DEGREES OVERVIEW

CAREY’S VISION IS TO EMPOWER FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN LEADERS FOR EVERY GENERATION, CULTURE, AND COMMUNITY.

CAREY believes that our educational mission is to equip individuals with the the knowledge and skills to live more intentionally, thoughtfully and faithfully in the church and the world. Our goal is to help our student engage their culture and circles as thoughtful Christians, to be lifelong learners and to be effective workers in their local churches and communities.

 
 

EDUCATIONAL DISTINCTIVES


SETTING THE FOUNDATION: THE GREAT COMMANDMENT AND THE GREAT COMMISSION

At Carey, we ground all our study on a knowledge of the Scriptures; to know the triune God whom we believe, love and serve; to understand God’s heart and His work of redemption; to appreciate our identity as followers of Christ, and to find our place in God’s story and the mission of God’s Kingdom. Our curriculum is built on the foundational framework of the great commandment to love God and love our neighbors and the great commission to make disciples of all nations. This is embodied in a shared interdisciplinary cornerstone module for all Masters’ degree students and the one-year vocational discernment program.
 

ACCESSIBLE & FLEXIBLE

Carey’s online courses allow students to live and work in their context of ministry or vocation while pursuing theological education. The online learning environment, offered with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning modalities and a combination of modular and regular courses, offers maximum flexibility for students to schedule their study around the different ministry and life commitments they already have. The Carey curricula are designed with the building block concept where students can schedule and customize a lifelong learning plan.

PRACTICAL & CONTEXTUAL

Carey Theological College is committed to helping educate and train Christian leaders particularly, but not exclusively, for the Canadian context. The college is a gathering place where those with requisite gifts, ability and call are prepared for Christian ministry to grow in their knowledge of the Christian heritage and integrate it to their actual ministry and societal context. A major capstone/interdisciplinary practicum project component is integral to this emphasis.

TRANSFORMATIONAL & COMMUNAL

Carey is committed to the growth and renewal of the church through the formative nature of our curriculum, our interaction and connection with students. We are convinced that God has spoken, and continues to speak, in the Scriptures. We teach the centrality of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. As the people of God, we are committed to a life of discipleship, to live under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to embrace the local church as the body of Christ. There is a common misconception that character growth and community life can hardly happen in an online education program. Through intentional built-in elements such as on-site face-to-face gathering, mentorship, small groups, spiritual disciplines, and collaborative learning, students are provided with ample opportunities for personal, spiritual, and character growth through their mentors, peers, and ministry community.

MEET THE WORLD IN THE CAREY LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Carey celebrates a rich and successful history of global theological education delivering a variety of educational offerings from the certificate to doctoral level to places from the Western Canadian provinces to Kenya, India, Bolivia, and China. The online education platform brings global learning at Carey to another level. Through online delivery and learner-centered andragogy, Carey draws students from all over the world interacting andcsharing their ministry, professional, and life experience, providing an invaluable opportunity for students to understand and engage in multi-cultural theological dialogue.

TRANSFORMATIONAL & COMMUNAL

Carey is committed to the growth and renewal of the church through the formative nature of our curriculum, our interaction and connection with students. We are convinced that God has spoken, and continues to speak, in the Scriptures. We teach the centrality of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. As the people of God, we are committed to a life of discipleship, to live under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to embrace the local church as the body of Christ. There is a common misconception that character growth and community life can hardly happen in an online education program. Through intentional built-in elements such as on-site face-to-face gathering, mentorship, small groups, spiritual disciplines, and collaborative learning, students are provided with ample opportunities for personal, spiritual, and character growth through their mentors, peers, and ministry community.

MEET THE WORLD IN THE CAREY LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Carey celebrates a rich and successful history of global theological education delivering a variety of educational offerings from the certificate to doctoral level to places from the Western Canadian provinces to Kenya, India, Bolivia, and China. The online education platform brings global learning at Carey to another level. Through online delivery and learner-centered andragogy, Carey draws students from all over the world interacting andcsharing their ministry, professional, and life experience, providing an invaluable opportunity for students to understand and engage in multi-cultural theological dialogue.

THE CAREY

5C’s

EDUCATIONAL
APPROACH


 

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CONTENT

There is a variety of ways to deliver content: text book reading, movie viewing, learning module notes, class lectures, PowerPoint presentations, individual and collective research, discussions. Carey’s online course design moves away from the traditional lecture style (one-way) delivery to learner-centered and active learning engagement that utilizes extensive self-motivated and participatory learning activities to encourage students to discover content using guidelines and resources provided by the instructors rather than spoon feeding content through lecture videos or extensive course notes.

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CONTEXT

As a distributed learning educational institution, Carey believes that learning happens best where the students live, serve, and work. The context of a student’s ministry and life setting functions as a real world classroom for students to test out their own theological assumptions, ministry skills, as well as making an impact and contribution to their community through the journey of theological education. Carey’s course design and class activities invite students to apply the content to the larger cultural contexts as well as one’s specific ministry setting. A ministry “lab” experience/project is an essential part of the Carey degree programs.

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COMMUNITY

Carey encourages collaborative knowledge building with peers and sharing of ministry experiences among the professional and lay community. Online courses are designed with collaborative learning activities that engage conversations and accountability among students. Mentorship, spiritual companion groups, and an online “prayer room” are part of the Carey learning experience.

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CHARACTER

The nurturing of Christian character and ethical living has been part of our learning goals. Self-reflective assignments such as journals are used frequently in our courses to assist students to reflect upon personal and spiritual growth. Group projects are designed as platforms for students to sharpen each other’s character as they learn to work with people of different personalities, learning and work styles and manage disagreements and conflicts through the process.

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COMPETENCY/SKILLS

All Carey courses carry a practical component that ensures opportunity for developing ministry skills such as a sermon or a Bible lesson plan for the Bible courses. The ministry lab/ practicum/ project will be an integrative learning experience to bring together competencies students need for their vocational ministry.

 

LEARNING MODES


To provide flexibility for students accessing theological education, the majority of Carey courses are offered online with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery methods. Instructors use a range of teaching tools and well-designed learning activities to create an engaging and comprehensive online classroom environment. Electronic bulletin boards, computer-mediated class discussions, blogs, video conferencing, and web streaming are some of the alternative delivery methods instructors use.
 
 
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HYBRID COURSES

Hybrid courses take advantage of the best features of face-to-face and online learning. Three-to-four day concentrated intensives at Carey form the core of the course; students and instructors benefit from nuanced interaction and in-person discussion. Surrounding the intensive, the online module enables students to dig deeply into the course content and its application.

 
 
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FACULTY-DIRECTED GUIDED STUDIES

Students who wish to study areas of interest beyond those in the established curriculum have an opportunity to custom-make courses as a faculty-directed guided study. Students are encouraged to shape their own learning goals and outcomes in consultation with the instructor delivered by one-on-one or small group experience. Details regarding such courses are available from the Office of Student Life.

 
 
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SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Besides the academic requirements, the Carey curricula also includes non-credit requirements that encourage a holistic development of a Christian leader. Spiritual formation is an essential part of theological education. Students at Carey are mentored to develop and maintain sustainable spiritual habits for personal growth and for long-term ministry engagement. Each student will develop a sustainable plan for personal spiritual formation when they begin their study at Carey. Students will have the opportunity to share insights with their peers through the spiritual formation small groups guided by a faculty member.

 
 
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MENTORSHIP

Carey sees mentorship, learning from the lives of those who have demonstrated ministry competence and personal character, as a crucial aspect of theological education. The goal is to foster accountability and support like the relationship which Paul and Timothy had. Each student will engage in a one-year mentorship/spiritual direction experience as part of their final year capstone and practicum requirements choosing from the pool of Carey “certified” mentors and approved spiritual directors.

 

“I have enjoyed studying with Carey because it has been so practical for the ministry I serve in. I can take much of what I have learned and implement it immediately.”

Jared Braun, Charlie Lake Community Church

 
 

“In Carey school you will find your life with Christ so close. The campus and friends around you are so deep in their faith.”

Gibril Koroma, Winnipeg campus

 

Overview


 
 

CAREY offers theological education through credit programs ranging from certificate to doctoral levels.

 
 

DOCTORAL PROGRAM

D.Min. – Doctor of Ministry - (30 Credit Hours)

An advanced degree for experienced pastoral leaders, designed to enhance leadership skills and theological reflection.

 
 

MASTER PROGRAM

M.Div. – Master of Divinity - (72 Credit Hours)

The standard seminary program for preparing pastoral leaders provides a thorough foundation of biblical, theological, and ministry studies for pastoral leadership.

MPM – Master of Pastoral Ministry - (48 Credit Hours)

A compressed pastoral training degree covers essential biblical, theological, ministry subjects, to make ministry training accessible.

MACM – Master of Arts in Christian Ministry - (48 Credit Hours)

A theological-integration degree for Christian leaders offers theological training with a focus on integration, making Christian faith and mission relevant in specific ministry contexts.

MASF – Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation - (48 Credit Hours)

A degree focusing on spiritual growth and leadership nurtures personal spiritual formation, provides skills and tools to lead others in spiritual formation.

 
 

CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMAS

Certificate/Diploma in Ministry - (30 Credit Hours)

1 to 2 year programs of study for growth, development of ministry competencies. Nurtures personal and spiritual growth, theological understanding, skills for more effective ministry.

Certificate/Diploma in Christian Studies - (24 Credit Hours)

1 to 2 year programs of study for growth, enrichment. Nurtures personal and spiritual growth, theological understanding, establishes ministry foundations.

Specialized Certificate/Diploma Programs - (12 Credit Hours)

1 year programs promoting personal and spiritual growth with focused coursework in an area of specialization.

Cornerstone / Vocational Discernment Certificate/Diploma

1 year program in general biblical and theological studies, promoting personal and spiritual growth and laying a foundation for future study if desired.

 
 

UPCOMING COURSE
SPRING 2018