UM Certification Courses
Certification is the United Methodist Church's method of recognizing that an individual has met the required standards for academic training, experience, and continuing study necessary to achieve and maintain professional excellence. To earn certifications, candidates complete five* certification courses and then complete further steps with their annual conference Board of Ordained Ministry in cooperation with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. (Additional information about UMC standards and requirements is available from the GBHEM section on certification.)
Perkins School of Theology offers United Methodist certification courses in the following areas:
Christian Education & Children's Ministry
After approval of your application for Certification courses, you will be sent a link for course registration. Both new and returning Certification students must complete the application to register. You only need to complete one application per year for access to all Certification courses offered, including UM Studies.
The United Methodist Certification Courses application will be available beginning August 5, 2019. Registration will open August 21, 2019 via an emailed link.
$15 if on campus Jan. 2 to 4
$25 if on campus Jan. 5 to 10
$40 if on campus Jan. 2 to 10
Orientation to Teaching Bible course
*Christian Education/Children's Ministry course: Teaching and Learning
*Youth Ministry course: Ministry to Youth
Refunds for cancellations received in writing by December 11, 2019 will be granted, minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received after December 11 are subject to full billing.
Please visit the SMU website for a list of hotels in the area, many of whom offer a special discounted rate for those visiting SMU and Perkins School of Theology.