Foundational Courses Certificate

The certificate in foundational courses is designed for students who are starting seminary studies while in the process of credentialing with the Evangelical Covenant Church. This 12-credit certificate can help you determine whether to continue with credentialing requirements or to fulfill them after earning advanced degrees in other specialized fields.

Providing a solid foundation for any seminary degree, this certificate offers a direct and effective pathway to beginning a master’s program at North Park Theological Seminary—especially if you’re interested in serving in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

You’ll learn from scholars who are invested in their students’ success, and alongside women and men from all Seminary programs. The courses in this certificate are all offered online, as intensive hybrid courses at regional sites across the country, or in a traditional classroom setting in Chicago. Gain a thorough grounding in biblical study with a focus on vocation and practical experience, preparing you for a variety of potential ministry and service options.

Meet the Faculty: James Bruckner

Jim Bruckner

Dr. James Bruckner’s classes are diverse in methodology, focus, and intent, seeking to form whole people for healthy ministries. “Training pastors in reading the Bible as God’s word is the most challenging and rewarding work that I know,” he says.

Learn more about Dr. Bruckner and the Seminary faculty.


Required courses (6 credits)

  • HSTY 6210 Christian Tradition and Mission
  • THEO 6330 Christian Theology

One of the following elective courses (3 credits)

  • BIBL 6120 Interpreting the Old Testament I
  • BIBL 6121 Interpreting the Old Testament II
  • BIBL 7190 Special Topic: Old Testament: Pentateuch and Interpretation

One of the following elective courses (3 credits)

  • BIBL 5150 Interpreting the New Testament I
  • BIBL 5151 Interpreting the New Testament II
  • BIBL 7190 Special Topic: The New Testament Texts and Their World

Explore course descriptions for the classes in this certificate.

Learn more about applying for this certificate program.

Foundational Courses