Formerly the EEAA

Quality assurance

The ECTE seeks to nurture and certify a culture of quality assurance in theological education through institutional and programme accreditation. ECTE accreditation seeks both comparability to European and international sector-specific standards and coherence with the values of evangelical theology.  Institutions that undergo quality assurance processes with the ECTE provide a witness to their stakeholders of the academic, vocational and formational values they wish to communicate to their graduates (see more in The aims of ECTE accreditation). For a general introduction to ECTE’s development activities see section 2.1.3 of Introducing the ECTE.

ECTE quality assurance activities fall within the scope of the European Standards and Guidelines and include: Institutional and Programme accreditation. The ECTE currently provides certifications of comparability within the following framework:

  • Certificate in Theology
  • Diploma in Theology
  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Master of Theology

Visit the following sections of the ECTE website to learn more about ECTE quality assurance activities:

    • Criteria and Procedures for ECTE accreditation, featuring the procedures for quality assurance.
    • Standards and Guidelines for ECTE accreditation, featuring ECTE’s accreditation standards.
    • Supplemental Guidelines, featuring specific guidelines on  internal QA policies, dual and joint accreditation, information packages, special access, production of the Diploma Supplement, recognition of formal, non-formal and informal learning, distance and online education, programme design and using ECTS, distinguishing research and practice-oriented programmes and site visits and VETs (including guidance for online site visits).
    • Forms, including no conflict-of-interest declaration forms, annual staff review forms, accreditation application forms and review worksheets for VETs.
    • Review Reports where full reports of all reviews, Council decisions concernign accreditation and appeals are published.
    • Pre-2019 Accreditation, featuring guidance for institutions and programmes in transition to the new Standards and Guidelines.
    • QA during COVID-19, featuring specific guidance for quality assurance during the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 ECTE quality assurance activities fall within the scope of the European Standards and Guidelines and are subject to external review.