There are two levels of participation in the teacher colloquy program. Most participants will be teachers employed by Missouri Synod schools, will be members of Missouri Synod congregations, but will not have had previous opportunity to receive formal training in Lutheran doctrine and therefore are not certified and have not been rostered by The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod as Ministers of Religion, Commissioned. The colloquy program is designed to address the needs of these traditional participants.
Many other teachers and school administrators may also participate in and benefit from the program. For example, the Lutheran who is a public school teacher, the Methodist who teaches at a Lutheran school, indeed any teacher at all, will benefit from the theological insights and discussions of doctrine which comprise the program. It must be understood, however, that these participants are not eligible for certification and rostering with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod as Ministers of Religion, Commissioned.
A student must meet the following requirements to be considered eligible for the colloquy program for the purposes of certification (as established by The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod through the Synod's Committee on Colloquy):
- The student must be a communicant member in good standing of a congregation of the Synod for a least the past two years.
- The student must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
- The student must possess past or present state certification or an advanced degree in the field of education from an accredited university.
- The student must have completed one year of successful teaching in a school recognized by the Synod or demonstrate successful completion of student teaching in a Lutheran School under the supervision of a Concordia college or university offering a bachelor's degree in teacher education.