The School for Continuing Studies is Booth University College’s online and distance education provider, offering individual courses, summer intensives (week-long, on-campus courses), certificate programs, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies. While certain programs are designed for the Salvation Army personnel, many others cater to the public at large.
UNDERSTANDING THE SALVATION ARMY CONNECTION
The School for Continuing Studies is growing and continues to develop new offerings for students. It is also a primary centre for Salvation Army leadership development, training and education for Salvation Army officers (post- CFOT), employed Salvation Army staff and lay members.
Its story is one of expansion and evolution.
IN THE BEGINNING
In 1989, Booth University College began to provide intensive courses (a mix of online and on-campus courses) on the Winnipeg campus, in Toronto, and in St. John’s Newfoundland for The Salvation Army’s officer degree completion program.
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Expansion took place in 2000 with new course offerings, including online distance education courses, and a partnership with Simon Fraser University was established. In 2005, the School for Continuing Studies’ reach expanded again to Salvation Army officers in South America by providing educational opportunities through intensives.
An international distance education conference was convened in Winnipeg in 2008 to explore how Booth could support learning opportunities beyond South America via distance learning and online courses. In 2009 extended learning was, for the first time, provided by a digital platform for all on-campus course offerings.
OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE SCHOOL FOR CONTINUING STUDIES
A significant paradigm shift occurred for Booth’s extended learning from 1989 when in April 2014 the official launch of the School for Continuing Studies took place. With the establishment of the School for Continuing Studies, Booth University College is well-positioned to develop new program offerings and increase our online and hybrid offerings to meet the education and training needs of The Salvation Army and the public at large. Through the School for Continuing Studies, “Education for a Better World” has no boundaries.