Diploma in Theology

Programme Description

The Diploma in Theology assists theological students and church workers to be empowered for the healing and transformation of both individuals and society.

Those who wish to gain an understanding of the Christian faith would also benefit from this programme. This diploma is designed to help and equip students to fulfil their vocation to serve and transform church and society. 

Be empowered to serve

For many decades the Diploma programme has been a mainstay for ministerial formation and training for Southern African churches.


Programme Details

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As you plan to study on the TEEC Dip.Th programme we recommend that:

  • you start out with a maximum of two courses concurrently if you study part-time, and no more than four full courses if you study full-time;
  • you set aside four to six hours of study time per week for each course;
  • you explore the extension support options available to you described here;
  • you give yourself more study time in the weeks leading up to due dates for assignments, as you may need to carry out practical work done away from your desk.
  • full-year courses
  • print-based study material only (can include textbooks and audio-visual material) -- all materials are included in the course price.

Programme admission requirements for a diploma are set by legislation.

  • As a minimum: hold a valid South African National Senior Certificate (High School certificate) endorsed for Diploma studies, or equivalent.
  • Alternatively successfully complete the TEEC Access Assessment obtaining an appropriate outcome for entrance to this programme.

See all admission options on the Start Studies page.

This programme is designed to:

  • provide the knowledge, skills and values you will need to help you do theology in your own context and in other less familiar contexts;
  • help you think more deeply and critically about Scripture, the Church, and a variety of contexts;
  • enable you to put into practice – in church and community contexts – what you are learning; 
  • stimulate and develop your personal spirituality as you learn to incorporate your studies into your life and ministry;
  • develop basic academic disciplines and competencies that will enable you to continue with further study within the National Qualifications Framework, should you wish to do so.

Assessments evaluate the outcomes of courses, and contribute to the overall achievement of the programme outcomes.

Unless directed otherwise by your church or by those responsible for your training, you must:

  • First complete the six compulsory level 5 courses (120 credits); 
  • Only register for level 6 courses once you have completed (or are registered to complete) the level 5 courses; 
  • Only register for level 7 courses once you have completed (or are registered to complete) at least six level 6 courses (120 credits).

To complete this 360 credit Diploma in Theology you must complete (or be credited for) the following courses:

  • complete all six Compulsory courses (level 5) – 120 credits;
  • complete six Elective courses (at level 6) – 120 credits;
  • complete two Elective courses (at level 7) – 40 credits; •
  • complete a further three Electives at Levels 6 or 7 – for 60 credits; 
  • complete the Compulsory level 7 course 87401 – 20 credits.

The College administration will confirm the satisfactory completion of the graduation requirements, and inform graduands in writing of their achievement.

Diploma in Theology Courses

Course titles and credit values are listed below. See the Programme Handbook linked above for detailed descriptions of each course, including the course outcomes, and take note of pre-requisite courses. Please see the Study Path and Graduation requirements given above in order to select appropriate courses.

If your studies are being guided by your church training authorities then please do be in conversation with them concerning your required course selections for this programme.

Introductory and Compulsory

85100 Getting to know the Bible205
85130 Church History 1: An Introduction205
85240 Systematic Theology 1: Understanding our Faith205
85250 Spirituality 1: Growing in Faith205
85260 Ethics 1: Living our Faith205
85370 Practical Theology 1: Christian being and doing205

Electives (level 6)

86111 Old Testament 2: Exploring Politics, Prophets & Power206
86123 New Testament 2: Applying New Testament narratives206
86135 Church History 2: Southern African Church History206
86241 Systematic Theology 2: Doing Theology in context206
86255 Spirituality 2: Drawing closer to God206
86263 Ethics 2: Applying Ethical Principles206
86267 Dialoguing with other Faiths206
86371 Pastoral Care 2206
86375 Christian Leadership and Management206
86376 Passing on the Faith: Youth Ministry206
86377 Teaching the Faith206
86378 Proclaiming our Faith206
86379 Worship and Celebration206
86395 A Christian response to HIV and Aids206

Electives (level 7)

87112 Old Testament 3: Exploring Liberation, Law and Learning207
87124 New Testament 3: Applying New Testament Literature207
87136 Church History 3: Growth and Change207
87242 Systematic Theology 3: Wrestling with our Faith207
87256 Spirituality 3: A way of Life207
87264 Ethics 3: Moral Formation and Spirituality207
87372 Pastoral Care and Counselling207
87369 Ecumenical Studies207

Final Compulsory

87401 Ministry for Transformation207

Articulation & Progression

The completed TEEC NQF level-6 Diploma in Theology will give entrance to an Advanced Certificate or Advanced Diploma, and can give entrance to cognate Honours programmes, or cognate Post-Graduate Diplomas (dependent on the receiving institution). These latter options require including appropriate level-7 courses in the choice of electives.

The Diploma in Theology will articulate with lower cognate programmes at levels 5 & 6 on the NQF. Credit transfer from this Diploma in Theology programme  to a new programme is dependent on the qualification rules of the institution granting credit transfer.

The accredited programmes offered by TEE College are registered on the National Qualifications Framework. Each programme has a qualification type, and as such relates to other programme types on the NQF – either with TEE College or with other appropriate NQF-registered programmes at other institutions.