Secondary Catholic Religious Education

Secondary Catholic Religious Education, B.S.E.

Are you passionate about helping other people discover and deepen their faith? Our secondary Catholic religious education program prepares you to teach grades seven through 12 by pursuing in-depth studies in religion and education.

Program Overview

As a Catholic, Marianist institution, the University of Dayton seeks to collaborate with local Catholic churches and schools in providing creative ways to serve those pursuing a career in church ministry.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Center for Catholic Education, Department of Religious Studies, Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, and School of Education and Health Sciences have worked together to provide options for those preparing to be high school religion teachers.

  • You can major in adolescence to young adult education and concentrate your studies in two areas — religious education and another field of your choice. Upon graduation, you will receive a teaching license from the state of Ohio for the area of concentration you selected, as well as a certificate to teach religion from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. 
  • You can major in adolescence to young adult education with religion as your sole teaching field. With this option, you focus on particular aspects of religion and Christianity. Upon graduation, you will receive a certificate to teach religion from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
  • You can major in religious studies with emphasis on Catholic schools, offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. Upon graduation, you will receive a certificate to teach religion from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Regardless of which option you choose, you will gain hands-on classroom experience, learn theories and methods of education, and take religious studies content courses.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements for all programs can be found in the online Catalog.

Additional Information

A variety of opportunities are available to students majoring in secondary Catholic religious education. Whether you're curious what career opportunities await you; what internships, research projects or student clubs are available; or who your professors will be, we can help you find the answers.