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Master of Theological Studies Degree (MTS)
This professional program is designed to prepare individuals for the ministry of religious education. It welcomes women and men from various aspects of this ministry such as teaching or supervising in schools, parishes, dioceses, or international settings.
The curriculum helps students:
Prerequisites for the MRE
Applicants must have at least one year of full-time experience in teaching or other forms of education ministry. Applicants without full-time experience should provide a resume detailing comparable experiences. The teaching experience need not be in school-based education, but may be of a more informal nature. If there is some question, an interview with the Programs Coordinator may be required.
Depending on a student’s qualifications, between 16 and 20 courses (or their equivalent in the case of transfer students) are required for the MRE degree. An average of B- (2.7 GPA) with no mark below B- is requisite for the granting of the degree.
A student seeking exemption from particular courses or curricular requirements because of previous study or experience must have permission from the professor of the course(s) in question. If an exemption is granted, the student must substitute another course in the same area to fulfill the requirement.
The 16-20 units of study are distributed as follows:
Biblical Department (3 units)
Theology Department (5 units)
History Department (1 unit)
Pastoral Department: Religious Education (4 to 6 units)
N.B. Students with a BEd or equivalent may be exempt from one Religious Education elective. Students who have completed OECTA III or show evidence of completing it during the MRE program may receive the same exemption.
Free Electives (1 to 3 units)
N.B. A Student with 1 year of full-time teaching experience or a student with two (2) years in parish catechesis/religious education may have one free elective reduced from the program. A student with a second year of full-time teaching experience may have a second free elective reduced from the program.
Theological Field Education (2 units)
Theological Field Education begins with SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry. It continues in an approved field placement where students engage in pastoral action and supervised theological and pastoral reflection on their learning. Upon completion of the Supervised Field Placement, the students participate on campus in SMF 3010: Theological Reflection Seminar, a guided group experience focused on identifying their operative theology in pastoral practice and on articulating their self-understanding as pastoral ministers. Students should consult the Director of Pastoral Formation by the end of their participation in the course, SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry, for assistance with developing their field-based learning goals and the placement suitable for pursuing these goals.
The Field Education Cycle includes:
Field Education timelines:
Evaluation of the students in the Theological Field Education program is an ongoing process involving a learning log, supervisory sessions, and written reports at the completion of the supervised field placement. The Theological Reflection Seminar also entails written work on pastoral practice and a concluding interview with the Director of Pastoral Formation.
Duration of Studies and Course Load
The MRE may be completed in between two and eight years, and may be done entirely on a part-time basis.
In some cases, MRE graduates are admissible to advanced degree programs subject to establishing M Div equivalency. This normally requires one year of study beyond the MRE. Graduates wishing to pursue advanced degree studies should consult with the Advanced Degree Director in planning this year of study.
MRE and the Ontario College of Teachers
The MRE degree is one of the degrees recognized by the Ontario College of Teachers. Students who successfully complete the program may use it for entrance into the Principal’s Qualification Program and/or the Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program.
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