Program Goals

By the end of the CDU MA for Catholic Educators program, a student:

  • Synthesizes the Church’s teaching on divine Revelation including, Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium of the Church, and how it bears on the Church’s mission of evangelization.
  • Exhibits a mature understanding of the Christian vocation in the world and a capacity to teach and defend the Catholic faith in wider culture.
  • Teaches the truths of the Catholic faith.
  • Demonstrates the ability to refer, in careful and appropriate ways, to Scriptural passages related to the fundamental teachings of the Church in a demonstrated capacity to apply various approaches to Scriptural interpretation as these have been recommended in the Constitution on Divine Revelation.
  • Engages in critical theological thinking through reflection and analysis of theological and philosophical concepts and texts.
  • Achieves an understanding of the principles of Scripture, moral theology, and Catholic Social Teachings and an ability to apply them to a contemporary social, cultural, or biomedical issues.
  • Demonstrates competence to impart teachings of the Catholic faith.
  • Articulates the ethical and moral principles of the Christian life, and how they inform the growth of the Christian community.

 

  • The MA program at CDU is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized as a national accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The university is also certified as a degree granting institution by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Community and Technical College System.
  • Our distance learning format gives students the flexibility to study at times and places that best fit their schedules, eliminating the need to spend extended time on a college campus or driving to class each week.
  • CDU is dedicated to providing a program of faithful and systematic teachings of Sacred Scripture, the living tradition of the Church, and the authentic Magisterium, and the spiritual heritage of the Fathers, Doctors and Saints.
  • CDU is the right size university to meet your needs. We have more students than you'll find in the theology departments of most major universities - and yet, because theology is all we teach, we are small enough to know each student personally.
  • To assist students and ease any 'nervousness' about taking online classes, CDU offers a full-time online technical help desk and student center faculty assistance.
  • At CDU, distance learning does not mean isolated and impersonal. Our community-based online student center provides a place for prayer and spiritual support, lively discussions and general conversation, and program-specific question and answer desks.
  • CDU courses are written and taught by world-renowned Catholic theologians and scripture scholars.

By the end of the CDU MA for Catholic Educators program, a student:

  • Synthesizes the Church’s teaching on divine Revelation including, Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium of the Church, and how it bears on the Church’s mission of evangelization.
  • Exhibits a mature understanding of the Christian vocation in the world and a capacity to teach and defend the Catholic faith in wider culture.
  • Teaches the truths of the Catholic faith.
  • Demonstrates the ability to refer, in careful and appropriate ways, to Scriptural passages related to the fundamental teachings of the Church in a demonstrated capacity to apply various approaches to Scriptural interpretation as these have been recommended in the Constitution on Divine Revelation.
  • Engages in critical theological thinking through reflection and analysis of theological and philosophical concepts and texts.
  • Achieves an understanding of the principles of Scripture, moral theology, and Catholic Social Teachings and an ability to apply them to a contemporary social, cultural, or biomedical issues.
  • Demonstrates competence to impart teachings of the Catholic faith.
  • Articulates the ethical and moral principles of the Christian life, and how they inform the growth of the Christian community.

 

  • Program Requirements: 36 credits- 33 core credits, 3 elective credits, 2 sets of comprehensive exams, and program portfolio
  • Program Time Limit: 5 years
  • Application Process: Submit application, $25 application fee, an  official transcript of a Baccalaureate Degree or higher level degree from an appropriately accredited institution.
  • Acceptance:  Students must successfully complete 3-credit, 8-week Theo 503, The Catholic Theological Tradition course with an 80% or higher

For descriptions of both required and elective courses, please consult the online course catalog.

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
THEO 503 The Catholic Theological Tradition (8wks) 3
THEO 510 Revelation and Faith: Fundamental Theology (8 and 12 wks) 3
THEO 631 Introduction to Christology 3
THEO 641 Theology of the Church 3
THEO 551 Theology of the Sacraments 3
THEO 560 Fundamental Moral Theology (8wks) 3
  First comprehensive exam  
RELED 560 Principles of Catholic Education (8wks) 3
THEO 682 Forming a Catholic World View: Catholic Social Teachings (8wks) 3
SCRPT 530 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History (8wks) 3
SPIR 501 Applied Catholic Spirituality (8wks) 3
THEO 640 Presenting the Faith in the Modern World: Dealing with Hard Questions 3

Elective Courses (Choose one)

Course Number Course Title Credits
THEO 617 The Evidence for God from Contemporary Physics and Philosophy 3
RELED 550 Principles for Ecclesial Service 3
Second comprehensive exam 5 randomly selected questions out of the 7 courses  

"It was important for me to pursue a degree as a way to learn more about the Catholic faith and to grow in my relationship with God. The Bachelor completion program offered a systematic way of learning the faith while completing my Bachelor's degree, something I've wanted to finish for many years."

-Dawn Louise Johnson
BA in Theology