ITS Certificate

Information for continuing students

From 2017, the ITS will only be available to continuing students. New students will be enrolled in the PTC, which has all the same online resources as the ITS, and the option of personalised one-on-one coaching.

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Course costs

$170 per subject

Features

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Qualified personal coach

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Choice of 22 subjects

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Recognised Awards given when 6, 12, 18 and 22 subjects passed

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Full Access to the Online Learning Environment (OLE)

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Exam feedback

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Study tools

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High-level, in-depth exam

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Personalised exam debrief with coach

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Practical application through MAP

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12 month Moore Access subscription

Choose ITS if…

  • You want a more challenging level of study
  • You value discussing content with an expert – even if you are overseas
  • You want practical application options for what you learn
  • You know you will do better with encouragement
  • You want the best study by distance that is on offer
  • You want to apply what you learn
  • You’re a teacher in a Christian school
  • You lead groups at church
  • You’re in a Bible study group
  • You’re looking to deepen your understanding of Christ’s word

Academic support

The ITS Certificate provides you with personalised and timely feedback right through the learning process – by the end of the term you will know exactly what your strengths have been and also where you need to focus your future efforts. The ITS ensures this in several ways. Annotated quizzes to help you learn the content and isolate potential areas to work on as you prepare for the exam. Weekly Tests give you regular targets to meet and so stay on track. An innovative final exam assesses for far more than just memorising content, and a detailed report of your progress at the end of term provides an overall picture of how far you have come. Importantly, this feedback doesn’t just tell you whether you have memorised a list of facts – it’s much more than this. We tell you how well you are managing to bring everything you are learning together into a broader understanding of God’s ways and plan for salvation. At every step of the way, your personal coach is there to help you understand and interpret this feedback and apply it to your personal learning goals.

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Nat says your personal ITS coach has many roles including: Cheering you across the finish line, encouraging you to get to the exam, guiding you with study methods, and helping you to apply what you’ve learned through the Ministry Application Project.

Coaches and community

At the centre of our fresh approach to distance education is your personal coach, who will be connecting with you over the course of the term. The coach will work with you to:

  • Provide personalised feedback on your academic progress throughout the term and help you understand your results after your final exam
  • Work with you to define an optional Ministry Application Project, in which you apply what you are learning in practice and provide feedback on the final result
  • Keep you on track with your studies, helping you feel ready to sit the final exam and complete the course

ITS students also join with other students through the online forums, moderated by experts who you can answer questions, point you to new resources and help you learn from your peers. In the ITS you are studying online but you aren’t studying alone.

ITS practical application

In the ITS Certificate we take practical application seriously – studying God’s word should never be a purely academic exercise. The ITS Certificate allows you to take on an optional Ministry Application Project (MAP). If you take up this opportunity you will work with your coach to find a project this is relevant to your ministry and learning needs and complete it under the guidance of your coach. The content is determined by the student and their ministry interests: you could write a song or poem, lead a Bible study, film yourself giving a talk, keep a journal of your prayers, or a whole host of other projects depending on who you are and the type of ministry you are involved in. The sky is the limit, and you are in control of your own learning.

What topics can a Ministry Application Project cover?
The content of a MAP is determined by the student and their ministry interests. It is not possible to define in advance which aspects of a subject will be relevant to those local ministries. Should you choose to pursue a MAP, your coach will work closely with you to find an appropriate topic that can be achieved within the scope of their coach appointments. For example, if you’re involved in children’s ministry at church, and studying Doctrine 1 you could choose to write a script for a puppet skit on the topic of God’s power over creation. If you lead a Bible study group studying Old Testament 1, you could choose to write a Bible study on the theme of Holy War in Deuteronomy.
Who is eligible to undertake a MAP?
Any student may choose to work on a MAP. If you choose do so, you should discuss possible MAP topics with your coach in your first appointment with them. However, in order to continue with a MAP, you must meet the following two criteria:

  1. You must be actively involved in some local ministry to which you can apply what you are learning
  2. You must continue to demonstrate that you understand the subject’s content well and are keeping up-to-date with the subject assessment. This will be judged by your performance in the weekly quizzes.
Will a coach review a written description of a MAP?
You can provide a coach with a written description of you MAP in order to make the best use of your coaching appointment. The description of a MAP must not exceed 500 words in length. If you wish to provide your coach with an audio-video recording of your MAP (of you giving a children’s talk for instance) the recording must not be longer than 2 minutes.
What feedback will be provided by the coach on a MAP?
Your coach will discuss your progress on your MAP in your third coaching appointment. As MAPs are optional, and are not taken for academic credit, a coach will not provide a mark for a MAP. The feedback focus will be on how your MAP could be further developed and improved.
Does a MAP need to be finished within a single term?
A MAP does not need to be completed within a single term. If you wish to continue working on a MAP across several subjects and several terms you are free to do so. Provided that suitable appointment times can be found it may even be possible to work with the same coach on a MAP that spans several subjects.

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ITS subjects

Introduction to the Bible

Introduction to the Bible shows how the great themes of the Bible fit together into one story that spans both the Old and New Testaments. At the centre of the story is of course Jesus and this subject shows how God plan to redeem his people, which begins with promises to Abraham and continues through the fortunes of the nation of Israel, reaches its climax at the cross. online_subject

Promise to Fulfilment

Promise to Fulfilment focuses on training students in a method for reading the Bible well, paying particular attention to placing each interpreting each passage of the Bible in light of its place in the single overarching story that binds the Bible together as a whole. The passages chosen for particular attention represent a range of different genres and each come at a key stage in God’s unfolding plan of redemption. online_subject

Pentateuch (Old Testament 1)

Pentateuch (Old Testament 1) covers the first five books of the Old Testament, examining some of the foundational events in the Bible such as creation, the fall, the promises to Abraham, exodus from Egypt and the giving of the Law. The great themes of sin, covenant, redemption, sacrifice and blessing all emerge from this examination and the subject shows how these point forward to the work of Christ. online_subject

Mark (New Testament 1)

This study of Mark (New Testament 1) takes a systematic approach to reading through the Gospel of Mark, in the process answering the two central questions that Mark poses to his readers: ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘What did Jesus come to do?’. Attention is paid to locating the identity and work of Jesus in the context of the Old Testament expectations of the Messiah and showing how Jesus fulfills those expectations. online_subject

Knowledge of God (Doctrine 1)

Knowledge of God (Doctrine 1) focuses on what we can know about God based on what he has revealed of himself to us in Scripture. An important part of this subject is examining the nature and authority of Scripture itself, in which the concept of covenant is central. In addition to examining God’s sovereignty, power and Trinitarian nature, the subject also looks at the ideas of repentance, salvation and judgement. online_subject

Ephesians

This study of Ephesians systematically works through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, showing that God’s intention is to unify all things in Christ. While we wait for this intention to be completely fulfilled, God has already provided a living demonstration of this unity in the church, in which the fundamental distinction between Jew and Gentile has now been overcome. The subject unpacks the implications of this one unity for individuals, the church and the whole creation. online_subject

Former Prophets (Old Testament 2)

In the Former Prophets (Old Testament 2) we examine the experience of Israel from original conquest of the Land to her eventual exile, as recounted in the books of Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings. This period provides us with a glimpse of what it means for God’s people to live securely in God’s place, guided by his king and prophets and so informs how we understand the Kingdom of God and the New Testament promise of an eternal inheritance. online_subject

Acts (New Testament 2)

This study of Acts (New Testament 2) illustrates how the spread of the gospel in the early decades of the church was directed by the risen Christ. In particular, this subject shows how the spread of the gospel fulfilled the Old Testament expectations about God’s blessing the whole world through his people the Jews. Particular attention is paid to how the ministries of Peter and Paul took God’s plan to bless all people to a new stage. online_subject

Christ and His Work (Doctrine 2)

Christ and His work (Doctrine 2) focuses on what we know about the identity of Christ and Christ he accomplished, especially on the cross. This includes introducing students to theological approaches to understanding how Christ’s humanity relates to his divinity, showing how understanding this is important for understanding what Christ did in his death and resurrection. Included in the investigation of the cross is an examination of the nature and effects of sin. online_subject

Romans

Romans examines Paul’s most important theological work, his Letter to the Romans. Students will be introduced to Paul’s thinking on the concepts such as sin, grace, Law, judgement, predestination, salvation and blessing. As a central concern of Paul’s in this work is the ongoing place of the Jews in God’s plans students are also introduced to Paul’s thought on this important issue. online_subject

Early Church History

Early Church History covers the history of the church through its first five centuries, introducing students to the theological debates that ultimately led to the formal statements of Christian faith contained in the great creeds. This period also displays the many practical challenges the church faced as a minority population in a context that often presented Christians with a choice between holding to their faith and death. online_subject

Christian Worship

Christian Worship explores how we can best worship God with a particular emphasis on how we should think about what happens when we gather together in worship. We begin by tracing the origins of worship through the Old Testament sacrificial system, moving on to consider the changes brought to worship by the gospel. With this groundwork laid the subject considers topics such as the use of music and liturgy in public worship gatherings. online_subject

Latter Prophets (Old Testament 3)

The Latter Prophets (Old Testament 3) introduces the ‘writing’ prophets God sent to Israel leading up to, during and after the exiles that Israel experienced. In the prophets students encounter a wide range of topics and literary styles. Prominent in this material are warnings about coming judgement and promises of future redemption and blessing, although a special emphasis is placed on the promise of a new covenant that finds its fulfilment in the gospel. online_subject

Reformation Church History

Reformation Church History covers the history of the church during the period of the reformation. It introduces students to the late medieval religious context from which the reformation grew and draws attention to the theological importance of the reformation led by Martin Luther. It also covers the Catholic response to the reformation along with the connection between political and theological reform, especially in Switzerland and Tudor England. online_subject

Wisdom and Exile (Old Testament 4)

Wisdom and Exile (Old Testament 4) focuses on those sections of the Old Testament devoted to the perennial questions and concerns of God’s people at any time. This includes books devoted to living well in God’s world (the Hebrew concept of ‘wisdom’) as well as liturgical literature that helps us see how to bring our whole lives, both joyous and painful, before God and finally the Old Testament works that explicitly look forward to the ‘end times’. online_subject

Prayer Book

Prayer Book explores the liturgy of the Anglican churches, and especially the role of the Prayer Book in providing a structure for that liturgy. The subject has an historical aspect, tracing the development of the Prayer Book from the pre-Reformation form to its contemporary form and noting the political and cultural forces that informed this development. It also has a theological aspect, using theological concepts to explain why the Prayer Book has the precise form it does. online_subject

Pauline Letters (New Testament 3)

The Pauline Letters (New Testament 3) collects together Paul’s letters (other than Romans, which is covered separately) and introduces students to the distinctive language, theology and style of the Apostle to the Gentiles. It covers the wide range of theological issues found in Paul’s work such ethical guidance about proper Christian conduct, teaching on church leadership and governance, theological reflections on the nature of Christ and the expositions of the relationship of Law and grace. online_subject

John

This study of John focuses solely on John’s Gospel, drawing out what is distinctive about this Gospel both in terms of content and style. Among the distinctive features of John that are drawn out through the close reading of the text that warrant special attention are the concepts of ‘life’ and ‘discipleship’. Specifically, what does it mean to ‘live’ or ‘abide’ in Jesus, and what does being a disciple of Jesus actually require? online_subject

Apologetics

Apologetics is written with the conviction that apologetics is more than just intellectual and philosophical debate.  Apologetics involves people’s whole beings.  Modern apologists need to be concerned with how people feel toward Christ and the gospel as well as how they think about Christ and the gospel. As a result the subject provides outlines of standard apologetic arguments along with practical help guidance on the correct attitude and behaviour that must accompany those arguments. offline_subject

Doctrine 3

Doctrine 3 focuses on the doctrine of the Church along with some aspects of worship directly connected to doctrine of the church. The overarching theme is the place of the church in the purposes of God and this leads to discussions of both the fundamental nature of the church along with discussions of fellowship in the church and the continuity of the church. The aspects of worship of particular relevance to these discussions are the Lord’s Supper and Baptism. offline_subject

New Testament 4

New Testament 4 provides an overview of the non-Pauline letters of the New Testament. As a result it introduces students to the wide range of literary styles and theological concerns found in these letters, such as the Christian attitude to suffering, the relationship of Christ’s sacrificial work to the Old Testament Law and the Christian expectation of the ‘end times’. Special attention is given to the unique features of the Letter to the Hebrews, Revelation and 1 Peter. offline_subject

Ethics

Ethics explores the foundations of Christian ethics, taking as its foundation the grace found in the gospel and extending from there to consider the status of moral rules in general, the importance of motivation and the role of conscience in ethical decision-making. The course address both the positive and negative aspects of Christian ethics and once a solid theoretical foundation has been laid examines some contemporary ethical issues from a Christian standpoint. offline_subject

''Some of the most effective forms of online teaching have involved regular contact with a live person. For the encouragement alone it's worth it. But the opportunity to ask questions, get clarification and refine understanding is invaluable. Having a person to regularly interact with helps to express those questions that are hard to explain without another person. The introduction of coaches promises to be a great addition to the program.''

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ITS term calendar

Term 4, 2016

Term 4 dates Term Commences: 29 November, 2016

Exam period: 6–12 February 2017

Term 1, 2017

Term 1 dates Term Commences: 6 March

Exam period: 15–21 May

Term 2, 2017

Term 2 dates Term commences: 5 June

Exam period:  14–20 Augus

Term 3, 2017

Term 3 dates Term commences: 4 September

Exam period: 13–19 November

ITS Certificate has a term structure because of the role of coaches in this course, so there are terms in this award. 

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