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Certificates of Catholic Theology

STEP Certificates of Catholic Theology recognize those who have completed a set of courses and a final assignment in a given area of theological study. A Certificate of Catholic Theology may enable you to:

  • Demonstrate competence in a given theological discipline.

  • Meet diocesan or national certification standards for the intellectual dimension of faith formation for diaconate or lay ecclesial ministry.

Certificates of Catholic Theology are available for the following areas of study: Doctrine, History, Liturgy, Scripture and Catechesis.


The Certificate of Catholic Theology program is open to anyone.  The program consists of completing a set of required courses and then completing a final assignment that will be reviewed and discussed with you by a member of our staff. The cost of the program is $299.00 (this is in addition to the individual required course fees).


Once you register for a Certificate of Catholic Theology program you will have three years to complete the required courses and final assignment.

A staff member will be available to provide whatever assistance and guidance you may need in scheduling your courses and completing the final assignment. After reviewing your final assignment, the staff member will discuss it with you during a phone call.

Refund policy: If, after taking your first STEP course and before beginning the second, you wish to withdraw from the Certificate Program,  you may cancel your Certificate of Catholic Theology program registration and receive a refund of $199.00.


  1. Complete the Application for the Certificate of Catholic Theology Program in your area of interest. 

  2. You will be contacted within one week following your Application for an initial advisory session. The advisory session will verify your course schedule, discuss the final assignment options, and answer any questions you have.

  3. Once the initial advisory session is complete, register for the Certificate of Catholic Theology program in your area of interest.

  4. Register for and complete any required courses for your program area. Course registration is available one year in advance of the course scheduled start date.

  5. Complete the final assignment for your program area.

To view the list of required courses and complete the Application for a program area, visit one of the following pages:


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