Graduate Certificate in Faith and Science

The Graduate Certificate in Faith and Science (GCFS) is an academic program designed to enhance the professional development of science educators. It may be ladderized towards a master’s or a doctorate degree, where appropriate, and an unlimited number of directed studies may be allowed.

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (four-point scale). A prospective student who does not meet the entry-level GPA requirement may be admitted under probationary status and given opportunity to meet this requirement by earning a 3.00 GPA at AIIAS during the first 12 semester hours.
  2. Demonstrated English proficiency.


  1. Adequate undergraduate preparation in the fields of science and religion to include a minimum of 4 credits in both fields.
  2. At least 3 undergraduate units in academic writing in the English language. If this prerequisite is not met, the student may take RESM 520 Academic Writing (2), which is offered as a graduate course at AIIAS. (A waiver on this prerequisite may be applied to qualified applicants as per policy).


To complete the program and be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Faith and Science, the candidate must satisfactorily meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 18 semester hours of coursework from the GCFS program.
  2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  3. Complete Service Learning requirement.
  4. Develop an e-portfolio to showcase his/her work in meeting the professional competencies.


The following three Religion courses (9 Credits):

A critical comparison of secular systems of Western philosophy and Christian and educational thought, with

special reference to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the writings of Ellen White. This course is based on

an extensive survey of secular philosophical documents and consideration of theological, educational, and

practical issues arising from the readings. Position/reaction papers and extensive discussion allow students to

explore the Adventist perspective.

A study of evidences of the existence of God, the attributes and character of God, and His relationship to the

world, which includes consideration of divine foreknowledge and human freedom, predestination, providence,

and the Trinity.

The course explores mission opportunities and strategies for reaching the contemporary world characterized

by scientific and secular worldviews. This study aims to equip scientists and other professionals with the

necessary missiological instrumentality to share the biblical worldview of God’s creation and salvation with

fellow scientists.

The following three Science teaching courses (9 Credits):

A study that focuses on the question What is life and where did it come from? Various theories about how the

origin and history of life correlate with the current understanding of Earth’s history as well as the biblical record

of history will be examined. These theories will be compared with the data available, and areas of both

agreement and tension will be noted.

An overview of the type of physical evidence used in reconstructions of earth’s history. It aims at familiarizing

students with fundamental geological concepts (e.g., types of rocks, plate tectonics, time, and stratigraphy). The

course highlights areas of tension and convergence between the biblical account of origins and various

cosmological and earth history models. Its objective is to enable understanding and communication of basic

examples of physical evidence and processes and their epistemological relevance in the context of a biblical


Interdisciplinary consideration of Christ-centered, Bible-based, faith-nurturing educational theory and practice.

This class assists students in developing a personal, experiential faith and a balanced lifestyle in which the

spiritual aspects of life blend naturally with day-to-day activities, as beliefs, values, experiences, and attitudes of

their Christian worldview are integrated into the total school environment.

The following three Religion courses:


CHPH 672 Philosophy: An Adventist Perspective


THST 512 Doctrine of God


MSSN 589 [Elective Course in] Science and Mission


The following three Science teaching courses:

EDCI 628 Life, Earth History, and the Bible


EDUC 626 Cosmology, Geology, and the Bible


CHPH 624 Faith & Learning in Christian Education




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