Excellence in Theological Education


Who is not committed to excellence?  But what does it mean, especially when it comes to theological education?

In this course you will examine the concept of excellence and how theological institutions can affirm their own excellence. It is designed primarily for leaders of theological institutions, but it may be useful for anyone involved in teaching and learning.

After finishing this course you will appreciate the complex ways in which quality can be seen in theological education and will equipped to begin a self-evaluation study of your institution.

Course Outcomes

This course examines the concept of excellence and how theological institutions can affirm their own excellence.  It is suitable for leaders who wish gain strategic insight into development objectives and also for accreditation situations that are looking to define and recognise for excellence in quality. 

Course content
  • Journey into excellence
  • An overview of excellence
  • What do we mean by excellence?
  • Is excellence biblical?
  • Education as a complete package
  • Is excellence a relative thing?
  • Who determines the standards or affirms excellence?
  • Think about excellence in your context


This course is authored by Dr Steve Hardy as an IPAL course.  Steve has worked as a missionary educator in a variety of global settings for about 40 years. He was the director of the Overseas Council Institute for Excellence, served as SIM’s International Coordinator for Theological and is current a senior consultant to ICETE. He has worked with both TEE and upper-level formal theological education. His doctoral work was in missiology looking at areas of learning cross-culturally.

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 preliminary self-evaluation of your institution and pass a  short quiz assessing your knowledge and understanding of the basic elements of excellence in theological education. 

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