The Diocese has chosen to accept the definitions of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership in recognizing three levels of Religious Education Leadership. The fourth level, Facilitator of Religious Education, is considered an entry level position. A person being hired at this level is expected to pursue further certification as noted.
1. Director of Religious Education
To be considered a Director one must have a master’s degree in
- Religious Education
- Pastoral Studies with a concentration in religious education
- Theology / Religious Studies with 6 credits in Religious Education / Education
Persons in this category with no RE / Education credits may be called Director after 10 years of successful service (new in 2012).
- Education with 6 credits in graduate Theology or Silo'am Foundation and Standard 3
A professional agreement is a Diocesan requirement for Directors of Religious Education.
Fact sheet: Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies at Gannon University
Fact sheet: Master of Arts in Ministry at Ursuline College
Fact sheet: Master of Arts in Religious Education at Duquesne University
Fact sheet: Master of Arts in Religious Education at Felician College (online program)
Fact sheet: Master of Catechesis at The Catholic University of America
2. Coordinator of Religious Education
To be considered a Coordinator one must have:
- Bachelor’s degree in Theology/Religious Studies with 6 credits in Education or with Silo’am Foundation and Standards 4 and 5
- Bachelor’s degree in Education with 6 credits in Theology or with Silo’am Foundation and Standards 3 and 4
- Completed the Silo’am Project (a Diocesan formation program for religious education leaders using online courses and a local formation director) with 5 years of successful service
- Advanced Certificate – Mercyhurst College plus 5 years successfully leading a religious education program
3. Administrator of Religious Education
To be considered an Administrator one must have:
- Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field of study
Silo’am completion of the Foundation Level and Standard 2
4. Facilitator of Religious Education
Anyone working as a Religious Education Leader in the diocese who has not achieved the above credentials.
- A person, recognized as a Facilitator is expected to enroll in a formation program within three years of their starting date.
Training programs and scholarships