Considering Accreditation

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    The time has come for your institution to consider formal accreditation by a quality assurance agency.

    But you have never done this before and are uncertain and confused about what accreditation is. It may also not be clear to you what accreditation is for, and you and your faculty might have some reservations and concerns. Surely, you would like to know who is involved in an accreditation process, how you need to prepare, and what the overall process will look like.

    All these questions and more are dealt with through a series of video conversations between two experts in accreditation that will hopefully ease your concerns and help prepare you for accreditation.  

    Course Outcomes

    This course introduces issues, processes, and standards relative to the accreditation of theological education. The course is particularly suitable for schools that are considering gaining accreditation. Still, it is also a useful introduction for junior visitation evaluation teams or anyone who is new to accreditation. 

    Course content
    • What is accreditation?
    • Why accreditation?
    • Key players in accreditation
    • Introducing accreditation processes
    • Perform a brief self-assessment in preparation for accreditation


    This course is co-authored by Dr Graham Cheesman and Dr Marvin Oxenham for the European Council for Theological Education. 

    Graham has been involved in theological education for many years, always as a teacher, also as the principal of two theological colleges, the director of a center for the study of theological education, an accreditor, and consultant in a number of countries and has been an examiner for a number of UK universities. After he left college, he became a Baptist minister and then a missionary lecturer in Nigeria before returning to the UK. His doctorate is in the bible college movement in the UK. 

    Marvin is the ICETE Academy Director, General Secretary of the ECTE, and Programme Leader for the MA in Theological Education programme at the London School of Theology. He lives in Rome, Italy. His fields of expertise are educational philosophy, character education, accreditation,                 and online education. 

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    10 hours of learning

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the learning sections,  write a self-assessment of your school, and pass a quiz covering basic knowledge and understanding of accreditation processes.

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