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"Bridging religious and cultural divides"

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

The program has two concentrations:

(1) Religious Education

(2) Interfaith Peacebuilding

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

Concentration in Religious Education:

Religious education is a vital component of the life of any church or faith community.  An effective religious education program will support the on-going religious development and spiritual growth of its members as well as its guests. The concentration in Religious Education focuses on this need as it prepares students to be effective religious educators. The concentration will allow students to develop appropriate and effective strategies for teaching and designing educational programs that will also take into consideration the diverse contextual needs of the learners in the congregation.  Students will also study important theological and scriptural concepts together with an appreciation of the leading figures, events and institutions of the Christian Church. In addition, students in this concentration will also acquire a basic familiarity with the practices, texts and beliefs of the world’s religions.

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

Thelogical 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

One Church History elective:

LTR 5132 Church History II

LTR 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 World Religions

 

Religious Education Curriculum:

EDU 5101 Foundations of Religious Education

EDU 5111, 5112 or 5113 Models of Teaching

Two Religious Education electives:

EDU 5301 Educational Planning and Administration

EDU 5302 Programming and Curriculum Design

EDU 5311 Spiritual Development

EDU 5321 Brain Based Teaching and Learning

EDU 5411 Children’s Ministry

EDU 5421 Ministry with Youth and Adolescents

EDU 5431 Ministry with Young Adults

EDU 5441 Adult Learning and Development

EDU 5501 Character Education and Development

EDU 5502 Sexual Ethics and the Bible

EDU 5511 Ministry for Marriage Preparation

EDU 5512 Marriage and Family Enrichment

EDU 5601 Practicum in Teaching

EDU 5611 Teaching the Bible as Liberating Word

EDU 5672 Online Ministries

MIN 5431 Foundations of Interfaith Leadership

MIN 5722 Cultural Diversity and Conflict Transformation

EDU 5190 Religious Education Colloquium

 

Field Education:

MIN 5190 Field Education Internship (2 credits)

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 within this concentration includes components, which enable the students to examine critical opportunities and challenges, both generally and within their tradition, for interfaith encounters. The curriculum also includes courses that will allow students to recognize the impact faith communities have had on ecumenical and interfaith activities and to understand the central principles of peace building within their own faith tradition and in other traditions in moving forward in this work.  A unique dynamic of this concentration is that students will become literate in a faith tradition beyond their own. The ability to communicate and implement guidelines for peace and justice will also be emphasized.

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

Thelogical Curriculum:

SCR 5151 World Scriptures and World Peace

THE 5132 Theology of Peacebuilding

THE 5141 Ethics and Social Justice in the Age of Globalization

LTR 5513 World Religions and Global Conflict

One elective course each in two different 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 I

LTR 5402 Jewish-Christian relations

LTR 5411 Islam

LTR 5421 Confucianism

LTR 5431 Buddhism

LTR 5441 Hinduism

LTR 5151 Unification Movement

THE 5631 Divine Principle

 

Religious Education Curriculum:

EDU 5101 Foundations of Religious Education

EDU 5111, EDU 5112 or EDU 5113 Models of Teaching

Two Religious Education electives

(See the list for the Christian Education concentration) or

One Religious Education elective plus 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 Brand Management

EDU 5190 Religious Education Colloquium

 

Field Education:

MIN 5190 Field Education Internship (2 credits)

"Bridging religious and cultural divides"

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