Courses from the Catholic Education Center, LLC (indicated in italics), and the Academy of
Classical Languages, LLC, may be "upgraded" for credit through course registration (discounted
rate) and the completion of academic requirements.
CURRENT COURSE OFFERINGS:
(Please see our handbook for degree requirements.)
Each course is three credits unless otherwise noted.
MRE 600: The Catechism of the Catholic Church (3 credits, Lienhard)
CAT 102:Teaching the Creed,CAT 103: Teaching the Sacraments,CAT104: Teaching the Moral Life,
and CAT105: The Life of Prayer
This course systematically teaches the content of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This
course prepares M.R.E. students to make engaging lesson plans on the Creed, Sacraments, Moral
Life and Prayer.
MRE 602: Catechetical Ministries (3 credits, Lienhard)
A study of modern catechetical needs and the application of these pastoral norms to various
ministries. Tools, resources and sample documents are provided for ministries. A tailored practical
project rounds out this course to provide students with the confidence they need for serving the
Church in a catechetical ministry
MRE 603: Norms, Methods and Learning Styles (3 credits, Lienhard, Doyle, Whitehead)
CAT 201: The General Directory for Catechesis,CAT 210: Teaching Methods and Learning Styles,
CAT214: Reaching the Student with Special Needs
An in-depth study of the General Directory for Catechesis provides the foundation for this course.
Once universal norms and directives are learned, this course looks at Catholic Education and its
approach to teaching students with various learning styles and needs.
MRE 604: Lesson Planning (3 credits, Lienhard)
CAT 101: Catholic Education: What Every Teacher Needs to Know, CAT 105: The Life of Prayer,
CAT 106: Tools for Teaching
Lesson Planning first presents an overview of the catechetical ministry and the “big picture” of the
Faith, followed by traditions commonly taught and celebrated in religious education, as well as
engaging classroom ideas to assist with lesson-planning.
MRE 605: Effective Catechetical Instruction (3 credits, Aull)
MIN 100: Self Management, MIN 101: Classroom Management, MIN 102: Time Management
This course presents resources for classroom management techniques and skills for teachers to
enhance their teaching experience based on the ministry of Christ. Students will learn how to
integrate practical recommendations in the classroom for planning and discipline as well as
studying the Scriptures and Lives of the Saints to imitate a joyful and balanced service to the
MRE 606: Raising Catholics (3 credits, Wallace)
AFF 213: Catholic Parenting, AFF 214: Building the Domestic Church, AFF 215: Leading Children
to a Mature Faith
A systematic overview of the natural and supernatural rights, responsibilities, and obligations of
the Catholic family in educating children in the Faith, including practical guidelines for
implementing religious instruction in the home, and for planting the seeds of Faith that then might
be watered and nourished by parish catechesis.
MRE 608: Forming Leaders for the Church (3 credits, Kidd)
AFF 216: Youth and Adult Faith Formation, MIN 144: Training Catechetical Leaders, MIN 145:
Leadership in Ministry
This course presents the Faith developmental needs of young adults/adults and how to meet them,
techniques for training leaders in a parish, and how to live out the Catholic Faith in the light of the
MRE 610: Modeling Christ the Teacher (3 credits, Aull)
MIN 106: Forming Teachers as Disciples, MIN 107: Modeling Christ the Teacher in Ministry, MIN
108: Teaching in Imitation of Christ the Teacher
This class begins with a focus on Christ the Teacher as our mentor through a study of the Parables
of Christ. Students will then learn Techniques and Best Practices for Personalized Learning, and
the use of Teams in Self-directed Learning through Dyads, Triads and Groups.
MRE 612: Faith Development (3 credits, Meloche)
This course will explore the principles, means, and end of the Christian life of perfection. A special
emphasis will be placed on human nature as a fit recipient for man’s further ordering to grace and
glory. Concomitantly, this course will also investigate the implications of this ordering for the
process of religious education and the Church’s catechetical efforts.
MRE 613: The Teaching Tradition of the Church (3 credits, Lienhard)
CAT202: Teaching the Faith: Apostles to Apologists, CAT 203:Teaching the Faith: The Great
Catechists, CAT 204: Teaching the Faith: Reformation to Modern Times
A study of the teaching Church and the historical process of its development, including St.
Augustine and Classical Catechesis, Christendom and St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic
Reformation and the Roman Catechism, the renewed Catechumenate and the Catechism of the
MRE 624: Adult Catechetical Ministry (3 credits, Gale)
CAT 215: The Church’s View of Adult Catechesis, CAT 216: Adult Catechetical Programs, and MIN
124: Adult Catechetical Ministry
This course presents current trends in Adult Faith Formation and topics addressed in various
Adult Faith Formation ministries. Laying a foundation through Church Documents, this course
provides practical applications for leading Adult Faith Formation and best serving various
populations within this ministry.
MRE 629: Apologetics for Today: Faith, Hope and Love (3 credits, Anthony)
AFF 203: Theology of the Person, AFF 221: Apologetics, MIN 134 The Ministry of Apologetics
This course will study the challenges for Catholics today to live and defend the Faith through
Apologetics addressing topics regarding the Church, eternity and love.
MRE 640: Technology for Ministry (3 credits, Ellis)
MIN 200: Technology for Ministry: Window’s Basics, File and Folder Management, Window’s
Control Panel and Outlook; MIN 201: Technology for Ministry: Word, PowerPoint and Publisher;
MIN 202: Technology for Ministry: Excel and Access
Technology for Ministry will equip students to confidently use familiar computer applications (we
use Microsoft Office Pro, available for purchase through our book store) for ministry. This course
provides an overview of each program, as well as practical hands-on projects to be completed that
will provide samples and templates for real-life ministry.
MRE 641: Writing in the Catholic Tradition (3 credits, Berube)
The art and skill of writing and the development of articles, publications and social media for the
purpose of catechetical ministry.
MRE 700: Master of Religious Education Portfolio Advisement and Evaluation (Professor Assigned
by the College)
Students will compile their portfolio for graduation to demonstrate readiness for ministry.
MRE 701: Master of Religious Education Thesis Advisement (Student submits proposal, and
choice of professor is given)
MRE 702: Master of Religious Education Theses Defense (Assigned by the College)
MRE 703: Master of Religious Education Comprehensive Examination
Student will register for comprehensive examinations, to be completed online. Exams are closed-
book and timed. Students will receive recommended study questions to prepare for exam.
DMN 800: Doctor of Ministry Dissertation Advisement (Student submits proposal, and choice of
professor is given)
DMN 801: Doctor of Ministry Dissertation Defense (Professors selected by College)
THE 630: Liturgy and Sacraments (3 credtis, Van Slyke)
An in-depth study of Church Liturgy from the East and West, including the Mass, the Sacraments
and Liturgy of the Hours.
THE 633: The Second Vatican Council and the Church (3 credits, Whitehead, MacKinnon)
AFF 231: The Second Vatican Council, AFF 230: The Church
A study of the Second Vatican Council documents and how they relate to our understanding of the
Church, her members and mission.
THE 634: Domestic Church (3 credits, Le)
This course offers a magisterial perspective on the domestic church. Its primary purpose is to
explore the historical and theological development of the concept of domestic church as well as its
ecclesiology and sacramentality. This course also helps participants explore and deeply
understand the family systems and the nature of the family today in the United States.
THE 635: The Laity (3 credits, Silvey)
AFF 217: The Laity in the Church, AFF 218: The Laity in the Worlds,AFF 219: The Spirituality of the
The purpose of this course is examine the place and role of the laity within the Mystical Body of
Christ. Through a reading and examination of select biblical, magisterial, and theological works,
the student will come to a deeper understanding of the Church’s teaching on topics such as the
following: (1) What is the place of the laity within the structure of the Church? (2) What is its
relationship to the hierarchy? (3) What does it mean to say that the lay faithful share in the
priesthood of Christ? (4) What is the role of the lay faithful in the liturgy?
THE 662: Modern Church History (1500-Present) (3 credits, Nollen)
This course has three basic purposes: 1) to acquaint students with the major epochs and themes
from the Protestant Reformation until 1800. 2) to introduce them to principles of historical thought,
and 3) to assist them in discovering connections between these major historical events. This
course focuses upon the transformations arising from the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic
Counter Reformation, the Council of Trent, heresies such as Jansenism and Gallicanism, the
effects of the Enlightenment on religion, and the significance of the French Revolution.
THE 671: Aquinas: Law and Legal Theory (3 credits, Nemeth)
An intensive examination of the jurisprudence and legal theory of St. Thomas Aquinas is the chief
aim of this course. Course includes, but is not limited to, the Thomistic definition, characterizations
and qualities of law, its aims and purposes, its various types and kinds and its correlation to virtue.
Specific coverage also includes a review of his natural law theory and more particularly how
natural law provides a system to resolve moral and ethical dilemmas. This course covers how laws
may or may not be just or unjust, and how an unjust law fails to bind in conscience, and justifies
and even compels disobedience. Finally, the course weighs and assesses the role of human law
and its essential importance for a civil society.
SCR 601: An Introduction to the Old Testament (3 credits, Carnazzo)
Adam to Israel, Moses to the Promised Land, Joshua to Jesus
A survey of the historical, wisdom, and prophetical books of the Old Testament as a preparation for
the New Testament era. Includes the revelatory stages of salvation history, the importance of
Biblical typology, and the function of fulfilled prophecy.
SCR 602: An Introduction to the New Testament (3 credits, Carnazzo)
Synoptic Gospels, Acts and Epistles, John and Revelation
A survey of the books of the New Testament as the fulfillment of the old covenant epoch, including
the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline Corpus, the Catholic Epistles, and the
Apocalypse of St. John.
LTN 600: Latin (3 credits, Pepino)
This course engages individuals in Latin, from first introduction to actual conversation. This
course is offered through the Classical Language Academy and begins the first of every month.
GRK 600: Koine (Biblical) Greek (3 credits, Carnazzo)
This course engages individuals in Biblical Greek, from first introduction to actual conversation.
This course is offered through the Classical Language Academy and begins the first of every
CAT 101: Catholic Education: What Every Teacher Needs to Know (1 credit, Lienhard)
An overview of the catechetical ministry including the call, sources, norms, key figures and events
in Scripture and a general presentation of the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
CAT 102: The Creed (1 credit, Lienhard)
A detailed presentation of the Creed based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
CAT 103: The Sacraments (1 credit, Lienhard)
A detailed presentation of the Sacraments based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
CAT 104: The Moral Life (1 credit, Lienhard)
A detailed presentation of the Moral Life based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
CAT 105: The Life of Prayer (1 credit, Lienhard)
A detailed presentation of Prayer based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as well as a
study of popular devotions and traditions commonly taught throughout the liturgical year.
CAT 106: Tools for Teachers (1 credit, Lienhard)
A virtual tool box for teachers in the classroom to make lessons engaging. This course covers
lesson planning, prayer, demonstrations, story/drama, art, crafts, projects, technology and
CAT 201: The General Directory for Catechesis (1 credit, Lienhard)
A presentation of the General Directory for teachers of the Faith.
CAT 202: Teaching the Faith: Apostles to Apologists (1 credit, Lienhard)
This course studies how the Church taught from Apostolic times through the works of the
CAT 203: Teaching the Faith: The Great Catechists (1 credit, Lienhard)
This course studies how the Church taught in times of great challenge – during the heresies of
arianism and gnosticism through the period of the catechumenate to the middle ages.
CAT 204: Teaching the Faith: Reformation to Present (1 credit, Lienhard)
This course studies how the Church taught in the modern era, from the Reformation through the
Council of Trent to the modern era with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
CAT 210: Methods and Learning Styles (1 credit, Doyle)
This course studies how students learn and ways to engage students with different learning styles.
CAT 214: Reaching the Student with Special Needs (1 credit, Whitehead)
Learn how to engage and reach the student with special needs .
CAT 215: The Church’s View of Adult Catechsis (1 credit, Gale)
A study of the Church’s Documents on Adult Catechesis.
CAT 216: Adult Catechetical Programs (1 credit, Gale)
A study of current adult catechetical programs.