Master in Religious Education
The theological module consists of the following courses:
THO5101 JESUS THE CHRIST AND SALVATION (3 units)
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.
THO5102 CHURCH AND WORLD (3 units)
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.
THO5103 LITURGY (3 units)
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.
THO5104 MORAL EXISTENCE AND CHRISTIAN LIFE (3 units)
Historical development of ethical approaches in a religious context. Constitutive elements of moral existence. Moral development and education. Relation between moral and faith experience.
THO5105 FAITH AND THE CHALLENGES OF MODERN CULTURE (3 units)
The interaction of Christian faith, religion and cultural processes. The implications for education.
The religious education module consists of the following courses:
THO5106 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (3 units)
The transmission of faith in the current cultural context. The main theories of religious education.
THO5107 TEACHING AND FAITH TRADITION (3 units)
The history of catechetics. The role of the teacher in religious education. The challenges of transmitting a faith tradition in religious education.
THO5110 LEADERSHIP IN CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS (3 units)
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).
THO5111 ETHICAL, CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS ISSUES FOR CATHOLIC LEADERS (3 units)
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).
IPA5180 SOCIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT (3 units)
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.
THO5108 CHRISTIANITY AND WORLD RELIGIONS (3 units)
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.
IPA5181 PRACTICUM IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION I (3 units)
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.
IPA5182 PRACTICUM IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION II (3 units)
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.