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The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at John Carroll University today announced a graduate-level Certificate in Theological Education, a 15 credit-hour program with courses built around the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ curriculum framework.

The Certificate in Theological Education is designed for high school theology teachers and anyone engaged in the ministry of religious education. A flexible distance-learning model allows students to participate in once-a-week classes either on campus or online via videoconference.

“This is an opportunity to expand our successful Theology for Teachers workshop into a graduate-level program that combines theological rigor with practical pedagogy,” said Edward Hahnenberg, Ph.D., Breen Chair in Catholic Theology, John Carroll University. “Drawing on our distinguished faculty, the Certificate in Theological Education offers a foundation in Catholic theology combined with an interreligious openness characteristic of the diverse students we all teach.”

Since 2016, John Carroll University’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies has offered an annual one-day workshop designed for theology teachers, which has attracted more than 160 teachers from 49 schools across 10 Catholic dioceses.

Course content is aligned with the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework. The certificate complements catechist certification in the Diocese of Cleveland by providing more in-depth formation. All courses taken toward the Certificate can be applied directly to the M.A. in Theology and Religious Studies at John Carroll.

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