Certificate Programs


Investigating the Paranormal: A Scientific Perspective


This program is designed to provide a foundation for paranormal investigations and integrate critical thinking into the process. It will discuss the necessary tools for a thorough investigation, but focus more on the best methods and approaches used by research investigators. In addition, this program will review the value of the media influence in investigations and discuss the theoretical foundation for survival after death and the research evidence for these phenomena.

This program will focus mainly on investigations of hauntings, apparitions, and poltergeists.

Estimated time to complete this program: 18 - 24 months


This series will include

  • a scientific exploration of field investigations done by trained parapsychologists
  • the difference between hauntings, apparitions, and poltergeists
  • identification of different phenomena often encountered
  • discussions of the best methods for investigations
  • equipment often used in investigations
  • how to tell if there is something worth investigating
  • the benefits and pitfalls of the paranormal TV shows
  • theories about survival after death and research evidence regarding these theories


Courses



  • Introduction to Parapsychology (8 week)
  • Field Investigations: Hauntings, Apparitions, & Poltergeists (8 week)
  • Advanced Field Investigations (8 week)
  • Paranormal Phenomena: EVP, ITC, and Other Technologies Used to Investigated the Paranormal (4 week)
  • Consciousness & Survival Studies (8 week)
  • A Skeptical Approach to Parapsychology (8 week)
  • Paranormal Case Studies (8 weeks)
  • Special Topics: Media, Publicity, & Professional Presentation (4 weeks) or Presenting the Paranormal to the Public (4 weeks)


Additional Information



Students can apply for the certificate program by sending an email to administration@rhineeducationcenter.org and expressing an interest in the program. Once accepted, the student is responsible to insure they complete each course in the program, take each for a grade, and achieve a passing grade in each course.

Once all of the courses are completed, the student must apply to complete the certificate by sending an email to administration@rhineeducationcenter.org. The student's transcript will be reviewed, and if the courses have all been completed with satisfactory grades, the certificate will be awarded.




Certificate Programs


Field Investigations: Professional Certificate


This program is designed to provide a complete approach to investigating psi and paranormal phenomena in their natural environments, outside of the laboratory. It will include investigative techniques for hauntings and apparitions, localized poltergeist phenomena, past life memories, near-death experiences, and mediumship encounters. This program will discuss the historical foundation for investigations, investigative techniques, interviewing skills, technology for investigations, and ethical matters essential to performing a professional investigation.

Estimated time to complete this program: 24 - 40 months



Skills Development



The following skills are necessary to achieve a certificate in field investigations from the Rhine Education Center. Students will demonstrate these skills through their writings, their responses to course evaluations, and their project work.

  1. Recognition of possible phenomena
  2. Classification of phenomena according to academically recognized terminology
  3. Proper literature reviews, research techniques, and appropriate resources
  4. Critical evaluation of activity and reports to determine their possible origins, including examinations of:
    • Physical influences such as:
      • environmental factors
      • air flow, reflective light, magnetic or electronic interference, errant sounds, or other less obvious physical factors
      • equipment malfunctions or failures
    • Psychological factors such as:
      • expectations
      • creative interpretations
      • false memories or faulty records
      • misinterpretation of observations or causes of activity
      • group, family, and or cultural pressures that may influence reports
    • Misdirection and Fraud such as:
      • exaggeration
      • attention seeking
      • purposeful or inadvertent deception to create the impression of phenomena
      • purposeful or inadvertent suppression of information
      • misrepresentation of phenomena
  5. Interviewing techniques including
    • Avoiding leading questions
    • sensitivities to cultures, gender, beliefs, and other individual characteristics
  6. Proper tools and equipment and their appropriate use
  7. Investigative techniques including:
    • gathering evidence
    • recording processes
    • protecting and preserving evidence
    • exploring possible sources of evidence
    • considering all evidence in context
    • appropriate evaluation of motivations for reports and origin of evidence
  8. Ethical factors to be considered in investigations
  9. Reporting techniques and appropriate platforms to disseminate information


Courses



  • Introduction to Parapsychology (8 week)
  • Consciousness & Survival Studies (8 week)
  • Qualitative Research Methods for Field Investigations (8 week) or Qualitative Research Methods (8 weeks)
  • Field Investigations: Hauntings, Apparitions, & Poltergeists (8 week)
  • Advanced Field Investigations (8 week)
  • Paranormal Phenomena: EVP, ITC, and Other Technologies Used to Investigated the Paranormal (4 week)
  • Development of Investigative Techniques (historical review of techniques to the present) (4 week)
  • Ethical issues in Field Investigations (4 week)
  • Paranormal Case Studies (8 week)
  • A Skeptical Approach to Parapsychology (8 week)
  • Cases of the Reincarnation Type & Near-Death Studies (8 week)
  • Special topics in Tools & Technologies: Mediumship, Machine Influence, & the Biofield (4 week)
  • Cultural Perspectives on the Paranormal (8 weeks) or Paranthropology (8 weeks)
  • Final Project: Develop an Investigative Plan – Independent Study


Additional Information



Students can apply for the certificate program by sending an email to administration@rhineeducationcenter.org and expressing an interest in the program. Once accepted, the student is responsible to insure they complete each course in the program, take each for a grade, and achieve a passing grade in each course.

Once all of the courses are completed, the student must apply to complete the certificate by sending an email to administration@rhineeducationcenter.org. The student's transcript will be reviewed, and if the courses have all been completed with satisfactory grades, the certificate will be awarded.




Certificate Programs


Expressing Conscious Living Certificate


This program examines psi through the lens of the humanities. Students will explore a variety of experiences and anomalous phenomena through the arts, literature, nature, history, folklore, religion, and personal experiences. Cultural and historical perspectives on psi phenomena and the evidence supporting psi will provide the foundations for deeper explorations.

This is an academic program designed to provide the student with the tools to understand and evaluate anomalous phenomena represented in literature and the arts while recognizing a variety of worldviews that can color perceptions and evaluations of experiences. In addition, students will be introduced to methods of expression and presentation in multiple formats including numerous creative processes.



Skills Development



The following skills are necessary to achieve a certificate in expressing conscious living from the Rhine Education Center. Students will demonstrate these skills through their writings, their responses to course evaluations, and their project work.

  1. Recognition of possible anomalous phenomena, activities, or events that are present in art, literature, or daily life
  2. Classification of phenomena according to academically recognized terminology
  3. Proper evaluations of literature, art, and other creative expressions that demonstrate or discuss anomalous phenomena
  4. Knowledge of the history of psi phenomena and religious experiences through an examination of literature, folklore, and historical documents.
  5. Critical evaluations of creative expressions using tools to determine strictly fictional representations from those based in personal experiences.
  6. The ability to express personal experiences through creative media like literature, art, performance, or other creative expressions.
  7. The appropriate recognition, identification, and application of ethical standards as appropriate in creative expressions.


Requirements



Students must complete all courses with a passing grade. There are 10 required courses and a Final Project that will integrate knowledge from all areas of studies. In addition to the required courses, students must complete at least 5 electives from the course listing.

Estimated time to complete the program is 18 – 30 months.



Course Listing



  • School of Liberal Arts & Creative Sciences


    Requirements

    Complete the seven required courses and two electives in Liberal Arts & Creative Sciences with at least one in each section below.


    • Arts & Literature

      Requirements

      • Art as Psi: A portal to the mysterious, magical, & miraculous (4 weeks)
      • Classic Books of Parapsychology
      • Writing About Your Experiences


    • Culture

      Requirements

      • The Power of Nature: The folklore & practices to evoke the divine (4 weeks)
      • Experiencing the Exceptional & Extraordinary (4 weeks)
      • Religious Perspectives on Psi (8 weeks)

      Electives

      • Paranthropology: A cultural approach to psi
      • Religious Perspectives on Psi History Electives
      • Theosophy: Theory, Practice, & Scientific Impacts (4 weeks)


    • History

      Requirements

      • Historical Overview of Parapsychology(4 weeks)

      Electives

      • Early Psychical Research (pre-1880) (4 weeks)
      • Telepathy, Mediums, & Apparitions (1880 – 1930) (4 weeks)
      • Parapsychology: The early years (1930-1985) (4 weeks)
      • Modern Parapsychology (1985 – present) (4 weeks)
      • People of Parapsychology



    • School of Consciousness Studies


      • Parapsychology

        Required

        • Introduction to Parapsychology

        Electives

        • Scientific Approach to ESP
        • Dreams & Altered States of Consciousness
        • Energy Healing & PK
        • Human Consciousness & Survival Studies
        • A Skeptical Approach to Parapsychology
        • Psychology & Psi
        • Eight Important Studies in Parapsychology
        • Reincarnation Studies
        • Beyond the Physical: The persistence of spirit (4 weeks)
        • Dreams & ESP (4 weeks)
        • Premonitions: A peek into the future (4 weeks)


      • Research Methods

        Required

        • Understanding Meaningful Experiences

        Electives

        • Research Methods for Parapsychology
        • Quantitative Research Methods
        • Qualitative Research Methods
        • Introduction to Analysis Methods
        • Survey Methodology: An introduction


      • Theory

        Electives

        • Theories of Psi
        • Presentiment: Exploring the nature & theories of time (4 weeks)
        • Evolution & the development of psi (4 weeks)
        • Quantum Physics & Psi (4 weeks)




    • School of Applied Sciences


      • Field Investigations

        Required

        • Ethics in Field Investigations

        Electives

        • Field Investigations
        • Advanced Field Investigations


      • Applying Concepts & Developing Psi

        Electives

        • Remote Viewing (4 weeks)
        • RV Special Topics: Practical Precognition (4 weeks)
        • Developing Your Intuition (4 weeks)
        • How to Choose a Psychic (4 weeks)
        • Traveling Out of the Body: A practical & historical perspective (4 weeks)



  • Final Project: Critical Evaluation or Creative Project – Independent Study



Additional Information



Students can apply for the certificate program by sending an email to administration@rhineeducationcenter.org and expressing an interest in the program. Once accepted, the student is responsible to insure they complete each course in the program, take each for a grade, and achieve a passing grade in each course.

Once all of the courses are completed, the student must apply to complete the certificate by sending an email to administration@rhineeducationcenter.org. The student's transcript will be reviewed, and if the courses have all been completed with satisfactory grades, the certificate will be awarded.




Certificate Programs


Scientific Parapsychology Certificate


This program is designed to provide a foundation for the scientific study of phenomena related to consciousness studies through the lens of parapsychology. Students in this program will learn the basic foundations of parapsychology including terminology, research methods, and the important theories that guide scientific research.

This is a challenging program and requires a continued focus as the student is led through academic literature and peer-reviewed articles to develop an understanding of how the field developed, the current state of the field, and the important concepts that guide researchers to advance knowledge within the field.



Skills Development



The following skills are necessary to achieve a certificate in scientific parapsychology from the Rhine Education Center. Students will demonstrate these skills through their writings, their responses to course evaluations, and their project work.

  1. Recognition of possible phenomena and providing a critical evaluation of phenomena, activity, or events that are observed in a laboratory or reported in the field.
  2. Classification of phenomena according to academically recognized terminology
  3. Proper literature reviews, research techniques, and appropriate resources
  4. Critical evaluation of articles and research reports to determine their credibility and the importance of their contribution to advance the field of consciousness studies.
  5. The proper design for research projects in controlled conditions and in field research.
  6. The appropriate application of ethical standards in a research environment.
  7. Proper analysis methods and appropriate academic interpretations of research results
  8. Reporting techniques and appropriate platforms to disseminate information


Requirements



Students must complete all courses with a passing grade. There are 14 required courses and a Final Project that will integrate knowledge from all areas of studies. In addition to the required courses, students must complete at least three (3) elective courses including one (1) elective course from the School of Applied Sciences and one (1) elective course from the School of Liberal Arts & Creative Sciences.

Estimated time to complete the program is 24 – 40 months.



Course Listing



  • School of Consciousness Studies


    • Parapsychology

      Required

      • Introduction to Parapsychology
      • Scientific Approach to ESP
      • Dreams & Altered States of Consciousness
      • Energy Healing & PK
      • Human Consciousness & Survival Studies
      • A Skeptical Approach to Parapsychology
      • Psychology & Psi

      Electives

      • Eight Important Studies in Parapsychology
      • Reincarnation Studies
      • Beyond the Physical: The persistence of spirit (4 weeks)
      • Dreams & ESP (4 weeks)
      • Premonitions: A peek into the future (4 weeks)


    • Research Methods

      Required

            • Research Methods for Parapsychology
            • Quantitative Research Methods
            • Qualitative Research Methods
            • Introduction to Analysis Methods
            • Understanding Meaningful Experiences

      Electives

          • Survey Methodology: An introduction


    • Theory

      Required

      • Theories of Psi
    • Electives

      • Presentiment: Exploring the nature & theories of time (4 weeks)
      • Evolution & the development of psi (4 weeks)
      • Quantum Physics & Psi (4 weeks)




  • School of Applied Sciences


    • Field Investigations

      Required

        • Field Investigations

      Electives

        • Advanced Field Investigations
        • Ethics in Field Investigations



  • School of Liberal Arts & Creative Sciences


    • Culture

      Electives

      • Paranthropology: A cultural approach to psi
      • Religious Perspectives on Psi History Electives
      • Historical Overview of Parapsychology (4 weeks)
      • People of Parapsychology



  • Final Project: Design a Research Project – Independent Study



Additional Information



Students can apply for the certificate program by sending an email to administration@rhineeducationcenter.org and expressing an interest in the program. Once accepted, the student is responsible to insure they complete each course in the program, take each for a grade, and achieve a passing grade in each course.

Once all of the courses are completed, the student must apply to complete the certificate by sending an email to administration@rhineeducationcenter.org. The student's transcript will be reviewed, and if the courses have all been completed with satisfactory grades, the certificate will be awarded.



Certificate Programs Offered by the Rhine Education Center



About the Certificate Programs



The Rhine Education Center offers certificates to students who successfully complete programs in the study of parapsychology. Each certificate requires the completion of specific courses. In order for a course to be applied to a certificate program, the course must be taken for a grade.

Students who wish to complete a certificate program must apply for the program by sending an email to administration@rhineeducationcenter.org. Review the academic policies for more details on how to apply for a certificate program from the Rhine Education Center.  All courses taken to complete a certificate program must be taken for a grade, and the student must specifically request that their progress is evaluated for a grade ineach course.

Not all courses can be applied to a certificate program.  It is the responsibility of the student to verify that the courses that are taken comply with the requirements for a certificate and that appropriate courses are being taken for a grade.


NOTE: The Rhine Education Center is not an accredited academic organization. The certificates offered are provided as a record of completion of the course programs from the Rhine, but they cannot be applied to a program in an accredited institution without the specific agreement of such an accredited institution.



Listing of Available Certificate Programs



  1. Introduction to Parapsychology Certificate of Completion
    Complete the course Introduction to Parapsychology with a passing grade.



  2. Scientific Parapsychology Certificate
    This program is designed for students interested in the scientific approach to psi and survial phenomena. It focuses on research and investigative techniques as well as terminology and literature associated with the the profession of parapsychology.



  3. Investigating the Paranormal: A Scientific Perspective Certificate
    Students interested in learning to investigate paranormal phenomena like apparitions, hauntings, and poltergeists will find that this program provides the basic knowledge to begin formal investigations.

    Click through to learn more about this certificate.



  4. Field Investigations: Professional Certificate
    The Professional Certificate for Field Investigations is a complete examination of the methods and procedures that are used by researchers to explore topics like reports of reincarnation, near-death experiences, apparitions, hauntings, and poltergeists, as well as spontaneous cases that occur in our daily lives - outside of the laboratory environment.

    Click through to learn about this certificate.



  5. Expressing Conscious Living Certificate
    This program is designed for students interested in focusing on the arts, literature, culture, and history of parapsychology and psi. It includes an emphasis on liberal arts while providing a foundation in the science and experiences related to psi phenomena.




Legacy Certificate Programs

See list of updated certificate programs above. Only students who are already enrolled as of April, 2022 may continue with the legacy certificate programs.



  1. Academic Parapsychology Certificate
    Complete all 14 courses in the Academic Parapsychology Course Listing with 3 additional electives from the Additional Academic Course Listing.

  2. Advanced Academic Parapsychology Certificate
    Complete 24 courses in the Academic Parapsychology Course Listing and the Additional Academic Course Listing including the completion of a Parapsychological Research Study.

  3. Parapsychology Research Certificate
    -
    Introduction to Parapsychology
    - Research Methods for Parapsychology
    - Quantitative Research Methods
    - Qualitative Research Methods
    - Introduction to Statistical Methods
    - Create your own study
    - 2 additional electives from the Academic Parapsychology Course Listing.

  4. History of Parapsychology Certificate (Currently Inactive)
    -
    Introduction to Parapsychology
    - Inside the Rhine Lab: The Early Years
    - Parapsychology: The Early Years (I & III)
    - Telepathy, Mediums, Apparitions: The Beginnings of Parapsychology as a Science

    - Modern Parapsychology
    - People of Parapsychology

  5. Knowledge of Psi Phenomena Certificate
    - Introduction to Parapsychology
    - A Scientific Approach to ESP (was Science of ESP)
    - Dreams & Altered States of Consciousness
    - Psychokinesis and Healing
    - Human Consciousness and Survival Studies
    - Exploring Exceptional Human Experiences