The Major in Religious Education replaces Brescia's Certificate in Religious Education developed and approved in collaboration with the Faculty of Education in 2003. It is designed to provide students with a program of studies that prepares them to choose the teaching of the Intermediate-Senior curriculum in Religious Education in the Catholic schools of Ontario as one of their teaching subjects on application to an Ontario Faculty of Education.
Each year of the four-year secondary school Religious Education curriculum approaches the topics covered from the perspective of scripture, profession of faith, moral development, prayer and sacramental life, and family life education. The required courses in the Major in Religious Education provide the foundation in scripture, ethics, social teachings of the Church, spiritual and religious development, and contemporary Christian theology, recommended by the Institute for Catholic Education. Additional courses from a list of electives enable students to complete the 6.0 courses required for the Major, to gain admission to a faculty of education with religion as a teaching subject,and to pursue topics which will assist them in teaching the Intermediate-Senior curriculum, including World Religions or Philosophy if they so choose.
Completion of first-year requirements, including 1.0 course in Religious Studies at the 1000 level with a mark of at least 60%.
3.5 courses: Religious Studies 2232F/G, 2137 or 3249E or the former 2249E, Religious Studies 3257F/G or the former 2257F/G, Religious Studies 2150 or 2265E, 2216F/G or 2222F/G.
2.5 courses from: Religious Studies 2135E, 2216F/G, 2217F/G, 2222F/G, 2226F/G*, Religious Studies 2227F/G*, Religious Studies 2236A/B, 2251F/G, 2252F/G, 2290F/G, 2291F/G. Up to 1.0 course may be substituted above from: Family Studies 2200E, Philosophy 1305F/G, 2070E, 2063E or 2660E, Psychology 2075, Sociology 2235. Other courses by permission before registration, in consultation with the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Brescia University College.
* If Religious Studies 1026F/G has not been completed in first year, Religious Studies 2226F/G is required. If Religious Studies 1028F/G has not been completed in first year, Religious Studies 2227F/G is required.