Religious Education

Program Goals

The Master of Arts in Religious Education is designed for the preparation of teachers of religious education, both in Catholic schools and in parishes. This program introduces the theological tradition, integrating it with faith, as well as the skills for teaching the faith, combining knowledge of theology with educational theory and practice. This program is designed to equip the students with deeper understanding of Catholic theology, greater competence in the teaching of religion, stronger leadership in religious education programs, and an enriched spiritual life. 

Learning Outcomes

Students who have successfully completed this program:
  • have an informed understanding of topics and themes in the required theology courses: Foundations of Theology, Christian Morality, Christology/Trinity, Introduction to Old and New Testament, Liturgy and Sacraments, History of the Church, Ecclesiology of Vatican II;
  • are able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the principles of Catholic education learned through the concentration courses: Catechetics, Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation in Catholic schools, and Leadership and Aims of Catholic education;
  • are able to practice an integration of the principles learned in their course work through a field-based practicum;
  • are able to model spiritual maturity, including an integration of affective and intellectual growth and commitment to theology and be conversant in how theological study serves the ongoing life of the Church and the world;
  • have developed further their personal spiritual lives.  

Course Requirements

Master of Arts in Religious Education 

42 credits

CORE COURSES (27 credits)

PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes in Catholic Theology

THEO 501: Foundations of Theology

SCRI 500: Introduction to Old Testament

SCRI 510: Introduction to New Testament

THEO 510: Christology and Trinity

THEO 530: Christian Morality

THEO 540: Liturgy and Sacraments 

HIST 505: History of the Church

THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II



RLED 512: Catechetics

CALR 526: Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation in Catholic Schools 

CALR 510: Leadership and Aims of Catholic Education


ELECTIVE (3 credits)

Any 500-level SMC course


Note: If a student wishes to take an elective course with the other Theological Colleges, the Dean’s approval is needed.



MTHD: Basic Research Skills Modules

2 obligatory basic research modules: Basic A & B

Recommended module: Basic C: How to write papers


RMTHD: Advanced Research Skills Modules

5 obligatory Advanced modules, which must include:

Module 4: Advanced Research and Writing Skills

Module 5: Research Methods in Theology


Working with a ‘professor of record’ on annotated bibliographies, etc.


RLED 600: Field-Based Learning Project (3 credits)