Program Overview

The online degree program for a Certificate in Faith Formation at Fordham University is designed for teachers, parish religious educators, other part-time and volunteer parish ministers, and others who posses an interest in Faith Formation (enrollment in the Certificate Program requires completion of an undergraduate degree). The program has potential to further prepare them for parish service and/or religious education. For those who wish it, the 18 credits accrued may be applied towards the 36-credit Master of Arts degree with concentrations in Religious Education, Spirituality, or Pastoral Studies. 

Some of the courses taught for the certifications are Ecclesiology, Scripture (1st Testament), and various courses in Liturgy, Sacraments, Spirituality or Religious Education.  The core elements of the program include scripture and its interpretation, dogmatic theory (includes the Trinity, Christology, ecclesiology, Christian anthropology, and eschatology), church history, liturgical and sacramental theology, catholic social teaching, spirituality, and Canon law (which covers elements relevant to the lives of the faithful, such as their canonical rights and responsibilities, the sacramental life of the Church, and diocesan and parish structures.)

For the online degree requirements students participate in a Discussion Board, conduct research and write papers submitted online. Students in the program progress through the curriculum completing courses online through the Internet on a program called Blackboard.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Fordham University was founded in 1841 as St. John’s College as the first Catholic institution in the northeastern United States. In 1907 the name was changed to Fordham University. Originally, the college was formed to serve immigrants in New York City and now focuses on exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition. In 2010, The Carnegie Foundation classified Fordham as a high-research doctoral university.

    Fordham offers more than 70 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs for undergraduates, as well as graduate degree programs and continuing education programs.


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