– Open Enrollment
TLC Bible College has an open enrollment policy. Since there is no tuition and no fees for our programs, and no legal contract or paperwork required (and, therefore, no penalty for withdrawing from our course of study), we feel that anyone should have the opportunity to earn our certification of completion or degrees. You will still need to pass the course assignments. We only require your name and e-mail to register. We do not want to know anything about your religion, race, sex, gender or past history.
TLC Bible College accepts all kinds of students from anywhere, any country, any nation, any religion. What we are looking for here are students who are eager to learn from God’s Word and seek Him. We do ask that while you are enrolled that God and your relationship with Him are your primary focus.
TLC Bible College has no financial assistance available, as the school furnishes its ministry programs (distance learning only) without charge to everyone. There is no need for any student loan and therefore, no need for any repayment disclosure. You will be responsible for the postage if we mail you the materials.
–Notice of Non Discremination Policy
The TLC College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
–Bible College Purpose
The purpose of TLC Bible college programs is to enrich the student’s Christian walk, not to qualify them for any type of position. We do expect some of our graduates to work full or part time in some type of Christian ministry, but TLC Bible College has no plans to host any employment placement service. There are no employment placement services provided.
Many students have found employment in ministry or have started their own ministry. Check out our course assignments for more information. TLC Bible College offers 100 different courses (distance learning only) for certificate, associate bachelor, master and doctorate degree in Ministry Studies.
Are there any on-campus requirements?
No. All courses can be done at home, at your own pace and on your own schedule. We are planning on building or obtaining a campus in the near future.
How difficult are the courses and how much time is involved?
The studies are time-intensive and cannot be completed quickly. Our Associates Ministry degree requires 960 clock hours to earn the degree. Our Bachelors Ministry Degree programs require in excess of 1920 clock hours to earn the degree. We are not a diploma mill, nor do we offer shortcuts to a degree. The idea is not to just “get it over with” but to allow the text to speak to you and equip you for ministry. The courses are challenging, but not difficult. As with most things in life, what you get from them is directly related to how much work you put into them.
What is included in the course materials?
Basically everything that you need. All of the textbooks (pdf. files) in the Christian Ministry Education curriculum are completely free. You will need to have computer and internet access, and a high speed connection would be a great help, but if you are in prison, we will try to work around that condition. A printer and a bible will also be necessary, unless you are in prison. We encourage our students to utilize online and free bible resources for the completion of assignments.
How does the process work?
You can find the assignments in order on this website. You will complete the assignments in order and e-mail these back to TLC. An Instructor will take 7-10 days to grade and return your graded assignment or comments back to you. We advise you to only work on one course at a time and to send it in as soon as it is completed.
Once you have earned the required credits for the certification program or the degree program, we will send you certification suitable for framing acknowledging your accomplishment.
We will keep track of your progress in our office and will keep a transcript of your work on file. If you fail the course or assignment, you can retake it until you pass. You are not allowed to continue until you’ve passed the assignment.
How do I complete the course assignments?
Generally speaking, our courses contain the same basic components as traditional classes; they are made up of audio lectures, a course syllabus, and textbook requirements. (Book requirements vary from course to course) Our courses contain these same components but are provided for you outside of the traditional classroom setting.
You have a program director or other faculty member who is responsible for the course but he/she is not responsible for daily guidance through the materials. Your assignment/objectives are clearly outlined in your study guide. These will be a variety of written assignments (essay questions, research projects, critical reflection papers, summaries, etc…) meant to challenge and strengthen you in many areas.
The assignments are easily submitted through the TLC College or even through the postal service if you prefer. Grades and critique are received in the same manner.
How long does it take to finish a course or a degree? Are there any restrictions?
TLC understands from years of experience, that not everyone learns at the same rate. When it comes to adult learners there are always outside factors that should be factored in. With this in mind, TLC allows students a maximum of 5 years to complete a degree program.
Each course enrollment agreement is valid for one year and extensions are available. When you finish the courses on your first enrollment agreement, you can immediately register for another set of courses and this enrollment agreement will then be valid for one year.
What if I need help while I am trying to do the studies?
TLC has a dedicated Academic Advisory staff to work with you. We also have program directors, onsite and adjunct faculty, technical staff, and a variety of general staff students who will be available to help you on a daily basis. (You can make contact via email or telephone).
Is TLC an accredited college?
No. Frankly, we cannot afford the costs involved to seek legitimate, US DOE recognized accreditation. However, our degrees are quite legal, and we look forward to developing a reputation for excellence in the evangelical and “third wave” academic community.
If the Lord blesses us in the future with the financial means to do so, we would like to seek accreditation from a recognized agency at that time. One problem with accreditation at this time is a non-academic requirement of promoting the homosexual lifestyle. We accept homosexuals but do not promote any sexual lifestyle.
A school is accredited when it has been investigated and found worthy of approval by an accrediting agency. Accreditation alone (or the lack of it) does not determine whether or not a school is legitimate or credible, since not all accreditation is equal. Some accrediting agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), but others are not recognized.
Also, some schools are based outside of the U.S. and are accredited by standards which differ from those of the recognized agencies in the U.S. Prospective students should be aware of these important distinctions. We are inspired by Paul’s words to the Corinthians, “Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men.” (2 Corinthians 3:1-2)
We do not take transfers or credit from other schools. You must start with the first assignment and complete the required assignment in order to receive our certificate or degrees. TLC Bible College courses or assignments will probably not transfer to other schools.