MASTERS OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (MRE):
Christ the Teacher College offers the Master of Religious Education Degree. The Master of Religious
Education degree provides a multi-disciplinary preparation for religious education ministry in the
Catholic Church. Our program is grounded in the teaching of the Catholic Church, and offers practical
applications for ministry, so our participants can use what they learn in our courses immediately in their
classrooms and ministries.
Our mission for the MRE program is to prepare future leaders of the Church for Religious Education Ministry,
not simply by imparting knowledge, but also sharing classroom applications, experience and
excellent resources. Our graduates will not only be confident in their knowledge of the Catholic Faith, but
also the various ministries and the responsibilities contained therein. Students will learn from gifted and
knowledgeable professors. Students will gain practical skills, tools and experience necessary for
Students earning the MRE degree may also earn Religious Education Certificates concurrently.
Many of the courses in our Masters of Religious Education program are the same courses offered through
the Catholic Education Center, LLC, with the addition of academic requirements. Anyone interested in
auditing our courses may take the same coursework through the Catholic Education Center, LLC.
For the Master of Religious Education Degree students are required to complete:
- The Prerequisite course: CAT 600: The Catechism of the Catholic Church,
- 54 graduate credits (18 courses), including required courses and elective courses,
- Written comprehensive exams successfully,
- A portfolio demonstrating readiness for ministry,
- An oath of fidelity, and
- The student must maintain a “B” (3.0) average throughout the program, which must be completed within
a period of ten years.
Required Courses include (+ 7 electives):
CAT 601: The Ministry of the Word
CAT 602: Catechetical Norms and Ministries
SCR 601: Introduction to the Old Testament
SCR 602: Introduction to the New Testament
PHL 600: Philosophy for Teaching the Faith
THE 600: The Creed
THE 601: God Among Us
THE 602: Liturgical Catechesis
THE 603: The Second Vatican Council and the Church
THE 604: Fundamental Moral Theology
THE 605: Topics in Moral Theology
To see all our courses (including electives), please click here.
IN ADDITION TO COURSE WORK, STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE FOR DEGREE:
Oath of Fidelity
All students must demonstrate an ability to read and write in English. All course work is completed in
English and successful completion requires a working knowledge of this language.
THE ACADEMIC CYCLE:
Christ the Teacher College does not have a traditional academic cycle. Once courses are offered the first
time, they are readily available and self-paced. Students have four full months from the time of
registration to complete the course(s) in which they are registered. Upon completion, the student will
no longer have access to the online course. Students may register for no more than four courses at one time.
Students are bound by the degree requirements of Christ the Teacher College. Candidates for the MRE
degree must maintain a “B” (3.0) average, and must pass the written comprehensive examination. In
addition, students must complete a portfolio which will demonstrate readiness for ministry, and sign an oath
of fidelity to the Magisterium.
All submissions are to be sent to:
Office of the Registrar
Christ the Teacher College
7252 Chestnut Court
Warrenton, VA 20187
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