What is Competency Based Education (CBE)?

CBE is a model of education that bases its curriculum on actual roles in society and then assesses students on their ability to perform those roles.

Why is CBE a better way to learn?

CBE bridges the gap between learning and real-world work. Horizon helps students become competent in areas that real-world Christian leaders identify as essential for ministry success.

How does CBE work at Horizon?

Horizon takes a course-based approach to CBE, and course assignments assess skills and knowledge that transfer to real-world Christian life and ministry.

In addition to classroom instruction, we incorporate ministry practicums and internships, world-class conferences and seminars, industry-standard certifications and psychometric assessments, and individualized student portfolios into the student learning experience.

Horizon College effectively disciples their students to be impact players in the world.

Leyton Erickson

Lead Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Saskatoon

“The strengthening of competency in leadership through Horizon College & Seminary is going to be a key mandate going into the future. As an entire fellowship, we stand with you.”

David Hazzard

Assistant General Superintendent, PAOC

What will CBE require of me?

CBE requires students to demonstrate competence, not just to pass classes. Students receive extensive, personalized feedback on course work and must revise their work to meet or exceed the prescribed competency.

How does CBE benefit students?

Students graduate competent to handle the demands of real-world ministry, ready to offer personal and theological counsel, but equally prepared to read a spreadsheet and manage a board meeting.

How will Horizon help me succeed?

You will demonstrate competence when you can meet performance criteria for all tasks that are assigned to you. To help you meet this standard, we provide you with extensive, personalized feedback, and one week each term is dedicated to revision work so you can focus on strengthening areas of weakness and, if you choose, strive to exceed in areas where you are already competent.

We assess students according to six competencies that industry practitioners have identified are necessary to succeed in Christian life and ministry.

These are:

  • Leadership and Administration
  • Spiritual Maturity
  • Contextual Awareness
  • Ministry Development
  • Skilled Communication
  • Biblical and Theological Literacy

What are people saying about CBE?

“In 2018 and beyond, we’ll continue to see increased interest and investment in competency-based education (CBE)…CBE is directly improving student outcomes. It allows teachers to shift the focus away from standardized test preparation towards true learning and concept mastery.”

Terry Boyle

eSchool Media’s Annual Trends Report: 25 Trends for 2018, p. 9.

“CBE is the best thing that could have happened for my post-secondary education. With the CBE model, I am encouraged to learn rather than pass. CBE makes the connection of a concept to application clear, and necessary.”

Joel Usick

Student, Horizon College & Seminary