The Chaplain Training Academy (CTA) values the inherent worth and dignity of all persons and welcomes any student who desires to increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities as a professional chaplain in any chaplaincy setting. CTA does not discriminate or make explicit references of a discriminatory nature based on race, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, religion, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a veteran.
CTA welcomes students from any faith tradition to enroll in any continuing education course. With respect to the diversity of faith backgrounds of enrolled students, some of the course content and instruction may come from a faith perspective or worldview different from their own. In these matters, CTA desires to be as inclusive as possible and encourages reflection papers and other assignments to be written from the specific faith tradition of the student. This will allow each student the academic freedom to meet the course learning objectives in their particular chaplaincy setting, in accordance to the dictates of their faith tradition.
CTA instructors understand the religiously and culturally diverse, pluralistic nature and setting of chaplaincy. CTA instructors will respect the views and beliefs of students who come from faith traditions that are different from their own while fostering tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect.
Special Note: CTA does not teach specific doctrines or theology. Rather, we believe that theological training is the responsibility of the specific faith tradition of the student. Therefore, completing a CTA course does not qualify someone to assume the title of “chaplain.” The clerical office of “chaplain” must be given by the leadership of the individual’s faith group and often requires ordination and endorsement as a chaplain. Click these two article links to learn more about What is Chaplaincy? and What is an Endorsement?
All prospective CTA students must meet the following requirements:
1. Have reliable, high-speed internet access.
2. Be proficient with a computer or tablet device that can access GoToMeeting video conferencing.
3. Be able to attend and participate in required online class periods (usually 3) during the welcome week, mid-course check-in, and final course session.
4. Demonstrate basic competence in English language and writing.
5. Be competent to perform adult continuing education (graduate) level work.
6. Be willing to increase one’s knowledge, skills, and abilities of professional chaplaincy.
If you meet the above requirements, you may begin the process of applying by completing a simple online admission form (available in Fall of 2017).