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Distance Education

Meeting you where you are

You can update your theological knowledge, enhance ministerial skills, and pursue a deeper understanding of your faith through online and blended courses. The CTU faculty makes their expertise accessible to you wherever you may be. CTU professors have successfully completed online teaching programs offered by the National Catholic Education Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison, CTU Faculty Online Teaching Workshop, and DePaul University's award-winning DOTS program.

Certificates Online

You can earn the Certificate in Pastoral Studies or the Certificate in Hispanic Theology and Ministry almost entirely online. These graduate ministerial credentials are designed to enhance your ministry.

Master of Arts Degrees

Through a combination of online and blended courses, you can now earn a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) degree, a Master of Arts in Hispanic Theology and Ministry (MA-HTM) degree, or a Master of Arts in Liturgical Ministry degree. Each of these is a professional ministerial degree program that allows you to access CTU's quality education wherever you are. Blended courses meet online, with an on-site requirement. Students also fulfill the residential requirements during one or more weeks of CTU's Summer Institute in June of each year. In addition, degree seekers participate in the Emmaus Lay Formation Program online and during the summer residential requirement.

Distance Education Requirements

Distance learners require access to a reliable internet connection (preferably high speed) with browser, updated anti-virus and word processing software, media player capability, microphone, and webcam for videoconferencing. See course schedules at registration for any additional requirements.

Online Education Complaint Resolution

Catholic Theological Union (CTU) is applying for institutional participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) initiative by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As such, CTU agrees to abide by the guidelines established in NC-SARA Policies and Standards. Students enrolled in online or Distance Education courses at CTU have available to them the same complaint and grievance procedures as stated in individual CTU Policies in the CTU Student Handbook. Grievances that apply specifically to the integrity of the online program and courses should initially be reported to the Director of Educational Technology at 773-834-5442 or rmauney@ctu.edu. If an issue cannot be resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student or the Director of Educational Technology may refer such issue to the Vice President and Academic Dean, who may also consult the CTU Executive Committee to seek a resolution.
 
If CTU is unable to resolve the grievance to the student’s satisfaction, students enrolled from participating SARA states, as indicated by the State Authorization webpage, follow the SARA Complaint Resolution Process. Such students may contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education (the Illinois SARA portal agency) with complaints that were not resolved through the student complaint procedures described above by accessing the IBHE online complaint system.
 
Students enrolled in programs in states outside of SARA (currently California and Massachusetts) contact their own state agencies with complaints that were not resolved through the student complaint procedures detailed above. At any time, students with questions about this complaint resolution process may contact the Director of Educational Technology at 773-834-5442 or rmauney@ctu.edu.

Catholic Theological Union (CTU) is applying for institutional participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) initiative by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As such, CTU agrees to abide by the guidelines established in NC-SARA Policies and Standards. Students enrolled in online or Distance Education courses at CTU have available to them the same complaint and grievance procedures as stated in individual CTU Policies in the CTU Student Handbook. Grievances that apply specifically to the integrity of the online program and courses should initially be reported to the Director of Educational Technology at 773-371-5442 or rmauney@ctu.edu. If an issue cannot be resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student or the Director of Educational Technology may refer such issue to the Vice President and Academic Dean, who may also consult the CTU Executive Committee to seek a resolution. 

If CTU is unable to resolve the grievance to the student’s satisfaction, students enrolled from participating SARA states, as indicated by the State Authorization webpage, follow the SARA Complaint Resolution Process. Such students may contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education (the Illinois SARA portal agency) with complaints that were not resolved through the student complaint procedures described above by accessing the IBHE online complaint system.

CTU online students who reside in states outside of SARA (currently only California) contact their own state agencies with complaints that were not resolved through the student complaint procedures detailed above. At any time, students with questions about this complaint resolution process may contact the Director of Educational Technology at 773-371-5442 or rmauney@ctu.edu.

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