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Programs of Study

This is the fun part: deciding what you’re going to be an expert at. How you’re going to supplement your current skillset. What certification is going to set you apart.

Advanced Certificate in Pastoral Studies

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies helps to prepare students to develop their understanding of themselves and particular areas of service as they deepen their spirituality and earn a further credential. Those who have already earned a 36 CEU credential from the Institute for Ministry or a similar credential may pursue this certificate. 

Forensic Science Investigation

Our Forensic Science Investigation can prepare you for an exciting lifetime of saying “yes, like CSI” when people ask what you do. You’ll train in the forensic methods starting with the basics of collecting and analyzing evidence and moving all the way through advanced crime scene reconstruction techniques like bloodstain pattern analysis and event sequencing. You’ll even learn crime scene photography and documentation. Our students leave us certified to work in crime labs – and to catch bad guys. Call (504) 865-3530 to learn more about our Forensic Science Investigation certificate.

Pastoral Studies

Pursuing a Certificate in Pastoral Studies allows adults to gain specific competencies in the focus area of their choice while earning a credential  from an institution with a long-standing reputation for excellence in education and ministerial formation.

Religious Education

The Certificate in Religious Education provides educators with a broad and in-depth exploration of the field. The coursework combines the development of confidence and creativity in working out curricula and gives practice in crafting effective learning processes. Pursuing a Certificate in Religious Education provides individuals with a set of multi-disciplinary perspectives and methodologies to enrich their practice while at the same time earning a credential from an institution with a long-standing reputation for excellence in education and ministerial formation.

Theology and Ministry

The Certificate in Theology and Ministry helps students to understand and apply theology in a practical way to their ministry, enabling them to step out onto the frontier of which Pope Francis speaks. With a  grounding in Scripture, foundational theologies, and sacrament, students deepen their own understanding of and relationship t God and are better prepared to serve others in their ministries.

Translation and Interpreting

Our Translation and Interpreting (TRIN) program adds a skill to your repertoire that’s uniquely in-demand in our area. In addition to your certification as a TRIN specialist, you’ll receive training in translation and interpreting in healthcare settings, legal settings, or both. Our students primarily work to increase access to healthcare and legal services, performing interpretation for underprivileged citizens at local health clinics and hospitals or in cases of asylum and undocumented minors. Learn more.

Continuing Education in Criminal Justice

Through the Department of Criminal Justice and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory, we also currently offer continuing education courses at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's training facility. These non-credit courses are perfect for police officers, detectives, crime scene technicians, and crime lab personnel who need to earn their CEUs.

Certificación de Educación Continua En Teología Y Ministerio

Los estudiantes obtienen crédito en la modalidad de educación continua, de parte de un Instituto reconocido como líder en la educación a distancia para la formación de ministros. Learn more