The following are the concentrations offered within the M.A. in Religious Education:
Students may also elect to pursue a moregeneral M.A. program without a stated concentration Adult, Family and Community:
The Adult, Family and Community Religious Education concentration provides foundational studies in adult learning and development. Students select from among courses in parish education, aesthetics and religious education, education for peace and justice, strategies of religious education, the history of religious education, the religious and educational development of children, and other courses in religious education and the social sciences. The concentration meets the needs of those serving or preparing to serve as Directors of Religious Education (DREs) and others who work or are preparing to work with children, parents and teachers in school, parish and home settings. It also serves students preparing for educational ministry with adults in parishes, dioceses, retreat houses and spiritual life centers.
Youth and Young Adult Ministry
The Youth and Young Adult Ministry concentration focuses on understanding adolescent and young adult religious, spiritual, moral and psychological development; Students choose from among courses in community, family and religious education; curriculum and religious education; adult learning and development and other areas of religious education and pastoral studies. Students are asked to direct their studies in either religious education or pastoral studies as they prepare for a career path as either religious education/catechesis with youth and young adults in parishes, schools, college and university campuses, and dioceses. This program is also offered in the distance learning format as well as the traditional classroom venue.