Certificates

The Certificate level program provides an option for students to become equipped for ministry while earning course
credit that can be transferred or applied to an accredited degree program.

The following Certificates are available as a stand-alone credential for non-degree seeking individuals or as part of a
currently offered Horizon University degree.  Students pursuing one or more Certificate(s) in conjunction with a
Bachelor degree may take the Certificate-specific courses (those not required within a designated major) as electives
toward their degree.

Certificate in Chaplaincy

The Certificate in Chaplaincy educates and prepares individuals sensing a call to represent Christ while helping
individuals experiencing a time of crisis in their life.  Coursework includes counseling and ministry, biblical studies,
theology and ethics.  The program offers a foundation in Theology and Biblical Studies with examination and application
to real-world counseling practices that equips students for an effective, practical ministry serving in the role of a
Chaplain.

Program Objectives:

Students pursing a Certificate in Chaplaincy will be able to:

  1. Increase biblical knowledge, including Old and New Testament and theology.
  2. Develop and apply attitudes, values and beliefs which are consistent with transformed Christian character.
  3. Integrate biblical and theological principles with real-world counseling practices in response to crisis
    situations that one experiences in the role of a Chaplain.
  4. Develop a missional Christian worldview prepared to come along side and serve people in need as Christ’s
    representative in increasingly globalized organizations and communities.

Requirements:

The Certificate in Chaplaincy requires a minimum of 24 credits following the course sequence outlined below.

Course Sequence:

This course registration list represents an ideal sequence for the 27 credits required in the certificate. It is
designed to maintain academic integrity while moving degree candidates through the required courses as efficiently as
possible.

 

Year 1 – Chaplain Certificate

Fall

TH232

Biblical Worldview

BL100

Biblical Living

TH210

Introduction to Christian Theology

Winter

CH101

Introduction to Chaplaincy

GE120

Introduction to Ethics

Spring

BL110

New Testament Survey

BC301

Marriage and Family Counseling

BC356

Suicide Counseling

Additional Recommended Courses

Fall

GE145

Introduction to Writing and Research

Or

EN111

English Composition

Certificate in Biblical Counseling

The Certificate in Biblical Counseling educates and prepares students to help individuals apply biblical principles to
their life in practical ways.  The program offers an in-depth study of putting the Word of God into practical
application through lay or pastoral counseling roles.

The Certificate in Biblical Counseling is designed to prepare students to help serve others by gaining an understanding
of biblical counseling – how to use the Bible to counsel and disciple others.  Coursework includes a focus on counseling
ministry with a foundation in Biblical Interpretation.  This certificate program prepares students to take the IABC exam
through the International Association of Biblical Counselors.

Note:  Membership in IABC is not a requirement to complete the Horizon University Certificate in Biblical
Counseling.  IABC membership is an individual commitment to a Biblical-based professional association and would
require commitment to additional supervised counseling sessions.

Program Objectives:

Students pursing a Certificate in Biblical Counseling will be able to:

  1. Increase biblical knowledge, including theology and hermeneutics.
  2. Develop and apply attitudes, values and beliefs which are consistent with transformed Christian character.
  3. Integrate biblical and theological principles with real-world counseling practices to “help God’s people apply
    His truth to their personal lives in practical ways.” (In alignment with IABC philosophy).
  4. Develop a missional Christian worldview prepared to guide people in their walk with Christ as effective
    witnesses for Christ in increasingly globalized organizations and communities.

Requirements:

The Certificate in Biblical Counseling requires 28 credits following the course sequence outlined below and completion
of the IABC Theological and Counselor’s Evaluations.
As a result of completing the Certificate in Biblical Counseling, students will have completed the coursework
necessary for certification by the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). The IABC exam may be offered
to students during any term, after they have successfully completed the eight courses outlined below.

Course Sequence:

This course registration list represents an ideal sequence for the 28 credits required in the Certificate in Biblical
Counseling. It assumes the student is taking three classes each term and is designed to maintain academic integrity
while moving certificate candidates through the required courses as efficiently as possible:

Year 1 – Biblical Counseling Certificate

Fall

BL100

Biblical Living

BL190

Biblical Interpretation: Hermeneutics

TH210

Introduction to Christian Theology

Winter

BC101

Introduction to Biblical Counseling

BL203

Dynamics of Biblical Change – (Prereqs = BL100)

BC202

Methodology in Biblical Counseling

Spring

BC203

Critique of Modern Counseling Theory – (Prereqs = BC101)

BC321

Psychotropic Drugs and Biblical Counseling – (Prereqs = BC101)

BC340

Biblical Counseling Observation – (Prereqs = BC101, BL203, BC203)

Additional Recommended Courses

Fall

GE145

Introduction to Writing and Research

or

EN111

English Composition

Practicum and Exam (upon completion of all required courses)

BC341

IABC Exam – (Prereqs = BC340, TH210)

BC351

Biblical Counseling Practicum – (Prereqs = BC340, BC341)

 

Certificate in TESOL

The Undergraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed for students who
love interacting with internationals, and have a desire to teach English to adult or university-level non-native
speakers, both in the United States and abroad. The TESOL Certificate equips students for overseas English teaching and
community-based English instruction in the U.S., including church and non-profit outreach to refugees and immigrants.
The certificate program combines theoretical foundations for second-language acquisition with practical methods and
practicum experience. Coursework and field experiences will allow students to combine theory and practice as they expand
their God-given gift of teaching. Worldwide, teachers of English are in high demand, so this certificate is expected to
be both practical and fulfilling.

Program Objectives

  1. Develop the skillset needed for effectively teaching English to speakers of other languages, with an emphasis on
    doing so within a biblical Christian worldview.
  2. Develop the attitudes, values and beliefs which are consistent with transformed Christian character with a goal
    of relating to speakers of other languages.
  3. Acquire experience in relating to speakers of other languages either here in the U.S. or abroad.
  4. Prepare to teach English with a missional mindset to speakers of other languages as Christ’s representative in
    increasingly globalized organizations and communities.

Requirements

The Certificate in TESOL requires 27 credits following the course sequence outlined below.

Course Sequence

This course registration list represents an ideal sequence for the 27 credits required in the certificate. It is
designed to maintain academic integrity while moving degree candidates through the required courses as efficiently as
possible.