TEEC Programme offerings

the Theology stream

The programme offerings which make up the Theology stream not only share the word “theology” in their names, but they also work to a common set of outcomes.

Each of the TEEC Theology programme offerings differ in their educational level on the National Qualifications Framework. (from a Higher Certificate at level 5, a Diploma at level 6, through to a bachelor’s Degree at level 7). They also vary in their academic focus and intensity. However all theology programmes equip those who seek a general theological education which will serve them in roles of ministry practice and leadership.

The College’s supporting churches will often direct their students towards these programmes, and then formalise the recognition of their ministry through their study achievements, and in satisfying relevant church requirements.

the Christian ministry stream

Many Christians look for resources that will help and support them in their ministry calling and passion. They might not be looking to complete a general theological qualification, but rather choose something with a foundation in discipleship and a specific ministry focus.

The Christian ministry Higher Certificates provide a strong and integrated foundation in Christian discipleship and then specialise in a particular area of ministry. This foundation is common to all Higher Certificates in this stream, and enables progression into all the specialisations.

The Christian ministry Advanced Certificate supports those involved in teaching the Christian faith, whether in educational institutions or other pastoral contexts.

Degree studies

A major revision of the South African Higher Education Act opened the door for private educational institutions to offer undergraduate degree programmes. This led many churches to raise their ministerial academic requirements to include degrees as well as diplomas. TEE College developed its degree programme in response to this need.

A degree programme expands the options of theological education considerably. In addition to preparing students for ministry, a degree also lays a strong foundation of academic skill and ability. This potentially opens the door to further post-graduate study.

A student on a degree programme still engages in a broad range of practical ministerial tasks as part of their assessment but is also expected to bring a higher level of academic rigour to that work.

Diploma studies

The TEEC Diploma  programmes have served the preparation of ministers across Southern African churches for many years.

These programmes provide a solid grounding in theological disciplines and require students to engage practically with what they learn. Practical work in a local context is an important part of diploma assessment.

Those who have an eye towards future post-graduate studies would usually consider a degree programme, as diploma programmes do not always easily articulate to higher levels (or may require some bridging work). If you do not meet the degree entrance requirements then there are alternative routes to access a degree either with a Higher Certificate or with the TEEC Access Assessment. It is possible, with planning, to structure elective choices on the TEEC Dip.Th which then makes Honours programmes accessible. See the progression options on the programme web page.

A diploma is usually the programme of choice for those who are seeking a practical and rounded theological preparation for ministry in congregational and local contexts. The majority of TEEC graduates who have completed a diploma programme are engaged in effective ministry across Southern Africa and beyond.

Advanced Certificate studies

An Advanced Certificate assumes that you already hold related qualifications, and its purpose is to help the student specialise in some particular way.

The TEEC Advanced Certificate in Religious Education serves those who teach — whether formally in a school or tertiary context, or in the pastoral contexts of confirmation and baptism preparation.

These purposes include:

  • A general introduction to and understanding of religious themes and basic theological disciplines for those who are teachers, in religious institutions or in the catechumenate
  • Specialising with a smaller, focused qualification that usually complements primary qualifications already held
  • Helping those involved in various educational fields expand their expertise through integrating study with their educational work

Higher Certificate programme offerings

Higher Certificates are entry-level programmes that introduce the student to particular theological and Biblical themes or ministry topics in an accessible, integrated and compact way.

Whether studying for formal reasons, or simply wanting to know more about the Christian faith, with TEECs Higher Certificate programmes this can be structured in a variety of ways.

For students of mature years , who have not studied formally in a while, a Higher Certificate can help to ‘test the waters’. These shorter programme offerings can even become stepping stones to larger programmes – with TEEC or with other accredited institutions. The programme Handbooks and web pages explain the articulation options.

Another goal of the TEEC ministry-focused Higher Certificates is to help students (whether new to ministry or a long-time professional) focus deeply and reflectively in particular areas of pastoral practice and expertise – especially if they have been in ministry for a while.