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THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN DISTANCE

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Bishop Patteson Theological College, P.O. Box 19

Honiara, Solomon Islands

Phn: 00677 29122 Mob: 00677 7937453

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BISHOP PATTESON THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE

Theological Education in Distance

 

CERTIFICATE REGULATIONS

 

General

The Certificate in Theology is the basic qualification awarded by BPTED. The academic requirements and regulations for the TED Certificate programme as set out in this Guideline are adopted from the BPTC Academic Handbook. Students who do not meet the requirements of the CertTheo may be awarded the lesser qualification of the Associate Certificate in Theology (ACT).

System of Grading

Each lecturer sets the standard of the subjects which he/she teaches and apportions the percentages of the different components of the subject out of a hundred percent (100%). This includes term papers, assignments, tests, and exams. The average for various subjects forms the Grade Point Average (GPA) which may apply for rewarding of distinctions, or for assessing minimum progress by a student.

Academic Standards

A student’s assessment is based on his or her academic achievement.

1.     Grades are given in categories (e.g. A, B-, C+).

2.     Candidates whose cumulative grade average is below C at the end of the first year or at the end of any subsequent term will be placed on academic probation. This status may be removed only by raising the average to C level (or above) at the later examinations.

3.     A student who for some legitimate health reasons, is unable to complete a course, may be assessed on his/her course performance and may be given a pass at the discretion of the lecturer responsible in consultation with the TED Coordinator and the academic Dean of BPTC.

4.   Assignments will not be accepted after the due date unless the lecturer concerned has been approached beforehand and has given his/her agreement for an appropriate extension of grace period.

5.   Written assignments for a course will not normally exceed 2000 words (Certificate) or 3000 words (Diploma) in total for the whole course.

 

BPTED Programmes

1.       Short Courses

Students may enrol in one or more courses, without intending to complete the Certificate. For, example, pastors, priests and parish lay leaders may simply wish to take a refresher course. Those doing the education programme may take one or two theological courses as part of their programme. Others may be interested in a particular subject area. Students choose the course or courses that will be most useful or interesting to them. Parish churches must encourage their lay leaders to do certain course to equip themselves for their specific ministry within the church.

2.       Associate Certificate in Theology (ACT)

The Associate Certificate in Theology is a one year course. It is structured so that it forms the first year of the Certificate in Theology programme. Students who complete the Associate Certificate are encouraged to continue their studies.There are total of 8 units in the course, based on four units each semester for two semesters (1 year). The courses passed for the Associate Certificate are fully credited towards the Certificate programme.

3.      Certificate in Theology

The BPTED Certificate is a programme of studies designed for those who want a basic appreciation and understanding of the core disciplines of Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History and Ministry. Even though it is a qualification in its own right, the Certificate can also be seen as a half way stage towards the Diploma in Theology programme. The courses passed for the Certificate are fully credited towards the Diploma.There are 16 units in the course, based on four units each semester for four semesters (2 years).The AssocCert graduates must complete a further 7 required courses and 1 elective.

4.       Diploma in Theology (to be offered later)

The Diploma offers further training for lay people who are active in their churches and to be more theologically educated and better equipped for their leadership roles in the church. The Diploma may also be a prerequisite for entering degree level studies. The Diploma requires a total of 24 courses. Certificate graduates must complete a further 6 required courses as well as two elective courses chosen by the students.

The Curriculum Objectives

This programme forms the first level of theological education, intended to develop the whole person. The TED programme is run-off campus for people who for various reasons find it difficult to enrol at BPTC and STMs but would like to undertake studies in theology. Hence, these programmes are designed to:

·         To train lay leaders and mature Christians men and women for a theologically informed service in various forms of ministry in the church.

·         To develop Christian responses to socio-political and religious issues affecting church and society in the Solomon Islands, including issues related to the environment, politics and reconciliation.

·         To encourage a radical vision of the gospel of Christ which will equip students not simply to understand faith, but to change the world by living the faith that does justice

·         Provide a means whereby theological education is accessible to those who wish to study theology at their own pace.

·         Develop students for any likely academic pursuits

Admission Requirements

Form five is the minimum academic level for admission to the Certificate programmes. Intending candidates of lower academic classes and mature persons of long standing experience in church related responsibilities and others will be considered on merit.

Enrolment and Fees

People interested in studying the Associate Certificate or Certificate can apply by sending in a completed Application for Admission Form, available from the JCPU Education office at St Nicholas College. It can also be downloaded from the ACOM website www.acom.org.sb. Once approved, students register and pay for their courses through the TED Coordinator.

 

The fees for TED courses are as follows:

1.     The ACT fee is $580-00 for each course

2.      All CertTheo courses - $680-00

3.      All DipTheo courses - $780-00

4.      Audit students attend classes but may not submit work for assessment and do not obtain credit. Audit fee: $350-00 per unit.

5.      No refund of fees is made after the census date.

6.      A student who withdraws from a course prior to the census date will incur a $50-00 administration fee.

7.      Notification and accreditation of Examination Results is conditional upon payment of outstanding fees.

 

The following requirements apply to registration:

8.     Students who have not paid their Course Fees are not allowed to register.

9.     A Student must register for every course he/she intends to follow either for credit or audit. If the student is not registered in any course, he/she cannot be given a grade for it.

10.All registration forms are to be handed to the TED Coordinator for approval by the Academic office in person no later than 4pm on the Friday of the registration week. Failure to do so will attract a late registration fee of $50.

11.  Students who, for whatever reason, desire to withdraw their enrolment in any course must complete a Change of Enrolment form and inform the lecturer(s) in the course concerned.

12.  If a student withdraws from a course before the Census dates for each semester, no record of enrolment for the course will be recorded on the transcript. Approved withdrawals up to four weeks before the end of the teaching semester will be recorded as WD. Withdrawals in the last four weeks of the teaching semester will normally be recorded as a Fail.

 

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