The Children’s Ministries Institute® (CMI®) is a nontraditional program that exists to provide specialized training for individuals involved in direct ministry to children and for potential leaders of children’s ministries. Due to the length and nontraditional nature of the program, the Institute does not qualify for formal accreditation by higher education accrediting associations. However, because of its reputation for a quality program and solid doctrinal position, various Christian colleges and universities are awarding academic credit to students who hold a CMI diploma or have completed certain modules.
It is the student’s responsibility to check with the college of their choice about receiving credits before registering for a course or the diploma program.
The following regionally accredited Christian colleges and universities have entered into articulation agreements with CMI and have agreed to award academic credit. Three colleges consider CMI courses part of their academic program.
Appalachian Bible College
CMI and Appalachian Bible College (ABC), located in Bradley, West Virginia have an articulation agreement whereby 19 credits will be awarded to CMI graduates toward an associate of arts degree specializing in children’s ministry. In addition, CMI students participating in summer missions programs can receive a maximum of eight credits.
The Children’s Ministries Institute has entered into a partnership agreement with Calvary University (CU) in Kansas City, Missouri, whereby CMI courses are considered part of Calvary’s academic program. Students who complete the 12 week CMI diploma program can receive 15 credits toward a two year associate’s degree or a four year bachelor’s degree.
Corban College in Salem, Oregon, has agreed to grant 16 academic credits for the satisfactory completion of the 12 week CMI diploma program. Credits will be awarded based on the student’s major.
Davis College in Johnson City, New York, has agreed to grant 9 professional elective credits and 6 general education elective credits upon satisfactory completion of the 12 week CMI diploma program, depending on the applicability of the credits to a specified program. A total of 15 credits can be applied toward a degree program at Davis. Credit for partial completion of the diploma program will be examined on a case by case basis. Contact the Davis College Registrar for more information and approval.
Lancaster Bible College
Lancaster Bible College, located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, will grant CMI graduates 19 academic credits on an individual basis according to their degree program.
Liberty University (LU), Lynchburg, Virginia has established a Bachelor of Science of Religion degree program. CMI graduates who desire to enroll in LU’s B.S. of Religion will receive 6 credits for their CMI training. CMI courses are considered part of LU’s academic program.
Nyack College, located in Nyack, New York and New York, New York, has an articulation agreement with CEF whereby Nyack College will extend credit transfer for Teaching Children Effectively Level 1 (3 credits) and Teaching Children Effectively Level 2 (3 credits) for a total of 6 credits. Students may transfer credit according to standard transfer practices and policies of the college. Contact the Nyack College Registrar for more information and approval.
Prairie Bible College
CMI has entered into an articulation agreement with Prairie Bible College located in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada, whereby PBC will extend credit transfer to approved graduates of CMI courses. The credits will be applied to general transfer hours and will be subject to the proper requirements and established guidelines to provide students with the most favorable transfer. CMI graduates desiring to enroll in a PBC degree program should contact the PBC registrar’s office for an evaluation of coursework to determine the number of academic credits that will be awarded.
Providence College and Seminary
Providence College and Seminary, located in Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada has agreed to grant up to 15 academic credits for the satisfactory completion of the 12 week CMI diploma program. Credits will be awarded based on the student’s major.
Rocky Mountain College
Rocky Mountain College (RMC), located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has an articulation agreement with CMI whereby RMC will extend credit transfer to CMI graduates. The amount of transferable credits will vary depending upon the specific RMC program being entered.
Other Partnering Institutions
Although no formal articulation agreements have been made, the following colleges are awarding academic credit for the internationally acclaimed Teaching Children Effectively™ Levels 1 and 2 courses:
Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA (2 credits)
Piedmont Baptist College, Winston-Salem, NC (3 credits)
Note: Additional colleges will award academic credit for certain modules of the CMI program. Check with the registrar of your college to inquire about receiving credit for CMI courses.