Continuing Education Program

The Continuing Education Series is designed for adults who would like to further their theological formation without embarking on graduate-level academic work. In addition to these general-interest students, high school teachers in the Diocese of Virginia and the Archdiocese of Washington may use these courses toward their VCEA or CEU requirements.

Classes are offered four times a year: one course in the fall semester, one in the spring semester, and two during the summer months. These courses are not part of the Institute’s regular graduate offerings but mirror such courses in theme and content.

During the fall and spring semesters, CE courses meet once a week on Wednesday evenings. During the summer months, each course is offered in intensive format—usually both mornings and afternoons of a single week, Monday through Friday.

To bring the curriculum of the Institute to a wider audience, class sessions are offered in hybrid format, both on campus and online.

Students are not required to have completed a bachelor’s degree to participate in CE classes.

Past courses have included:

The Fall 2022 course in the Institute’s ongoing Continuing Education Series will be “Education, Politics, and the Family.”  It will be held on Wednesday evenings from September 7 to December 7, 2022.

The relationship of the family to political society is unquestionably one of the most important questions in both secular political thought and Catholic social teaching. This has become evident in the past few years through the “education wars” that are an ever-present feature of our democracy. Some of the questions that will concern this course are the following: What is the role of the family in educating children to be members of society? Is the family simply a more effective means or does it possess a dignity and independence that is irreducible? On the other hand, what does Christianity reveal about the nature of the family and its responsibility for the education of children and its responsibility to the state? Finally, what is the importance of the Church’s teaching that the family is the ecclesia domestica? The course will explore these issues by examining texts from the tradition (Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas), contemporary political thought, as well as the Papal and Conciliar teachings of the 19th and 20th century.

The course will be taught in person and offered online simultaneously.

The class fee is $150. To register, please complete the online registration form. Payment can be submitted via check, cash, or credit card. To submit a credit card payment, please click here.

This course can be taken toward renewal requirements for VCEA licensure. Numerous high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington accept the course for CEU credits.

If you have questions please contact [email protected].

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