Let CDU support your group or diocese in its mission of lifelong learning in the faith. Providing opportunities for members of your group or diocese to learn more about the Catholic faith is a challenge. Constraints such as geography, staffing, time, and money often get in the way of providing a systemic program of study for adult faith formation, for laity who work for the Church, as well as parents, catechists, and Catholic schoolteachers. CDU can help you meet this ever-growing challenge with online courses, seminars, certificates and degree programs.
Group Subsidy Plans
These plans offer a cost-effective way for your group: parish, diocese, community to provide high quality online programs in adult faith formation delivered in a convenient, flexible, and adult-friendly format. CDU handles all the details of course registration, eliminating additional responsibilities for your staff.
CDU partners with the Diocese of Arlington to provide high quality online programs and courses in adult faith formation. The online option gives each person in the diocese the opportunity to study the Catholic Faith alone or with a group in a convenient, flexible, and adult-friendly format. Members are also invited to work towards receiving a noncredit certificate. The courses and seminars required for each of the noncredit certificates provide a systematic way to grow in knowledge of the Catholic Faith. Click below to learn more. As a subsidy partner, you can take the required seminars and courses at a discounted tuition rate.
Catechist Certification Opportunities
- Advanced Certificate in Catechetics
Online seminars may be used towards the requirements for Advanced Catechist Certification in the Diocese of Arlington. Anyone who obtains the CDU Advanced Certificate in Catechetics will also receive the diocesan level Advanced Catechist Certificate.
- Catechist Certification Renewal
The online seminars and online individual courses found on the Adult Faith Formation page may be used for individuals looking to renew a Basic or Advanced Certification in the Diocese of Arlington. Every three years, 10 additional clock hours are needed to renew certification.
The access code for the Diocese of Arlington is CDU15ARLINGTON. Click here to register for CDU courses.
CDU partners with the Diocese of Brooklyn to provide an online option for the Living and Leading by Faith formation program. The online option gives each person in the diocese the opportunity to study the Catholic Faith alone or with a group using a convenient, flexible, and adult-friendly format . By using the Brooklyn access code, all members of the diocese are able participate in short, non-credit, online seminars and courses at no cost to you.
Diocese of Brooklyn Catechetical Programs
Initial Faith Formation Component
The courses in this category are for those who are new to the Diocese of Brooklyn, have no previous catechetical experience, or need to complete a program of initial faith formation. For the granting of the Initial Faith Formation Certificate of Completion, 50 hours of faith formation during the first four years of service are required. The four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church–Creed, Prayer, Morality, and Sacraments–need to be taken through the diocese. The Catholic Identity component may be taken online using the following independent study course.
|Course Number||Course Title||Area of Study||CEUs|
|RELED N066||The Catholic School: Identity and Leadership||Catholic Identity, Pastoral Apologetics||1|
Ongoing Faith Formation Component
After catechists have received the Initial Faith Formation Certificate of Completion, they will begin participating in the Ongoing Faith Formation component. To earn the Ongoing Faith Formation certificate, a minimum of 50 additional hours during a five-year period is required. The CDU online noncredit courses and seminars may be used to attain these additional clock hours.
Enrichment Faith Formation Component
After catechists have received the Ongoing Faith Formation Certificate of Completion, they have the option of choosing from a variety of seminars or courses, depending on their position, ministry, area of need, etc. Ten hours of catechist faith formation are required each year.
Approved seminars and courses for Ongoing Faith Formation and Enrichment Faith Formation
CDU partners with the Diocese of Corpus Christi to provide high-quality online non-credit courses and seminars for certification. The online option allows the diocese to provide solid formation and knowledge of the Catholic Faith in a convenient, flexible, and adult-friendly format.
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The access code for the Diocese of Corpus Christi is 16CORPUSCHRISTI. Click here to register for CDU courses.
CDU partners with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to provide high quality online certificates and courses in adult faith formation. The online option allows the Archdiocese to provide solid formation and certification delivered in a convenient, flexible, and adult-friendly format. This partnership also permits members of the Indianapolis Archdiocese to experience CDU noncredit seminars and noncredit Catechism courses at a discounted tuition rate of $75 per seminar or course. Members are also invited to obtain any of CDU’s noncredit certificates. The required courses and seminars offer a systematic approach to grow in knowledge of the Catholic faith. Click below to learn more. As a subsidy partner, you can take the required seminars and courses at a discounted tuition rate.
Basic Catechetical Formation
The following courses have been approved by the archdiocese for Basic Catechetical Formation. All of these courses are in the independent study format.
Ministry Specific Essentials
Any of CDU’s online seminars may be used for individuals looking for noncredit formation in specific diocesan and parish ministries. Visit the Online Seminar page to learn more.
Adult Faith Formation
Faith formation is a lifelong journey. Just as we are required to stay current in our professional lives, the Church calls us to continue growing in knowledge of our faith. CDU’s noncredit courses and seminars offer adults a carefully designed curriculum of doctrinal, moral, and spiritual formation that combines high quality, faithful teachings in a convenient online learning format.
The access code for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis is CDU16INDIANAPOL. Click here to find out how to register for a course or seminar.
Visit your diocesan page for more questions.
CDU offers something stimulating for every Catechist and every adult in the archdiocese:
For Catechists Certification:
- Basic Certificate in Catechetics: For Catechists and Coordinators of Religious Education (CRE) who do not hold a Master’s in Theology or related field are encouraged to pursue the Certificate in Catechesis offered by CDU.
- CDU courses correlate to the 14 curriculum standards.
- 60+ online independent study courses and seminars
- Non-credit certificates
For all Adults in the Archdiocese for the Military Services who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith:
- Choose from one of CDU’s short noncredit seminars or independent study courses for busy adults!
- Earn a CDU noncredit certificate
Click HERE to register. To receive your discount, be sure to apply the AMS access code: CDU15MILITARY
CDU partners with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to provide basic catechetical certification online for all catechists and Catholic school teachers.
Click here for information about the following certificates:
Click here for a list of all CDU Independent Study courses.
Click here for Online Three-Week Group Seminars on Apologetics.
The access code for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is CDU20DIOCESEWC. When registering for a course, be sure to use this access code to ensure that the Diocese pays 100% of the course tuition. Click here to register for CDU courses.