Catechetical Institute

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The Catechtical Institute at STS provides the required courses for the certification program of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Catechetical Formation.  This program is suited for parish catechists and Catholic elementary school teachers (who are required to seek the certification in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia).  It is also provided for those who simply want to grow in their faith.  Cost is $60 per course.  Courses are offered four time per year online--in Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Important information for students

We have upgraded our programming and changed the format for our Catechetical Institute courses.  Our online learning platform is Google Classroom.  In order to access Google Classroom, you will need to use a Gmail account.  If you already have a Gmail account, you are all set and can use that account.  If you do not have a Gmail account, signing up for one is free and easy.  It will allow you to use many of the other applications as well as Google Classroom.

(Unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in the course without a Gmail account.  Please contact STS at if there is a problem obtaining one.)

Additional Information about the Catechetical Institute

How do I know how to start the course?

If you are registered for one of the courses online, you will receive an email with the class code and other relevant information on the day the course begins.  This email will contain all of the directions that you will need to begin on the first day.  Please retain it for your reference and your records.  Please contact immediately if you do not receive your email about your course after the first day. 
PLEASE NOTE:  STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION.  We accept PayPal, Visa/Mastercard/Amex/Discover, and Visa/Mastercard gift cards for payment.  Checks will no longer be accepted.  Students are responsible for payment in full at the time of registration.  They may then request reimbursement from their employer or parish if applicable.  Courses are non-refundable.
Receipts:  Receipts are available through the payment process online after your payment is accepted.  However, if you need to request a separate receipt, please email your request to
Change in pricing:  Effective January 1, 2019, the Catechetical Institute course price will change from $50.00 per course to $60.00 per course.  We appreciate your understanding and continued support as we update and add changes to our programs.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact  Thank you for your continued support of our programming.

More Exciting News!  Announcing our New Philosophy online course:  Philosophy and the Catholic Mind

The School of Theological Studies and Catechetical Institute are offering a new resource for teachers, catechists, religious sisters and the faithful laity: Philosophy and The Catholic Mind.  Seminary Philosophy Professors are developing four foundational level and online Philosophy courses. The four courses build upon each other and must be taken in sequential order.  Upon completion of each course, the student earns one core credit toward catechetical certification from the Office for Catechetical Formation.  Tests and quizzes are required for completion.

PHILOSOPHY AND THE CATHOLIC MIND - What you need to know . . .

Please read the following description carefully before registering for the Philosophy and the Catholic Mind series as it is a different format.
Earn a catechetical credit toward certification for each of the 4 Courses (a non-credit/non-degree program)
I. The Search for Wisdom: Basic Concepts in Catholic Philosophy (First class offered in Feb.) Gain a basic set of philosophical and theological tools for informed thinking and sound reasoning
II. The Fullness of the Human Person: Philosophical and Theological Contributions.  Learn philosophical, anthropological, and Church’s contributions to affirm human person flourishing
III. Metaphysics and Creation:  Gain an appreciation for the principles of the created order and the human being’s place within it
IV. Human Action and Moral Agency:  Gain an appreciation for a life well-lived as beings created in the image and likeness of God

  • Courses must be taken in sequential order. i.e. Course #1- The Search for Wisdom, Course #2- The Fullness of the Human Person, etc.
  • Quizzes and tests will be administered.
  • A Study Bible
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church

*Upon the Philosophy course completion, students will be sent a Letter of Completion, which the student will then forward to the Office for Catechetical Formation to receive their credit.  Please allow 8-10 weeks processing time.  Thank you for your patience. 
Registration for Module II The Fullness of the Human Person coming soon!