FACULTY OF THEOLOGY

   Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Theology

   Educational Aims

The Postgraduate Diploma in Theology aims to train graduates who wish to pursue a career in Theology and pastoral Ministry. This training is necessitated by the fact that a large number of pastors, church leaders joined the pastoral ministry without a training in theology. The course will therefore help them to upgrade their knowledge and formation as pastors, preachers and church leaders.

In 2018, the Government put in place a law requiring a minimum of bachelor degree in theological education from an accredited institution for any person to serve as a minister or in a leadership position in the churches. The law has given a 5 years period of grace to comply with that law.

   PROGRAM STRUCTURE

The program has to be taught within nine months divided into two semesters for full-time students and 12 months for part time students. The program’s students will be equipped by different courses related to theology with a ratio 120 credits.

Teachings will operate in daily, evening, weekend and in-service programs. Daily classes will begin from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Evening program classes will start from 6.00 p.m up to 9.30 p.m, from Monday up to Friday. Weekend program will begin Friday evening till Saturday 6pm 1.00 p.m. Normally academic calendar will begin in September and ends in August.

   LEARNING AND TEACHING STRATEGY

 In order to fulfil its objectives and carry out the program, the following strategies were adopted:

    A. Teaching and Learning environment

To set up a conducive teaching and learning environment: adequate classrooms, library, space for reading, access to internet and ICTs, languages Center …

All students are required to comply with Discipline code and classroom attendance according to EACU Policies and regulations.

 B.
  Teaching and learning methodologies:

 

  • Teaching and learning process is done in modular system
  • Teaching and learning process is based on participatory and active approaches through associative methods (group discussions and works) and individual learning. Class discussions and presentations form is part of the program delivery.
  • Associative methods are used to promote social competences, peer tutoring, teamwork spirit and integration, learning community, and cognitive activation.
  • Individual learning methods are used to develop self-responsibility, autonomy, attitudes, time management and cognitive competences.
  • Teaching and learning are based on explicit learning outcomes which are consistent with program’s aims.
  • Students are given opportunities to attend and participate in public lectures and scientific conferences and workshops.
  •   ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

  • To enhance the quality of assessment, academic staffs are regularly trained in preparing examination with emphasis on complex tasks.
  • Continuous assessments tests (formative assessment: assignments, class presentations, mid-term exams) are regularly planned and marked at the rate of 60 percent of the whole module
  • Students will be required to present their work throughout the semester; in addition to strengthening students' presentation skills and familiarity with their work, this strategy also helps in the prevention of potential plagiarism or duplication of other students' ideas as students would find it difficult to partake in academic discussions and respond to critical questions for work that is not of their own creation
  • Final exams at the rate of 40 percent are planned at the end of the module and cover the all learning outcomes. It is important to note that, the final mark received by the student is based on the coursework taken through the whole semester.
  • Individual and collective constructive feedback is provided to students.
  • Results are monitored, analyzed and appropriate action are taken to enhance performance
  • Linking learning outcomes to the questions set in exams.
  • To ensure that standards of assessment are maintained, second marking and/or moderation of examinations and reports will be conducted. This will serve to minimize potential mistakes or discrimination by a given examiner. In certain instances, examinations, assessments, level progressions and degree classification will follow a “blind” strategy whereby the names of the students will not be revealed to staff members conducting the said tasks. This will be done to further prevent potential biases or unfair assessment of students by examiners. Additionally, the overall assessment criteria will be reviewed by an external examiner to ensure that it conforms international assessment standards.
  •   STUDENT PROFILE

    After completing the program, the graduate will serve even more effectively in the church and society: parish ministry, chaplaincy in hospitals or other settings, family/marriage Counsellor, youth ministry, work with the elderly, interdenominational/religious organizations, people living with disability or with at-risk population.

      SPECIFIC ADMISSION CRITERIA

    To be eligible to the program, candidates would have completed successfully the bachelor degree in any discipline from a university recognised by the Ministry of education in Rwanda.

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