What is a validated curriculum for the course of study? What process produces a validated curriculum? What groups are involved in the validation process?
The Validation Process
What is the purpose of program validation?
The Church of the Nazarene is a culturally diverse denomination operating in many different areas of the world. It recognizes that a single curriculum may not prepare men and women to minister in all of these diverse cultures. Therefore, cultural adaptation of the curriculum to meet the contextual needs of the ministers is expected.
At the same time the denomination expects a certain standard of knowledge, character, and competency for all ministers within the church. These standards are written in the Manual and every entity of the church is held to these standards. The validation process assures that every course of study curriculum meets the denominational standards as it prepares men and women for contextualized ministry.
What is the role of regional course of study advisory committees (COSAC)?
The Course of Study Advisory Committee for each geographic region of the church is responsible for describing how men and women will be prepared for ministry in its region. This document is called the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development. The administrative leader of the regional COSAC is a regional education coordinator. The regional COSAC reviews the curricula from each educational provider in its region and recommends curricula that meet its standards to the International Course of Study Advisory Committee for validation.
What is the role of the International Course of Study Advisory Committee (ICOSAC)?
The International Course of Study Advisory Committee (ICOSAC) reports on ministerial credentialing to the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene through Clergy Development and the USA/Canada Mission/Evangelism Department of the General Board. ICOSAC’s responsibilities are to determine procedures for implementing ministerial preparation worldwide, describe the procedures in the International Sourcebook On Developmental Standards for Ordained Ministry, review the work of regional Course of Study Advisory Committees, approve the regional Sourcebook on Ordination, and recommend course of study curricula to the General Board for validation.
What is the program validation and accountability path?
In the program validation and accountability path the course of study is defined in the Manual, validated by ICOSAC, contextualized by COSAC, implemented by educational providers, and delivered instructionally to ministerial students. See the chart for further clarification. Click for a diagram of the process and relationships.
Validated Curricula for the Course of Study
Can I complete the educational requirements of the course of study and get a college degree at the same time?
Most Nazarene colleges, universities, seminaries and Bible colleges have designed specific majors within their religion departments to meet requirements for the course of study. These programs have gone through the church’s validation process and been validated as meeting the requirements of the course of study. The college/university will undoubtedly have additional requirements beyond the course of study to qualify for an academic degree.
Can I complete the educational requirements of the course of study without getting a college degree?
Non-degree, credentialing programs that meet course of study requirements are offered in all districts of the Church of the Nazarene. Contact your District Ministerial Studies Board for information.
How can I complete the educational requirements of the course of study without moving to a college or university?
Both degree and non-degree methods of completing the course of study are available over the internet. NBC-Colorado has an online degree program and a non-degree program that meets these requirements. Clergy Development has contracted with Northwest Nazarene University to offer the Modular Course of Study curriculum, a non-degree program, in an online environment. Contact your local District Ministerial Studies Board for authorization before enrolling in any online program.