Non-Traditional


Calvary's Non-Traditional Studies program is geared toward the individual who is busy with work and other activities during the day, but would still like to complete his Bachelor's or Associate's degree.

Non-Traditional Studies programs are centered around 3-credit hour classes known as Intensives. Intensives are classes that meet one evening per week for six weeks from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Students enrolled in EXCEL Baccalaureate or Bridge Associate degree programs may transfer previous course work from other schools. Calvary also offers a Gateway Certificate for students interested in earning college credit by participating in a Bible Track, Life Track, or Worship Arts course of study.

To help the non-traditional student balance class, employment, family, and ministry commitments, Calvary offers flexible learning options. In addition to 6-week Intensives, students may also enroll in 8-week External Studies or 8-week online classes.  Online class instructors will make ample use of forums as a means of interaction with students individually and with the class membership as a whole. The motivated student has the additional option of enrolling in traditional 16-week day classes.

Calvary also offers individual courses for personal enrichment. Click here to download an application for a personal enrichment course.

Department Chair

Teaching Faculty

Mike Piburn, Norm BakerDr. Teddy Bitner, Dr. Tom Bonine, Dr. Mike DoddsRose H. Henness, Aaron Heath, Victor "Skip" Hessel, Bobbie Jeffrey, John Klaassen, Dr. David Martin, Anthony Mickelson, Dr. Keith Miller, Patricia Miller, Marion Nash, William PeyckeJeanette Regier, Ken Rogers, Bill Schlacks, Tim Smith, Cory Trowbridge, David Wile, Joel Williamson and other adjunct faculty.

Description

The Non-Traditional Studies Department provides college courses in a non-traditional format to allow adult students to complete their degree. Intensives, External Studies, and online courses are designed to allow the non-traditional student to work full-time while earning a degree. 

Non-Traditional students complete a Bible and Theology core, a General Education core, a common professional core of courses, and a professional major core.

Objectives

  • That the student will integrate his biblical worldview with his professional major.
  • That the student acquire the indispensable skills in his chosen field essential for a successful career in secular and Christian arenas.

Special Requirements

  • Entry into the Excel program requires students to be at least 21 years old unless prior approval is obtained from the Academic Curriculum Committee.
  • Intensives require students to be at least 21 years old unless prior approval is obtained from the Academic Curriculum Committee.
  • External Studies courses require students to be degree-seeking and have a Calvary cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Before students take online classes, an Ability Assessment must be completed, and the Assessment confirmation brought to the NTS Office.
  • Portfolio credit may be available for Excel degrees.

* Children’s Ministry majors require one semester attendance at the Children’s Ministries Institute, Child Evangelism Fellowship, in Warrenton, MO.

** In keeping with Calvary’s doctrinal conviction that the New Testament teaches that only men be ordained to the ministry, only men are accepted into and may graduate from the Pastoral Ministry major (1 Timothy 2:8-3:7). Furthermore, it is also Calvary's doctrinal conviction that the New Testament teaches that men who are ordained to the ministry are to be "the husband of one wife" (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). Thus, only men who have been married once (widowers excepted) or who have never been married, are accepted into and may graduate from the Pastoral Ministry major. However, a man who is divorced may take Pastoral Ministry courses as elective hours in another major.

"Bible" is the distinctive of a Bible College. Thus, all Calvary baccalaureate degrees include a major in Bible and Theology plus the selection of a professional major. Bridge Associate Degrees and the Gateway Certificate also have Bible and Theology requirements.