The Religious Education Programs provide opportunities for religious educators to deepen their Christian faith and to explore ways for nurturing it in others. The graduate programs in Religious Education are not professional degrees, but intended to enhance the student’s practice of their chosen profession. Courses are designed to awaken an intellectual understanding of the Christian tradition, to foster a hope-filled trust in God’s promises and to empower an active commitment to the building of the Reign of God. This threefold faith: intellectual, affective, and active becomes the context within which pedagogical approaches are examined and developed in order to enable religious educators to interpret the Christian tradition effectively in contemporary society.
These courses provide a common area of study as well as a base from which students can interact with each other on topics and concerns of mutual interest. Flexibility in the curriculum is provided by making available complementary courses and electives from other programs, so that background needs may be met and personal interest areas explored.
Course content is presented through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, private research and practical activities. Community spirit is promoted not only through worship and social interaction in the more formal learning situation, but also through participating in extracurricular activities.
The Graduate Diploma in Religious Education (G.D.R.E.) is a basic diploma with concentrations in Teaching in a Catholic School or Catholic School Administration directed toward the preparation of persons who wish to engage in religious education in both school and parish environments.
The Graduate Certificate in Catholic School Administration (G.C.C.S.A.) is a basic certificate offered for teachers who are preparing to assume leadership roles in Catholic schools.
The Certificate in Theological Studies is a six course basic program in theological education. Schools boards interested in this program should contact the Director of Religious Education.
The Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) is an advanced degree designed for the preparation of specialist Teaching in a Catholic School or Catholic School Administration, thus providing an important contribution for those engaged in teaching, administration, leadership and curriculum development.
Saskatchewan Teachers in Catholic Schools
The Board of Teacher Education and Certification (BTEC) of the Province of Saskatchewan now recognizes for classification purposes the courses offered in Saskatoon toward the Graduate Diploma in Religious Education (G.D.R.E.).