Program Overview

College of Saint Elizabeth offers a Certificate of Religious Education for students interested in the ministry and ministry professionals. Professionals may be interested in certification demonstrating their understanding of Christianity and their ability in teaching and administration, as well as teaching of the word of God. Students will take part in a curriculum is intended to reflect on the meaning of God, the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and the morality and ethical system that is part of the Christian belief system. The program aims to allow students to advance their knowledge of faith, religious studies, as well as their technological literacy and ability to teach.

The program will allow students to take part in a curriculum which aims to develop their understanding of religion and religious studies as preparation for roles in education. The curriculum consists of 24 credit hours of classes that include Identity and Pastoral Practice with the Living God in Foundations of Lay Ministry, Religious Education Skills and Competencies, and Principles and Processes for Decision Making in Christian Ethics.

Successful graduates should be able to exhibit understanding of the theory and practice of teaching the word of God, including the meanings and applications of theology as knowledge about god, belief as personal acceptance of theological truths, and religion as action emanating from those beliefs. Graduates should also understand the central doctrines of Christianity, and be able to demonstrate understanding of the meaning of the sacrament. Lastly, students will be expected to demonstrate understanding of the issues of morality as faced by Catholics in the Christian church.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the College has a strong tradition of concern for the poor, for developing leadership in a spirit of service and social responsibility, and a commitment to the promotion of women as full partners in society.

    The College is proud to offer a large variety of programs to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Students have the following options in selecting a program of study that best meets their needs:

    • Undergraduate – the undergraduate program enables students to gain the knowledge and experiences they need to achieve their full potential academically, personally, spiritually and professionally.
    • Continuing Studies – flexible evening, weekend, and online programs leading to a bachelor's degree meet the needs of adult learners seeking to advance their careers.
    • Graduate Programs – evening, weekend and online master's programs and a fully subscribed doctoral program are designed to help students advance in high-demand fields and professions. These programs prepare our students to stand out as ethical, knowledgeable leaders, who acting in the spirit of service and active engagement, excel in their professions, communities, and daily lives.
    • Professional Certificate Programs – CSE offers evening, weekend and online programs leading to certification in counseling, education, health care, management, ministry, nutrition and other fields.


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