Peoria Catechist Certification
A catechist formation certification that is faithful, flexible, and affordable.
Christendom College Graduate School of Theology offers online catechist certification studies for catechists and Catholic school teachers of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. The certification consists of two semester-long, live-streamed courses which survey the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Participants are encouraged to tune in live and participate, but may also view recordings of sessions they missed at their own pace. Those who complete both courses receive Catechist Certification from Christendom.
The Catechist Formation Certification is designed to form teachers in the Faith, and to help them become effective evangelizers and catechists. The courses examine in a comprehensive way the teachings of the Catholic Church, with an emphasis on apologetics, the defense of our faith. The first course in the Catechist Formation Certification covers the first part of the Catechism, on the Creed. The second course covers the second, third, and fourth parts, on the sacraments of the Church, the moral life, and prayer.
The cost for each course is $365. However, in many cases, all or part of the cost of the courses is paid for by the teacher’s parish or school, or by the diocesan Sheen Endowment; please check with your pastor or principal to see if you qualify. Religious educators who are approved for Sheen Endowment grants pay only half-price; for more information or to apply, please visit Sheen Endowment. You may also call the Office of Catechetics of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria for more information (309-671-1550).
To register for a Catechist Formation course, please submit a Casual Student Application, selecting “Catechist Formation Certification” under “Degree.” To register for any other Christendom Graduate School course, please visit Current Course Offerings and Registration or call us at 703-658-4304.