Religious Education

The Program in Religious Education coordinates Candler School of Theology efforts to equip students to teach in faith communities and school settings, to provide leadership for educational ministries, to advocate for the strengthening of education in religious communities and society, and to facilitate conversations on religious education in and among academic and ecclesial contexts. The program includes courses that meet requirements of The United Methodist Church for certification in youth ministry and in Christian education. Students seeking UMC certification should consult with the program director about meeting these requirements in conjunction with the Candler Certificate in Religious Education Ministries. For further information, contact Brenda Bennefield, Program Associate, at 404.727.4180 or

Through the Center for Ecumenical and Multicultural Education, the program maintains a collection of curriculum resources for use in United Methodist congregations and with culturally diverse constituencies.

Certificate in Religious Education Ministries

Students may enroll in the Certificate Program in Religious Education Ministries, which seeks to equip persons for ministries related to teaching and learning in faith communities, schools, and the wider society.