Program Goals

  • Articulate the fundamental doctrines of faith and morals of the Catholic Church, using the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Sacred Scripture, and Sacred Tradition.
  • Explain the Holy Bible as a unified story, with the New Testament anticipated by the Old, and the Old Testament fulfilled in the New.
  • Explore the nature, mission, and purpose of catechesis, with emphasis on biblical catechesis, development of doctrinal lesson planning, and the principles, tasks, and methods that the Church promotes.

Program Requirements

  • 18 Credits

Program Time Limit: 3 years

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Application Process

  • Submit a free online program application.
  • Send official transcript from high school, GED, or most recent undergraduate institution attended to

Program Costs

  • Tuition: $1,035 x 6 courses = $6,210
  • Technology fee: $165/course x 6 courses = $990
  • Books: $100/course (estimate) x 6 courses = $600
  • Total: $7,800
  • Detailed cost of attendance budgets can be found here.

Course Lists

For descriptions of required courses, please consult the online course catalog. All courses listed below are 8 weeks long unless otherwise noted.

Course Number Course Title Credits
THEO 204 Foundations of Catholicism 3
SCRPT 230 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History 3
THEO 232 Jesus Christ: God, Man, and Savior 3
THEO 253 Sacraments: Masterworks of God 3
THEO 268 Principles of Moral Theology 3
RELED 433 The Art of Catechesis: Dynamic Renewal 3


In a 2022 survey of CDU graduate students, 100% reported that they had achieved their learning goals.

CDU Offers:

  • Authentic Catholic teaching
  • Flexibility to study where and when you choose
  • The lowest undergraduate tuition of any U.S.-based online university offering Catholic theology
  • 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 Undergraduate Catechetical Coordinator Certificate program is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The university is certified as a degree-granting institution by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.