Children’s Worship Certificate

The Children's Worship Certificate is a 31 credit hour program in our School of Worship designed to teach you the primary skills necessary to lead a children's worship program in a local church.  The Worship Certificate is available online and in person. For more advanced studies see our Children's Worship Diploma.

If you are seeking a 4 year program of study go to our Advanced Diploma or see our Degree Paths.

Children's Worship Certificate Career and Ministry Opportunities:

  • Children's Director
  • Children's Worship Director
  • Children's Choir Director

No Debt Worship Major

Our tuition is $200 per credit, so your annual cost (based on 24 credits) is only $4,800. All students receive a Vanguard Scholarship of $100 per credit, reducing your annual tuition to only $2,400. The total cost for the Children's Worship Certificate is $3,100 + fees and books.

A Worship Major is only available at a private christain college so compare our tuition to the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of over $30,000. We believe we are the most affordable option for college level worship arts training online or in person.

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Program Goals

Upon graduation, the student will

  • Have a general knowledge of the Bible and its doctrines.
  • Understand how to develop a growing relationship with God, in Christ, through the Spirit.
  • Understand basic music theory.
  • Have the skills necessary to lead a Children's music ministry.


Core Bible and Theology – 12 credit hours

General Music – 8 credit hours

MUS-110 Music Theory I

3 credit hours

Study of simple four part harmony. Learn figured bass, chord symbols, cadences, non-harmonic tones, voice-leading, dominant seventh chords and harmonic progression. Prerequisite: MUS-105 or permission of instructor. To be taken concurrently with MUS-115.

MUS-115 Ear Training I

1 credit hour

Learn to sing and dictate all intervals and scales. Identify major and minor triads. Develop rhythm awareness. To be taken concurrently with MUS-110.

MUS-210 Music Theory II

3 credit hours

Continued study of four-part harmony through writing and analysis of music literature. Further study of seventh chords as well as secondary and leading-tone chords. Learn procedures of modulation, how to realize figured bass, chord symbols and transposition for various instruments. Prerequisite: MUS 110.

MUS-215 Ear Training II

1 credit hour

Continued study of sight-singing and dictation. Learn to dictate in four parts. Continued study of rhythm. Sight-singing in modes and tenor and alto clef. Prerequisite: MUS-115. To be taken concurrent with MUS-210.

Performance – 3 credit hours

MUS-230 Choral Conducting

3 credit hours

An introduction to the basic conducting techniques with an emphasis on application in a choral setting. Master the standard beat patterns, learn to communicate cues, tempo, dynamics and mood.

Worship – 5 credit hours

WOR-190 Worship Practicum

2 credit hours

Apply worship training in a real-world setting. Build practical skill and gain experience through work in a professional setting. Church or para-church ministry settings will be given priority.

WOR-240 Children's Worship

3 credit hours

A study of the techniques and tools for teaching worship to children. Learn how to overcome the unique challenges of teaching children to sing and worship: children's vocal techniques, teaching rhythm, teaching parts and helping children to adore God through music.

Elective – 2-3 credit hours