Is your institution accredited by at least one regional or national education association?
Please identify each accreditor and indicate whether it is approved by the U.S. Department of Education:
Aquinas College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), a regional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees.
The Aquinas College School of Education has been granted approval by the Tennessee State Board of Education to offer programs of study leading to initial licensure at both the elementary and secondary levels.
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What is the median SAT and ACT of your incoming class? (Note that some colleges may not require one or both scores from all students)
Additional Academic Quality information, clarification or description (optional)
Aquinas College stands in the Dominican and Catholic traditions of higher education, and its initiatives in the areas of student learning support and academic assessment grow out of these traditions. The College’s Write Reason Plan aims to improve student writing and logical thinking skills by drawing from the historical foundation of university education, especially the Trivium (which itself originated from the heart of the Church).
CATECHIST FORMATION PROGRAM
Aquinas College developed the Catechist Formation Program in collaboration with the Diocese of Nashville to help pastors, principals, and directors of religious education train prospective catechists in Roman Catholic doctrine. By making available faculty, research, and scholarship prepared in the light of the Magisterium of the Church, the Program offers a systematic and organic formation program based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other catechetical documents of the Roman Catholic Church and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The program is a non-credit program supported by the College in light of its overall mission. Currently, the CFP is offered in the Diocese of Nashville and Knoxville.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach or method of faith formation for young children 3-12 years old. It is a systematic method of Catholic faith formation for children which is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Training sessions are hosted on site at Aquinas College and at other locations during the year and each summer by nationally recognized and certified CGS trainers.
The Diocese of Nashville Catechetical Conference provides on-going formation for diocesan catechists. The Center for Evangelization & Catechesis works in collaboration with the Diocese to host the conference. The goal of the conference is to provide catechists with a solid formation in the teachings of the Catholic Church and to inspire within the catechist a deeper love of Christ.
CENTER FOR FAITH & CULTURE
The Center for Faith & Culture was founded in 2012 to promote and interpret the various cultural offerings that Nashville has to offer as well as to host the long-standing Speaker Series.
The mission of the Aquinas Center for Faith & Culture is to serve as a catalyst for the revival and renewal of Catholic life and culture in the twenty-first century. Its aim is to encourage and promote Catholic literature, art, music and film as a means of evangelizing the modern world through the invigoration of a vibrant Catholic Revival.
CENTER FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION
The Center for Catholic Education, in conjunction with the Aquinas College School of Education, serves Catholic elementary and secondary schools by providing spiritual and professional formation opportunities. These may be given for faculty and staff members of individual schools or on a diocesan level. Sessions for those engaged in school leadership as well as presentations for parents are also available.