Certificate in Theology and Ministry
Prison Inside/Outside Cohort Overview
In conjunction with the online Certificate in Theology and Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary offers a cohort that meets weekly inside Garden State Youth Correctional Facility. The cohort is comprised of “Inside” and “Outside” students. Inside participants are incarcerated Christian lay leaders and are active in a variety of ministries. Outside, or community, participants will have demonstrated leadership skills in their own ministries as well.
What does participation in the Inside/Outside cohort involve?
Outside students agree to meet weekly, for 19 weeks, plus holiday breaks, at Garden State Youth Correctional Facility. Rather than interact online, student work is written in hard copy, and peer reviewed so that inside students comment on outside student work, and vice versa.
When does the cohort meet?
Sessions are held on Fridays from 5 – 8p at Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Bordentown, NJ. Teaching fellows and outside students will arrive at 4.30p to go through security together, and will be leaving the facility by 8.30p. Continuing Education has worked in close collaboration with the chaplain supervisor to select a time that best promotes our inside students’ involvement in their ministries and other educational programs of which they are a part.
What do I need to do to be enrolled as an outside participant in this cohort?
All prospective Certificate students need to be accepted via our online application process. If accepted, you will be required to complete an clearance paperwork for the New Jersey Department of Corrections and submit to a background check before being accepted into the theology certificate inside cohort.
Details & Application
Faculty & Courses
The prison cohort engages the same courses and faculty as the online program. The faculty go inside and teach in person at least once during their 3-week course.