The MRE is conferred jointly by the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University.
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The master's degree in religious education (MRE) is a professional program consisting of 30 credits.
The MRE program consists of two modules: a theological module and a religious education module.
As the primary objective of the program consists in training competent teachers in religious education, the program is centered on the practicum of teaching religious education. The theoretical courses are intended to facilitate the two practicums. The practicums will be implemented in accordance with the procedures and policies of the Institute of Pastoral Studies.
Duration of the Program
The MRE program is a part-time program with a three-year cycle. Students will register as part-time regular students. The program must be completed within four years.
The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 credits) must withdraw from the program.
The developmental religious process from a psychological perspective. Faith development as an emotional, intellectual, volitional and experiential process. The social context and variables (family, rural/urban, class, sex, etc.) of faith. Faith and human experience.
Students receive training in the basic skills necessary for teaching religious education. This course helps religion teachers to plan their teaching process of a specific religious education program currently used by school boards or dioceses, to understand these programs in relation to the principles of religious education, to practice the specific program in a school or parish context, and to evaluate it. Student evaluation takes place by way of feedback from fellow students, debriefing, work samples, tape recordings, verbatims, or other reports. This practicum will be conducted under the supervision of an experienced and qualified catechist and MRE program faculty. It generally will be held during the second or the third year of the program.
Students receive training in the planning, practice and evaluation of teaching religious education. This course helps religion teachers to plan and write original religious education materials, to teach these materials, and to evaluate both the materials and the process. Student evaluation takes place by way of feedback from fellow students, debriefing, verbatims, and other suitable reports. This practicum is a group learning and evaluation process under the supervision of an experienced and qualified catechist and MRE program faculty. It generally will be held during the second or third year of the program.
The message and activity of Jesus of Nazareth. The meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus as the eschatological event of salvation. The identity of Jesus and the question of God. Teaching the message and person of Jesus.
The Church as institution and event. Its Christological origin. The importance of history for understanding the Church and its traditions. The Church's mission in the world with a specific focus on education. Conditions and means of membership.
Theology and historical development of liturgy. Its major components: the liturgical seasons, the process of Christian initiation, different forms of liturgical prayer. Liturgy and youth. Liturgy and catechesis.
Historical development of ethical approaches in a religious context. Constitutive elements of moral existence. Moral development and education. Relation between moral and faith experience.
The interaction of Christian faith, religion and cultural processes. The implications for education.
The transmission of faith in the current cultural context. The main theories of religious education.
The history of catechetics. The role of the teacher in religious education. The challenges of transmitting a faith tradition in religious education.
History of the relationship of Christianity to the main spiritual traditions of the world. Convergences and divergences. Theological and anthropological ground for dialogue among the traditions. Christian education and world religions.
Exploration of the concepts and practices of leadership for Catholic Institutions (history of Catholic institutions, models of leadership, leadership in Bible and tradition, faith leadership in schools, canonical contexts).
Examination of some of the ethical, cultural and religious challenges facing leaders of Catholic educational institutions (epochal shift of modernity, community and individual, the human rights tradition, the Christian ethical and moral framework, the ecumenical and inter-religious context, spirituality).
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