FAQ

About Continuing Distance Education (C.D.E.) at Briercrest College and Seminary:

What exactly is distance education?
Distance education enables our students to pursue a Briercrest education without sitting in the traditional classroom. Our students typically use a wide variety of media (e.g., print, textbooks, video, audio, or internet), depending upon the course. Several instructors guide our Continuing Distance Education students through this learning process.

How is distance education different from on-campus studies?
In addition to the use of different learning tools, Briercrest's distance education enables a flexible class schedule. As a result, our students have the opportunity to perform their studies at their own pace, and to pursue a college or seminary education without needing to leave their home.

When is the distance education office open?
The distance education staff is available by phone, at 1-800-645-2275, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST). Outside of these hours, please don't hesitate to leave a message by voice mail or email!

Are your courses accredited?
All of our courses are fully accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, which was formerly the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges, at the college level and the Association of Theological Schools at the graduate level. Accreditation provides our students with assurance of the quality of our education and broad opportunities for transfer credit.

Are your courses transferable to other colleges and universities?
We have excellent transfer arrangements with other institutions! Our courses transfer to all ABHE accredited colleges and ATS accredited seminaries. We also have agreements with the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina, and SIAST. Our Credit Transfer Page offers more detailed information.

Getting started!

How do I pick a course? Will someone help me?
Please feel free to call us at 1.800.667.5199  if you need assistance in the process of course selection, and we'd be more than happy to help you choose a course that fits your personal and professional goals.

How do I register for a course?
Simply contact the Distance Education Office by phone at 1-800-667-5199, by faxing in the registration form, by registering online, or by email.

When can I register?
Any time! C.D.E. registration is ongoing.

Do I need to fill out the Program Application form if I want to take only a couple of courses?
No. The Program Application form is only for students who want to enroll in a complete program of study.

Do I need to register for a program right away?
No. You are free to take courses on a course by course basis. However, we do encourage students who have taken more than two courses to consider a program of study.

How do I contact my instructor?
Our instructors are here to help with your coursework. You can contact them between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., from Monday to Friday.

Phone Toll Free: 1-800-645-2275.
Email: distance.education@briercrest.ca.

How long do I have to complete a course?
You have eight months to complete a course. Your first assignments will be due within six weeks of registering for your class.

What about textbooks?
Most courses do have textbooks. Please note: as is typical for all Briercrest students, the cost of your course textbooks is an additional charge to your tuition fees. Although you can, of course, choose to purchase your textbooks independently, they can also be mailed to you together with all of your course material.

Do I have access to the library?
All of our students have access to our library both by phone and online. Further information will be available with your course materials.

Completing your Course

Do I have contact with other C.D.E.  students from Briercrest College or Seminary?
When you begin studying with Briercrest, you are joining hundreds of other students who essentially seek the same things that you hope to gain; our students study to become better equipped to serve in diverse and explosive ways!

For this reason, we invite you to benefit from a connection with other passionate students, who share the same heart for learning, for ministry, and for the gospel of God breaking into our world. Our discussion forum, "The Fridge," provides our current students with the means to interact with fellow C.D.E. students! Perhaps your fridge in your home is covered all over with a collage of pictures and information? In the same way, "The Fridge" offers a place for distance education students to post messages, ask questions, pray for one another, and find out the latest news in distance education.

How do I submit course assignments?
The three ways in which you can submit your assignments include: mail, fax or email (i.e., word documents). If you choose to email them, make sure you keep copies in case we cannot read the files that you send to us. The majority of assignments are graded electronically and returned to you.

Our educators firmly maintain that feedback is vital to any meaningful learning process. We encourage you to take advantage of direct discussion about your assignments and the course materials by emailing your instructor.

How do I receive my exams and where do I write them?
To write your exams, you must contact the Distance Education Office. We will ask for the name of one person who can serve you as your exam proctor. We require that this person must work in a vocation that functions according to a code of conduct (i.e. a pastor, a teacher, a librarian, an accountant, etc.), and he/she cannot be a relative. We will send the exam to your proctor, who will in turn send the exam back to Briercrest. Please give us two weeks notice before you wish to write your exam. Students who are on campus will write exams in our library. Off-campus students will write exams under the supervision of a qualified proctor.

Where can I find more resources for my course?
Our library has special procedures and policies designed to make doing research as easy as possible for our off-campus students. Access our catalogue here!  If you find something you would like, our library staff would be glad to send it out to you.

When is my course work due?
Your first assignment(s) are due six weeks after your course registration date. The rest of the course work must be completed within eight months of your registration date. If this time line presents problems for you, please contact the Distance Education Office.

Finances

How much does a class cost?
Visit our Finances page for details.

Is there a payment plan?
Yes. Students can pay for courses over a four month period. Visit our Finances page for further details!

Is there a grievance policy in place?
Briercrest College and Seminary has a grievance policy in place to allow students to process complaints (including sexual harassment) against the institution, its policies and procedures, or its associates. Copies of this policy are available through our Distance Education Office. If the student has followed the due process laid out in the Grievance Policy, and he/she feels that the final decision is unsatisfactory, he/she may appeal this decision to the Association for Biblical Higher Education by:

Mail:

Option A) Association for Biblical Higher Education, at P.O. Box 780339, Orlando, FL, USA 32878-0339.

Option B) The Association of Theological Schools, at 10 Summit Park Dr. Pittsburgh, PA, USA 15275-1103.

Or by Phone: (407) 207-0808.