The Seminary’s continuing education programs enable adult students to upgrade their professional skills in ministry or enrich their lives by theological study. UTS faculty have also taught continuing education courses at satellite centers in New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Vienna, Austria.
Continuing education courses are normally non-credit. Tuition is half the price of tuition for credit; however this discount does not apply to ESL courses. Students have the option of taking these courses for credit, in which case some additional coursework is required.
Week-long and weekend intensive courses offer theological enrichment and skill development for clergy, religious workers and laypeople. The intensive format provides opportunities for visiting faculty to add expertise and diverse perspectives to the seminary experience. Among the intensives offered in recent years were:
EDU 5503 Advocating for Character Education (Alan Saunders), LTR 5412 Muslim-Christian Relations (Dr. Clinton Bennett), LTR 5431 Buddhism (Lama Wangdue), MIN 5413 Dynamics of Local Church Leadership (Rev. Mike Yakawich), MIN 5723 Dr. King – The Man, the Message, the Movement (Chris Antal & Offie Wortham), MIN 5431 Foundations of Interfaith Leadership (Dr. Frank Kaufmann)
Partnership with the Universal Peace Federation
UTS is partnering with the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) to offer intensive courses in conjunction with their conference schedule. Members of the UPF Peace Councils, UPF staff and Ambassadors for Peace have participated in courses taught by UTS faculty, either at UTS or at an international conference venue.
Certificate in Ecumenical Christian Leadership
This continuing education program was created for women missionaries who have been serving in countries around the world. They come to UTS for ten-day intensives, studying a theological subject in their native language and three hours of daily English instruction. Courses offered include: Introduction to Christianity, the Bible, Church History, Theology, Church Growth and World Religions. Students who complete forty days of study through four intensive programs receive a Certificate in Ecumenical Christian Leadership.