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Youth and Young Adult Ministry Concentration

M.A. in Religious Education

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36 Credits | On Campus

Some coursework may be completed online.

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Why do people get involved in youth and young adult ministries? Some people are drawn into this field because they have a gift for working with young people. Sometimes parents get drawn in as part of their efforts to educate their children in faith. Other people get involved in youth and young adult ministries because they step up to meet a need in this area in their parish.

Additionally, people turn to the studies in this area to prepare them to be (or to provide ongoing education in their work as) religion teachers in Catholic school and college campus ministers. The MA in Religious Education with a concentration in Youth and Young Adult focuses on understanding adolescent and young adult religious, spiritual, moral, and psychological development.

Curriculum Requirements Include:

Common Religious Education Core

3 courses, 9 credits from:

  • REGR 6102 Foundations of Religious Education
  • REGR 6140 Curriculum and Religious Education
  • REGR 6120 Education for Peace and Justice

Concentration Core

3 courses, 9 credits from:

  • REGR 6202 Youth and Youth Adult Ministry
  • REGR 6204 Special Questions: Youth and Young Adult Ministry
  • REGR 6188 Religious Education and Human Development

Religious Education Electives

2 courses, 6 credits from:

  • REGR 6130 Theological Issues: Religious Education and Ministry
  • REGR 6180 The Religious and Educational Development of Children
  • REGR 6580 Adult Learning and Development
  • REGR 6182 Community, Family and Religious Education
  • REGR 7230 Special Issues in Religious Education
  • REGR 6220 Ministry and Leadership
  • REGR 6143 Imagination, Ministry, and Religious Education
  • REGR 6170 Spirituality and the Arts
  • REGR 6171 Arts in Religion and Education
  • REGR 6125 Moral Education and Development

Religious Studies Requirements

4 courses, 12 credits from:

  • One course in Old Testament
  • One course in New Testament
  • Two courses in Religious Studies (courses to be taken in the areas of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Pastoral Studies/Ministry, and Spirituality

Major Paper (required)

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