In order to obtain the Catechetics Specialization with an M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry degree, each student will take 14 Graduate Courses, or 42 Credits (this does not include pre-requisite courses). The specialization is sought in conjunction with the M.A., therefore, students have theology requirements to complete. More specifically, students will take the four Theological Foundations classes as well as four electives of their choosing. All of these courses can and should be taken alongside the catechetics curriculum.
Theological Foundations Courses
In order to prepare students for their Graduate Catechetics program of study, they will take THE 517 Catechetics. Though it does not count towards their 42 credits, this background course provides a necessary study of recent magisterial documents that address catechesis.
While taking the pre-requisite course, students can also begin their first Graduate course in the catechetics curriculum, THE 780 Scripture: The Heart of Catechesis. The catechetics courses are specifically sequenced to take advantage of material covered by a previous class. Some classes are only offered in either the Fall or Spring semester and not the other. Before enrolling in classes, please see your advisor!
Catechetics students must complete the following five courses:
*These courses are usually taken together in the last semester.
The specialization is completed with one of the following seven Catechetics electives:
Catechetics Electives (Only one)
So, how would a typical schedule actually look? See below for a sample schedule of Graduate courses. This is not the only way that the classes can be taken, but it does demonstrate the proper sequencing of Catechetics classes.
These requirements have been put in place to give our students the professional training they will need in the field.
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