St Stephen's does offer certificate degrees. Also, it's under the Antiochian house of Studies.
The '''St. Stephen's Course in Orthodox Theology''' is a three-year, distance-education-based,
non-degree program sponsored by the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]]. The course is aimed at introducing practicing and future church workers to the richness of Orthodox theology through extensive directed reading courses and practical ministry projects.
== Targeted students ==
== Curriculum ==
=== Directed readings ===
Each year of the program consists of two semesters, during each of which the student completes significant directing
reading courses in the subjects of scripture, doctrine, Church history, liturgy, and practical theology. Each course is designed and mentored by a recognized Orthodox educator or theologian. Auxiliary support is provided by local clergy. A graded written examination must be completed for each directed reading course.
=== Directed projects ===
In addition, for each year of the program the student must complete a major project. The project is mentored and must conform to requirements set forth in the syllabus, but the topic is left to the discretion of the student. Some suggested projects include:
=== Residency program ===
Each unit of the residency program consists of one week of intense instruction at the Heritage and Learning Center at [[Antiochian Village]] in Ligonier, PA. Each day of the program is packed with instructional lectures by leading Orthodox figures. Morning and evening services are celebrated each day. The schedule is quite rigorous, generally beginning at around 8:00 a.m. and ending around 10:00 p.m.
Accomodations at Antiochian Village are spartan but comfortable. Each room has a writing table, beds, icons, alarm clock, and bathroom. There are no televisions.
There are telephones, but arrangements must be made if one wants to have dial-out privileges. Cell phones have a difficult time getting reception.
Meals are quite good and Antiochian Village boasts a tremendous library.