Certificate in High School Chaplaincy for Priests

With a focus on the evangelization of high school students and practical skills in classroom management, participants will form young people ever more deeply in sanctity, fidelity to Catholic teaching, and joy in the Christian life, as they discern their own vocations.

The certificate in high school chaplaincy is for priests looking to respond to their vocation of mentoring high school students. Priests have received excellent theological training in the Church’s seminaries in the traditional areas of systematics, Scripture, homiletics, Church history, and liturgy and sacraments. But newly ordained priests often find a large part of their early work involves working in a Catholic high school as a chaplain, and find that high school chaplaincy presents particular pastoral challenges.

High school chaplains in the Diocese of Bismarck have met those challenges in an impressive way, and there has been much fruit, including record numbers of priestly and religious vocations from the Catholic high schools. The courses in this program are taught by many of these experienced priests, who will mentor and train new chaplains to be successful in this pastoral role.

During this certificate program, participants will take part in a week-long institute. Concluding the on-site event, there will be a three-day high school chaplaincy convention on our main campus in Bismarck, ND.

Take the First Step
Get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

6%
The projected employment growth of chaplains.

Program Length

3 courses/3 semesters

Format

  • Online with an on-campus institute

Tuition per Credit

$670

Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Newly ordained priests with a vocation to serve young people

Career Paths

  • High school chaplain

What You’ll Learn

  • Foundational pastoral and evengelistic strategies to engage the minds and hearts of students in our time and our culture
  • Pastoral strategies from the Apostolic Age for the evangelization of a Catholic High School student
  • Strategies necessary for effective teaching and learning
  • Diocesan theology standards to decisions on curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Program Details

Course Requirements

Please visit our catalog for a list of all courses and credits.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

  • Online with an on-campus institute

Tools for Teaching in a Catholic School Classroom

Witness the development of an effective classroom teacher in a Catholic school. The course emphasizes strategies necessary for effective teaching and learning. Topics include but are not limited to classroom management, curriculum, instruction, assessment, ethics, and technology integration.

Evangelization of a Catholic High School Student

Discover the best practices of effectively evangelizing a Catholic High School student founded in Sacred Scripture and Catholic education principles. The course will analyze foundational pastoral and evangelistic strategies to engage the minds and hearts of the students of our time and our culture. Topics include but are not limited to evangelization examples present in the New Testament, the Catholic imaginative vision, the current climate of Catholic High School education, and developing an evangelistic pastoral strategy in a Catholic High School setting.

  • Tuition: $670/credit
  • Technology fee: $43 per credit

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

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The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the certificate program:

  • Official transcripts
    • Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to registrar@umary.edu

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