Newman Theological College
Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.)

The Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) is a basic degree designed for the preparation of teachers in the area of Religious Education or Administrators in Catholic Schools.


Students who complete this program shall:

  • Have a familiarity with the major areas of Catholic Theology. This is achieved through required courses in Sacred Scriptures, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, and Sacramental/Liturgical Theology.
  • Have a thorough familiarity with the principles of Religious Education and their application in the context of Catholic Schools. This is achieved through mandatory 9 credits of courses in Religious Education for those in the Teaching Concentration.
  • Become familiar with the issues facing School Administrators in a Catholic context and be equipped to face them in a theologically informed manner. This is achieved through the mandatory courses in Catholic School Administration for students in the Catholic School Administration Concentration.
  • Put into practice the principles learned in their course work. This is achieved through ongoing participation in a relevant supervised field experience (12 credits)

Admission Requirements

A B.Ed. degree or undergraduate degree plus a teaching certificate is required for admission to the program. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree plus work experience in an educational setting may also be considered. A limited number of mature student admissions may be accepted.  At present we are not able to offer Distance Education courses to residents of the U.S.A., but we welcome inquiries from anyone so interested.

This program is a Designated Learning Program and eligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit.  See International Student Admissions for DLI number.


Six (6) credits to be completed at our main campus or extension site in Saskatchewan is offered as an approved exception to Degree Program Standard B, section B.3.1.3. from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)

Procedure for Admission

  • Complete an Application Form and submit with payment of $45.00 non-refundable application fee (International Student Application Fee $250.00);
  • Arrange for transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office from the issuing educational authority. No photocopies permitted.
  • Letters of reference from two persons qualified to judge the applicant’s character and intellectual ability.
  • Personal Statement /Letter of intent about why the applicant would like to study for the M.R.E.

Degree Requirements

The MRE program requires the completion of 42 credits. 30 credits consists of course work including 24 credits in core courses and 6 credits in elective courses and the further 12 credits consists of field education. Credits may be acquired though full-time or part-time enrollment.

General Outline

Foundational Theology: 9 Credits

Teaching Concentration

REL 465 Foundations of Religious Education
REL 467 Contemporary Theory and Praxis in Religious Education
REL 491 Faith Formation in Religious Education


Administration Concentration

CSA 571 Foundations of Catholic School Administrations
CSA 573 Contemporary Theory and Praxis in Catholic School Administration
REL 491 Faith Formation in Religious Education

Sacred Scriptures: 6 Credits


BST 400 Introduction to Sacred Scripture and their Interpretation
BST 420 Introduction to Old Testament
REL 420 Old Testament in Religious Education


BST 421 Matthew and Mark**
BST 422 Luke Acts**
BST 425 The Synoptic Gospels **
BST 430 The New Testament *
REL 422 New Testament in Religious Education

Systematic Theology: 3 Credits


STD 450 Christology
STD 451 Theology of God

Liturgical Theology: 3 Credits


STD 440 Liturgical and Sacramental Theology
REL 442 Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist

Moral Theology: 3 Credits


REL 460 Moral Values in Religious Education
STP 461 Introduction to Moral Theology
STP 462 Introduction to Spiritual Theology

Electives: 6 Credits

Must take 2 Electives at the graduate level (excluding language classes). See Course Descriptions6

Supervised Field Experience: 12 Credits

REL 400 A/B/C/D is graded on a pass/fail basis. Completed through professional work as a teacher or approved volunteer placement.

* BST 430 has the prerequisite of BST 420 or REL 420 only.
** Students who take BST 425 cannot take BST 421 and/or BST 422 for credit. BST 421/BST 422 and BST 425 have the prerequisite of BST 400/BST 420 or REL 420.

Transfer of Credits

A student may transfer a maximum of 15 credits toward the M.R.E. for graduate level course work from other recognized colleges and universities. Such credits must not be part of a previous graduate degree program. The transfer of credits is subject to the approval of the NTC Admissions and Evaluation Committee.

M.R.E. Required Reading List

Congregation for the ClergyGeneral Directory for Catechesis. Ottawa: Concacan, 1997.

Knox, I.  C.S.Sp. Theology for Teachers. Ottawa: Novalis, 1999.

Stankard, B.  How Each Child Learns: Using Multiple Intelligence in Faith Formation.  Mystic: Twenty-Third, 2003.

Groome, T. Educating for Life. Allen, TX: Thomas Moore, 1998.

Mulligan, J.  Catholic Education: Ensuring a Future. Toronto: Novalis, 2005.

Palmer, P.  The Courage to Teach. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Inc., 1998.