directors of religious education, coordinators of youth ministry, directors of RCIA or sacramental preparation programs.
Featuring world-renowned professors, these online programs provide theological and pastoral formation that is academically excellent and passionately Catholic.
This program trains Catholics who want to serve the Church and minister to others in the New Evangelization. A fully online program, classes are taught by the same professors who teach here on our campus in Steubenville. This guarantees the same rigorous scholarship, dynamic education, and fidelity to the magisterium for which Franciscan University is known internationally.
This program immerses the student in Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and magisterial teaching, giving a deeply challenging and authentically Catholic theological education. The MA program provides students with a solid, graduate-level foundation in Catholic theology that will enable them to serve effectively in a variety of fields of ministry, or to pursue further graduate studies in theology.
For more information and to register in the MATCM or MACE programs, please click here: www.franciscan.edu/admissions/online.
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