Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.)
This degree is designed for the already credentialed ministry professional working in the various fields of religious education. Such fields would include school, parish, institute, center for instruction and formation. The degree provides a framework for the creative clustering of a variety of educational workshops, conferences, and seminars brought to focus in the Master’s Project for the practical application in the place of professional employment. The religious community is in need of leadership and professional oversight in the fields of catechesis and religious education. There exists in the faith communities of today a unique opportunity for the professionally trained religious educator to affect the life of the church and society.
- 24 credits (8 courses)
- 6 credits (Exit Project)
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- Baccalaureate degree or equivalent validated by a transcript.
- Five years of accumulated experience in educational ministry (lay, religious, ordained).
- Completion of the Application Procedure.
- Students are expected to thoroughly familiarize themselves with the Student Handbook of the year of their acceptance with particular focus on their particular degree program. Students are bound by the academic and financial requirements of the Handbook in use at the time of their acceptance. The current Student Handbook as well as past years’ Handbooks can be viewed here.
- Completion of eight Units of Study: 4 required from the Graduate Theological Foundation and 4 taken from the GTF or other approved educational institutions.
- Completion of the non-credit course, Research Methodology. This course is a prerequisite to beginning the master’s project.
- Completion of the M.R.E. project and submission of one electronic or hard copy including the Project Consultant’s evaluation forms.
All academic requirements must be met by March 1 of the intended year of graduation.
All financial requirements must be met by April 1 of the intended year of graduation.
This program requires the completion of eight Units of Study. A Unit of Study is defined as 40 contact hours of instruction, and is equivalent to a 3-credit graduate-level course, one Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, or 4 Continuing Education Units.
Students select a faculty member of the GTF to serve as Project Consultant. This enables the student to receive helpful and pragmatic evaluative feedback from a member of the faculty in the developmental process of producing the Exit Project. The role of the faculty Project Consultant is responsive and suggestive rather than “supervisory” as is the case with academic thesis writing. The faculty person is encouraged to limit feedback to pragmatically helpful hints and suggestions and not to attempt any censorship of the project. The exercise of discretion with respect to time demands is very important for both the student and faculty member. The faculty Project Consultant must give final approval of the student’s work by submitting the Project Consultant’s Report Form. The assessment from the Project Consultant is due by March 1 of the intended year of graduation.
- The student peruses the Faculty Details page and makes a selection.
- The student completes the Faculty Project Consultant Nomination Form (Forms).
- Academic Affairs provides the nominated faculty member with the Faculty Project Consultant Nomination Form.
- The selected faculty member notifies Academic Affairs of acceptance of student nomination.
- Academic Affairs informs the student and faculty member of relationship approval and contact information is provided.
The Association of United Church Educators (AUCE)
Christian Educators Association International (CEAI)
The Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA)
Lutheran Association of Christian Educators (LACE)
National Association for Episcopal Christian Education Directors
National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
The Religious Education Association (REA)