Preschool & Children’s Ministry

Certificate in Preschool & Children’s Ministry Overview

In response to an increasing demand for high quality ministry with preschoolers, children, and their families, the Divinity School developed the Preschool and Children’s Ministry Certificate Program which began in 1999. This program is designed to equip church staff ministers and volunteer leaders with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to design church programs and ministries to reach and nurture preschoolers, children, and their families. The Certificate in Preschool and Children’s Ministry can be earned on its own or as part of a Master of Christian Ministry or Master of Divinity degree.

Certificate in Preschool and Children’s Ministry Curriculum

(13 credit hours)

DIVI 6301 Teaching Preschoolers and Children (2 hours)
DIVI 6320 Biblical and Theological Foundations for Age Group Ministry (2 hours)
DIVI 6359 The Christian Childhood Educator (2 hours)
DIVI 6100 Designing Church Programs and Ministries (3 hours)
DIVI 6370 Age Group Practicum (2 hours)
DIVI 6349 The Child, Family, and Congregation (2 hours)

Admission and Fees


The certificate programs offered by Campbell University Divinity School require students to be enrolled in the school as a non-degree student. An individual would need to complete the non-degree application process and be admitted under its admission guidelines in order to pursue a certificate program.

Non-degree students must have a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college. The deadline for non-degree applications is two weeks prior to the date of matriculation. Non-degree applicants are accepted only for specified courses and not a degree program. If a student enrolls as a non-degree student, and later decides to pursue a master-level degree program, he/she will need to complete the master-level application process.

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Tuition and Fees

Certificate students will register and pay for classes in the same manner as any other student, with one major exception. In order to make the certificates more widely accessible, certificate students may take up to two classes for a certificate on an audit basis. Click HERE to view tuition and fees.

Auditing Courses

Classes taken for audit are charged at the significantly reduced rate of $100 per credit hour. Audited classes will appear on the transcript with a grade of AU. These classes cannot be transferred into a master’s degree. (Courses not taken as an audit can be transferred to a master’s degree.) To be counted towards the requirements for a certificate, an audited class must be accompanied by certification of satisfactory completion of the class from the professor.

While the option to audit classes is an option, students are welcome to complete a certificate program without auditing the course, in order to receive academic credit for all of the work completed for the program.

For More Information

Campbell University Divinity School
Office of Admissions
(800) 334-4111, ext. 1830