Southern California Seminary is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: 434.525.9539; e-mail: email@example.com] having been awarded Reaffirmed status as a Category IV institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on November 7, 2016; this status is effective for a period of ten years. TRACs is recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
State Authorization of Distance Education
Due to individual state regulations involving online education, Southern California Seminary admissions are not available for all degree programs in all states. SCS manages and maintains a comprehensive data base and filing system through the department of Institutional Effectiveness documenting the most current section codes, status, contact information, and correspondence history for each state providing documented evidence of compliance with each state’s authorization requirements. Please consult with your Admissions contact to confirm that your desired program is available in your state of residence.
Assessment & Accreditation Documents
The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) is a unit of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. The BPPE ensures that private institutions of postsecondary education are conducted lawfully. Southern California Seminary is a private institution that is approved by the Bureau.
Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.
The SCS Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy programs are approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Shadow Mountain Community Church, with Dr. David Jeremiah as Senior Pastor, is the home church of Southern California Seminary. However, while Shadow Mountain Community Church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, SCS is non-denominational.
CS is a member of the San Diego MFT consortium, allowing counseling students to apply for county and state stipends used toward internship positions after graduation.
The SCS Doctor of Psychology program is approved by the California Board of Psychology.
SCS is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in all Title IV Student Assistance Programs.
SCS is authorized under federal law to enroll eligible nonimmigrant alien students.
SCS is a member of SOC Consortium, which was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide.
SCS is qualified to train eligible men and women to meet the academic requirements for service as chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces.
SCS is a member of the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership which incorporates the President’s Executive Order 13607, “Establishing Principles of Excellence for educational intuitions serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members.”
- American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
- American Theological Library Association (ATLA)
- Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC)
- Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
- Christian Library Consortium (CLC)
- College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR)
- Higher Education Transfer Alliance (HETA)
- National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
- National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA)
- Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)
- Southern California Area Theological Library Association (SCATLA)
- Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC)
Following are just some of the awards and recognitions granted to SCS over the years.