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 Summer 2024 courses in the Institute’s ongoing Continuing Education Series will be “Called to Love: Theology of the Body” July 15-19, and “Twentieth-Century Catholic Literature” July 22-26. The courses meet Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and 1:30-3:00 p.m. (ET).

Called to Love: Theology of the Body course explores the Pope’s significant teachings known as the “Theology of the Body” through both and in-depth examination of the text and a lively discussion of this scriptural, theological, and philosophical methodology. The aim is to understand more clearly how the interpersonal communion between man and woman, even in the body, images the divine trinitarian life.

Twentieth-Century Catholic Literature course will center on three renowned Catholic writers: Charles Peguy, George Bernanos, and Evelyn Waugh. The goal will be to gain a deeper understanding of their major texts and the authors themselves, who offer profound visions of life lived in and under Christ in the modern world.

Both courses will be taught in person and offered online simultaneously.

The course 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.

These courses 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].

Student Life.Student Services.Career Services