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Below are some frequently asked questions related to X:PTS + ONLINE as a whole as well as two of our certificates, C:TM + ONLINE, and C:YT + HYBRID.  If you cannot find the answer to your question below, please use the chatbot in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen or email our team at xptssupport@ptsem.edu.

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FAQ - X:PTS


FAQ - X:PTS


X:PTS + ONLINE

CAN I EARN CREDITS TOWARDS A DEGREE AT PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY?

Certiifcates and courses offered through X:PTS are not credit bearing. Academic work on X:PTS is non-transferable.

WHAT IF I WANT TO CALL AND TALK WITH SOMEONE?

The most efficient and effective form of communication with X:PTS is via xptssupport@ptsem.edu. If you feel your situation is urgent please direct all phone calls to the Office of Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary at 1.609.688.1933.

FAQ - C:TM


FAQ - C:TM


C:TM + ONLINE

General Questions

HOW MANY COHORTS DO YOU OFFER EACH YEAR?

We currently offer 2 cohorts a year for the Certificate of Theology and Ministry cohort, one every Spring and Fall.

WHAT ARE THE EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR C:TM ONLINE?

A Bachelor's degree is preferred for C:TM Online. However, past C:TM cohorts have included students whose highest level of formal education is a high school diploma as well as those with post graduate degrees. We do not recommend C:TM for those who have received an M.Div. Most of the material will probably be review for you.

WHAT DOES SELF-PACED LEARNING MEAN?

There are only two deadlines within the C:TM program, the first deadline is the midterm and the second is the final. Before you take the midterm or final, you have to be caught up with all of the previous course work.

HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK SHOULD I EXPECT TO SPEND ON COURSE WORK?

We recommend for students to plan for 8-10 hours a week spent within the course.

WHAT COURSES WILL I TAKE?

C:TM + ONLINE is broken up into four sections; Old Testament for Faith and Life, New Testament, Theology, and World Christianity. For more details about each of these course offerings and the professors who teach them, please visit the C:TM + ONLINE page.

DOES THE COST INCLUDE MATERIALS THAT ARE SENT TO THE STUDENTS, IN ADVANCE OF CLASSES, TO STUDY, OR ARE ALL THE MATERIALS DOWNLOADABLE OFF THE INTERNET?

There are currently three additional texts students are required to purchase. All of the books can be ordered via Amazon.com. The three books are:

1 About the Bible: Short Answers to Big Questions. Revised and Expanded Edition, Terence Fretheim (Augsburg Books 2009)

2 The Story Luke Tells: Luke's Unique Witness to the Gospel. Justo L. Gonzalez (Eerdmans 2015)

3 Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith. Ronald E. Heine (Baker Academic 2013)

DO I NEED TO READ ANYTHING BEFORE THE COURSE BEGINS?

No. There is currently no pre-reading required for C:TM.

CAN QUESTIONS BE ASKED AFTER THE WEDNESDAY NiGHT CLASSES, VIA EMAIL, IF NECESSARY?

Currently, professors are only available for consultation during the Live Experience! C:TM + ONLINE is designed to be a peer-to-peer learning experience. Much like the Princeton Theological Seminary campus experience, 80% of theological education happens in working through theological problems with your classmates. Our Teaching-Fellows and Teaching Assitants will be available for clarification throughout the 14-week certificate.

ARE WE ISSUED CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION UPON SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THE COHORT?

Yes, if you successfully pass the C:TM program you will be awarded the C:TM + ONLINE certificate. Students can either achieve a PASS or PASS w/ DISTINCTION.

WHAT IF I’M TRAVELING DURING CLASS?

C:TM + ONLINE is designed to be done anywhere you can get connected to the internet. You will be able to work on your coursework and interact with your cohort from virtually anywhere! The Live Experience! is also browser based and can be accessed from a laptop.

HOW DOES THIS PROGRAM DIFFER FROM THE YEAR-LONG CERTIFICATE IN THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY PREVIOUSLY OFFERED ONLINE BY PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY?

This is a reimagined version of a year-long certificate we previously piloted. We’ve compressed the coursework into 14-weeks; added more self-paced weekly work, case studies, peer-to-peer assignments, and face-to-face time with our professors.

Application Process

DOES PRINCETON HAVE A PAYMENT PLAN?

Yes. The certificate is $675 and we allow students to pay in 1 or 2 payment installments. Once you are accepted to the program, you will be prompted to pay for the program via email. When you enter your credit card information, you will be given two payment options. Either you can pay $675 upfront before beginning the certificate or you can pay $375 to begin the certificate and $300 before the midterm in order to get access to the second half of the certificate program.

WHAT IS THE DUE DATE FOR APPLICATIONS?

For specific dates look at the C:TM + ONLINE Website, which is updated for each new cohort with the new application due dates. In general, the application due date is three days before the cohort starts. The start dates for each cohort can also be found on the C:TM + ONLINE website.

CAN I APPLY FOR NEXT YEAR'S COHORT THIS YEAR?

Currently, the applications are open for 2 cohorts at a time. In the application there is a drop-down to choose which cohort you want to apply to.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN'T FINISH THE COURSE?

If you are unable to complete the course before the mid-term is given you can roll into the next cohort. This one-time opportunity expires after it is accepted and no further rolling is allowed.

What is your refund policy?

We issue a 100% refund if you drop the course within the first week, minus a $15 processing fee. If you drop after the first week and before the New Testament course opens 3 weeks into the program, you will receive a 75% refund, minus a $15 processing fee. If you drop after the New Testament course opens and before the midterm opens 6 weeks into the program, you will receive a 25% refund, minus the processing fee.

IS THERE A DROP DATE?

After the midterm you no longer have the option to roll into another cohort and do not qualify for a refund if you drop.

If you need to drop out of the certificate for any reason, please contact ctmsupport@ptsem.edu immediately. If you drop prior to starting the second week, you will receive 75% of your money back, minus a $15 processing fee. If you drop between the second course and the midterm, you will receive 25% of your money back.

Live Experience!

WHAT DO I NEED TO ACCESS THE LIVE EXPERIENCE?

We recommend being hardwired to the internet, the latest version of Google Chrome, and ear buds.

I DON'T HAVE A CAMERA ON MY COMPUTER, IS IT STILL POSSIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LIVE EXPERIENCE?

Yes. You do not need a camera to participate in the Live Experience, although we highly recommend getting access to a camera for the experience. This way the professor and your peers can see you and interact with you on a more personal level.

HOW DO I ACCESS THE LIVE EXPERIENCE?

Students in C:TM + ONLINE can access the Live Experience! via the live tab on your sign in page. Once students are accepted to the course, they will receive a code that will allow them to enter the live tab.

WHAT IF I MISS AN OCCASIONAL LIVE EXPERIENCE?

The Live Experience! is required for successful completion of the certificate and missing them will lower your participation grade. Skipping the Live Experience! will result is not qualifying for Pass with Distinction honors and possibly failing to pass the certificate altogether.

Phone APP

HOW DOES THE PHONE APP WORK?

Our platform is built for any mobile device. You just save the site to your home screen.

Course Plateform

DO I NEED TO DOWNLOAD A SPECIAL PROGRAM?

No. Our online platform is accessible from the internet. Once you are accepted to the program you will be able to access your cohort via the sign in tab.

Other Questions

I STILL HAVE A QUESTION; WHO DO I CONTACT?

If you are not yet a C:TM student, the fastest way to have your question answered is to use the X:PTS Chat Bot at the bottom right of the website. Questions are usually answered within a few hours. If that does not work then please email questions about the C:TM + ONLINE program to ctminfo@ptsem.edu.

WHAT IF I WANT TO CALL AND TALK WITH SOMEONE?

If you are not yet a C:TM student,the most efficient and effective form of communication regarding the C:TM + ONLINE program is via ctminfo@ptsem.edu. If you feel your situation is urgent please direct all phone calls to the Office of Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary at 1.609.688.1933.

FAQ - C:YT


FAQ - C:YT


C:YT + HYBRID

General Questions

HOW OFTEN DO C:YT + HYBRID COHORTS LAUNCH?

Cohorts launch once per year in conjunction with the IYM’s annual Forum on Youth Ministry. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the April 1 prior to the upcoming Forum or until the cohort is full. After this time, applications will be rolled until the next cohort launching the following year.

HOW MANY HOURS PER WEEK SHOULD I EXPECT TO SPEND ON COURSE WORK?

The C:YT + HYBRID program is designed with the schedule of the average youth worker in mind. Each element of the program — the courses, the book studies, the case studies, the coaching, and project — will take various amounts of time depending on your pace and persistence. In general, we estimate that each youth worker will spend an average of 2-3 hours per week attending to the requirements of the program in between the first on-campus visit (Forum and Certificate Retreat) and the second (Forum only).

WHAT ARE THE ONLINE COURSES OFFERED THROUGH THE PROGRAM?

Cohort members will take three courses, interspersed with readings, case studies, and assignments that build upon the material. The courses are: Theology in Youth Ministry taught by Rev. Kermit Moss; Youth Ministry and the Bible taught by Dr. Shane Berg; and The Art of Soul-Tending taught by Kenda Creasy Dean.

ARE WE ISSUED ACTUAL CERTIFICATES UPON COMPLETING THE PROGRAM?

Yes! Participants who meet all the requirements of the C:YT + HYBRID program will be awarded a certificate at their second Forum on Youth Ministry.

HOW DOES THIS PROGRAM DIFFER FROM THE PREVIOUS ITERATAIONS OF THE C:YT OFFERED BY THE INSTITUTE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY AT PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY?

This newly reimagined offering of the C:YT + HYBRID program integrates the theological and relational richness of previous program iterations with the dynamic digital learning provided by the X:PTS + ONLINE platform. We’ve developed a standardized core curriculum that strengthens the certificate’s connection to the theological education offered by Princeton Theological Seminary. And we’ve made the program more accessible and affordable for youth workers in an increasingly diverse and changing Church.

Application Requirements

WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION?

Each cohort of the C:YT + HYBRID program is comprised of youth workers across as many lines of demographic difference as possible, including education. Therefore, we recommend at least some college-level experience, but we will consider high school graduates with a strong practical application.

Similarly, we welcome applications from M.Div. and Ph.D. graduates who desire to contribute to a richly diverse community of learners in a program of continuing education. While some learning material may be more of a refresher, the unique peer-to-peer learning environment provides holistic education and support unmatched in a traditional classroom setting.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICANT?

Successful applicants will be currently and actively engaged in youth ministry, whether paid staff or volunteer, part-time or full-time, ordained or lay, a large or small ministry. Applicants who are interested in youth ministry but are not currently engaged in it will not be able to implement the required contextual project. Therefore, these applicants will be encouraged to re-apply when they are able to complete this program component.

Additionally, the C:YT + HYBRID program seeks to foster rich relationship among cohort members, which requires applicants to demonstrate excellent self-awareness, eagerness to engage people from very different backgrounds, and a desire to learn. Successful applicants will demonstrate these qualities through the application, interview, and references.

Withdrawal and Refund Process

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN'T FINISH THE PROGRAM?

We get it; the life of the average youth worker is often full of surprises and transitions. In the event of a potential departure from the program, the IYM’s Assistant Director will discuss various options with you depending on your circumstances. We will work with you in every way we can to support you in completing the program, and we will work with you to manage your departure in the event another solution cannot be found.

WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?

If you must withdraw from the program prior to attending the first Forum on Youth Ministry, we can issue a 100% refund on all payments, minus a $15 processing fee. After your attendance at these opening events, our refund policy depends on your selected payment option.

Payment Option 1 (full payment with 10% discount): If you withdraw before August 1, we can issue a 50% refund on payment, minus a $15 processing fee. If you withdraw before January 1, we can issue a 25% refund on payment, minus a $15 processing fee.

Payment Option 2 (Four payments over 12 months): If you withdraw, refunds will be issued on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the IYM’s Assistant Director. Fees will be prorated to ensure that payment is received for services already rendered at the time of withdrawal.

Other Questions

I STILL HAVE A QUESTION. WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

If you are not yet a C:YT+HYBRID participant, the fastest qay to have your question answered is to use the X:PTS Chat Bot at the bottom right corner of this website. Questions are usually answered within a few hours. If this does not resolve your question, please contact the Institute for Youth Ministry at iym@ptsem.edu or 1.609.497.7914.