The Catechetical Coordinator Certificate is an undergraduate academic certificate program for Church leaders, employees, and catechists who desire a comprehensive certification in Catholic teachings and theology and practical ways to teach these principles.

Upon completion of this certificate program, students may apply their credits toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at CDU or at one of our partner institutions, including the American Public University System (APUS)Shepherd UniversityBelmont Abbey CollegeMount St. Mary’s University, and the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

Program Requirements

  • 18 Credits

Program Time Limit: 3 years

Application Process:

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


  • Tuition: $915 x 6 courses = $5490
  • Technology fee: $120/course x 6 courses = $720
  • Proctor fee: $25/course x 6 courses = $150
  • Books: $100/course (estimate) x 6 courses = $600
  • Total: $6,960

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Program Goals

The Catechetical Coordinator Certificate is intended to provide students with the ability to:

  • 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.

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 12 weeks 3


In a 2019 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 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.