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Continuing Education at St. Mark's: Discover. Experience. Act.


Are you a teacher? A St. Mark’s alumnus? An active parishioner? Do you want to develop further in your faith and professional life? St. Mark’s College offers a variety of Continuing Education programs for lifelong learners.

Contact us at [email protected] or 604.314.9653 to find out more about our current offerings, or to discuss developing a custom course to meet your needs.


Flexible Delivery Models - We can bring our courses to you!

Need more flexibility? Don’t live in the Vancouver area? We offer a variety of flexible course delivery options:
  • On-site: At our campus at UBC, or at your school, parish or another location
  • Online: Learn at your pace, at your place
  • Livestreaming: Live interactive sessions with instructors streamed to directly to your group meeting space

Get in touch with us to discuss your needs and our flexible delivery options. Custom courses can be developed.

Current Course Offerings

Discuss your needs and our flexible delivery options.

For personal and professional development:


For schools and educators:


We also develop custom courses for flexible deliver on-site at our campus (at UBC), at your school, online, or via livestream.

Principals: Book professional and faith development sessions for your staff now!

  • Manage your Pro-D fulfillment for the upcoming academic year
  • Reach your school’s professional and faith development targets
  • Customize the format, length and delivery of any topic(s) for your school


Choose themes in religion, faith formation, and professional development.

Topics include:
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Catholic Intellectual Tradition (and how CIT relates to what is being taught)
  • New Curriculum
  • Spirituality
  • Scripture
  • Canon Law
  • Ethics
  • Morality
  • Prayer
  • Church History
  • Patristics (Early Christian Fathers)
  • Saints
  • Popes and Papal Teachings

Ask about our custom courses


  • Sample Course 1: Faith Development - Spirituality: 6 hours across two Friday Pro-D days
  • Sample Course 2: Professional Development - Teaching Scripture: 6 hours taught in 5 sessions (approx. 70 min/session)


Contact

Contact us at [email protected] to find out more about our current offerings, or to discuss developing a custom course to meet your needs.


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Summer Institute

Ready to be inspired and kickstart your own learning? Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute, where you will attend virtual classes in real-time over a three-week period and then have many weeks left in which to finish coursework at your own pace. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23, 2021. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

The Summer Institute offers all who are interested - including those who work in education, parish ministry, healthcare, and other professions - the opportunity to engage deeply in reflection and discussion and earn course credits, in a more intensive format than the usual three-month term.

SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nick Meisl)
Morning class, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Courses run weekdays from July 4-15, 2021.

Discover a basic introduction to Scripture for students without previous background in Scripture. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come

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Spotlight on student experience

"Deciding to take the Catholic Core Courses at St. Mark’s College, particularly during Covid-19, has been one of the smartest decisions of my life. At first, I felt some trepidation as I last undertook an academic course 9 years ago; however, the entire experience has been so positive and enlightening, I am delighted I did and would definitely encourage others to undertake them as well.

The learning environment is very collegial and supportive; in our classes, our contributions were always valued, not only by the professors, but also by our classmates. It is a wonderful way of learning from each other and forming new relationships. My teaching ministry will definitely be informed by my study at SMC: I am actually looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my students and colleagues. My faith life and appreciation of the liturgy has benefitted, too, from these studies on Scripture and Theology and the readings we have done in class; my choice of bedtime reading material now isn’t novels but the Bible and Apostolic Exhortations! Every Christian Education teacher should take the Catholic Core at St. Mark's College - it’s a great place to learn and grow in your faith!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
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SUMMER INSTITUTE FAQ


Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses.

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for three weeks in July on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered for the course, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at [email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]



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