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An Articulation Agreement has been developed to facilitate Graduates of Sarasota Academy's Certified Temperament Life Coaching Training Program to transfer Northwind Institute Christian Life Coaching course credits to a Northwind Seminary degree program.

Degrees Awarded:

MSMin            Master in Specialized Ministry
                       Christian Life Coaching


DSMin             Doctor in Specialized Ministry
                        Christian Life Coaching


Program Leadership


Rev. Dr. Robert J. Duncan, Jr. oversees the degree transfer process. Dr. Duncan serves as the Executive Director of Temperament Life Coaching at Sarasota Academy. Dr. Duncan was the recipient of the Drs. Richard and Phyllis Arno 2009 Temperament Award. Dr. Duncan is a member of the American Baptist National Network of Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors, and Specialized Ministers. He is a Charter Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor, Certified Christian Life Coach, and Certified Crisis Response Chaplain. 

Dr. Cassandra Montgomery is the Program Coordinator for Christian coaching at Northwind Institute. She as over 20 years of experience in higher education including training Christian Counselors and Christian Life Coaches. Dr. Montgomery is a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor and Certified Temperament Life Coach, She has administered several thousand Arno Profile System Questionnaires during her teaching and personal ministry.

Northwind Seminary Degree Transfers are governed by Articulation Agreements.


Articulation Agreements are arrangements between institutions that agree in advance, via a Memorandum of Understanding, to accept each other’s credits in the transfer of specific ministry credentials. In these cases, students may be simultaneously enrolled in multiple institutions. Each institution teaches its curriculum and courses; no outsourcing is involved.

Northwind Theological Seminary's Articulation Agreements are based on the Higher Learning Commission Association standards, the regional accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education that accredits colleges and universities in a 19-state region of the United States.

Northwind Theological Seminary's Articulation Agreements allow dually-enrolled students to take cross-listed courses meeting the requirements of both Sarasota Academy and Northwind Theological Seminary.

Institutions may decide whether to enter into articulation arrangements with other institutions regardless of the other institution’s accredited status. However, institutions should make the public aware of all such arrangements (e.g., by listing such arrangements on the website, providing more details in program catalogs, and ensuring clarity in the transcript produced as a result of such arrangements).

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