The TDU Experience

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At TDU we welcome students from the United States and around the world. Begin today the most important step of your life, in the expansion of your spiritual boundaries for public or private service, studying online and in Spanish. Undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees at Tau Divinity University (TDU). Through study programs that are managed entirely on-line and therefore students from around the world will be able to do so from their country of residence. Participants should have a knowledge of English at a school level or their willingness to perfect it. Although some of the documents to be studied may appear in English, all instruction, exercises and exams will be taught in Spanish. Each student will be assigned an academic liaison assistant with the Academic Staff, who will assist him at all times by email and in Spanish.
 
Career Possibilities With a Degree in Religious Studies?

A degree in religious studies is a great preparation for a variety of graduate programs as well as a variety of occupations. Here are some areas of employment, possible employers and strategies to enhance your opportunities.
Employment Areas: Humanitarian Services, Economic Development, Community Disaster/  Disease Relief Services; Policy Development; Program Administration; Volunteer Coordination; Peace Keeping or Peace-building; Conflict Resolution; Diplomacy/Faith Based Diplomacy, Teaching, Social Work, Pastoral Work, Public Service, International Law, Foreign Affairs, and others, 
as ministers, professionals, or laypersons in the categories of ministry, counseling, theology, education, administration, music, fine arts, media communications, or social work, and others.

The educative process of TAU DIVINITY UNIVERSITY (TDU), includes the personalized evaluation of formation needs, the academic program design, prescription of didactic resources (study texts-guide book) for each research independent course, monographs (research report) and Thesis, advice, orientation and academic follow up, assessments and a high quality open education system by Internet, regulated according to distance education ethics codes. We evaluate either the effectiveness of the academic programs we offer, as well as the achievements of our students, and use the results to improve the academic and institutional quality, among them:

Better policies
Better use of technology
Better standards
Better study plan
Better instructions
Assessment improvement
A better response to evaluation data

Educational Offer: undergraduate, masters and doctorates, access, click here.

Our programs are structured in independent research courses, in the student´s own environment, in order to focus the student attention in the course theory and fundamental profile, as the case may be. Active and intensive courses, in which the admitted student acquires, discovers and recycles the fundamental knowledge and practices, which gives him the necessary knowledge for the organization of his intellectual work and the written communication of his thinking, as well as redirects his attitudes and habits concerning to the specialty through the study, analysis, conceptualization and realization of research reports, in a symbiosis between practice and theory that implies his participation in his own formation, through his direct intervention applying the methodology tools and research techniques according to the study level (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate), offering him opportunities to share successful experiences, lessons learned and best practice of his discipline, as well as the innovation and entrepreneurship field.

Our program pursues the following qualities:

Keep a qualified registry and adequate infrastructure for the virtual education. Provide continuous academic support through teachers-facilitators-evaluators-jury, specialized in distance superior education and the different religious specialties, with a good technology management. Strengthen digital competence of students and offer alternatives for the learning and practices, among others. Promote the self-regulation of the student in front to the management and efficient use of time, as well as the need to revise his internet consumption and adjust it to the study and research needs, because much of the study time shall be consumed in front of a computer.

As virtual university, our programs are completely distance developed through internet, ensuring:

1. Real teaching processes, according with the ethics codes in distance learning.
2. The practice of the intellectual honesty.
3. The stimulation of the free desire to learn from their students.
4. Follow up and observance of the best standards and practices for the subjects offered.
5. Respect towards their students as persons, and awareness of their role as spiritual guides and counselors.
6. The permanent implementation of all reasonable means to promote the academic honesty, the education and to ensure that all student evaluations reflect their true merits.

Continuous improvement seeking the highest quality, is a voluntary process which guarantee that the minimum standards are solved through high academic level education programs, with strict entry requirements, which guarantees a proven quality and efficiency graduate.

We stress the importance of education: providing quality education is critical to strengthening democracy and promoting development of a region.

By “Education”, we are talking about the real acquisition the knowledge and the capacity to apply it, to produce the expected results. We are talking of the real knowledge, of what we really learn and therefore, what we can do, because what we know determines what we can do. We are talking about the power to do things in life.

EVALUATION SYSTEM:

The learning evaluation pursues to verify the achievements of each student and its performance in the study and research program.

The learnings evaluation shall be performed through a reporting system by Internet, that the student must draft and present to TDU, for each finished independent research course, ending with the Thesis, of Mastery or Doctorate, according to the academic program in which was admitted.

The evaluation system of the educative process covers the following three academic criteria: How the student presents and organize the required works. How adapt the work to the theoretical framework and praxis, what is the student contribution, its comments and opinions, drafting quality and contents presentation, enabling the student to integrate the study course with the religious praxis.

Our evaluations have internal codes of the Commission which carried out each evaluation. Instead of the personal position of a teacher, each evaluation issued is an institutional appreciation, in which process the assessments predominate under the double-blind method. (Double-blind method is a tool of the scientific method that is used to prevent the results of a research, being influenced by the placebo effect or by the bias of the observer. Blind research is an important tool in many research fields, from Medicine to Psychology, and from the Social Sciences to Forensic Science.

GRADING SYSTEM:
A =    100, Outstanding - 4.00 points
A- =   95, Very Good - 3.67 points
B+ =  90, High Good - 3.33 points
B =    85, Regular Good - 3.00 points
B- =   80, Low Good - 2.67 points
C+ =  High Regular - 2.33 points
C =    70, Regular - 2.00 points
C- =   65, Low Regular­ 1.67 points
D =    60, Deficient - 1.33 points
D- =   55, Very Deficient - 1.00 points
F =     50, Failed- 0.00 points

Honors Program:
Student that have maintained high grades from 3.71, deserves the graduation with honors.  Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Suma Cum Laude:
3.91-4.00 GPA, Summa Cum Laude
3.81-3.90 GPA, Magna Cum Laude
3.71-3.80 GPA, Cum Laude

THE FACULTY:

From the moment of his admission to TDU, the student counts with a team of counselors and evaluating teachers, qualified in the level and specialty of the specific program, who shall guide in the comprehension of the written standards, guidelines and instructions which each student receives at the beginning of each course and for the Thesis, who shall answer his doubts through e-mail, providing complementary information and assessing his learning.

The Faculty is integrated by a Committee of Teachers-Facilitators-Examiners and Jury, of the university´s teaching and religious specialty, directed and supervised by the Director of the Faculty. These professionals and academics give the support and evaluate the whole research-learning process until the study program is completed, along with the research reports, and at each study level: the thesis, dissertation, the research paper as published in our magazine. 

Students, when requiring advice or guidance, must request it by e-mail.

Evaluating teachers are educators and specialists in the specific study area, with the academic and professional skills that the study´s facilitation and evaluation require (undergraduate, master or doctorate), and who assist students during the respective courses and thesis. In the educational task, they perform a sustained follow-up of the learning, that motivates them in the activities, analysis, conceptualization and counseling, solving doubts and guiding the learnings with timely advice and accompanyment.

Transfer of credits:

In order to obtain a TDU degree, no less than 42 credits must be taken in TDU for the Bachelor degree, and the Master. For the doctorate 36 credits minimum. Credits in General Education (can be transferred from previous education and professional experience). Additional courses of 3 to 6 credits per level, if not completed in TDU, can be selected from other modules at Tau Divinity University, if necessary, or validated from studies and previous experiences. Except for studies in recognized institutions, at the discretion of TDU, which may be recognized in full if they are of the same specialty that will be taken in TDU, there are restrictions.

Credits for the Life Learning Experience: Recognition of life experience and informal studies requires the support and detailed reporting, review and approval of the TDU Admissions Commission, there are limits and restrictions.

TDU does not assist in placing its graduates in churches or other jobs, nor does it offer licenses or ministerial ordinances.

Acceptance of the TDU credit assignment to another university or institution is at the discretion of the transfer school or employer.

Registration is open. For Admission Requirements and curriculum information for all programs TDU, click here.

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