Terms & Definitions
The academic year usually begins late August.
A semester means a period of approximately fourteen consecutive weeks (Twelve teaching weeks of classes, one week study break and one week for examinations) during which the College is in regular session. The Fall Semester usually begins late August, the Winter Semester in early January and the Spring Semester in late April or early May.
A course is a unit of work in a particular subject normally extending through one semester, the completion of which normally carries credit towards the fulfillment of the requirements of certain degrees, diplomas or certificates.
A credit hour is the measure used to reflect the relative weight of a given course towards the fulfillment of an appropriate degree, diploma, certificate, major, minor or other program requirements. Normally a course has a credit value of three credit hours for courses designated as degree courses (M.Div., M.T.S., B.Th.). In the case of the Associate in Theology, courses are of a two credit hour value. Students may complete three credit hour courses in order to fulfill the Associate in Theology requirement, but two credit hour courses are not acceptable in a degree program. Normally, certificates are made up of six credit hours from two three credit hour courses which are linked and designated as part of the certificate program. A weight of one credit hour normally means that the course meets for classes one hour per week for the duration of a semester (or two hours per week for the duration of a semester in the case of a two credit hour course). The number of hours of required instruction outside of class time, such as tutorials, etc., may not impact on the number of credit hours assigned to a particular course and academic units.
Queen’s College courses are designated with the alphabetic character ‘Q’ in the course numbering. Three credit hour courses in the College’s degree programs begin at 3000 and extend to 3999. Two credit hour courses begin at 2000 and extend to 2999.
A program is a series of courses, the completion of which, if other requirements are met, qualifies the candidate for a degree, diploma or certificate.
A full-time student is any student who is registered with Queen’s College for at least four three credit hour courses per semester, and who is admitted into a degree program (M.Div., M.T.S. B.Th., B.Th. by Distance). In the Associate in Theology program a student enrolled in five courses per semester is considered full-time.
A part-time student is any student who is registered with Queen=s College for three three credit hour courses or less and who is admitted into a degree program (M.Div, M.T.S. or B.Th., B.Th. by Distance). In the Associate in Theology program a student enrolled in four courses or fewer courses per semester is considered part-time.
M. Div. is the nomenclature for the Master of Divinity degree. This is normally a three year program of full-time study.
M.T.S. is the nomenclature for the Master of Theological Studies degree. This is normally a two year program of full-time study.
B. Th. is the nomenclature for the Bachelor of Theology degree. This is normally a three year program of full-time study.
B. Th. by Distance is the nomenclature for the Bachelor of Theology by Distance degree. This program is offered both on campus and in a distance format.
A.Th. is the nomenclature for the Associate in Theology Degree. This program of study is ten (two credit hour) courses completed either on-site or by correspondence.
Diploma in Theology and Ministry is normally a three year program of study which includes eight weekend sessions per year.
A certificate in Youth Ministry is made up of five credit hour courses.
A prospective postulant is a person who is sponsored by a bishop to attend an Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (A.C.P.O.) assessment conference.
A postulant is a person who has been accepted by a diocesan bishop for training leading to possible ordination.
An ordinand is a postulant who has satisfied the requirements for candidacy for ordination and licensing by a diocesan bishop.
The Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (A.C.P.O.) operates a national discernment process which is advisory to bishops in the Anglican Church of Canada. A.C.P.O. evaluates persons seeking acceptance as postulants for ordination to the priesthood in the Anglican Church of Canada. Responsibilities of A.C.P.O. include:
Normally, a prospective postulant will participate in an A.C.P.O. conference prior to pursuing theological studies.
Sponsorship is normally the official support for specific training from the recognized authoritive church body.
A Vocational Development Seminar is a unit of work extending over a semester in which students are introduced to subjects relevant to their personal and vocational growth.
Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.) is a program accredited by the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (C.A.P.P.E.). It is theological education based on an adult learning model which enables participants to grow in their effectiveness as pastoral care givers. All programs are multi-faith and open to women and men who have a commitment to personal and spiritual growth and the development of clinical knowledge and skills in spiritual care giving. C.P.E. has three inter-related purposes:
The Fall Gathering is the first week of the fall semester and is the beginning of the important process of community formation.
Parish and Community Placements are requirements for students in the M.Div., B.Th., B.Th. by Distance programs in addition to the prescribed course of study, and include both assigned Sunday duty in parishes in St. John’s and the surrounding area and a venue of social outreach within the community.
Faculty Advisors are assigned to students who are in any degree program and are full-time. Faculty Advisors should be consulted regularly regarding academic and vocational development.