500 College Ave., Wheaton, IL


Certification Requirements

All core courses and either Correctional Chaplaincy or Reentry Leadership courses

Core Courses

CM 101 – Dimensions of Correctional Ministry

CM 102 Dynamics of Working with Justice-involved Persons

CM 103 Christian Formation

Correctional Chaplaincy

CM 201 Foundations of Correctional Chaplaincy

CM 202 Pastoral Care in Corrections

Reentry Leadership

CM 301 Foundations of Reintegration

CM 302 Case Management and Mentoring

Core Courses

CM 401 Organization and Ministry Development

CM 402 Capstone Project or
CM 403 Practicum

Completion of the Correctional Ministries Certificate does NOT automatically permit access to any correctional facilities. Facility administrators determine who is permitted to minister in their facility. The Correctional Certificate is a continuing education program.
A grade of C or above is required to earn a certificate.

Course Features and Schedule

Course Features

-Discussion Forums
-Written Assignments
-Mentor Meetings

Length: 8 weeks

Effort: 3-5 hours/week

Tuition: $249 per course ($199 for CMCA members). Payment is due prior to the first day of the term.

Schedule 2020

Spring, April 6-May 31, 2020
CM 101 – Dimensions of Correctional Ministry

Summer July 6-August 30, 2020

CM 102 – Dynamics of Working with Justice-Involved Persons
CM 302 – Case Management and Mentoring

Fall October 7-December 1, 2020
CM 103 – Christian Formation in Corrections

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Schedule 2021

Winter January, 2021
CM 101 – Dimensions
CM 201 – Foundations of Correctional Chaplaincy
CM 301 – Foundations of Reentry
CM 401- Organization and Ministry Development

Spring April, 2021
CM 102 – Dynamics of Working with Justice-involved Persons
CM 202 – Pastoral Care in Corrections
CM 302 – Case Management and Mentoring

Summer July 2021
CM 103 – Christian Formation

Course Descriptions

Dimensions of Correctional Ministries

This course introduces the two dimensions of Christian correctional ministry, by examining Christian ministry and criminal justice. Topics focus on integrating Biblical truth and criminal justice along with issues and ministry with those who are justice-involved, corrections staff, victims and their families.

Dynamics of Working with Justice-involved Persons

This course is designed help students understand the corrections environment, people and culture by examining the common characteristics of justice­ involved people, specialized approaches to ministering within correctional facilities and reentry, and integration of corrections principles and biblical truth.

Christian Formation in Correctional Ministry

This course examines the personal, theological, process, and praxis of Christian formation for those working in correctional ministry seeking to fulfill the great commission, “to make disciples of Christ.” In addition, the relationship between Christian formation and rehabilitation is explored.

Organization and Ministry Development

This course provides an overview of the principles and practices for developing and leading an organization. Research, plan, and administrate a ministry program that provides learning experiences to help those who are justice-involved encounter the person of God, the truths of His Word, the power of His Holy Spirit, and transform their thinking and behavior while developing basic life skills.

Foundations of Correctional Chaplaincy

This course provides an overview of correctional chaplaincy as it functions in correctional facilities. Topics include the history of correctional chaplaincy, multiple roles and responsibilities, special skills and abilities required, and the constitutional mandates that govern the delivery of religious services in a correctional institutional setting.

Pastoral Care in Corrections

This course introduces the unique challenges and strategies involved in pastoral care within a correctional setting with the incarcerated, staff and their families. Focus is on human suffering, biblical foundations for ministry care, helping skills, and general counseling theories and techniques applicable in the correctional setting.

Foundations of Reintergration

This course focuses on the Biblical foundation for prisoner reintegration ministry and the practical application of reentry research. Topics include issues, barriers, and challenges to the successful reintegration of those transitioning from incarceration to society. The phases and key principles of prisoner reintegration are examined, with an emphasis on making decisions related to practical planning for ministry along with the need to understand the various natures of individuals, churches, organizations, government entities and the community as it relates to reintegration from incarceration back into society.

Case Management and Mentoring

This course introduces theories and practices in case management and mentoring for successful transition of the incarcerated back into society. Assessment and program development is discussed along with opportunities for skill development.

Capstone Project

The capstone project integrates course learnings and furthers one’s current ministry for the Kingdom of God. The project is identified by the student in consultation with the professor.


The 30-hour practicum provides an opportunity for students to develop skills and learning in a correctional ministry area under the guidance of an experienced ministry supervisor.

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