Educational Philosophy

We value the development of character, knowledge and skill necessary to become effective disciples and leaders of the faith in the church and in the world. At Emmanuel, we have organized ourselves according to the belief that true disciples are those trained to serve with their heads (knowing), hearts (being) and hands (doing).

In pursuit of this form of education, Emmanuel is making the following commitments:


Biblical and Vocational Education


Development of the whole person


Ministry, Service and Outreach

Integration of Heart and Mind
An Emmanuel education will tie together spiritual, personal, and vocational growth in a way that prepares committed disciples who are ready to make a difference in their world. All of our courses and
programs will integrate knowing, being, and doing.

Genuine Christian Community
We will do this in the context of a caring community in which everyone is challenged to live in service for each other. We believe that each person is made in the image of God with unique gifts and needs, and that each is of value.

Challenging and Caring Student Experience
Students at Emmanuel will be challenged to explore and understand themselves fully. They will be supported in the exploration by a campus committed to helping them achieve educational,
vocational, and personal goals.

Commitment to Innovation that Reflects Need
It’s not good enough to simply copy what others are doing or what’s been done in the past. Emmanuel will be active in creating and offering an education that meets changing needs and that will seek to serve those not currently being served. We will work through partnerships with like- minded ministries to ensure that our programs are relevant to what’s actually happening in the world.

Global-Mindedness and Missional Thinking
Emmanuel exists to play its part in the great commission of the Church. Our campus will continually deepen its commitment to outreach and to cross-cultural and global ministry, and develop its people – staff and student alike – to share this outlook.

Love of the Local Church
Emmanuel will be known as a place in which the local church, in all in its manifestations, is loved. The local church will be a place where all of Emmanuel’s people participate and serve. Emmanuel will be a centre in which emphasis is given to assisting the local church to understand and carry out its mission.

Ministry Training Programs

  • Connector.

    Bible and Theology courses

    A Major

  • Connector.

    General Studies

    General arts courses that expose the student to broad liberal arts learning

  • Connector.

    Professional Studies

    Courses that provide skills in one or two areas of ministry.

  • Connector.

    Field Education

    Practical placements, Internships, and Cooperative Education which are mentored, evaluated, learning-by- practicing ministry experiences, all within an ethos of spiritual and personal formation.

Emmanuel offers undergraduate or bachelor’s-level ministry training, in contrast to seminaries that offer graduate or master’s- level training following a university degree. We believe this model of training to be optimal, standing partway between seminaries on one hand and schools of ministry on the other.

The interaction of these four components of a program is change- inducing in a student’s life, especially when combined with all the additional learning opportunities campus life at Emmanuel affords.
Learning, doing ministry, and then reflecting on the results is known as praxis, and is the most effective type of learning. That is why Emmanuel’s program expects students to participate in field placements throughout their training. Emmanuel graduates find ready admission to excellent seminaries, other Christian graduate schools and universities for further training.

Both undergraduate and graduate studies and the accompanying years of ministry praxis reinforce one another to prepare the student professionally for a lifetime of service. Emmanuel commends this strategy of training to prospective students (and to churches/ companies/agencies interested in training Christian workers) with confidence in its proven effectiveness.

Pre-Professional Education

Christian men and women serving in the professions greatly extend God’s care and influence throughout the world. Entry to some non- church professions is through a professional graduate degree; to others through a community college diploma or certificate.

Emmanuel graduates usually receive very good transfer credit to universities. A three-year degree recipient may be granted up to or a little more than one-and-a-half years of transfer. Some transfer may be provided to community college programs depending on the student’s specialization and the policies of individual colleges. Transferring students have all the benefits of biblical, theological, professional and general arts studies so that they are well positioned to integrate faith with subsequent professional studies. This added strength makes Christian professionals especially effective servants of Christ in a world that is unaware of its deep need for Him.

Students planning studies at both Bible College and either university or community college are advised to complete their Bible College studies first in order to be better prepared and to streamline transfer of credit.

Emmanuel’s one-year programs such as MountainTop provide a good overview of the Bible College experience. Many pre- professional students choose this option, realizing that at least one year of personal growth at Bible College is too valuable to miss.

Christian Education for Life

Some Bible College students enroll to receive biblical and liberal arts education as their last planned formal education experience. With this training they enter the workplace, finding jobs that suit their interests, abilities, and aspirations. At times the employers provide special on-the-job training or even training for advancement. Such people have a worldview and skill sets that provide them with background to be good thinkers, capable of significant involvement in home, community and church settings. In short, Emmanuel provides Bible-based liberal arts education of one to three years’ duration, enabling students to develop personally in preparation for life and the workplace.

Degree Completion and Retraining

The college works supportively with people who are returning
to school, giving as generously as possible appropriate credit transfer to students who have previous post-secondary education. We are willing to do consultation and documentation for those interested in retraining with a ministry focus. In a society in which second and even third careers are common, Emmanuel is uniquely positioned to assist in this re-focusing and retraining for ministry.

8:1 Student to faculty ratio

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Courses & Programs

Our programs and courses are designed to provide emphasis on active discipleship and to generate a passion for outreach and global mission. Students at Emmanuel experience steady growth in their spiritual development and maturity.


There are reasons to attend, and options provided, for every kind of student – from one seeking a professional career to the occasional learner of any age with a desire to study a special topic.

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Distance Education

Distance, family, work and time commitments prevent some people from attending classes on campus. Distance Education (DE) provides an opportunity for these students to pursue accredited courses at post-secondary level.

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Field Education, Internships & Co-ops

Practical experience is a vital component of your education. When learning by practice, evaluation and mentoring are combined they create a highly effective learning environment that go beyond the classroom.

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Our courses are divided into three divisions: Bible & Theology, General Studies and Professional Studies.

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Academic Policies

Students are offered counsel regarding their programs, courses, academic skills and academic challenges. The Assisant Academic Dean & Registrar or Program Manager/Director should be consulted first with regard to programs. Instructors should be consulted first with regard to specific courses.

The President & Dean will meet with students if they are referred by the above personnel, or with students who desire additional advising. New program students meet with Admissions personnel for an entrance appointment and course selection.

As an institution of higher education, Emmanuel Bible College has the important goal of pursuing and disseminating knowledge. Various propositions may be deemed to be true or false in the course of such academic activity, especially as assumptions are examined and alternative explanations are considered. Faculty and students are free to engage in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and truth.

At the same time, Emmanuel holds the Christian Scriptures to be inspired by God and therefore the foundational norm against which accumulated knowledge and assertions of truth and falsity are to be measured.

The academic freedom recognized in paragraph one is therefore to be exercised along with the responsibilities arising from the assertions of paragraph two, and with the additional concept of responsible advocacy, all in the context of Emmanuel’s Tenets of Faith.

Responsible advocacy allows an instructor or student to advocate a particular view or position, provided that the major alternate view(s) or position(s) is (are) presented with competence and fairness.

A full academic load is 15 semester hours (5 three-hour credit courses) and usually one hour of credit in Field Education. Students may not take more than 17 credit hours without the permission of the President & Dean. The semester hour is the basis upon which credit is reckoned at Emmanuel. For every class hour, a student should expect to spend two hours in out-of-class study. This expectation will vary depending upon the student’s ability.
In total, an academic course load is considered to comprise 15 semester hours of in-class instruction, approximately two hours of chapel attendance and about three hours of field work (for prepa- ration, ministry and reporting) weekly, for a total of 20 hours.
Academic offences include but are not limited to the following: Plagiarism, cheating, unauthorized removal of material from the library, classroom misconduct, and tampering with computer programming. Plagiarism is the written or formally spoken use
of another person’s writing or ideas without the appropriate acknowledgement. Plagiarism also includes the student’s submission of the same academic paper in two different courses without permission. Cheating also includes the enabling of others to cheat. When proven, cheating and plagiarism will receive penalties levied in relation to the seriousness of the infraction, and may include re-doing an assignment, failure of the assignment, failure of the course, suspension from the college for a term or longer, or expulsion.
Emmanuel offers a series of Academic Writing Workshops each semester. The Admissions Committee will decide whether to require or recommend entering students to take the series of work- shops based on their entering qualifications. Students on academic probation are required to take all workshops in each semester on probation. Faculty may recommend a student take the series of workshops or a specific workshop having reviewed their written work for a course. All workshops are open to any student at any time. Registration for the full series of workshops will be included in each semester course offerings.
Final examinations are kept on file for a period of six months following the completion of a semester. During this time, a student may appeal a specific grade by contacting the instructor. If necessary, consultation may also be made with the President & Dean. No appeal can be made beyond this six-month period.
Students are required to attend all classes in which they are registered. Excused absences are normally permitted only for illness, and unavoidable emergencies. An academic penalty of 6% per class missed may be applied for all unexcused absences. Students missing more than three classes in a course (regardless of reason) will automatically fail the course. Students wishing to be exempted from this policy due to extenuating circumstances must meet with the President & Dean to document and verify those circumstances in writing. All decisions regarding exemption must be communicated to all relevant parties.

For the purposes of guidelines established by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, students absent for 15 consecutive days of their scheduled classes are considered as having withdrawn from their academic programs.

Each semester in-class course meets once per week to allow maxi- mum flexibility for busy students and faculty.
Students are classified as full-time or part-time; program or occasional; and credit or audit. (See the glossary for definitions, page 27). For purposes of organization within the college, the following additional classification is made:

First-Year Students
31 or fewer credits completed
Second-Year Students
32 – 63 credits completed
Third-Year Students
64 – 95 credits completed
Fourth-Year Students
96 – 129 credits completed

Occasional Status Students
Students not yet admitted to a specific program may study in Occasional Student Status on a part-time basis. Students in Occasional status are permitted to take up to a maximum of 5 three-credit courses before they are required to select and apply to a specific program. Students not intending to pursue program status in the future may request permission from the President & Dean to maintain their Occasional Student Status.

Audit Students
Students auditing courses are not required to complete assignments or take examinations, but simply take the courses for
their personal enrichment. Those who audit courses receive no academic credit, but must register and attend classes regularly. Changes from audit to credit or from credit to audit must be made during the first seven instructional days of the semester.

Academic Probation
Probational conditions may apply to some students entering Emmanuel. Program students who fail to achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 (degree programs) or 1.8 (other programs) in the Fall semester or whose AGPA is otherwise of serious concern are placed on academic warning the following semester, and are asked to meet with the President & Dean. If the student fails to achieve the required AGPA for the Fall and Winter semester combined; the student will be placed on Academic Probation for the following Fall semester. Restrictions regarding the number of courses, extracurricular activities, and/or discontinuation in the program of study may result.
Academic probation is designed to assist students in developing skills and strategies that will improve academic performance. Students on academic probation are required to take all the Academic Skills Workshops offered
in the semester of their probation. Please note that students on Academic Probation may not be eligible to apply for financial assistance through government programs.

Active Student Participation Policy
Students are expected to participate fully in their studies. Emmanuel ‘s Academic Catalogue sets out the requirements
for each program, including class attendance, self-paced study, field placement, etc. Each course syllabus identifies course-
work expectations. Students taking 100% of a full course load
are expected to attend at least 20 hours of instruction per week (including classes, chapel, field work). In some cases, students who are absent for 15 consecutive days of their scheduled classes will be considered as having withdrawn from their program.

Satisfactory Academic Achievement
Students are expected to progress through their programs in a satisfactory manner as defined by the “Active Student Participation Policy” and the “Academic Probation Policy” (above). Failure to do so will have probationary consequences, and possibly implications relative to provincial and federal funding.

Assignments listed in the syllabus are to be submitted on time. Late assignments (those that are submitted late without an extension) will be assessed a penalty between 5% and 10% for each day the assignment is late. Instructors will indicate the penalty in the syllabus. Instructors may also indicate a date after which no late assignments will be accepted. The course syllabus will indicate what assignments have to be completed in order to pass the course. Students facing an emergency situation that inhibits their ability to submit the assignment on time should contact the instructor ahead of the submission deadline to seek an extension.

Emergencies are defined as severe physical illness of the student or the severe illness or death of an immediate family member. The student may be asked to provide documentation of the emergency. Students seeking an extension may also be asked to provide evidence to the instructor of work completed on the assignment up to that point. Instructors reserve the right to refuse an extension
request. Poor planning (or time management) is not an acceptable reason for an extension without penalty. Regardless of reason, assignments given an extension may be subject to a penalty of a grade reduction of one “half letter grade (a plus/minus grade).

A schedule of course offerings projected in advance is available from the receptionist and Populi. This enables students to plan semester- by-semester course selection well in advance. Some required courses are available every other year, so the flow chart should be carefully consulted in program planning.
For in-class courses, students are permitted to add a course to their selections up until the start of the second class for the course they wish to add. After seven instructional days they may not change their status from credit to audit, or from audit to credit.*

Students may withdraw from a course without academic penalty until the end of the sixth full week of classes, having consulted with the instructor and the Assistant Academic Dean & Registrar. After the sixth full week of a semester, students who withdraw from a course will be given an “F” for that course. Students choosing to withdraw from the college during a semester are required to complete an official withdrawal form and have it signed by the President & Dean. There are financial implications of such withdrawals.

A formal course withdrawal must also be made if a student does not engage in a Field Education credit, Co-op or Internship for which he/ she has registered.

For modular (week-long) courses, the student may add the course or change between credit and audit status up until the beginning of the second class. Any student withdrawing after the end of the second class will receive an “F” for the course. Refunds are made on a prorated basis.

*In the case of a new student auditing a course for the first time, this deadline can be extended. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for these details no later than the second class.

On-site examinations must be taken at the scheduled times. Students are to be in the examination room prior to the announced starting time. Only writing materials may be brought into the examination room, unless otherwise announced by the instructor. Students will not be admitted late, and will not be allowed to leave the room until the examination is finished. If an exam is missed, it will be forfeited, unless prior arrangements were made. Students who are ill on examination days must notify the college before the announced time of the examination.

For online examinations, please contact instructor for exam regulations.

Due Dates for Final Grades to be posted: December 31 for Fall; May 15 for Winter; for Graduating Students – Wednesday before Graduation; for Weeklong moduals – 3 weeks after due date of last assignment in the course.

Accreditation – Status granted to an institution by a recognized evaluative body whose established criteria of excellence are met or exceeded by the institution. Ongoing self-study, improvement and periodic external evaluation are required.

Accumulated Grade Point Average – An average of the grade points per credit hour for all credit courses taken to date, ranging from 0.00 to 4.00.
Audit Students – Students auditing a course are not required to complete assignments or take examinations, but simply take the course for their personal enrichment. Those who audit courses receive no academic credit, but must register and attend classes regularly.

Block Schedule – A schedule in which classes for each course are scheduled in 3-hour blocks once a week.

Concentration – A specified cluster of courses (4 or more) that relate to a particular field of study.

Credit Hour – Course work and credit earned associated with 50 minutes of instruction weekly, for one semester.
Division – One of three major course groups (Bible/Theology, Professional Studies, General Studies). Subdivisions may exist also. A program usually involves studies from all divisions, together with Field Education.

Elective – A course, chosen from all those available, in an area of the student’s interest. Electives may be free or limited to a particular division or subdivision.

Field Education – Supervised evaluated experience in churches, other ministry agencies, community agencies, or at the college.

Full Course-load Student – One taking 15 hours of credit plus Field Education in a given semester.
Full-time Student – A student registered for 9 or more credit hours in a given semester.

Grade Point – The number obtained by multiplying the point value of the grade earned by the number of credit hours in that course.

Internship & Co-op – Intensive Field Education experiences focusing on the integration and use of knowledge, attitudes, tasks and skills learned in the classroom.

Instructional Days – Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays.

Major – A large specified cluster of courses (8 or more) that relate to a particular field of study.

Occasional Student – A non-program student.

Part-time Student – One registered in a program but taking fewer than 9 credit hours within a given semester.

Program – The sequence of all courses required to fulfill the grad- uation requirements for a degree, diploma or certificate.

Registration – The process whereby students enroll for courses, pay fees and care for other administrative details of enrollment. Online registration is completed for in-class courses midway through a semester, in preparation for the next semester.

Transcript – An official copy of a student’s permanent record, including all courses taken at Emmanuel, grades received, and transfer credits applied.

The following grading system is used:

Meaning of Letter Equivalency
A – Exceptional performance with strong evidence of original thinking, good organizational, analytical and critical capacities, and a superior grasp of the subject matter.

B – Good performance with evidence of grasp of the subject matter, analytical ability, and a reasonable understanding of relevant issues.

C – Intellectually adequate performance reflecting profit from the college experience and general understanding of the subject matter.

D – Minimally acceptable performance with some evidence of familiarity with the subject matter.

F – Inadequate performance with only some knowledge of the subject matter.

AUD – Audited course; no academic credit

Repeating a Course
When a student successfully repeats a course, the lower grade is not factored into the Accumulated Grade Point Average (AGPA).

A grade of “Incomplete” may be assigned at the instructor’s discretion when any major or significant assignment in a course has not been done due to physical illness, death in the family, or emergency. Such assignments must be completed within six weeks after the last examination of that semester in order to avoid academic penalty.
In certain cases students may elect to take a course not offered by Emmanuel but available at another institution of higher education. If such courses are to receive transfer credit, permission must be obtained through the Registrar’s Office and a Letter of Permission may be issued before the student begins the courses, specifying limits and conditions. A minimum “C” grade is required for transfer (minimum grade of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale).
Students wishing to change their academic programs must complete and submit to the Registrar’s Office an “Application for Program Change” form (available on Populi). Their application (and supporting documents if requested) will be considered by the Program Manager/Director and the Academic Council, and the student will be notified as soon as a decision has been made.
Students register electronically for the following semester by the deadline established and pay their fees by specific deadlines. If necessary, late fee charges are applied. Each instructor reserves the right to limit registration to those who have adequate back- ground knowledge for the course, and/or to a class size conducive to the nature of the course material. The college reserves the right to cancel a course for which fewer than 10 students are registered. Please note that decisions to cancel unsubscribed courses are made 4 weeks prior to the course start date. Students interested in a particular course should ensure they register before that time.
Students experiencing short-term personal crises should contact Student Services personnel who will connect with the President & Dean regarding special accommodations. Students requesting long-term academic accommodations must forward a recent IEP (completed within the last 2-3 years), or a completed Psycho- Educational Assessment to the President & Dean. Complete information on this process is detailed in the College document ‘Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities,’ avail- able from the Registrar’s Office.
Emmanuel Bible College has a policy of grace and respect when it comes to general behaviour, and the use of technology in the classroom. Students are expected to act in a manner that con- tributes to, rather than detracts from, the learning environment. Therefore, use of technology will be limited to the confines of course material and other activities as determined by the course instructor.

Distracting classroom behaviour including the misuse of technology (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, emailing, texting, web browsing, work for other classes, etc.) may, at the very least, affect a student’s grade. Serious or continued misuse may led to further disciplinary action at the discretion of the instructor.

Important Dates

FALL 2017

September 4 – Residence Move-In
September 4-9 – Orientation Week
September 6 – New Student Registration
September 11 – Classes Begin

October 9 – Thanksgiving
October 23-27 – Reading Week
October 29 – EBC Open House

December 11 – Last Day of Classes
December 12-15 – Final Exams


January 8-12 – J-Term
January 12 – New Student Registration
January 15 – Classes Begin

February 19 – Family Day
February 26-March 2 – Reading Week

March 30 – Good Friday

April 10 – Baccalaureate Service
April 16 – Last Day of Classes
April 17-20 – Final Exams
May 5 – Graduation
*Important: The Winter 2018 dates have been changed from what was published in the 2017-2018 Academic Catalogue