UTS offers a limited number of courses through distance learning. Distance learning courses are designed for self-motivated adult learners whose mission or career responsibilities prevent them from taking courses on campus.
UTS offers two forms of distance learning: Course capture (Adobe Connect) and correspondence-based courses. In Adobe Connect courses, distance students take the course online during the term the course is taught on campus. Students in correspondence-based courses study at their own pace, completing assignments and corresponding with the instructor via e-mail, fax or letter.
Matriculated students in a degree program may take up to 25 percent of their credits by distance learning.
Students may register for distance learning courses by coming to campus on Registration days, or by contacting the Registrar for registration materials. Tuition and fees must be paid in full before materials are sent out. Distance learning courses have a one-year time limit from the last day of registration for the term in which the student registers, or July 1 if in summer. At the end of this one-year period, the student may apply for a three-month extension (fee applied). Exceptions are synchronous online courses which run for 10 weeks (2 credit courses) or 15 weeks (3 credit courses).
The Seminary’s continuing education programs enable adult students to upgrade their professional skills in ministry or enrich their lives by theological study. UTS offers credit courses as well as non-credit based courses as part of its lifelong learning support.
Continuing education courses may be taught off-campus or online. UTS offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for specific courses. Please see the UTS website for further information.
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 5103 Church Growth and Evangelism (Dr. Tyler Hendricks)
MIN 5303 Small Group Ministry (Dr. Jacob David)
MIN 5413 Dynamics of Local Church Leadership (Rev. Mike Yakawich)
MIN 5431 Foundations of Interfaith Leadership (Dr. Frank Kaufmann)
PAS 5515 Couple Communication Skills Program (Bento Leal)
UTS also provides numerous non-credit based continuing education courses. Go to the UTS website for a listing of courses and times they are offered.
UTS partners 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.
UTS also partners with the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) to offer continuing education courses for its pastoral and lay leadership and its general membership.