Adult Formation resources
University of Dayton Online Adult Faith Formation and Catechist Training
The Office of Religious Education, in partnership with Dayton University Virtual Learning Community, offers this Internet based distance learning program which supports adult faith formation and the catechetical ministry of the Church. This is an opportunity to build a strong lay leadership base in your parish.
Courses addressed in the program include scripture, Jesus, Church history, Catholic beliefs, Sacraments and media education, and more.
Participants will learn with a small online community of their peers, through three or five week courses.
Undergraduate Credit Courses
The Institute of Pastoral Initiatives is pleased to announce an exciting new initiative by our Institute: courses which can be taken for undergraduate credit! These courses, with their content, requirements, and facilitators, offer a level of study enabling students who cannot devote the time or resources to a traditional undergraduate-level course of study to earn college credits in theology.
- Are approved by the University of Dayton as credit yielding courses.
- Can be used toward completion of an undergraduate degree at another school, provided the student was admitted into the program and the host school accepts the credits.
- Last five weeks per course for one credit hour.
If students finish at least three courses, they will have earned three credits or the equivalent of completing a traditional semester-long class.
Each one credit class costs $200. Even after calculating the total for a full-track of classes, this is a great value considering the content and personal attention a student would receive from our course facilitators when compared with traditional classes.
University of Loyola Extension Learning
Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension, from Loyola University, is a graduate-level, Catholic university program leading to a master’s degree or certificate in religious education or pastoral studies. Focus areas for Religious Education are Foundations in Religious Education and Curriculum Development. Focus areas for pastoral studies include Christian Spirituality for pastoral ministers, pastoral life and administration, youth ministry, Hispanic ministry, religion and ecology, marketplace ministry, and small Christian community formation.
The diocese has graduated several learning groups and has one group in process. Learning groups are formed periodically. The Director of Religious Education is the diocesan liaison for this program in the diocese.
Go to the University of Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension
Certificate in Catechesis
University of Dayton Virtual Learning Community
- Volunteer catechists
- Catholic school religion teachers
- Others whose ministry would be enriched by formal certification in this field.
- Complete the application form (use the link found below) and pay the $15.00 / $30.00 fee for Level One.
- Complete the 6 required courses for Level One. Successfully complete the required work for each course including the additional catechist exercises in each session of the course.
- It is recommended that the courses in each level be taken in sequence.
- Normal Course and Seminar fees apply.
- Complete the application form (use the link found below) and pay the $15.00 / $30.00 fee for Level Two. Successfully complete the required work for each course including the additional catechist exercises in each session of the course.
- Up to two courses taken with a diocese may be applied toward the Certificate in Catechesis.
- The Diocesan Catechetical Leader is required to submit a letter to the Director of the VLCFF indicating that the selected course/s was equivalent to 2.5 CEUs (25 clock hours of work) and met the equivalent VLCFF course objectives.
- It is your responsibility to keep track of your progress in the program: Keep track of the courses you have taken, the levels you have completed, and when you have finished the program, to contact us and put in your request for your certificate of completion.
If you are new to the VLCFF, please complete a user profile (in the Become a New Student page, click the link to create your profile). You must be logged in to see the registration link.
Level I Courses
- Survey of Catholic Doctrine
- Introduction to Scripture
- Images of Jesus
- Introduction to Catechesis
- Introduction to Prayer
Level I Courses
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Ecclesiology: Beginnings of the Church
- Introduction to Practical Morality
- Faith and Human Development
- Vocation & Discipleship
Extension/University of Loyola New Orleans/Dioscese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Graduate Scholarship
How the degree is funded:
Extension 60 % of cost of degree
Student 20 %
U of Loyola 10%
Parish/other 10 %
Students meet in groups within the Diocese of Springfield / Cape Girardeau. Travel to New Orleans is not required. Normally it takes 5 years to complete the Master degree program.
Extension requires students to currently be involved in ministry, and agree to continue in ministry after completion of the degree. The diocese requires a meeting with the Bishop, and annual meetings with the diocesan director.
The Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) is a 36-credit hour degree program. All twelve 3 credit hour courses are taken for graduate credit hours, at the current tuition rate at Loyola Institute for Ministry New Orleans Program requirements consist of:
- Theological core courses (18-credit hours)
- Ministry and Religious Education context courses and Capstone Course (12-credit hours)
- Focus area courses and capstone course (6-credit hours)
The Master of Pastoral Studies (M.P.S.) is a 36-credit hour degree program. All twelve 3 credit hour courses are taken for graduate credit hours at the current tuition rate at Loyola Institute for Ministry New Orleans. In pursuing the Master of Pastoral Studies, students select a focus area relevant to their ministry. Degree requirements consist of:
- Theological core courses (18-credit hours)
- Ministry and Religious Education context courses and Capstone Course (12 credit hours)
- Focus area courses (6 credit hours)
$336 per credit hour or $1,008 for three hour credit course for 2012-13 academic year for Institute for Ministry students, although this will change if the tuition costs change over the 5 year period. (Certificate candidate tuition is $405 per course)
36 hours X $336 = $12,096 for degree, plus fees and books over a 5 year period, estimated
$2419 = 20% spread out over a 5 year period, estimated
$1209 = 10% spread out over a 5 year period, estimated
contact Karen Pesek, Director, Office of Religious Education, Diocese of Springfield-
Cape Girardeau, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 417-866-0841.