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Continuing Teacher Education

Faculty of Education

Religious Education in Catholic Schools Part 1

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Course Schedule
Session Dates Deadline Status
Fall/Winter 2020 Nov 09, 2020 - Feb 12, 2021 Oct 23, 2020 Open
Winter 2021 Jan 25, 2021 - Apr 09, 2021 Jan 08, 2021 Open
Late Winter 2021 Feb 22, 2021 - Apr 23, 2021 Feb 05, 2021 Open
Spring 2021 Apr 12, 2021 - Jun 11, 2021 Apr 02, 2021 Open
Late Spring 2021 May 10, 2021 - Jul 02, 2021 Apr 30, 2021 Open
Summer 2021 Jun 28, 2021 - Aug 13, 2021 Jun 18, 2021 Open
Late Summer 2021 Aug 09, 2021 - Oct 01, 2021 Jul 30, 2021 Open
*Registration will remain open until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the posted registration deadline date.
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Course Description

  • CONT624
  • CAN 685.00
  • 6 credits
  • 125 hours
  • EN
  • Online

Religious Education Part 1 provides you with the professional knowledge and the religious literacy necessary for teaching within Ontario Catholic School boards. As you work through the material, you will learn how to integrate religious teachings into the classroom, build faith communities through personal and communal knowledge, and, through ongoing faith formation, grow as an adult member of the Catholic Church.

This course is designed as a positive learning experience — allowing you to search for meaning through personal reflection and interactions with your colleagues and instructor. You will also have the opportunity to develop a portfolio that showcases your understanding of the distinctive vision that Ontario's Catholic Schools have for their students.

What you'll learn

In this course, you will:

• learn how Ontario's Catholic schools provide a distinctive approach to education;

• familiarize yourself with the Ontario Council of Teacher's Foundation of Public Practice and the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations;

• become familiar with the key teachings of the Catholic faith;

• understand the significance of being a member of a faith community;

• become familiar with the Church's understanding of Scripture;

• learn the principles of sacramentality;

• understand how prayer is essential to faith;

• learn the importance of the liturgical year;

• understand the complexity of moral living and moral decision making;

• understand the importance of integrating the social teachings of the Church into the broader curriculum; and

• understand the relationship between assessment and evaluation.

What you'll do

In this course, you will:

• write your reflections in a journal;

• identify and investigate a value or trend in today's society;

• compare and reflect on various parts of the Scripture;

• familiarize yourself with various Catholic documents such as the Catholic Catechism;

• integrate miracles and parables into your daily curriculum;

• create a representation of a special moment in your life;

• outline an approach to deal with moral and ethical issues in the classroom;

• design a prayer service;

• create a religious portfolio; and

• develop an tool to evaluate your portfolio.

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Application Requirements

We will use the OCT number you provide during online registration to confirm that you are an OCT member.

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Course Materials

Bertram, R. & O’Reilly, P. (2009). What We Believe: Practical Theology for Teachers Study Guide. Toronto: Novalis Press 

Lavin, M. (2009). What We Believe: Practical Theology for Teachers. Toronto: Novalis Press.

Cooper, N. (2017). Language of the Heart: How to read the Bible: A user guide for Catholics. Toronto: Novalis Publishing.

**Please note that there may be a delay in shipment and we recommend you purchase your textbooks, as soon as possible, to ensure you are prepared and successful in the course.  If you are ordering textbooks from the Queen’s University campus book store, and the website shows “0 available” under a specific book, please submit a rain check, to communicate with the bookstore directly.    

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