CDU is authorized to award the Catechetical Diploma, a valuable teaching credential in the Church. CDU was the first Catechetical Institute in the United States to award the Catechetical Diploma and teach the Faith to adults using distance education exclusively.

Responding to the commission Christ gave to his followers to make disciples of all nations, each person is called to share the Gospel message of God’s love. Through systematic study of the profession of Faith, liturgy, Sacred Scripture, moral teachings, and spirituality, students achieve this ecclesiastical teaching certificate and equip themselves to teach the Faith with authority and confidence. Courses in the diploma program are eligible for undergraduate credit.

Program Requirements

Program Time Limit: 5 years

Application Process:

  • Submit program application, $25 application fee, and letter of recommendation.
  • Send official transcript from high school, GED, or most recent undergraduate institution attended.

Program Goals

Students who complete this program should be able to:

  • Synthesize the essential and fundamental content of Catholic Doctrine as described in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
  • Explain the Profession of Faith with increased understanding.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Sacred Scripture by describing the essential theological concepts of Church teaching and worship derived from the Scriptures, and demonstrate how Jesus Christ is the center of Salvation History.
  • Describe the nature of the Church and the vocation of the laity in furthering the mission of Jesus Christ.
  • Identify with greater precision the foundations of Catholic morality and its applications in his or her life.
  • Describe the preparation, celebration, and effects of the Sacraments, and incorporate sacramental theology within the work of catechesis.
  • Integrate catechetical principles and methods for faithful catechesis particularly in directing religious education or evangelization programs.
  • Understand the proper relationship of Christian prayer, Sacred Scripture, and doctrinal truths to influence a Catholic approach to daily life.

Course Lists

For descriptions of both required and elective courses, please consult the online course catalog.

 

Course Number Course Title Credits
RELED 432 General Catechetics for the New Evangelization 3
SCRPT 303 Survey of the Old Testament (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 306 Survey of the New Testament with the CCC (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 330 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History (8 weeks) 3
SPIR 301 Applied Catholic Spirituality (8 weeks) 3
THEO 304 Foundations of Catholicism (8 weeks) 3
THEO 313 God, Man and the Universe (8 weeks) 3
THEO 332 Jesus Christ: God, Man, and Savior (8 weeks) 3
THEO 342 The Four Constitutions of Vatican II (8 weeks) 3
THEO 353 Sacraments: Masterworks of God (8 weeks) 3
THEO 468 Principles of Moral Theology (8 weeks) 3

For descriptions of both required and elective courses, please consult the online course catalog.

 

Course Number Course Title Credits
CHIST 314 Church History: Early Christians to the Middle Ages (8 weeks) 3
CHIST 324 Church History: Renaissance to the Modern Church (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 310 Reading Scripture Theologically (8 weeks) 3
THEO 103 The Moral Life: Living the Virtues (8 weeks) 3
THEO 418 Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas 3

THE CDU ADVANTAGE

In a 2016 survey of CDU graduate students, 100% reported that they had achieved their learning goals.

CDU Offers:

  • Flexibility to study where and when you choose
  • Authentic Catholic teaching
  • Affordability
  • A Global Catholic Community
  • Knowledgeable and accessible faculty
  • Engaging online courses with discussion forums
  • Mobile app for study on the go
  • Online library staffed by a theological librarian
  • 24/7 technical support

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The Catechetical Diploma program is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized as a national accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The university is certified as a degree-granting institution by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.