Distance Learning Policy

Policy

SFBC&TS’ goals, objectives, missions, statements of faith, program criteria, etc., are the same for all students. Distance learners must fulfill the same forty-hours-per-year Christian service requirement (usually performed weekly) as commuter students.

General

Many pastors, ministers, missionaries, church workers, and other professionals often desire a quality Christian education, but are unable to meet attendance requirements at a local college because of busy work schedules and personal constraints. SFBC&TS’ Distance Learning program permits students to pursue degrees or courses for personal enrichment in the comfort of their own homes, based on their own schedules.

Procedures

Although convenient, distance learning is not a shortcut to earning a degree. All programs use the same curricula and courses taken by students who attend on-campus classes. There is no differentiation in the value of credits, awards, or degrees earned.

Delivery System

SFBC&TS classes are offered traditionally for local students and creatively for distance-learning students. CD-ROM based instructional media, non-Internet delivery, such as intensive weekend seminars, or in some combination of these methods, based upon the needs and the requirements of the individual academic program developed for the student. External courses must be completed within ninety days.

Requirements include the following:

  • Computer
  • E-mail (Ability to send and receive attachments)
  • Ability to meet financial requirements
  • Ability to obtain required textbooks via SFBC&TS or other vendors from USA.

Masters Degree Candidates

In addition to the General Procedures listed above, the student must:

  1. Have earned a Baccalaureate degree from a recognized College or University (one hundred twenty (120) hours credit or more, including transfer and assessed credit).
  2. Submit a full set of transcripts of all colleges and/or graduate schools attended. Catalogs may be requested from those schools listed on the transcripts.
  3. Write a Masters Thesis. The Thesis must be typewritten, double spaced, and not less than fifty (50) pages, covering a topic in the student’s field of study.  It must cite twenty (20) different sources. The Thesis is in addition to the program requirements. The Thesis is six (6) credit hours. There is a one (1) year time limit for the Thesis. After completion of their course of study, two (2) professionally bound copies are to be provided to SFBC&TS.

Criteria

Degree program students must maintain at least twelve credits per year to remain active. Non-degree students must maintain at least six credits per year to remain active. Because traditional semesters do not exist for the distance learner, motivated students can complete programs in less time than on-campus students.

Graduation

Upon completion of all requirements, distance learners may participate in the annual June commencement ceremony.

Veteran Training

Various programs at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary have been approved by the Veteran’s Administration for benefits to VA students. Students who may be eligible for educational benefits under any Veterans Administration program should contact the Student Financial Aid Office on campus well in advance of their first registration at the College and Seminary.

The following standards of progress are applicable to those students who receive VA educational benefits (VA Students):

  • A VA student who has not maintained satisfactory progress (Undergraduate – 2.0 GPA or better, Graduate – 3.0 GPA of better) at the end of any quarter will be placed on Academic Probation for the next quarter. If the student has not attained satisfactory progress by the end of the probationary period, the student’s VA educational benefits will be terminated for unsatisfactory progress.
  • A VA student whose educational benefits have been terminated for unsatisfactory progress may petition the school to be re-certified after one quarter has elapsed. The school may re-certify the student only if there is a reasonable likelihood the student will be able to attain and maintain satisfactory progress for the remainder of the program.
  • VA students will be provided a written progress or grade report at the end of each quarter. A copy of the report will be placed in the student’s permanent file maintained by the school.