Religious Education Programs for Catholic Teachers and Administrators

St. Mary’s offers two professional development programs for Catholic Educators: Diploma in Religious Education (DRE) & Certificate in Catholic Educational Leadership CCEL). CCEL is a 12 credit program. DRE is a 30 credit program. You may complete one course or the entire program and can begin at any time (depending on individual course dates). There is no time limit to compete the required coursework for the diploma or certificate.

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Catholic Educators (DRE/CCEL) courses now available for registration!

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  1. If you have never taken a course at St. Mary’s University, you must apply for admission online through Apply Alberta.
  2. You will be asked to create an account and pay a one-time $100 application fee. When prompted to choose a discipline of study at St. Mary’s University, choose Catholic Educators, then either GCCEL or GDRE.
  3. Submit a copy of your teaching certificate to sarah.twomey@stmu.ca or by fax at (403) 531-9136. You will receive an admission confirmation and log in id and password for access to St. Mary’s student portal My.StMU.
  1. Once you receive your emailed acceptance, log onto: https://ss.stmu.ca/SelfService/Home.aspx to register using the log in credentials provided to you at the time of your initial application.
  2. Click Register. Select the year/term and the course(s) you wish to register for and add them to your cart.
  3. Click next to complete the registration process.
  • Completion of a total of 30 credits
  • Completion of EDPA 591: Philosophy of Catholic Education
  • Completion of 27 credits chosen from the GDRE 3 credit courses below
3 credit
EDLD 551: Theory and Practice in Educational Leadership I
EDLD 552: Theory and Practice in Educational Leadership II
EDPA 557: Theory and Practice of Catholic School Administration
EDPA 593: Philosophical Basis of Moral Education
EDPA 595: Methods in Religious Education
THEO 503: Understanding the Sacraments
THEO 505: Spiritual Traditions in Christianity
THEO 521: Scriptural Themes
THEO 541: Theology of the Church
THEO 543: Theology of Christ
THEO 551: Social Issues in the Theological Tradition
THEO 561: Contemporary Issues
THEO 599: Supervised Thematic Study

Graduation
Upon completion of the program requirements, students submit an Application to Graduate. When their eligibility to graduate has been verified, they will receive a written confirmation notice. They will be invited to receive their certificate or diploma at the next convocation ceremony.

  • Completion of a total of 12 Credits
  • Completion of 6 credits from the mandatory course list below and 6 credits from any of the Catholic Educators Courses (GDRE 3 credit courses or GCCEL 1.5 credit courses).
Mandatory Courses
EDPA 591: Philosophy of Catholic Education – 3 credits
EDPD 531: The School as Christian Community – 1.5 credits
EDPD 533: Spirituality and Leadership – 1.5 credits

Optional Courses
EDLD 551: Theory and Practice in Educational Leadership I
EDLD 552: Theory and Practice in Educational Leadership II
EDPD 511: Faith Development and Religious Education – 1.5 credits
EDPD 513: Religious Education: Ethical, Moral and Social Justice Issues – 1.5 credits
EDPD 555: Current Issues in Catholic Education – 1.5 credits
EDPA 557: Theory and Practice of Catholic School Administration – 3 credits
EDPA 593: Philosophical Basis of Moral Education – 3 credits
EDPD 511: Faith Development and Religious Education – 1.5 credits
EDPD 513: Religious Education: Ethical, Moral and Social Justice Issues – 1.5 credits
EDPD 555: Current Issues in Catholic Education – 1.5 credits
THEO 503: Understanding the Sacraments – 3 credits
THEO 505: Spiritual Traditions in Christianity – 3 credits
THEO 561: Contemporary Issues – 3 credits

Courses in the GCCEL and GDRE programs may be submitted to the Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Acceptance of particular courses should be checked with the TQS. For information regarding which courses transfer to other degree granting institutions, please see the Alberta Council on Admission and Transfer’s Alberta Transfer Guide, available online at www.transferalberta.ca.