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How to Earn Undergraduate Certification

Undergraduate students may study for specialized ministry certification through approved programs offered at the schools listed below. The core competencies are the same for professional certification and undergraduate certification and are listed with each area (see "Areas of Certification").

Undergraduate certification requires

  • completion of required courses at a school authorized to offer the certification program
  • two years of employment experience in the area of specialized ministry
  • two years of membership in The United Methodist Church

Education Requirements

  • Courses must be taken at a school authorized to offer the specialized ministry certification program.
  • At least 15-18 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) should be specifically in the area of concentration.
  • At least nine semester hours (or equivalent hours) in the area of certification should be rated at the junior level or above.
  • The certification curriculum includes courses in biblical studies, church history and doctrine, theology, United Methodist studies, educational foundation for ministry, developmental approaches to and resources for teaching and learning, and supervised field experience.

To enroll in General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s certification program, follow the process on the Professional Certification page.

Undergraduate Schools & Certification Programs

Central Methodist University
Fayette, Mo.
Certification: Music Ministry

Greensboro College
Greensboro, N.C.
Certification: Christian Education, Music Ministry

Huntingdon College
Montgomery, Ala.
Certification: Christian Education, Music Ministry, Youth Ministry

LaGrange College
LaGrange, Ga.
Certification: Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Music Ministry

Martin Methodist College
Pulaski, Tenn.
Certification: Christian Education, Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, eChristian Education Progam (paraprofessional)

Ohio Northern University
Ada, Ohio
Certification: Youth Ministry

Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Certification: Christian Education, Youth Ministry

Pfeiffer University
Misenheimer, N.C.
Certification: Christian Education, Church Ministry, Youth Ministry

Shenandoah University
Winchester, Va.
Certification: Christian Education, Music Ministry

Southwestern College
Winfield, Kan.
Certification: Youth Ministry

Texas Wesleyan University
Fort Worth, Texas
Certification: Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Music Ministry

University of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Ind.
Certification: Youth Ministry

West Virginia Wesleyan College
Buckhannon, W. V.
Certification: Christian Education, Youth Ministry

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