The program seeks to integrate several academic disciplines in a manner that contributes to the best educational practices in the field of religious education. It includes foundational work in Bible, history and theology designed to enable students to develop a deeper understanding of their own historical and theological identity; and introductory and advanced course work in religious education that teaches specific skills while allowing students to deepen their understanding of the educational, cultural, and religious context in which they will serve. Courses in religious education focus on the art of teaching; historic models and contemporary methodologies germane to religious education; and programmatic development. Graduates of the MARE can expect to have a thorough understanding of the foundations necessary to build and sustain an educational ministry within a congregation or other institutional setting and to be able to go on to do more advanced work in the field.
Students in the MARE are required to attend two overnight retreats each year along with others in other Master’s degree programs (attendance at the retreats is incorporated into the requirements for Introduction to Theological Education). They are also invited and encouraged to take part in other various activities organized and led by the Student Association throughout the course of the year. MARE students must complete a year-long practicum in which they will be placed in a supervised field setting under a qualified supervisor that is appropriate for their degree program. Students are normally not given a stipend from the site where their placement is located.
Classes in the MARE are held mostly in the evenings at The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive in New York. Students have access to the library system of Columbia University, which includes the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary. All students will be trained in online learning in order to make use of MOODLE, the NYTS online learning system.
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The MARE is open to women and men who:
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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