Welcome to the Catholic Education Center!
Our courses are designed to be flexible to meet your formation needs. We offer courses for Catechist Training, which are pre-approved for certification in the Arlington, Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Knoxville Peoria, Sioux City and Wichita (Arch)Dioceses. In addition, we are expanding to offer Adult Faith Formation and Ministry Training courses.
Our courses may also be "upgraded" for academic credit through Christ the Teacher College and used towards Professional Certification or a Master of Religious Education degree.
We hope you enjoy these courses!
NEW! Reaching the Student with Special Needs is a course designed to assist catechists with practical suggestions and resources so they might truly engage and reach all their students - whether in an integrated class or a Special Learning Needs class. Written with wisdom and experience, this course is a true gift to the Church! Highly recommended for Catechists and Parents.
Classes include: The Call of Christ and the Mission of His Church, The Call to Work with Student with Special Needs, Starting Out: The Welcoming Classroom and General Class Structure, The Challenge of Teaching thh Student with Autism: Part 1 (Lower Functioning ASD); The Challenges of Teaching the Student with Autism, Part 2 (Asbergers, ADD, ADHD), The Challenges of Teaching Students Who Have Hearing, Visual and/or Physical Impairments, The Challenges of Teaching Students with Down Syndrome and Students with Intellectual Impairments, Preparing Students with Special Needs to Attend Mass and Receive Baptism and Holy Communion, Preparing Students with Special Needs to Receive First Reconciliation and Confirmation, Teaching with the Bible, the Saints, the Virtues and the Welcoming Church.
Una introducción al Ministerio de Catequesis describiendo los fuentes para el ministerio, la dirección del aula y métodos de enseñanza, y presentando un resumen de las Escrituras y el Catecismo. Proporciona ideas para el aula. Ideal para los catequistas y los maestros.
An introduction to the Ministry of Catechesis outlining sources for ministry, classroom methods and management, and presenting an overview of the Scriptures and the Catechism. Classroom ideas provided. Ideal for all catechists and school teachers.
Classes include: An Introduction to Teaching the Faith, Teaching Methods and Classroom Management, The Catechism and Scripture (An Overview), The Old Testament (Key Figures and Events), The New Testament (Key Figures and Events), What to Teach (Part 1): The Creed, What to Teach (Part 2): The Sacraments, What to Teach (Part 3): The Moral Life, What to Teach (Part 4): Prayer, The Ministry of Catechesis
This course presents the Creed based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each class also provides classroom ideas for teaching, and a forum for sharing your own ideas. Ideal for all catechists and teachers of the Faith, including parents and home-schoolers.
Classes include: I Believe in God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, I Believe in Jesus Christ, Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus' Passion, Jesus rose again and ascended into heaven, Jesus will come again to judge the living and the dead, I believe in the Holy Spirit, I believe in the Holy Catholic Church, I believe in life everlasting
This course presents the Sacraments based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each class also provides classroom ideas for teaching, and a forum for sharing your own ideas. Ideal for all catechists and teachers of the Faith, including parents and home-schoolers.
This course presents the Moral Life based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each class also provides classroom ideas for teaching, and a forum for sharing your own ideas. Ideal for all catechists and teachers of the Faith, including parents and home-schoolers.
This course presents Prayer based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as various traditions and devotions commonly taught throughout the liturgical year. Each class also provides classroom ideas for teaching, and a forum for sharing your own ideas. Ideal for catechists and all teachers of the Faith, including parents and home-schoolers.
Classes include: Prayer (An Overview), The Our Father, The Hail Mary, The Rosary, The Stations of the Cross, Divine Mercy, Devotions for Advent and Christmas, Devotions for Lent and Easter, Marian Devotions, Devotions for Catechists
Tools for Teachers is designed like a "workshop". It is geared towards active participation, and will provide Teachers with classroom ideas they can implement immediately! Ideal for all catechists and teachers of the Faith, including parents and home-schoolers.
Classes include: Preaching the Gospel, Evangelization, Catechesis, Norms and Criteria, Pedagogy and Methodology, Those to be Catechized, Catechesis in Special Situations, The Ministry of Catechesis, Loci and Means of Catechesis, Organizing Catechesis
Referencing the writings of Scripture and Church Fathers, this course studies how the Church taught, and the importance of its teaching from the Old and New Testament tradition through the early Apologists.
Classes include: Catechesis in Scripture - The Old Testament, Catechesis in Scripture - The New Testament, The Didache, The Heresy of Gnosticism, The Canon of Scriptures, The Apostolic Fathers, The Apologists (Part 1): Justin Martyr, The Apologists (Part 2): Irenaeus, Tertullian & Origen, The Apologists (Part 3): Hippolytus, Classroom Applications
Referencing the writings of various Church Fathers, this course studies how the Church taught, and the importance of protecting its teaching from the Gnostics and Arians through the writings of the Great Catechists.
Classes include: The Heresy of Arianism, Foes of Arianism, The Great Catechists (Part 1): John Chrysostom and Vincent of Lerins, The Great Catechists (Part 2): Augustine of Hippo, The Catechumenate of Old, The Catechumenate Today, The First Seven Ecumenical Councils, The Middle Ages, St. Thomas Aquinas, Classroom Applications
Using catechetical documents, this course addresses how the Church teaches as well as pastoral challenges for teaching the faith from the time of the Reformation to the present day.
Classes include: The Reformation, Catechesis and Catechisms, The Council of Trent, The Catechism of the Council of Trent (The Roman Catechism), Modern Catechetical Trends (Part 1), Modern Catechetical Trends (Part 2), The Catechism of the Catholic Church, The General Directory for Catechesis, Modern Catechetical Movements, Classroom Applications
Understanding what makes Catholic Education unique, this course presents how students learn and the ways we can incorporate various methods in the classroom to more effectively teach the faith. Ideal for catechists and all teachers of the Faith, including Parents and home-schoolers.
Classes include: Catholic Education: What is the Difference?, Routines: A Template for Engagement, Temperaments, Learning Styles, The Three Brain Networks, Motivation, Building Community in the Classroom, Using Your Resources, Assessment/Review Strategies, Trouble Shooting
This course studies catechesis for adults: its tasks and goals, as well as formational needs for Adults and Catechists who teach Adults. By studying the Church's view of Adult Catechesis, we will address issues in catechesis. This course also prepares Adult Catechists for the New Evangelization. Ideal for Adult Faith Formation leaders, Directors of Religious Education, and RCIA instructors.
Classes include: Catechesis in General, Adult Catechesis - Tasks and Goals, Characteristics of Adult Life, Christifideles Laici - Part 1, Christifideles Laici - Part 2, The Adult Catechist - Part 1, The Adult Catechist - Part 2, Issues in Catechesis - Part 1, Issues in Catechesis - Part 2, The New Evangelization
This course is to introduce you to the types of programs available for parish Adult Catechetical ministry, give suggestions for theis successful implementation and introduce you to Catholic resources. Ideal for Directors of Religious Education and Adult Faith Formation Ministers.
Classes include: Transcendentals of Catechesis, Content of Adult Catechesis, 12 Keys to Catechesis, Human Sexuality, Apologetics, Modern Topics, Bible Studies, The Baptismal Catechumenate and RCIA, Church History, Conclusion
This course fulfills the Phase 1 certification requirements for the Diocese of Charlotte, NC.
An Introduction to the Bible presents the fundamentals needed to read and study the Sacred Scriptures with "the mind" of the Catholic Church. This course will be a basic, yet rich and substantial, examination of God's Word. Highly recommended for those beginning their study of the Bible, as well as Adult Faith Formation Leaders or Bible Study leaders/participants.
Classes include: Becoming Familiar with the Bible: the Crucial First Steps, Tools for Learning Scripture: A Review of the Study Resources, Biblical Inspiration: The Foundational Doctrine, Biblical Inerrency: The Church's Reasonable Explanation, The Canon of Scripture: The Collection of Divine Books, Interpreting the Bible: Essential Catholic Guidelines, The Bible in the Church: The Relation of Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium, An Overview of Salvation History: God Speaks to Us, Biblical Geography: A Look at the Holy Land, God's Word and the Interior Life: Praying with the Scriptures
This course presents Scripture's great adventure from Eden to Eden. This presentation will address many of the common Bible stories taught in Religious Education, suggest classroom ideas and demonstrate how important it is to teach Scripture within the context of God's saving plan. Ideal for children's catechists, as well as those interested in learning more about the Bible.
Classes include: Days 1-3 of Creation Account 1, Days 4-6 of Creation Account 1, Day 7 of Creation Account 1, The Garden: Creation, The Garden: The Fall, The Flood, The Red Sea, The Ark of the Covenant, The Promised Land, The New Covenant
A read-along bible study by Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo that opens the Scriptures and deepens our understanding of the events of the Old Testament, from Eden to Egypt. Ideal for personal study or Bible Study groups, as well as catechists who teach Scripture.
A read-along bible study by Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo, to lead us to a deeper understand of the Old Testament events from the Passover to entry into the Promised Land. Ideal for individuals or Bible Study groups, as well as catechists who teach Scripture.
A read-along bible study by Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo that deepens our understanding of the Old Testament from Joshua's leading God's people into the Promised Land to Jesus restoring Paradise. Ideal for individuals or Bible Study groups, as well as catechists who teach Scripture.
Dr. Carnazzo offers a guided reading of the Synoptic Gospels through the lens of Matthew. He makes reading the Scriptures clear and highlights important themes and events, explaining their significance to help us truly understand the Word of God. Ideal for individuals, Bible Study groups, and catechists who teach Scripture.
Classes include: Infancy Narratives, Baptism of our Lord, Sermon on the Mount, Miracles, The Kingdom of God is at Hand, You are the Christ, Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord, Your house is desolate, Last Supper, Passion
Dr. Carnazzo offers a guided reading of the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles. He makes reading the Scriptures clear and highlights important themes and events, explaining their significance to help us truly understand the Word of God. Ideal for individuals, Bible Study groups or catechists who teach Scripture or Confirmation.
Ascension and Pentecost, Growth of the Church, Persecution and Conflict, Welcoming the Gentiles, Conversion and Justification, The Body of Christ, Teach, Govern and Sanctify, The New Covenant in Christ, Keep the Faith, Love One Another
Dr. Carnazzo offers a guided reading of the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation. He makes reading the Scriptures clear and highlights important themes and events, explaining their significance to help us truly understand the Word of God. Ideal for individuals, Bible Study groups and catechists who teach Scripture.
Classes include: In the Beginning, Hunger and Thirst, Eat and Drink, The Bread of Life, Dedication of the
Temple, Now is the Son of Man Glorified, It is finished, Peace be with you, To the Seven Churches, Destruction, Amen. Hallelujah!
Theology of the Person delves into the mysteries of life: the dignity of each person, why we are here, and what God calls us to be. Ideal for adults, teachers of High School students, those who wish to deepen their understanding of Marital love or serve in Marriage Formation ministry.
Classes include: Theology of the Person and Meaning of Life: An Introduction, Original Man, Historical Man, Eschatological Man, Discernment, Prayer and the Complimentarity of Celibacy and Marriage, Married Love in the Song of Songs and Tobit (Part 1), Married Love in the Song of Songs and Tobit (Part 2), Reflections on Humanae Vitae, Theology of the Person and Mary, Theology of the Person in Work and Economics
This course presents an overview of the natural and supernatural rights, responsibilities, and obligations of the Catholic family in educating children in the faith, including practical guidelines for implementing religious instruction in the home and for planting the seeds of faith that then might be watered and nourished by parish catechesis. Ideal for newly married couples, expectant parents, or parents with young children (0-6 years of age).
Classes include: Marriage and Holiness, The Priestly Role of the Parent, The Magisterium on Parental Rights and Responsibilities in Education, Forming a Catholic Conscience, The Cardinal Virtues, The Virtue of Religion, Temperaments in the Child, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, Choosing Godparents, Preparing for a Child's Baptism
This course discusses ways to strengthen your family and build a domestic church by fostering a deeper understanding of the Faith and leading your children to worship and prayer in the Church. Ideal for Parents with young children between the ages of 3 and 8+.
Classes include: Evangelization and the Tasks of Catechesis, Fostering the Theological Virtues, Salvation History Fulfilled in Christ, Part 1, Salvation History Fulfilled in Christ, Part 2, Principles of Moral Training in Christ, Principles for Prayer in the Home, Family Participation at Holy Mass, The Parish Church: House of God, Understanding Sin and Preparing for a Child's First Confession, Preparing for the Reception of a Child's First Holy Communion
This course is designed to assist parents and educators with the task of leading children to a mature faith so they might lead a life of holiness. This course is ideal for parents and catechists of children between the ages of First Communion through Confirmation.
Classes include: The Lord's Day and Liturgical Seasons, Vices, Virtues, and Beatitudes, Part 1, Vices, Virtues, and Beatitudes, Part 2, The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, The Corporal Works of Mery, The Spiritual Works of Mercy, Reading Scripture in the Home, Prayer with Older Children, Preparing for Confirmation, Spiritual Combat and the Defense of the Faith
This course looks at the faith development of those who will be, and in fact already are the future of the Church. This course addresses not only the needs of Youths and Adults, but also discusses ways to form them into true leaders of the Church, including meeting the needs of their parish. Ideal for parents, youth ministers and catechists of children in junior high, high school and young adults.
Classes include: Introduction to Faith Development, Stages of Faith Development, Faith Development for Adolescents, Faith Development for Young Adults, Faith Development for Adults, Faith Development for Converts, Faith Development for Diverse Groups, Faith Development in Relation to Other Faithes, Developing Leaders, Meeting the Needs of a Parish
Learn to defend you faith in the public square with this Apologetics course that addresses questions of today's society - and of the individual curious mind. Ideal for adults, high school teachers, Youth Ministers, and RCIA instructors.
Classes include: Human Dignity: Are we just another Animal or Do We Have a Higher Purpose, Do we Need God at All? Answering Modern Atheism, Being Spiritual vs Religious, The True Church, Papacy, Defense of the Priesthood, Justification, Suffering, Real Presence: Incarnate and Eucharist, Mary
By studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Second Vatican Council documents, we can deepen our understanding of the Catholic Church. This course is ideal for adults, RCIA instructors, and Confirmation Teachers/Students.
Classes include: The Nature of the Church, The Constitution of the Church, The Church is One, The Church is Holy, The Church is Catholic, The Church is Apostolic, The Heirarchy, Members of the Church, The Communion of Saints, Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church
Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council, this course addresses the council documents and their significance in the Church today. Ideal for Adult Faith Formation Leaders, individual study, and RCIA instructors.
Classes include: Fifty Years of Vatican Council II, The Reform of the Liturgy, The Church Describes Herself, The New Ecumenism, The Members of the Church, Christian Education; the Media, Religious Liberty, Revelation and Sacred Scripture, The Church in the Modern World, The Significance of Vatican Council II
This course presents timely topics in medical treatments through the lens of the beautiful moral teaching of the Church. Ideal for nurses, doctors, health care advocates, high school teachers, RCIA instructors, Adult Faith Formation leaders, and everyCatholic who makes choices about health care for themselves or people they care about.
Classes include: Human Dignity and the Respect for Human life: An Overview, Ethica, Moral Clinical Research, Respect for the Human Person: Genetics and Cloning, Respect for the Unborn: Stem Cell Research, Reproductive Technologies and Catholic Sexual Ethics, The Moral Gravity of Abortion, Health and Disease: The Integrity of the Human Person and the Possibility of Organ or Tissue Donation, Medical and Moral Care for the Dying, Death and Dying: Deciding the Time, Towards the Advancement of True Health Care Reform
This course on the virutes is designed to present the beauty of the Church's moral teachings on living a virtuous life. As such, it will present the theological and cardinal virutes, as well as the relation of the virutes to the beatitudes and the moral life. Ideal for individuals, Youth Ministers, Catechists for all ages and those striving to grow in holiness!
Classes include: To Live a Virtuous Life, The Theological Virtue of Faith, The Theological Virtue of Hope, The Theological Virtue of Charity, The Cardinal Virtue of Prudence, The Cardinal Virtue of Justice, The Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude, The Cardinal Virtue of Temperance, Virute and Beatitude, Virtues, Moral and Christian Ethics
A theological study of the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Ideal for individual adult study, Adult Faith Formation groups/study, RCIA teachers, Catechists who teach the Trinity, and Youth Ministers.
Classes include: Introduction, Trinitarian Heresies, Formulation of the Doctrine of the Trinity, Biblical Background of the Doctrine of the Tirnity, Patristic Background of the Doctrine of the Trintiy, St. Augustine to St. Thomas, Processions in God, 3 Persons and 4 Relations in God, 5 Notions and Trinitarian Perichoresis/Circumincession, Appropriations and Missions of the Persons of the Trinity
This course raises a central question in both our Spirituality and in our Catechetical Ministry. Our own care of ourselves needs to be seen in the way Christ sees us, and balanced with the service we offer in humility. The solutions offered here are not only for catechists, but for anyone who would benefit from finding balance in their lives by modelling themselves upon Christ.
Classes include: Christ our Model, Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be Done, Listing for our Call, Reflection and Self Examination, Wounded Healers, The Ways You Talk to Yourself, Your Prayer Life: Part 1, Your Prayer Life: Part 2, A Balanced Life
This course studies many ‘hands on’ best practices in managing our classrooms in Catechetical Ministry. It looks at Christ our Model and the ‘classroom’ he used as guiding us toward the graced and healthy environment we need to help young people thrive in their vocation. Several practical recommendations garnered from years of experience are used, but also a lot of involvement is given to your own experience and style and preferences. A lot of attention is given to your planning and discipline, but also your ‘on the spot’ responses to the variety always present in interaction. Ideal for any teacher.
Classes include: Foundations for Classroom Management, Proactive vs. Reactive Approaches, Day One, A safe, well managed, and friendly class, Setting the Tone, Discipline, Employing Our Gifts, Involving Their Gifts, Learning from Miss-Takes, Learning Leadership
This course was written in the effort to help both professional and volunteer teachers effectively use their Spiritual lives and real tools to employ balance rather than give up on it. A number of Scriptures and quotes of the Saints are used, but there is also a great deal of contemporary neurological research. This area is a key struggle for many, if not most, just in their ‘work lives’, before they even think about the impact this has on our ability to be joyful in Christ’s call and primarily devoted to our Lord and our families! Ideal for catechists and those who serve the Church, principles may be applied to everyone!
This course is to provide ministry training for the Adult Catechetical Ministry coordinator in a parish setting. We will study various audiences and practical applications for ministry that can be used immediately. Ideal for Adult Faith Formation Leaders, and Directors of Religious Education - especially those who train catechists.
Classes include: Principles for Getting Started, Practicalities and Professionalism, Advertising, Commitment, Young Adults and Engaged Couples, Parents, Other Groups, Part 1, Other Groups, Part 2, Using Technology and Media, Catechizing Without Classes
The Ministry of Apologetics is designed to help those who feel called to defend the faith by preparing them to know not only their audience, but how apologetics will vary with different people. It also offers further training, by emphasis on a prayer-life, and offers a framework of challenges to the Church in history and today, which are addressed through Apologetics. Ideal for Adult Faith Formation leaders, RCIA instructors, High School teachers and Youth Ministers, those who feel called to do apologetics through Social Media.
Classes include: Introduction, Personal Contact is Key, Apologetics for Kids and Teens, Apologetics for Non-Catholic Adults, Apologetics for The Non-Catechized, Apologetics for the Well-Catechized, Prayer: Why We Need to Pray and How to Start, Prayer: Growth in Prayer, Historical Attacks on the Church, The Church in our Times