The objective of education in Divinity at the basic degree level is growth in understanding and formation of persons for lay or ordained ministry. This objective is fostered by the pursuit of three interrelated goals.First is the intellectual understanding of Christian faith and tradition, which is pursued by means of study in four departments: Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Pastoral.
Second is practice in the art of ministry. This art is learned not only in the classroom but also where ministry occurs. A wide range of learning situations, e.g., parish, clinical, social justice, and institutional, is available within commuting range of the College. This learning is undertaken with experienced supervisors who assist in the integration of practice and theory.
Third is the commitment to personal and spiritual growth, both individually and within the many communities in which we live.
All three of these goals need to be integrated within the life of each individual student.
Students are invited to share in planning their particular course of studies and are expected to be accountable for their learning. This process entails periodic evaluation in relation to shared goals and covenants. For a student preparing for professional ministry there needs to be a judgement about competence and readiness for ministry. This judgement is formulated by the Dean and the Teaching Staff in consultation with other TST teaching staff, field educators, the student's peers, and the student himself or herself. It is communicated at the student's request, by the Dean to the bishop or other ordaining/licensing authority.
An annual evaluative report from the Faculty of Divinity, as well as other reports (e.g., field education and/or internship evaluations), will be sent to a student's sponsoring bishop (or any other designated individual or group) at the student's written request. Requests should be addressed to the Basic Degree Studies Director, and one month's notice given for the annual evaluative report.
Students should keep in mind that decisions about ordination are made by the Church and not by the College.
The minimum requirements for Basic Degrees will be found on the Toronto School of Theology website in the Basic Degree handbook. The course catalogue can also be found on the Toronto School of Theologi website. Each college of the TST has developed an additional set of guidelines giving further information about program requirements and procedures.
Each basic degree student is assigned an academic advisor who is a member of the teaching staff. The student consults with his or her advisor prior to course registration in order to arrange a balanced program of studies that suits the student's educational and vocational goals. It remains the student's responsibility to ensure that all program requirements are fulfilled to be eligible to graduate. Faculty advisors are available to students at any time throughout the academic year.