Introducing the SG-GETE

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    In September 2017, twenty-eight experts from ten accreditation agencies representing all the regions of the world met in Rome for a three day consultation.  The purpose of the consultation was to identify a list of core standards that represent the agreed common denominators in accreditation work of global evangelical theological education.  The result of this initial work was called the Rome Roadmap.

    Following that meeting, the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) set up an editorial committee to refine the initial document.  In April 2019 the finalised document was approved by the ICETE Board under its current name:   Standards and Guidelines for Global Evangelical Theological Education (SG-GETE). 

    The SG-GETE has since become a benchmark for accreditation manuals and standards in many parts of the world.  This course will serve to both make you familiar with these standards and to evaluate your agency or institution  in a critical comparison of their current quality assurance practices as they consider aligning with the SG-GETE

    Course Outcomes

    This course introduces the Standards and Guidelines for Global Evangelical Theological Education (SG-GETE) that began as process known as the 'Rome Roadmap'.   The course will be of particular interest to those working for accreditation agencies and for schools looking to be accredited. 

    Course content


        • A1. Identity and Purpose
        • A2. Governance and Quality Assurance
        • A3. Human Resources
        • A4. Community and Context
        • A5. Educational Resources
        • A6. Finances and Sustainability


        • B1. Holistic Integration
        • B2. Programme Development
        • B3. Learning, Teaching and Assessment
        • B4. Student Admission, Progression, Recognition and Certification
        • B5. Qualifications, Nomenclature and Credits



    This course is co-authored by Dr Paul Sanders and Dr Marvin Oxenham as chief editors of the SG-GETE.   

    Paul has been academic dean and then director at the Institut Biblique de Nogent (Paris), and provost of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary of Beirut (ABTS). He has also saved as board chair of the European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA), director of the Middle East Association for Theological Education (MEATE), and international director of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE). Now retired, he serves as professor, consultant and facilitator of theological education projects in the Francophone and Arabophone worlds.

    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 in 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, engage in a critical comparison between the SG-GETE standards and your context and pass a quiz covering basic knowledge and understanding of the SG-GETE standards.

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