Religious Education Certificate Program
The Certificate of Religious Education (CORE) program offers professional certification for Catholic school teachers and administrators, and parish catechists. This totally online program curriculum was developed by the Providence College faculty and diocesan teachers, administrators and directors of religious education, and is grounded in four major components of the Catechism of the Catholic Church—creed, sacraments, morality and prayer. These components are augmented by the study of catechesis, which provides students with effective tools to communicate the Catholic faith.
The CORE program consists of online classes conveniently offered throughout the year, allowing students to participate anytime, anywhere. Students will advance their knowledge of faith and catechesis, along with their technological literacy and teaching methods. Depending on the type of certification, students complete four to seven classes. Each class involves approximately ten hours of study — including readings, virtual lectures and online class discussions – and carries one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) of credit. All grades are Pass/Fail. Upon successful completion of the required courses, students are awarded the Certificate of Religious Education by Providence College.
J. Edward Sirois