Cloverdale College offers the degree-completion Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) and the degree-completion Bachelor of Religious Education (B.R.E.) especially for experienced Sunday School teachers, CCD teachers, RCIA teachers, catechists, lay ministers, and directors of religious education programs.
The major difference between the B.R.E. and the B.Th. is that the religious education degree is of particular value to those involved in faith community educational programs, whereas the theology degree is of special interest to those who serve faith communities and intend to pursue graduate studies in theology. While the B.R.E. may lead to the M.R.E. and Ed.D., the B.Th. may lead to the M.Th. and the Ph.D.
Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.)
The Professional Baccalaureate
Cloverdale College awards professional baccalaureate degrees which are built upon practical skills needed to function professionally within the student’s chosen field. The College makes a distinction between a professional baccalaureate degree and a liberal arts degree. While a liberal arts education attempts to provide a broad foundation of general studies, the professional degree provides a concentration in practical skills which may be exercised in the student’s profession.
Degree Completion Defined
Cloverdale College is a senior-level institution which provides academic credit to students based on specific professional ministry or faith community experience. The College follows the national standard to require 120 total academic credits for a bachelor’s degree.
Students may receive up to 90 credits (the equivalent of the first three years of undergraduate study) for five+ years of post-high school, professional-level experience carried out through a social service ministry or within a faith community. Students must then fulfill the remaining 30 credits by completing 10 courses (valued at three credits each or a total of 240 contact hours) in order to earn the bachelor’s degree.
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