Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.)

Religious education—to communicate ideals, be­liefs and practice—is a central task of religious leadership. The two Master of Reli­gious Education concen­tra­tions are two-year profession­al programs that provide students with the skills, knowledge and methods necessary for effective educational and ministries.


Graduation Requirements:

To be awarded the M.R.E. degree, students must fulfill the following require­ments:

  • 50 credit hours
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.50
  • Mid‑Program Review
  • A Religious Education Project, presented in the Religious Education Colloquium in the term prior to graduation

1. Concentration in Religious Education:

The following com­petencies are among the goals of the R.E. concentration in Christian Education: to understand the Christian message and its varieties of expression; to convey the message of salvation and how it applies in one's life, marriage, family and career; to commun­icate one's faith so as to enlist com­mitment from others; to engage in ecumeni­cal dia­logue and joint activities with other denominations; to orga­nize age-appro­priate classes and train teachers for them; to design and create successful Sunday School programs; to func­­tion effec­tively as a teacher and administrator. The following course requirements apply to students taking this concentration. Courses listed are for 3 credits unless other­wise noted.

Theological Curriculum, two courses in Scripture / primary texts: SCR 5131 Hebrew Bible, SCR 5141 New Testament Foundations, SCR 5142 New Testament in Context, SCR 5412 Life and Teachings of Jesus, or SCR 5413 Life and Letters of Paul, THE 5621 Teachings of Sun Myung Moon or THE 5631 Divine Principle, THE 5131 Systematic Theology, LTR 5131 Church History I,

Church History elective (2 or 3 credits): LTR 5132 Church History IILTR 5301 American Religious Experience, LTR 5302 History of the Black Church, LTR 5311 Parallels of History, LTR 5151 Unification Movement, Any denominational history course, LTR 5141 Paths of Faith

Religious Education Curriculum: EDU 5801 Ministerial Self-Discovery (0 credits), EDU 5101 Foundations of Religious Education, EDU 5111, 5112 or 5113 Models of Teaching

Two Religious Education electives (2-3 credits): EDU 5301 Educational Leadership and Programming, EDU 5302 Curriculum Design, EDU 5311 Spiritual Development, EDU 5411 Children's Ministry, EDU 5421 Ministry with Youth and Adolescents, EDU 5431 Ministry with Young Adults, EDU 5441 Ministry to Adults, EDU 5501 Character Education and Development, EDU 5503 Advocating for Character Education, EDU 5511 Ministry for Marriage Preparation, EDU 5512 Marriage and Family Enrichment, EDU 5521 Perspectives on the Family and Peacebuilding, EDU 5602 Teaching Korean as a Second Language, IEDU 5603 Teaching Korean as a Second Language, IIEDU 5601 Practicum in Teaching, MIN 5431 Foundations of Interfaith Leadership, MIN 5722 Intercultural Communication and Conflict Transformation, EDU 5190 Religious Education Colloquium

Denominational Requirement (Unificationist students only): LAN 5161 Korean 1 or LAN 5162 Korean 2

Field Education: MIN 5190 Field Education Internship (2 credits)


2. Concentration in Interfaith Peacebuilding:

At UTS, peace education in the religious education context is fundamentally inter-religious, that is, transcending any single religion, race, nation or culture. Further­more, the knowledge that the reli­gious edu­cator imparts does more than just promote tolerance of the other; it contains within it the impulse towards harmony and peace among all members of the human family.

The curriculum includes components which enable students to: (1) learn universal principles of peacebuilding; (2) examine how religions can either exacerbate or ameli­orate conflict; (3) under­stand the religious "other"; and (4) gain practical skills and experience for peacebuilding and educating for peace. [Learning Outcomes]

The following course requirements apply to all students taking this concentration. Courses listed are for 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Theological Curriculum: SCR 5151 World Scriptures and World Peace, THE 5132 Unification Theology of Peacebuilding, THE 5141 Ethics and Social Justice in the Age of Globalization, LTR 5513 World Religions and Global Conflict

One elective course in each of two religious traditions other than the student's own, e.g.: SCR 5131 Hebrew Bible, SCR 5141 New Testament Foundations, THE 5131 Systematic Theology, LTR 5131 Church History, ILTR 5402 Jewish-Christian relations, LTR 5411 Islam, LTR 5421 Confucianism, LTR 5431 Buddhism, LTR 5151 Unification Movement, THE 5631 Divine Principle

Religious Education Curriculum: EDU 5801 Ministerial Self-Discovery (0 credits), EDU 5101 Foundations of Religious Education, EDU 5111, EDU 5112 or EDU 5113 Models of Teaching

One Religious Education elective: (See the list for the Christian Education concentration, above)

One Management elective of the following: MIN 5105 Congregational Development, MGT 5302 Management of Non-Profit Organizations, MGT 5303 Leadership and Organizational Planning, MGT 5304 Leadership in the Social Sector, MGT 5311 Principles of Marketing, MGT 5312 Entrepreneurship, MGT 5331 Human Resource Management, MGT 5401 Financial Management for Non-Profit Organizations, MGT 5501 Public Relations, EDU 5190 Religious Education Colloquium

Field Education: MIN 5190 Field Education Internship (2 credits)