Correspondence students are students who need or prefer independent study, due to time, job, family constraints, or location. They either earn a degree or gain personal enrichment from the convenience of their homes, and at their own pace. Independent study courses utilize the same curricula commuters follow, but distance learners are required to perform additional reading and research. Correspondence students must complete their coursework within three months.
Correspondence Courses are an extension of the parent institution. All SFBC&TS goals, objectives, missions, statements of faith, program criteria, etc., are the same. As students complete degree requirements, evaluations of progress and future work will occur. Correspondence students must fulfill the same forty (40) hours per year Christian service requirement (usually performed weekly) as commuter students.
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 their busy work schedules and personal constraints. SFBC&TS' correspondence program permits students to pursue a degree program or courses for personal enrichment in the comfort of their own home and based on their own schedules.
Students interested in the Correspondence program are not limited to the on-campus semester (or trimester) schedule. Therefore, college or seminary enrollment can occur at any time during a calendar year.
Although convenient, correspondence courses are not a short cut. All programs utilize the same curricula and courses taken by students who attend classes on campus. There is no differentiation in the value of credits, awards, or degrees earned. Students will have four (4) months to complete a course externally.
Degree Program students must maintain at least twelve (12) credits per year to remain active. Non-degree students must maintain at least six (6) credits per year to remain active. Because traditional semesters do not exist for the distance learner, motivated students can complete their programs in less time than commuters.
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.
All courses are available via correspondence or external studies to anyone, anywhere. Requirements include the following:
- 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.
Upon completion of all requirements, correspondence students may participate in the annual June commencement ceremony.