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Faith Formation

Advanced Certificate

Online and On-Campus

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The Advanced Certificate in Faith Formation offers teachers, parish religious educators, and part-time or volunteer parish ministers an opportunity to further prepare themselves for parish service and/or religious education.

The competencies outlined by the United States Bishops (USCCB) in their document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord are included in the courses offered in the Faith Formation certificate program.

Specifically, as Co-Workers indicates, the core elements GRE includes in the Advanced Certificate in Faith Formation are:

  • Scripture and Its Interpretation
  • Dogmatic Theology
  • Church History
  • Liturgical and Sacramental Theology
  • Moral theology and Catholic Social Teaching
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Spirituality
  • Canon Law

Curriculum (18 credits)

  • One course in Ecclesiology (three credits)
  • One course in Scripture (New Testament) (three credits)
  • Four courses chosen from the following areas: Liturgy, Sacraments, Spirituality, or Religious Education (twelve credits)

Sample Courses

  • Christian Spirituality, 3 Credits | The course considers the major figures and themes and Christian spirituality in the modern period. Students get to know key spiritual writers from the 16th to the 20th century. The focus is on how these writes thought mystically and how they applied that focus to their world. Themes from traditional and mystical thinking are used to address today's issues.
  • Christology, 3 Credits | This course presents a comprehensive review, from a Roman Catholic perspective, of the many different ways that the Church has understood Jesus Christ through the centuries. We will examine Biblical Christologies, and the final part concentrates on some contemporary Christologies.
  • Church And Society, 3 Credits | Explores various ways of envisioning how faith communities can structure their internal lives and their relationship to the world. Includes a historical survey of understandings of church and society from biblical times to the present, with specific emphasis placed on using the resources of Scripture and Christian Traditions to help faith communities discern what God is enabling and requiring of them in the world today.
  • Education For Peace and Justice, 3 Credits | Focuses on developing a greater understanding of the social ministry of the Christian churches. After a historical survey of Christian attitudes toward peace and justice, 0participants will explore ways of bringing a concern for peace and justice issues into liturgy, preaching, religious education and pastoral ministry. The course also examines how to relate Christian understandings of peace and justice to everyday work, and civic, political and family life.

Admissions Requirements

All who have a BA/BS degree may apply. For more information about other admissions requirements, see the GRE application requirements.