St. Stephen's College and Providence Renewal Centre (Edmonton) have collaborated to offer a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction (GCSD). The GCSD course work provides a foundation in theological studies with an opportunity to explore interdisciplinary and creative topics as electives. The GCSD will be awarded by St. Stephen's College after students complete the Presence Program (or an equivalent program already recognized by St. Stephen's College) and the additional requirements of St. Stephen's College.
Who is the GCSD for?
This certificate is designed for those wishing to become Spiritual Directors, or for Spiritual Directors wishing to extend their studies beyond the Presence Program at Providence Renewal Centre. The GCSD requires a two-year, part-time formation program in spiritual direction (such as the Presence Program at Providence Renewal Centre, or an equivalent program already recognized by St. Stephen's College) that prepares people to be Spiritual Directors.
The GCSD may be taken either as a stand-alone certificate or to ladder into a Master's degree at St. Stephen's College (either the MTS, MPS, or the PMATD). The GCSD may also be used to fulfill co-requisites for students who apply to the Doctor of Ministry program with a Master's degree which is not in the area of theology.
What Can Students Expect?
The GCSD aims to balance a practical foundation in spiritual direction with an opportunity to explore academic and creative topics through additional courses. We offer:
- A curriculum that combines academic rigor with opportunities for personal reflection and integration.
- Small class sizes.
- Inclusive perspectives open to multi-faith and multi-cultural views.
- Courses in various formats: Week-long intensives, semester, online and independent study courses.
- Dynamic, experienced, and accessible faculty who are committed and supportive.
- A diverse, engaged student community.
Length of Program
Students taking a full course load can complete the credited requirements of the GCSD in one year (not including the 2-year, non-credited Spiritual Direction program). Students must complete all requirements within four years from the date on which they register in the program.