2023-24 Graduate Academic Catalog

Page 36 2023–24 Graduate Academic Catalog School of Arts and Humanities Graduate Certificate in Worship Leadership Graduate Certificate in Worship Leadership Purpose Statement The Graduate Certificate in Worship Leadership will prepare students to lead God's people in true biblically grounded worship. Offered jointly by our School of Biblical and Theological Studies and the Department of Music and Worship in the School of Arts and Humanities, this certificate will give you the theological foundation and practical skills you need to be an effective worship leader. Our program's purpose statement is "Equipping Worshipers to Serve." Program Objectives Candidates who complete the Graduate Certificate in Worship Leadership are equipped to: • Articulate one’s knowledge of the administration of a worship program. • Understand current usages of technology in the worship field today. • Demonstrate worship leading ability; showing musical abilities, proper platform presence, and leadership ability applicable to the student’s ministry context. • Formulate and articulate a cogent, biblically based philosophy of worship and worship ministry, and its applicability in a local ministry. Program Delivery Cedarville University has designed the Graduate Certificate in Worship Leadership program to be flexible and responsive to students’ needs. Courses are being offered in a convenient online format, and can be completed in as little as one calendar year. Graduate online course content will be available for student access one week prior to the start of the course. Course Requirements Course requirements involve a minimum of 12 semester hours including: BTAT-6120 Biblical Foundations of Worship...................................3 WSHP-6100 Contemporary Worship Leadership...........................3 WSHP-6140 Current Practices in Worship Technology..................3 WSHP-6190 Worship Leader Practicum.........................................3 Accreditation This program is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Admission Standards The Cedarville University Graduate Certificate in Worship Leadership program invites applications from qualified students who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited or otherwise approved university, who are able to present a strong academic record, and who have a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. In addition to the general admission requirements listed in the Graduate Admissions section of this catalog, applicants must meet the following requirements: • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.3 (on a 4.0 scale). • Applicants not meeting admission standards may be considered for conditional admission to the program. • Recommendations from a pastor and an academic referent/ professor. Recommendations from personal friends or family members will not be accepted. Admission Process and Timeframe Applicants should follow specific admission criteria found in the Admissions section of the graduate catalog. Application decisions are generally made by the leadership of the Worship Certificate program within two weeks after an admission application is completed. Graduate Admissions will then notify applicants of the admission decision. Tuition and Fees Tuition cost for the Graduate Certificate in Worship Leadership program for the 2023–24 academic year is $436 per semester credit hour. Audit is $218 per semester hour. Financial Aid Worship Leadership courses completed for the graduate certificate, as a nondegree program, are not eligible for federal or state aid. However, students may qualify for personal loans to pay for this program. For more information, contact Financial Aid. Department of Music and Worship Faculty Beth Cram Porter, Chair; Professor of Vocal Music. Education: BM, Baylor University, 1984; MA, Western Carolina University, 1996; voice student of Joyce Farwell. At Cedarville since 1997. Roger O’Neel, Assistant Chair; Professor of Worship. Education: BM, Ouachita Baptist University, 1985; MM, Choral Conducting, Southern Methodist University, 1987; MM, Music Theory, Southern Methodist University, 1988; PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1996. At Cedarville since 2002.