Who We Are
The Interdenominational Theological Center's Distance Learning Department is committed to becoming a global leader in new approaches, technologies and modalities for the holistic ministerial preparation of the non-traditional adult learner.
Through innovative web-based technologies, we will strive to deliver accessible on-line instruction, superior customer service and an exceptional user experience to the non-traditional adult learner seeking a graduate theological education.
Excellence through Service:
Our commitment to excellence shows when we provide the best service we can to our students, our faculty and the staff consistently.
We demonstrate academic integrity in everything we do so students are assured that their investment in The lTC is a good one. From setting high standards for faculty responsiveness to our open and honest communication channels, academic integrity is a two-way integrated process.
Creating community at a distance:
Ensuring our students are integrated with the larger institutional community by providing access and interaction with all the programs, events, forums and denominations at The lTC.
Using cutting edge technologies to create a compelling online l earning environment that is relevant, timely and easy to use.
Why Choose Distance Learning
Distance Learning has become a popular and accepted learning modality that enhances the student’s ability to attend courses from a distance (the teacher and students in different locations) with the same rigor and quality as courses offered in the classroom and on campus. Online courses are conducted in asynchronous lessons, meaning that the student can engage in discussions, assignments, and other forms of course work at any time of the day or night as their schedules permit. In some courses there may be synchronous course work, which means the instructor and student meet at the same time of day online. This is planned for by the instructor and students ahead of time.
Some important distinctions need to be understood. Online learning courses are not the same as learning in the classroom. The student will need to take responsibility for seeking answers and becoming a self-motivated learner. Online courses require good time management, planning, writing, and communication skills. Students will also need adequate technology skills or the willingness to learn technology quickly. There are helpdesk services available to students who need additional help or trouble shooting advice.
Why ITC Has Distance Learning
The distance learning program is specifically designed to address the needs of students who cannot disrupt their family or work lives in order to live on or near the ITC campus (in Atlanta, GA) for a long period of time. A significant proportion of the students who enroll in the distance education program are full-time pastors with no graduate theological experience. While these ministers provide adequate and effective ministry to their congregations, they seek a graduate theology degree in order to enhance their ministry or to meet new requirements of the organization that has ordained them.
Complete a minimum of one- third (30 hours of the required 90) of the degree in residency on the ITC campus, by attending Summer Terms as well as the “Early Terms” offered the week prior to each fall semester and "J Terms" offered during the week prior to the beginning of each spring semester. During these terms you will participate in an intensified course on campus, which will be counted towards your required residency.
The Interdenominational Theological Center is accredited by the Commission on
Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award masters and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Interdenominational Theological Center (lTC).
lTC is also accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) to award masters and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Accrediting at 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103 or call 412-788-6505 for questions about the accreditation of the Interdenominational Theological Center.