The teacher colloquy program is a course of study which leads to LCMS certification as a Minister of Religion, Commissioned for those teachers who are not on the roster of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It is a joint program of the Concordia University System schools under the auspices of the Synod’s Board for University Education (BUE). The program is managed by and delivered through Concordia University Education Network (CUENet). An on-campus program is also available on many of the Concordia University System campuses. Teacher Colloquy is available to persons who are in-service teachers at a Lutheran School.
There are eight (8) courses, in the curriculum:
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- History of Theology
- Lutheran Confessions
- Christian Doctrine
- Variety of Beliefs
- The Lutheran Teacher (a double course)
This program is open to teachers with a Bachelor’s degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
How frequently will the courses be offered?
A new course will be offered each month in a carousel sequence. Students may enter the program at any point in the carousel.
How long is each course?
Each course is three weeks long, and begins on the first Monday of each month. Fifteen of the 18 hours may be viewed on a home or workplace computer at any time. The remaining three hours of each class will be done with all students present at their computers at a time agreed upon by the group.
Do courses have to be taken in order?
No. Courses may be offered as often as three times a year.
How long does it take to finish this program?
Eight months, if students take one course every month, or sixteen months if students take one course every other month. The entire program must be completed within 40 months.
How are the courses delivered?
The courses are delivered through the Internet by means of video-streaming technology accessed with personal computer. Students may log on when it is convenient. However, each course requires three hours when all learners are on line simultaneously. The time will be set by the mentor based on consensus of the group. All class sessions must be viewed within the three-week period.
Can courses be transferred into this program?
Yes, up to four courses (except the capstone courses, course 7 and 8), can be transferred into the program. Students may also apply for credit by examination with payment of $250 per course. The test may be taken only once. Up to four courses (except the capstone courses) may be earned through testing.
What is the cost of tuition?
The tuition is $595 per course. Churches or schools may provide their teachers a scholarship or grant for these credits.
Is academic credit earned?
No, but if interested, students can contact Concordia University-Irvine for information on how to earn continuing education credit..
What additional steps are required to receive LCMS certification and rostering as a Minister of Religion?
Upon completion of the course work, students are assigned to one of the Concordia University system colleges or universities, which processes certification according to established procedure. After completion of colloquy course work, candidates participate in an oral examination (once they receive their first teaching assignment in a Lutheran school). (LCMS handbook 6.105-6.110). Only members of a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation employed by an LCMS school are eligible to be rostered.
To apply for the Teacher Colloquy program, fill out the application form and submit it to: Education Network, 345 SW Cyber Drive, Bend, OR 97702, FAX: 541-322-7282, Phone: 800-238-3037. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.