Religious Education Ministries

The Certificate Program in Religious Education Ministries seeks to equip persons for ministries related to teaching and learning in faith communities, schools, and the wider society. It is designed for Candler Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Theological Studies (MTS) students who see some aspect of Christian religious education as central to their vocational identity, primarily in relation to three distinct but related tracks: (1) Christian Congregational Education; (2) Christian Ministries with Youth; or (3) Religion and Academy.

The first track includes students seeking to complete the academic requirements of The United Methodist Church for certification in Christian education, as well as students desiring to prepare more generally for the educational dimensions of congregational ministry. The second track, Ministries with Youth, enables students to meet United Methodist Church requirements for the youth ministry certificate and/or to prepare for a range of ministries with youth in and beyond the congregation. The third track, Religion and Academy, prepares students for campusministry, academic teaching, or other ministries in academic contexts. Requirements for the Certificate may be met within a student’s program of study. For MDiv. students, they can be taken as part of concentrations and do not need to add an extra course burden. For all tracks, they include:

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Christian Congregational Education Track

Christian Ministries with Youth Track

Religion and the Academy Track

To participate in the program, interested students must submit an Application for Certificate Enrollment with the Candler Registrar. Additional details about the RE certificate including a list of approved classes can be found on the Religious Education Program Page.

For additional information, contact Certificate Director Jennifer Ayres at or 404.727.6329.